International release DVD cover
Directed byDeepak
Written byDeepak
Viji (dialogues)
Produced byRajaa Baalu
Raju Magalingam
Meera Jasmine
Rajan P. Dev
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
Goldmine Pictures
Release date
  • 13 December 2002 (2002-12-13)

Bala is a 2002 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Deepak, starring Shaam as the titular character along with Meera Jasmine in the lead roles. Rajan P. Dev, Raghuvaran, Thilakan, Nagesh, Kalairani, Karunas, and Santhoshi play supporting roles. The music was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja with cinematography by Priyan and editing by V. T. Vijayan. The film was released on 13 December 2002.


Bala (Shaam) is the favorite hit man of gangster Pasupathi (Rajan P. Dev). When Bala is not zooming around in jeeps with a wild-looking gang parading down lanes with the same gang faithfully following a step behind him or knocking down one person or another, he is successfully wooing Aarthi (Meera Jasmine). Aarthi is the daughter of Jeyamani (Raghuvaran), a rival gangster. Ailing don Paranthaman (Thilakan), the mentor of the two rivals, brings a compromise by suggesting that Aarthi will be married to Pasupathi's wayward son. Bala naturally becomes a pariah in both camps, until all's well that ends well.



Deepak, who worked as an assistant director to Gandhi Krishna (of Engineer) and as an editor made his directorial debut with this film. Yuvan Shankar Raja was signed to compose the music for the film.[1] Vidya Balan, the original choice for lead actress, was replaced by Meera Jasmine in the film.[2] Shaam departed from his romantic hero role and portrayed an action oriented role in the film.[3]

Some scenes were shot on a boat about fifteen kilometre from the harbour, in Chennai whereas at the Vauhini Studios, Chennai, a lavish set was erected where Shaam and Meera Jasmine danced to the beat of a song.[4]


Soundtrack album by
Released20 October 2002 (2002-10-20)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelFive Star Audio
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
April Maadhathil
Mounam Pesiyadhe

The soundtrack, featuring 5 songs, was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and released on 20 October 2002.[5] Lyrics were penned by Arivumathi, Kabilan, Pa. Vijay and Pazhani Bharathi. The song "Bailamo Bailamo" was originally composed for the Srikanth-starrer April Maadhathil, but eventually used in this film.[6]

1."Bailamo Bailamo"Pa. VijayYuvan Shankar Raja4:20
2."Poopoovai"ArivumathiUnni Menon, Ganga4:55
3."Theendi Theendi"Pa. VijayP. Unnikrishnan, Sujatha Mohan4:10
4."Vaanathu Poochi"KabilanKarthik, Mathangi4:30
5."En Kannai"Pazhani BharathiShankar Mahadevan4:13


A critic from The Hindu stated that "'Bala' is another of those typical action flicks that flood the cinema scene today".[7]


  1. ^ "Youthful team". The Hindu. 31 May 2002. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Vidya Balan was the original choice for Bala". Times of India. 5 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Bala". Sify.
  4. ^ "BALA". 3 October 2002. Archived from the original on 3 October 2002.
  5. ^ "Ready for the fights". The Hindu. 22 October 2002.
  6. ^ "Success guaranteed". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 November 2005. Archived from the original on 22 March 2006. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  7. ^ ""Bala"". The Hindu. 20 December 2002.