Thambi Vettothi Sundaram
Directed byV. C. Vadivudaiyan
Written byPa. Raghavan (Dialogue)
Screenplay byV. C. Vadivudaiyan
Story byV. C. Vadivudaiyan
Produced byJ. Senthilkumar
R. Jaya Mutharaiyar
S. Sumithra Senthilkumar
Edited bySuresh Urs
Music byVidyasagar
JS 24 Framers
Release date
  • 11 November 2011 (2011-11-11)[1]

Thambi Vettothi Sundaram is a 2011 Tamil docudrama crime film written and directed by V. C. Vadivudaiyan screenplay by V. C. Vadivudayan It stars Karan and Anjali. The film received mixed reviews and became an average grosser. It was later dubbed into Hindi as The Acid of Life.


Thambi Vettothi Sundaram is set in Kaliyakkavilai, a town set on the state border. This place has a unique distinction: almost everyone here is educated, and quite peculiarly, almost every second person is involved in some kind of illegal business, ranging from smuggling to the brewing of illegal liquor and other such activities. This place is certainly an antithesis for all those who believe that education is the one solution to all social evils. Here, people seem to be corrupt in spite of education. Sundaram (Karan) is one from the town, well-educated, but not yet initiated into any subversive acts.

He has no idea to drift off onto the wrong side of the law, but the place and people are such that he finds it near impossible to follow a straightforward means of livelihood. He is confused, vexed, angry, and then finds Aala (Saravanan), who seems to understand his troubles; they form a jolly good duo. Who is Aala and what does the duo end up doing? Do they cleanse society, join the fray, or make enemies? In the midst of this, there is a love story as Lourd Mary (Anjali) falls for Sundaram, not without good reason.

Finally, in a fight with the don of smuggling, the don burns Sundaram's eyes with a mix of acid and chalk powder and also breaks a part of his spinal cord. Even though Sundaram kills all, he loses his eyesight and cannot stand erect for more than 15 minutes, so he then kills himself by lying under a moving bullock cart. Two years later, Mary gets Sundaram's appointment letter as a teacher and cries.



The movie is produced by Senthil Kumar and is directed under the captaincy of Vadivudaiyan. As earlier reported, the movie is about the lives of three people in KanyaKumari district. It's inspired from true life and events and the director even took the consent of the real life people before getting on board with the script.[citation needed]


Thambi Vettothi Sundaram
Soundtrack album by
Released10 June 2011 (2011-06-10)
RecordedVarsha Vallaki Studios
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelLerar Music
Vidyasagar chronology
Makeup Man
Thambi Vettothi Sundaram
Spanish Masala

This album was composed by Vidyasagar, the soundtrack was released on 10 June 2011. Lyrics were written by Vairamuthu.

Song Singer Length
"Kolaikara Analatchu En Muchu" Kalyani & Karthik 4:20
"Karuvarai Karuvarai Thodang" Palakaddu Sriram 4:21
"Ae Karuppa Par Eanda" Velmurugan & Sujithra 4:54
"Netru Illai Illai" Madhu Balakrishnan 4:04

Critical reception

The film received mixed reviews. rated it 2/5, saying: "Thambi Vettothi Sundaram, is an overdose of emotions, dreary and slow moving.".[2] but rated it as an average fare.[3] while supergoodmovies site appreciated the film.[4] gave a rating of 2.5 / 5 stating "With its fresh screenplay and refreshing presentation, Thambi Vettothi Sundaram is a sure Can Watch".[5]


  1. ^ "'Thambi Vettothi Sundaram' from November 11? - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Archived from the original on 6 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Thambi Vettothi Sundaram Review - Tamil Movie Review by KollyInsider". 17 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Movie Review:Thambi Vettothi Sundaram". Sify. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Thambi Vettothi Sundaram Tamil Movie Review". 11 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  5. ^ Crime (11 November 2011). "Thambi Vettothi Sundaram review, trailer & stills starring Karan, Anjali". Retrieved 21 November 2011.