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DVD cover
Directed byManoj Kumar
Written byV. Prabhakar
N. Raghu (dialogues)
Story byManoj Kumar
Produced byManoj Kumar
Prakash Raj
CinematographyKarthik Raja
Edited byP. Mohan Raj
Music byDeva
Guru Films
Release date
  • 27 October 2000 (2000-10-27)
Running time
162 minutes

Vaanavil (transl. Rainbow) is a 2000 Indian Tamil-language drama film produced by Guru Films and directed by Manoj Kumar. The film stars Arjun, Prakash Raj and Abhirami in lead roles. The film released to mixed reviews, but performed well at the box office.[1]


Surya (Arjun) a farmer's son from Madurai, J. Prakash (Prakash Raj) the only son of a billionaire industrialist and Priya (Abhirami) an Ooty-based tea estate heiress board a train to Delhi as strangers, in the Chennai central station. They get seats next to each other and introduce themselves to one another. As a coincidence, they get to know that all 3 of them have passed the UPSC exams with high ranks, and are going to Delhi for phase-4 of their Civil Service training and become friends.

During the course of the training, Surya loves Priya, whereas Prakash lusts after her. While Surya's dad Manivannan and Priya's family visit the trio in Agra, Prakash reveals to Priya's mom about his desire to marry Priya. At the same time, Surya's dad asks Surya to marry Priya. During the last days of training, Priya also falls in love with Surya. During the results of Phase 4, Priya gets selected as cadre-I IAS officer, while Prakash misses the cut-off and becomes Cadre-II IPS officer, because he had spent 2 minutes of the final exam thinking about Priya. At the same time, Surya's results are held back by the UPSC board, because of an FIR in Surya's name.

3 years earlier, Surya was a village farmer. During harvest, the local tehsildar refused to pay the farmer's demand and started to forcefully take their cane crop to government stores at a cheaper price. Surya protested against this, and he hits the tehsildar as the tehsildar hit his father. Surya is arrested and placed in police custody. The villages continue their protest at the police station, prompting the District Collector Lakshmi IAS to come to the station the next day. She studies the situation, and causes the government to pass a GO in favor of the farmer's demands. While she asks the police to release Surya after knowing that he is a post-graduate, they refuse, as an FIR has been filed on him, and Surya must be presented before a magistrate. Shocked by this development, the Collector, in her right as District Magistrate cancels the FIR and lets Surya go free. This power of an IAS officer led to Surya taking up the UPSC exams.

After Surya's explanation, UPSC agrees to let him go, but holds his result pending an inquiry. Surya and Priya then visit Lakshmi IAS, who is now deputy-Home secretary in Chennai, asking her help. After that they propose to one another, and start their one-month vacation. Surya refuses to go to his village, as he had promised that he will return only as an IAS officer. So he visits Priya's family in Ooty. Priya's mom and sister happily accept Surya as prospective groom for Priya. After a month, Priya leaves for her job as Assistant Collector in Chennai.

While all goes well, it is revealed that months ago, a rich newspaper owner son Arun has tries to harass Priya's sister Pavithra during her way to school and Pavi had him imprisoned for that. Arun, in an act of vengeance, blocks Pavi's public exam number in all newspapers on the result day. Due to power failure, no news of results reaches Priya on the correct time, and Priya's mother assumes that she has failed her exam due to playfulness. Hurt, Pavi commits suicide. During her funeral, news agencies come to reveal that Pavi had come as first rank in the state. Adhi and his friend also come to the funeral. Adhi's friend reveals Adhi's misdeeds to the public and Surya pushes Adhi against a tree, in a fit of rage. Adhi gets a head injury and dies. Surya is arrested on murder charges and sent to Chennai prison for remand.

At the same time, Prakash joins as an IPS officer, and begins his duty in Chennai Jail. It is revealed that Prakash is to serve for 24 hours to fulfill his father's wishes and then resign to enjoy his life as a billionaire. At the same time, Surya is brought to Prakash's jail. Prakash is initially shocked at Surya's state, but decided to use it to his advantage. He cancels his resignation plans and makes multiple attempts as Surya's life through the inmates. He also asks Surya to convince Priya to marry him. Surya agrees, and Prakash takes him out on Parole to meet Priya. There, Surya reveals that he knows that Prakash informed the UPSC about his FIR incident, and Surya will not give up Priya. This makes Prakash even angrier.

Days later, Prakash receives telegram that Surya's dad is dead, but he refuses to let Surya go for the funeral. Surya is aided by a constable Alex, and he escapes via a tunnel. It turns out that Alex is on the payroll of Prakash. Within minutes of Surya's escape, Alex is killed by Prakash, and he frames Surya for that murder. He conspires with Arun's father to publish headlines that Surya has been shot dead for the murder of Alex. Surya is received by an impostor at the end of the tunnel, and realises the folly. Surya comes back to the jail by daybreak, beats Prakash black and blue, and reseals himself in his cell. The arriving officers realised Prakash's crimes and arrest him.

The public outcry for Surya causes the high court to acquit him of the accidental murder, and thus Surya joins the State government as an IAS officer, and makes his dad proud. He also marries Priya.



After Gurupaarvai, Manojkumar, brother-in-law of director Bharathiraja announced that his next project is titled "Vaanavil", and he would also produce this film under his production banner "Guru Films" titled after his previous film, the film was launched with much fanfare at the A.V.M. Studios. Many eminent persons of the film industry were present on the occasion. A.V.M. Saravanan, Producer K.R.G., distributor Sinthamani Murugeshan, hero Arjun, heroine Sakshi, director Bharathiraja, actor-director Pandiarajan, director P. Vasu, actor-director Partibhan and actress Rupasri were some of the V.I.P.s present to felicitate and wish director Manoj Kumar. Sakshi was initially announced as lead heroine but she was later replaced by Abhirami. The film was shot at locations in Chennai, Pollachi, Nagercoil and picturesque places in Switzerland.[2]


The Soundtrack contains 7 songs, which are composed by Deva, with lyrics written by Vairamuthu.[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Velinattu Kaatru" Harini, Hariharan Vairamuthu 04:37
2 "Oh Penne Thamizh Penne" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Swarnalatha 05:17
3 "Aasai Magane" Malaysia Vasudevan 05:56
4 "Piraye Piraye" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 01:36
5 "Kanni Koyil" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 03:20
6 "Oh Penne Thamizh Penne" II Unni Menon, Swarnalatha 05:17
7 "Holy Holy" Sujatha, Gopal Rao 05:16


The film set good initial expectations but released to mixed reviews but performed well in contrast to the reviews at the box office.[4]

Owing to the success of Mudhalvan (1999) in Telugu, the film's dubbing rights were bought in advance of the original release and a Telugu version titled Arjunudu was released alongside the Tamil film.[5]


Prakash Raj won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain for this movie.[6]


  1. ^ "Film Review: Vaanavil". The Hindu. 3 November 2000. Archived from the original on 20 February 2002. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Vanavil". Archived from the original on 6 March 2001. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
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  4. ^ Kalki review
  5. ^ "On the Sets". Archived from the original on 24 March 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Tamil Nadu announces film awards for three years". Retrieved 19 October 2009.