Villain
Villain 2002 poster.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. S. Ravikumar
Screenplay byK. S. Ravikumar
Story byYugi Sethu
Produced byS. S. Chakravarthy
StarringAjith Kumar
CinematographyAshok
S. Moorthy
Edited byK. Thanigachalam
Music byVidyasagar
Production
company
Distributed byNIC Arts
Release date
  • 4 November 2002 (2002-11-04)
Running time
164 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Villain is a 2002 Indian Tamil-language heist masala film written and directed by K. S. Ravikumar and produced by S. S. Chakravarthy. The film stars Ajith Kumar in a dual role alongside Meena and Kiran. Vidyasagar composed the score and soundtrack for the film. It was remade in Telugu as the same name. The film released on 4 November 2002 and became a commercial success.

Plot

Shiva and Vishnu are identical twins. Shiva, the elder one, is a bus conductor, while Vishnu, the younger one, has a mild intellectual disability. During their childhood, Shiva overhears his parents' plot to send Vishnu to an unknown orphanage and to hide this information from him. To save his brother Vishnu, Shiva runs away to another city with him and strives hard to look after him. A 'dada' Sundaramoorthy, who runs a beggar trade, beats Vishnu brutally, and Vishnu becomes handicapped for life. Shiva leaves Vishnu in a home run by a social worker Lalitha. During the day, Shiva works as a bus conductor, and at the same time, poses as Vishnu: to play Robin Hood and steal from the rich and corrupt. A gang including Thangam, Mani, and others assist him in these operations. He is never suspected, and so, with the stolen money, he takes care of not only Vishnu, but also 800 people in other institutions for the physically handicapped. A college student Lavanya falls in love with Shiva, but he later learns that she is Sundaramoorthy's sister-in-law. Matters worsen when Sundaramoorthy becomes the chairman of the institute for the physically disabled. How Shiva deals with the situation forms the rest of the story. Meanwhile, Thangam is secretly in love with Shiva, though he does not know this. Later she gives up her love and lets Lavanya marry Shiva. At last, Shiva marries Lavanya and Thangam marries Vishnu. The brothers live happily ever after.

Cast

Production

The film saw the first collaboration of Ajith and K. S. Ravikumar, with the former revealing that he was initially reluctant to work with the director in fear of a misunderstanding. Kiran was signed the film after the success of Gemini.[2][3] The shooting of the film was completed in 39 days.[4]

Soundtrack

Villain
Soundtrack album to Villain by
Released19 September 2002
Recorded2002
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length28:32
LanguageTamil
LabelStar Music
Bayshore
Divo
Sony Music
ProducerVidyasagar
Vidyasagar chronology
Run
(2002)
Villain
(2002)
Beyond The Soul
(2003)

The soundtrack features 7 songs composed by Vidyasagar and lyrics written by Vairamuthu.

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Pathinettu Vayathil"Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam5:22
2."Orae Manam"Hariharan, Chandana Bala4:45
3."Adicha Nethi Adi"Karthik, Swarnalatha5:25
4."Aadiyil Kaathadicha"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam1:32
5."Hello Hello"Sadhana Sargam, Anuradha Sriram, Tippu, Clinton Cerejo5:04
6."Thappu Thanda"Shankar Mahadevan, Sujatha Mohan4:44
7."Aadiyil Kaathadicha (Sad Version)"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam1:41
Total length:28:31

Release

The film was released in Diwali on 14 November 2002 alongside Vijay starrer Bagavathi. Upon release, the film received very high positive reviews from the critics and the audience. The Hindu reviewer claimed that "if you don't rack your brains about the feasibility of the hero's game plans, you could enjoy watching "Villain"" and that "Ajit scores on both fronts".[5] Another critic cited that it was "great slag-less and racy screenplay and some stunning performances from Ajith make this film a treat for the senses".[6] Ajith's performance earned him his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor.[7][8] The film was later remade in Telugu with the same title by Ravikumar with Rajasekhar, while the original was also dubbed into Hindi.

References

  1. ^ "Vikram: Fans Spot 'Agent Tina' in These Old Songs of Kamal Haasan, Ajith, Thalapathy Vijay After Vasanthi's Character Earns Audience Appreciation | 🎥 LatestLY". 7 June 2022.
  2. ^ Movies: No big Tamil film release this Diwali. rediff.com (2 November 2002). Retrieved on 2015-07-26.
  3. ^ Adding glamour to Deepavali. The Hindu (1 November 2002). Retrieved on 2015-07-26.
  4. ^ "Giving hits, his speciality". The Hindu. 30 October 2002. Archived from the original on 16 January 2004. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  5. ^ Villain. The Hindu (15 November 2002). Retrieved on 2015-07-26.
  6. ^ BizHat.com – Villain Review. Ajith, Meena, Kiran, Nasser, Ramesh Khanna, Vijay Kuma. Movies.bizhat.com. Retrieved on 26 July 2015.
  7. ^ Ajit, Simran bag Filmfare awards – Times Of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (17 May 2003). Retrieved on 2015-07-26.
  8. ^ 10 years ago. Cinematoday3.itgo.com. Retrieved on 26 July 2015.