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Aai (English: Hey/Yaai) is a 2004 Indian Tamil language action masala film written and directed by A. Venkatesh. The film has Sarath Kumar in the main lead role, with Namitha, Vadivelu, Kalabhavan Mani, Ashish Vidyarthi, Paravai Muniyamma, Kota Srinivasa Rao and Vincent Asokan in other supporting roles. [1][2] It was dubbed into Hindi as Nayi Baazi.

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Official DVD Cover
Directed byA. Venkatesh
Produced byK.Parthiban
Written byPattukkottai Prabakar (dialogues)
Screenplay byA. Venkatesh
Story byA. Venkatesh
StarringSarath Kumar
Kalabhavan Mani
Music bySrikanth Deva
CinematographyA. Venkatesh
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Release date
  • 17¬†December¬†2004¬†(2004-12-17)



Velu (R. Sarathkumar) is living happily with his sister Lakshmi and friend Pazhani (Vadivelu) in Palani. He stays away from all wanted troubles and is forced to resort to fighting to defend his sister from the local rowdy Raghavan (Vincent Asokan). A flashback follows where it is revealed that Velu is a military officer and his sister is actually the sister of his best friend, Police Officer Mani (Kalabhavan Mani) of Chennai, who wishes her to become a collector. Velu and Mani both clean up the society by punishing corrupt police officers. One day, Mani notices a wine shop opposite to the school where his wife Kanmani teaches. Mani, Kanmani, Velu and the school children destroy the wine shop by throwing and breaking bottles and Velu burning the shop. The shop is owned by Naachiyar (Kota Srinivasa Rao). Naachiyar threatens Velu that he will destroy the school but Velu prevents him by pouring oil at him, saying that before he destroys the school, Velu will destroy him. The next day, two wine shop men hidden a bomb inside the school, under Naachiyar's plan. After getting a call from Kanmani, Velu and Mani both save the school children and Kanmani altogether. Unfortunately, Mani gets stabbed by a wine shop man and was thrown off from the school building. Velu tries to save Mani but he dies. He gave an important wish to Velu, saying that his desire is to make his sister a collector. After his death, Velu drags Naachiyar from the police department, shows Mani's ashes to him and then shoots him twice. It is also revealed that Velu had went into hiding and maintained a low profile to protect him and Lakshmi from Naachiyar. After shooting Naachiyar, the military court said that Velu is innocent, but he had resigned from his military job to take care of Lakshmi and makes sure she becomes a collector, as Mani wished. Then Velu, who keeps up the word which he gave to Mani and starts to kill the people who are guilty for his friend's murder. First of all he kills Raghavan, then subdues Pandian. Then at a festival which is conducted for Lord Murugan, Naachiyar, the inspector and Pandian beat up Velu and tries to kidnap Lakshmi. But, Velu somehow stealthily kills everyone and finally, kills Naachiyar. At the end, Lakshmi had become a collector and Pazhani is her sidekick. The film ends with Mani's dream coming true.


  • R. Sarathkumar as Sakthivel (Velu), military officer
  • Namitha as Anjali
  • Vadivelu as Pazhani
  • Kalabhavan Mani as Mani, Velu's best friend
  • Kota Srinivasa Rao as Naachiyar, corrupt wine shop owner (main antagonist)
  • Vijayakumar as DGP, Police commissioner of Chennai
  • Ashish Vidyarthi as Dindigal DSP Easwara Pandian, corrupt police officer of Chennai, Naachiyar's sidekick
  • Vincent Asokan as Raghavan, local Palani rowdy
  • Thyagu as Inspector Vavval Pandi
  • Ponnambalam as Inspector Kalyanaraman
  • Thalaivasal Vijay as Inspector, corrupt police officer of Palani, Raghavan's sidekick
  • Ilavarasu as Traffic Police Subbarayan
  • Mayoori as Kanmani, Mani's wife
  • Paravai Muniyamma as Anjali's grandmother
  • Bonda Mani as Auto Driver
  • Crane Manohar as Customer
  • M. Seenivasan
  • Rithika as Lakshmi, Mani's sister (later, Velu takes care of her)
  • Joker Thulasi as Bus conductor
  • Bava Lakshmanan
  • Scissor Manohar as Pickpocket
  • Bayilvan Ranganathan
  • Jayamani
  • Manager Cheena as Post office customer
  • Tirupur Ramasamy as Post office customer
  • Kovai Senthil as Achari
  • Kumaresan
  • Vengal Rao
  • Vijay Ganesh
  • Priyanka as Widow
  • Kottai Perumal as Police constable
  • Robo Shankar as Army Man (uncredited role)
  • Mumtaj as an item number


The music was composed by Srikanth Deva and released by Divo.[3]

Soundtrack album by
ReleasedDec 17, 2004
ProducerSrikanth Deva
Srikanth Deva chronology
M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi
Track list
1."Arjuna Arjuna"KalaikumarUdit Narayan, Madhushree5:13
2."Ooru Onu Onuu"VaaliR. Sarathkumar, Vadivelu, Anuradha Sriram, Paravai Muniyamma, Jaishree5:27
3."Aai Mailapuru"Pa. VijayManikka Vinayagam, Sabesh, Ganga, Sadhana Sargam5:18
4."Meyau Meyau"KalaikumarSrikanth Deva, Sadhana Sargam5:18
5."Neathi Adida Aai"VaaliJaved Ali, Sriram, Gopal Sharma, Kumar, Suchitra5:03
6."Veluthu Kattu"VaaliShankar Mahadevan5:50
Total length:32:09


Due to producer's financial crunch, Aai release was delayed for 4 months.[4]