Bagavathi is a 2002 Indian Tamil-language gangster film written and directed by A. Venkatesh, which features Vijay and Reemma Sen in the leading roles. Jai, Vadivelu, K. Vishwanath, Yugendran and Ashish Vidyarthi play other supporting roles, while Deva composed the music for the film. The movie was released on Diwali. This was the first film featuring Vijay in action role. The movie was remade in Kannada as Kashi from Village.
|Directed by||A. Venkatesh|
|Produced by||K. Muralidharan|
|Written by||A. Venkatesh|
Pattukkottai Prabakar (Dialogues )
Srikanth Deva (1 song)
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
Bagavathi (Vijay) owns a tea shop and lives with his younger brother Guna (Jai). He meets a girl named Anjali (Reemma Sen). She ends up appreciating his kindness and they fall in love. Guna has a girlfriend named Priya (Monica), with whom he secretly develops a physical relationship. Guna's love is objected by Priya's father Easwarapandiyan (Ashish Vidyarthi). Bagavathy tries to convince Easwarapandiyan to let Priya and Guna marry, but is humiliated. Guna attempts to marry Priya without his brother's knowledge, but Easwarapandiyan kills guna.
Guna, in his last moments, promises he will be with his brother forever. After Guna's death, everyone comes to know that Priya is pregnant. Easwarapandiyan attempts to kill the child before birth. Bagavathi challenges him, saying the child will touch the earth. In order to do so, Ganga (Thalaivasal Vijay) helps him turn into a don. With the help of Anjali, and his tea shop helper Vadivelu (Vadivelu), Bagavathi overcomes all hurdles by Easwarapandiyan and manages to protect Priya to allow for safe birth of his brother's child. In the climax, Bagavathy kills Easwarapandian.
- Vijay as Bagavathi
- Reemma Sen as Anjali
- Jai as Guna
- Vadivelu as Vadivelu and Vibration
- Ashish Vidyarthi as Easwarapandiyan, Priya's father
- Monica as Priya
- Yugendran as Anand
- Ponnambalam as Vibuthi Ganesan
- Ramji as Ashok
- Thalaivasal Vijay as Ganga
- K. Vishwanath as Chief Minister
- Seema as District Judge, Anjali's mother
- Sathyapriya as Priya's mother
- Ilavarasu as Singamuthu
- Singamuthu as Nattamai
- Vimalraj as Henchman
- Bayilvan Ranganathan as Traffic Police
- V. Swaminathan (special appearance)
Vijay was hesitant at first to take up a full mass hero subject and asked the director for 3 months time to think about it, as he was busy with his ongoing shooting of Thirumalai (2003). The crew approached Kiran for the lead role but she turned down the offer due to date clashes and was replaced by Reemma Sen. The director A.Venkatesh selected a newcomer, Jai, to play the role of Guna after seeing him at Jai's uncle, Deva's, recording studio — mentioning that the youngster looked like actor Vijay. Although his role in the film was relatively minimal, he has since gone on to appear in successful films such as Chennai 600028, Subramaniyapuram and Engeyum Eppodhum.
The film was released in Diwali alongside Ajith starrer Villain. The film was released in Malaysia under the title Pasupathy. A dubbed version of the film in Telugu was prepared and released in late 2005. The film was awarded with an 'A' certificate by the Indian Censor Board, owing to its violence scenes. The film was also simultaneously released in Telugu and dubbed in Hindi with the same title.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||25 October 2002|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"July Malargale"||Pa. Vijay||Karthik, Sadhana Sargam||4:45|
|3.||"Kai... Kai.."||Kalai Kumar||Shankar Mahadevan, Anuradha Sriram||4:19|
|4.||"Saiyo Saiyo"||Na. Muthukumar||Timmi, Sadhana Sargam||5:23|
|5.||"Allu Allu"||Vaali||Udit Narayan||5:20|
|6.||"Podango"||Kalai Kumar||Vadivelu, Vijay||4:19|
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