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Bala is a 2002 Indian Tamil film written and directed by Deepak, starring Shaam as the titular character along with Meera Jasmine in the lead roles. The music by Yuvan Shankar Raja became popular upon release and was a major highlight of the film. The film was released on 13 December 2002 and is considered an average grosser.

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International release DVD cover
Directed byDeepak
Produced byRajaa Baalu
Raju Magalingam
Written byDeepak
Meera Jasmine
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Goldmine Pictures
Release date
  • 13 December 2002 (2002-12-13)



Bala (Shaam) is the favorite hit man of gangster Pasupathi (Rajan P. Dev). When Bala is not zooming around in jeeps with a wild-looking gang parading down lanes with the same gang faithfully following a step behind him or knocking down one person or another, he is successfully wooing Aarthi (Meera Jasmine). Aarthi is the daughter of Jeyamani (Raghuvaran), a rival gangster. Ailing don Paranthaman (Thilakan), the mentor of the two rivals, brings a compromise by suggesting that Aarthi will be married to Pasupathi's wayward son. Bala naturally becomes a pariah in both camps, till it's all's well that ends well.



Vidya Balan, the original choice for lead actress, was replaced by Meera Jasmine in the film.[1]

'Bala' is directed by debutant Deepak who had assisted editors Lenin-Vijayan, and director A.R. Gandhikrishna. Produced by Rajaa Baalu and Raju Mahalingam for Goldmine Pictures, 'Bala' has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja , editing by V.T. Vijayan and cinematography by Priyan. The supporting cast has Thilakan, Vadivelu, Rajan P. Dev, Murali of Malayalam films. Mayilsamy, Sumitra, Monish, Raghuvaran , Karunas, Nagesh and Meera Krishnan.

Some scenes were shot on a boat about fifteen kilometre from the harbour, in Chennai whereas at the Vauhini Studios, Chennai, a lavish set was erected where Shaam and Meera Jasmine danced to the beat of a song.[2]


Soundtrack album by
Released20 October 2002 (2002-10-20)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelFive Star Audio
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
April Maadhathil
Mounam Pesiyadhe

The soundtrack, featuring 5 songs, was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and released on 20 October 2002.[3] Lyrics were penned by Arivumathi, Kabilan, Pa. Vijay and Pazhani Bharathi. The song "Bailamo Bailamo" was originally composed for the Srikanth-starrer April Maadhathil, but eventually used in this film.[4]

1."Bailamo Bailamo"Pa. VijayYuvan Shankar Raja4:20
2."Poopoovai"ArivumathiUnni Menon, Ganga4:55
3."Theendi Theendi"Pa. VijayP. Unnikrishnan, Sujatha Mohan4:10
4."Vaanathu Poochi"KabilanKarthik, Mathangi4:30
5."En Kannai"Pazhani BharathiShankar Mahadevan4:13


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  3. ^ "Ready for the fight". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Success guaranteed". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 19 November 2005. Retrieved 28 May 2009.

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