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Deiva Thirumagal (transl. God's Daughter) is a 2011 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by A. L. Vijay and produced by M. Chinthamani and Ronnie Screwvala that features Vikram in the lead role as a mentally challenged adult with the maturity of a five-year-old boy who is suffering from intellectual disability and mental disorder while Sara Arjun, Anushka Shetty, Amala Paul, Nassar, and Santhanam playing pivotal roles. The film comprises director Vijay's 'regular' technical crew with G. V. Prakash Kumar as music composer, Nirav Shah as cinematographer and Anthony as editor. Audiography was done by M. R. Rajakrishnan. The film released on 15 July 2011 along with a dubbed version in Telugu titled Nanna. The film was later dubbed into Japanese as Kamisama ga Kureta Musume. The film has its basic plot and lead character copied from the 2001 American film I Am Sam written and directed by Jessie Nelson, and starring Sean Penn as a father with a developmental disability and Dakota Fanning as daughter.[2]

Deiva Thirumagal
Deiva Thirumagal.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. L. Vijay
Produced byM. Chinthamani
Ronnie Screwvala
Written byA. L. Vijay
Based onI Am Sam
by Kristine Johnson and Jessie Nelson
Music byG. V. Prakash Kumar
CinematographyNirav Shah
Edited byAnthony
Sree Rajakaliamman Medias
Distributed byUTV Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 15 July 2011 (2011-07-15)
Running time
166 minutes
Budget20 crore (equivalent to 31 crore or US$4.5 million in 2018) [1]
Box office45 crore (equivalent to 69 crore or US$10 million in 2018) [1]


(Flashback): Krishna (Vikram) is intellectually disabled man and has the mental ability of a five-year-old. He lives a peaceful life in the hill station of Ooty. He is cared for by Victor (Krishna Kumar), the owner of a chocolate factory where Krishna works. One day, he excitedly announces to the village that he will become a father. That night, his daughter is born, but his wife Banumathy dies during childbirth. Unable to grasp the concept of death, he simply accepts that his wife has "gone to God" and starts life as a father. He names his daughter Nila and raises her with love and care. She soon grows into a happy young girl (Sara). With the help of Victor and his other mentally challenged friends, Krishna enrolls Nila in school.

Nila adjusts herself to school life and befriends the correspondent Shwetha Rajendran (Amala Paul), who develops a maternal bond with her, but when she sees Nila with Krishna and learns that Nila is his daughter, she recognizes Krishna from a photo that her sister had shown of her lover. She realizes that Nila is her sister's daughter. She then refuses to let Nila stay with her father as she is scared that he might unknowingly do something to her. Soon, a scuffle starts between Krishna and Shwetha's fiancé Karthik (Karthik Kumar). It is broken up by the entry of Shwetha's father Rajendran (Sachin Khedekar), who reveals that his other daughter was Banumathy, who became estranged from him by choosing to marry Krishna. He offers to take Krishna and Nila with him and claims that they are part of his family. Victor agrees and sends them with Rajendran.

(Start of film): At a distance from Chennai, Rajendran tricks Krishna into exiting the car and abandons him. Distraught, Krishna wanders around the city asking passersby where Nila is. He eventually arrives at a court, where he meets lawyer Vinod (Santhanam), who assumes he is rich and promises him that his boss will defend him. He introduces him to his boss/colleague Anuradha Ragunathan (Anushka Shetty), who is hesitant to take up the case as she believes Krishna to be a lunatic, but soon, Victor arrives and explains Krishna's predicament (see flashback). Moved to tears, Anu agrees to help him.

Anu files a case against Rajendran but loses hope when she learns that Rajendran's lawyer is Bashyam (Nassar), a feared senior lawyer who has never lost a case. The case is then heard in the high court, with both parties arguing to the child's custody. Finally, Bashyam asks Krishna about how he can raise his daughter then to support her financially. Then, after a quick show of father-daughter connection and affection, Bashyam withdraws and loses the case voluntarily. Giving Krishna his custody of his daughter, Bashyam leaves the court. After spending some time with his daughter, Krishna then takes her back to Shwetha so that she will be raised financially stable and that she can become a doctor when she grows up. He returns to work at Victor's chocolate factory.




The production of the film took five months from start to finish, however Vijay claimed that the film had been in his plans for four years, but he waited for Vikram to give him dates.[3] With A. L. Vijay and Vikram confirming their presence in the project, the producers failed in attempts to persuade Vidya Balan to appear in the film.[4] In October 2010, Anushka Shetty agreed to appear in the lead female role in the film after agreeing terms.[4] Amala Paul, who appeared in the lead role in Mynaa, was signed in November 2010.[5] She had signed on in place of Meera Jasmine, who opted out of the film before production began.[6] Despite reports that Divya Spandana joined the cast of the film in early 2011, Vijay refuted the claim as a rumour.[7] The film saw the collaboration of several technicians who had worked in Vijay's earlier film Madrasapattinam, with G. V. Prakash Kumar as music composer, Nirav Shah as cinematographer and Anthony as editor. Santhanam was appointed as art director, whilst Deepali Noor took charge of costumes.[8] Sara had appeared in a commercial for Vijay when she was two but he then lost touch with Sara's family, before he met them and cast Sara in Deiva Thirumagal, following a visit to Mumbai.[9]

The film proceeded without an official title until April 2011, with several possibilities announced during the production period. The film was tentatively titled Deiva Magan (Son of God), a title from a 1969 film featuring Sivaji Ganesan. However problems arose after Sivaji Productions claimed that they owned the rights of the title and expressed their interest on using the name for a future production featuring Sivaji's grandson, Vikram Prabhu.[10] The title Pitha (Father) also ran into trouble after a debutant team announced that they had registered the title, and the title Deiva Thirumagan also created controversies,[11] but subsequently the film was christened as Deiva Thirumagal in March 2011.[12][13]


The film was predominantly shot across the hill country settings in Ooty throughout late 2010, with a chocolate factory being constructed as a set by art director Santhanam.[14] Scenes were also shot within Chennai, with the Chennai High Courtroom being reproduced for a scene in the film.[15] The team of the film returned to Ooty in February 2011 to complete the final schedule, after which the film was completed.[16] In order to perfect his portrayal of a mentally challenged adult with the maturity of a five-year-old boy, Vikram visited Vidya Sagar, a school for children with special needs, to learn and study the behavior of such children.[17]


After completing the film with little publicity, the film met the press at Raintree Hotel St Mary's Road in Chennai on 3 April 2011 to launch the title and logo, the teaser trailer and three twenty-second promotional videos of the film.[18] The event was attended by technicians and actors from the film, with the teaser trailer drawing acclaim and positive reviews from film critics.[19]

Themes and influencesEdit

Despite film's director A. L. Vijay denying it,[3] many critics believed the film was heavily inspired from Jessie Nelson's 2001 drama film I Am Sam.[20][21] Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu stated that "Those who have watched the Sean Penn stunner, I am Sam, and Dustin Hoffman's autistic travel in Rain Man can easily spot the similarities between them and DT" [..] and it "reminds you of Balu Mahendra's inimitable Moondraam Pirai. And at times Kamal's Guna".[22]


Deiva Thirumagal
Soundtrack album by
Released14 April 2011
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelThink Music
ProducerG. V. Prakash Kumar
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Deiva Thirumagal
Mayakkam Enna
Professional ratings
Review scores
Behindwoods     [23]
Rediff     [24]

The film score and soundtrack for Deiva Thirumagan is composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, collaborating with director Vijay for the third time after the success of Kireedam and Madrasapattinam. The soundtrack album released on 14 April 2011, at the Chennai Trade Centre.[25][26]

There are allegations that the song "Jagada Thom" has been taken from Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan's 2007 song "Truth" from the album of the same name.[27] The song "Pa Pa Pappa" is partially based on "Whistle-Stop" from Robin Hood (1973).[28][29]

Tamil track list

All lyrics are written by Na. Muthukumar.

1."Kadha Solla Poren"Vikram, Shringa05:38
2."Vizhigalil Oru Vaanavil"Saindhavi06:00
3."Pa Pa Pappa"Vikram05:51
4."Vennilave"G. V. Prakash Kumar03:33
5."Jagada Thom"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Maya, Rajesh05:20
7."Life Is Beautiful"Kalyan, Navin Iyer01:44
Total length:33:31

Telugu track list

1."Kadha Cheputhane"Vikram, Shringa05:38
2."Velinginadoka Vaanavillu"Saindhavi06:00
3."Pa Pa Pappa"Vikram05:51
4."Vennilave"G. V. Prakash Kumar03:33
5."Jagada Thom"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Maya, Rajesh05:20
6."Laalijo"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam05:25
7."Life Is Beautiful"Instrumental01:44
Total length:33:31

Critical responseEdit

The soundtrack album received positive reviews from music critics. Richard Mahesh from gave a rating of 3/5 and quoted "It’s realms of G.V. Prakash again as the young music director strikes with a brilliant composition. On the whole, every song in ‘Deiva Thirumagan’ has chances of getting ennobled as the best numbers. As of now, ‘Vizhigalil Oru Vaanavil’, ‘Vennilave’ and ‘Aarariro’ deserve special mention for the heavenly work by entire team." describing the music as a "Genuinely pleasing piece."[23] Pavithra Srinivasan from Rediff also gave a score of 3/5 and described the music as "touching" further saying "Deiva Thirumagan has numbers that fit in, almost formulaic fashion, with the angst and emotion that's required of a movie like this. The good thing is that G V Prakash, despite going with tried and trusted tunes, manages to make them melodious and touching. Go for it."[24] Another portal, Indiaglitz said "It would be cliched to say that the duo has recreated its Kireedam and Madraspattinam magic in Deiva Thirumagan, the Vikram starrer. For the album sets a new benchmark in terms of a complete fusion and certain new things have been attempted all through. To sum it up, songs from Deiva Thirumagan is a treat to music lovers and a feast to the fans of Vikram and GVP."[30]


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board. Though initially planned to be released in 400-500 screens in India alone,[31] the film was released by UTV only across 250 screens in Tamil Nadu and another 50 in North India. The premier of the film took place in Dubai.[32]

Critical responseEdit

The film received generally positive reviews.[33] CNN-IBN gave three and a half out of five, lauding Vijay for "having handled the emotional sequences with maturity", further adding that "his creative grip over the medium and the subject lifts the movie to higher levels despite some flaws and slow narrative."[34] called it an "emotional tale between a father and a daughter well told", giving it three and a half as well.[35] Sify noted that it was Vikram’s "best work in years", further writing: "You can feel the earnestness of his intentions and the wetness of his tears. He is able to nail the character’s boyish charm and innocence like sunshine and his restraint in the courtroom scene and his poignant dialogues in the climax, is heart breaking".[20] S. Viswanath from the Deccan Herald stated that "Deiva Thirumagan, with A L Vijay [...] proving his mettle and supported by his glorious team, ensures it’s worth the ticket money", labelling it as a "not-to-be missed, must-see movie."[36] D.I. Aravindan from nowrunning rated it three and a half stating that "despite some flaws and slow narrative in the first half, the movie turns out to be worth watching -- thanks to some extraordinary performances and emotional strength".[37] Chennai Online cited it was a "stand-out film" that "works a big way with its sensitive approach, good music, spectacular cinematography, and excellent performances".[38] Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu called it "a sensitive poem on celluloid" that "showcases paternal instinct in all its poignancy" further citing that "Vijay provides enough fodder for this veritable storehouse of talent, and the actor gobbles it up with glee". She heaped praise on Vikram stating "an antithesis almost, but temerity or timidity, the actor accomplishes the task assigned, with élan."[22]

However, the film also received mixed response from other critics. Rohit Ramachandran of nowrunning rated it two and a half describing the film as a "well-made crowd pleasing family entertainer with a developmental disability that gets mentally taxing for the audience towards the end."[39] Pavithra Srinivasan from Rediff also rated it two and a half, praising Vikram's performance, while citing that "if you're a fan of sentimental tear-jerkers, and have not seen I am Sam, Deiva Thirumagal might impress. For the rest, it might provide a sense of déjà vu, and towards the end, the meandering, weak screenplay is largely dissatisfying."[21]

Box officeEdit

In Chennai, the film collected 80 lakh in the first three days with around 100% occupancy in theaters.[40] After one week, the collections were around 2.53 crore with the average occupancy being 90%.[41] After six weeks, it had collected 7.01 crore from Chennai and was declared a super hit.[42] The film completed 100-day run at the box office.[43][44][45]


Osaka film festival

  • Grand Prix award for Best film
  • Best Entertainer of the festival award

Filmfare Awards

Vijay Awards

SIIMA Awards

  • SIIMA Actor Award for Special Appreciation – Vikram

Vikatan Awards

  • Vikatan Award For Best Actor – Vikram
  • Vikatan Award For Best Comedian – Santhanam
  • Vikatan Award For Best Child Artiste – Sara Arjun


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