Muthirai (transl. Stamp) is a 2009 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written by Aneez Tanveer Jeeva, wife of late director Jeeva, who also produces this film, and directed by actor Srinath,starring Daniel Balaji, Nithin Sathya, Lakshmi Rai and newcomer Manjari Phadnis in the lead roles, whilst Kishore of Polladhavan and Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu fame and Ponvannan play important supporting roles and Bollywood actress Rakhi Sawant makes a special appearance. The film, which has musical score by Yuvan Shankar Raja, was launched in early 2008, and was released on 19 June 2009.
|Produced by||Vikram Bhatt|
|Written by||Aneez Tanveer Jeeva|
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
ASA Production & Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.
Vision Jeeva Studios
|Distributed by||ASA Production & Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.|
Azhagar Adhiyaman's (Saravanan) party wins in Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. His brother Azhagar Thondaiman (Anand), the senior party leader Aadhikesavan (Ponvannan), and Azhagar Adhiyaman discuss about the posts to be held. Discussions turn into gun-firing, where all three of them get bullet shots. Azhagar Adhiyaman dies, Azhagar Thondaiman gets into a coma, and Aadhikesavan is left with an injury. The state is brought under temporary Governor's rule until their party chooses the new CM.
Sathya (Nithin Sathya) and his accomplice Azhagu (Daniel Balaji) are highly successful and petty thieves. Azhagu marries Kavyanjali (Lakshmi Rai) once for money (under mass-marriage programme). Kavya's father (Cochin Hanifa) tries to make money with his daughter. Azhagu realizes his mistake and tries to convince Kavya. Sathya cheats Aarthi (Manjari Phadnis) by saying he is a CBI officer and makes her fall in love with him. Sathya and Azhagu stay in an apartment opposite to where Krishna (Chetan) stays.
The commissioner (Kishore) is appointed as the investigating officer for the case, and he finds that Krishna knows some information about the firing where Azhagar Adhiyaman was killed. He traces where Krishna stays and chases him. At the same time in the opposite apartment, Sathya, Azhagu and Aarthi host a birthday party for Kavya for Azhagu and Kavya to get together again. Krishna enters their house to escape from the police, and all five of them start running away from the police. While the police chases them, Azhagu, Kavya, Sathya, and Aarthi try to escape. Krishna also tries to get in the car and drops his laptop in their car.
Four of them flee and seek refugee in a hideout. They take out the laptop to find that Aadhikesavan has shot Azhagar Adhiyaman and his brother, and he shoots himself. Azhagu calls up the commissioner to handover the witness, which fails because Aadhikesavan's men come and attack them in their hideout and Azhagu thinks that it is the commissioner's men. Later, he calls Aadhikesavan and demands ransom in exchange for the laptop. He also checks the commissioner's credit card transaction and mobile phone calls and finds that the commissioner has been getting a lot of money illegally from Azhagar Thondaiman, and he is appointed by him.
In the climax, Sathya comes to collect money from Aadhikesavan, where the commissioner also turns up unexpectedly. Azhagu comes with Azhagar Thondaiman, who was in the hospital. Azhagar Thondaiman explains his side of the story, that he also tried to kill his brother and had worn a bulletproof jacket to avoid the bulletproof. Krishna was a man appointed by him to take videos of incidents happening. The commissioner kills Aadhikesavan. When Sathya and Azhagu try to escape with the money, other police officers encounter them. They shoot the commissioner and arrest Azhagar Thondaiman. In the meantime, Sathya and Azhagu escape with the money and wish the other police officers good luck with their career.
- Daniel Balaji as Azhagu
- Nithin Sathya as Sathyamoorthy
- Lakshmi Rai as Kavyanjali
- Manjari Phadnis as Aarthi
- Kishore as Commissioner
- Saravanan as Azhagar Adhiyaman
- Chetan as Krishna
- Ponvannan as Aadhikesavan
- Anand as Azhagar Thondaiman
- Riyaz Khan as Aadhikesavan's assistant
- Cochin Hanifa as Kavya's father
- Rakhi Sawant in an item number "The Night is Still Young"
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||7 May 2009|
|Recorded||2008 / 2009|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
The soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and was released on 7 May 2009 at Sathyam Cinemas by director Gautham Menon. It features 8 tracks overall, out of which 2 songs are remixes, which were composed by Aditya. Specially mentionable is the fact, that one of the female leads of the film, Manjari Phadnis, a Maharashtrian by birth, has sung one of the songs, the first time in her career. The lyrics were penned by Snehan, Na. Muthukumar and Pa. Vijay.
|1||"Om Shanthi Om"||Neha Bhasin||Na. Muthukumar||4:44||Picturized on Lakshmi Rai in a bar|
|2||"Azhagana Neeyum"||Naresh Iyer, Manjari Phadnis||Snehan||5:06||Picturized on Nithin Sathya and Manjari Phadnis|
|3||"Night Is Still Young"||Krish, Benny Dayal, Preethi||Pa. Vijay||4:42||Item number picturized on Rakhi Sawant, Nithin Sathya and Daniel Balaji|
|4||"July Madhathil"||Mohd. Aslam, Rahul Nambiyar, Tanvi Shah, Priya||Na. Muthukumar||4:21||Picturized on Nithin Sathya, Daniel Balaji, Lakshmi Rai and Manjari Phadnis|
|5||"Uyire Uyire"||Javed Ali, Madhushree||Snehan||5:08||Picturized on Daniel Balaji and Lakshmi Rai|
|6||"Nenjukulla"||Shweta Mohan||Snehan||2:32||Picturized on Daniel Balaji and Lakshmi Rai|
|7||"Om Shanthi Om" (Remix)||Neha Bhasin||Na. Muthukumar||5:11||Remixed by Aditya|
Not featured in the film
|8||"Night Is Still Young" (Remix)||Krish, Benny Dayal, Preethi||Pa. Vijay||4:35||Remixed by Aditya|
Not featured in the film
Behindwoods wrote "Director Srinath knows his onions only too well and as a result, the racy story is further strewn with countless twists – some drab, but most of them surprisingly convincing fuelling the pace of the movie ensuring that there’s never a dull moment in the script." Rediff wrote "Halfway through the film though, you begin to realize that despite a rather nice cast, comedian-turned-director Srinath seems to have lost track of whatever Hollywood screenplay he burglarised and settled down with a half-baked desi version."
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