Sandamarutham is a 2015 Tamil-language action crime thriller film directed by A. Venkatesh which has R. Sarathkumar in dual lead roles and who also written the story of the film. This is his first time playing dual roles of the protagonist and antagonist. The film also has Oviya, Meera Nandan, and Samuthirakani in supporting roles. The film, produced by Raadhika, commenced shoot from May 2014 and released on 20 February 2015.
|Directed by||A. Venkatesh|
|Produced by||R. Sarathkumar|
|Written by||Rajesh Kumar|
|Music by||James Vasanthan|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
|20 February 2015|
The movie begins with an investigation of a girl who has been dead along with a small vessel. That small vessel is actually a weapon as it contains explosive chemicals (a bomb named "Ophalaska") with its changing colours.
Now comes the quarreling between two gangs, in which one gang is headed by Sarveshwaran (R. Sarathkumar). He lives in Kumbakonam along with his men. Another scene opens in Pollachi, where Surya (R. Sarathkumar) is an unemployed youth. He lives in a bungalow with his joint family. Maha (Meera Nandan) falls in love with Surya. Surya sees a metal sheet written in Chinese. When he magnifies that, he sees a Chinese script along with some Tamil words.
Sarveshwaran starts talking to the portrait of his mother, who is no longer alive. He then reveals his childhood story. Sarveshwaran is the son of a handicapped woman who is a florist. He sees so many kids wearing wristwatches, buying lollipops, etc. He asks his mother for money so that he can also do the same things as what the kids do regularly. He is the student of a corporation school. He also asks his mother to get him admitted in a government school so that he can learn to speak English. His mother pleads to the principal of the government school to enroll him in that school. The principal denies it, and he accidentally pushes his mother from the balcony, resulting in her death. Sarveshwaran kills the principal the same way the principal killed Sarveshwaran's mother. Now comes the present, in which Sarveshwaran assures his mother that he will earn a lot of money. He is then revealed to be a terrorist.
Thirumalai (Samuthirakani) is a cop who investigates a lorry which contains a lot of small vessels that have Ophalaskas. This lorry actually belongs to Sarveshwaran. Thirumalai gets confused to see a hospital getting converted into a lodge and injured men suddenly getting recovered. He learns that it is all because of Sarveshwaran. Selvam (Arun Sagar), one of Sarveshwaran's men, stabs Thirumalai. In spite of stabbing, he survives and calls Surya for help. Surya suddenly gets shocked upon seeing Thirumalai dead.
Surya is then revealed to be an undercover cop. He decides to foil all of Sarveshwaran's plans to destroy the whole India using a bomb called WHI (We Hate India, planned to keep bombs in 101 various places of India). Surya also finds the matter that Sarveshwaran has made contacts with Chinese terrorists for helping him so that India is no more. Surya, along with three undercover cops, goes to Sarveshwaran's house and kills his two men. Sarveshwaran then kidnaps Surya's whole family, Maha included. A very few members from Surya's family are killed by Sarveshwaran. Surya keeps Selvam under his custody.
When Surya, Selvam, and the cops go to Sarveshwaran's lair, Surya is left alive while the others who came with him are killed. He saves his kidnapped family after beating Sarveshwaran's men to death. He also sees Maha being tied with a timer bomb. Surya then confronts Sarveshwaran. An ensuing fight goes between both of them. After Surya defeats Sarveshwaran, the latter falls unconscious. Surya deactivates the bomb and saves Maha. He suddenly sees Sarveshwaran missing. When he goes in search for him along with Maha, Sarveshwaran stabs Surya in his stomach. However, Surya survives the stab and shoots Sarveshwaran dead.
- R. Sarathkumar as Surya (protagonist) and Sarveshwaran (antagonist)
- Oviya as Minmini / Rekha
- Meera Nandan as Maha, Surya's love interest
- Radha Ravi as Rangarajan
- Samuthirakani as Thirumalai
- Delhi Ganesh as Surya's father
- Nalini as Surya's mother
- Mohan Raman as Subramani, Maha's father
- Venniradai Moorthy as Punnaikodi
- Thambi Ramaiah as Nirakulathan
- George Maryan as Kuppan
- Dhandapani as Dhandapani
- Karate Raja as Bhaskar
- Vincent Asokan as Thamarai Chandran
- Imman Annachi as Murugan
- Arun Sagar as Selvam
- Singampuli as Mayilu
- Naresh as DGP
- Santhana Bharathi as Magistrate
- G. M. Kumar
- Rekha Suresh as Maha's mother
- M. N. K. Nadesan as Nadesan
- Ramaprakash as Thamarai, Chandran's assistant
- Ammu Apsara as Thirumalai's wife
- Ramkumar as Prakash
- Aadhavan as Aadhavan
- Baboos as Namasivayam
- Gana Ulaganathan
- Supergood Kannan
- Mannara (Special appearance)
The film was launched on 14 May 2014 and shooting began thereafter. Reports had initially suggested that Lakshmi Rai would be the film's lead actress, though she was later replaced by Malayalam actress Sarayu and Avani Modi, who had previously appeared in Naan Rajavaga Pogiren (2013). Both actresses were present during the launch of the film  but were replaced later with Oviya and Meera Nandan. Kannada actor Arun Sagar was selected to play one of the negative roles thus making his acting debut in Tamil.
The film marks the fourth collaboration between A. Venkatesh and Sarathkumar. Sarathkumar has written the story while Rajeshkumar who is known for crime based novels has written the screenplay and dialogues.
Soundtrack of the film was composed by James Vasanthan. Audio Launch event was held at Chennai on 14 Dec 2014. Namitha, Dhanush, Vikram Prabhu, Vimal, KS Ravikumar, Radha Ravi, Vijayakumar, A Venkatesh, Abirami Ramanathan, AL Alagappan, G. Siva, Madhan Karky, Sripriya, Lissy Priyadharshan, Santhana Bharathi, Mayilsamy, James Vasanthan, AL Vijay, Nirav Shah, Kalaipuli S Thanu, Mohan Raman, Lakshmi Ramakrishnan, RK Selvamani, Bharath, V Sekar, K Rajan, RB Choudary, Ramki, Nirosha, Bobby Simha, Manobala, Listin Stephen, Suseenthiran, Mohan, Naren participated in the event.
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|James Vasanthan chronology|
- Sanda Marudham - a quickie from Sarath Kumar!
- Lakshmi Rai out, two young girls for Sarath!
- Lakshmi out of Sandamarutham - Bangalore Mirror
- "Lakshmi Rai out, two young girls for Sarath!". sify.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
- "Oviya, Meera Nandan to pair with Sarathkumar - The Times of India". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
- Sandamarutham Audio Launch Stills
- "Sandamarutham Satellite Rights secured by SUN TV". Satellite Rights of Tamil Movies.blogspot.com. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.