Thirumalai is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language romantic action film written and directed by Ramana. This film stars Vijay and Jyothika, while Vivek, Raghuvaran, Kausalya and Karunas play supporting roles.

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Directed byRamana
Produced byPushpa Kandaswamy
Written byRamana
Music byVidyasagar
CinematographyR. Rathnavelu
Edited bySuresh Urs
Distributed byKavithalayaa Productions
Release date
  • 24 October 2003 (2003-10-24)
Running time
170 minutes

Produced by Kavithalayaa Productions banner, Thirumalai shows Vijay playing a bike mechanic of the Pudupet area in Chennai. This film was a turning point in Vijay's career as he transitioned himself into a leading action hero from a romantic hero in his acting career.[1] The filming began in June 2002 and the film was finally released on 24 October 2003, on account of Diwali, and was a declared as a successful venture at the box office.[2]

The film was remade in Telugu as Gowri in late 2004.[3]


Thirumalai (Vijay) is a mechanic who lives with his friends in Puthupet, Chennai. On the occasion of 2002 New Year's Eve, he meets Swetha (Jyothika) and falls in love with her. He starts stalking her. But she beats him up with the help of her goons. After realizing his good nature, she reciprocates his feelings. This is opposed by her father Ashok (Avinash), who calls a thug named Arasu (Manoj K. Jayan), who has a reputation of being a big mafia crime boss in Chennai. Hence, Thirumalai fights with them and this makes Arasu realize all of his misbehavior. In the end, Arasu changes his mind about the match, and Ashok also realizes his mistakes. He accepts their love finally, and both reunite with each other.



The filming began in June 2002, when Vijay was simultaneously shooting for his previous action flick, Bagavathi (2002). Directing the film was debutant Ramana who had apprenticed with director R. K. Selvamani. The shooting was finally ended in August 2003. On 15 April 2003, Vijay stated that he had started dubbing for his portions of the film.

Namrata Shirodkar was chosen initially to play the female lead. But the director was not satisfied with her onscreen presence and she was replaced by Jyothika.[4]

A set resembling a market place with a mechanic shop in it was erected at Mohan Studios at a cost of about 50 lakh. Designed by art director Kathir, shooting took place there for 30 days. The film's shooting occurred in Chennai, Nellore and Vishakhapatnam, while the songs were filmed in Egypt and Switzerland.[5]


Soundtrack album by
Released20 June 2003
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelNew Music
Hit Musics
Classic Audio
Ayngaran Music
Vidyasagar chronology
Nilaave Vaa

Music is composed by Vidyasagar.[6] The audio's album consisting of five songs, was released on 20 June 2003.[7] The audio was also well received among the audience. The recording of the songs took place during 2002–2003.

Song Singers Lyrics Picturization
Thaamthakka Dheemthakka Tippu, Karthik Na. Muthukumar Vijay, Raghavendra Lawrence
Vaadiyamma Jakkamma Udit Narayan Kabilan Vijay, Kiran Rathod
Neeyaa Pesiyadhu Shankar Mahadevan Yugabharathi Vijay, Jyothika
Azhagooril Poothvale S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sujatha Mohan Arivumathi Vijay, Jyothika
Dhimsu Katta Tippu, Srilekha Parthasarathy Pa. Vijay Vijay, Jyothika


The film was released on 24 October 2003. The film was later dubbed into Hindi as Dum 2 in 2015 by Goldmines Telefilms with Vijay's voice dubbed by Chetanya Adib.[8] Despite the remade Telugu version, the original film was again dubbed in Telugu as Gharana Mogudu.[9]


Now running gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and stated "Yet another poor-boy rich-girl romance with parental opposition and mafia interference".[10] Chennai Online wrote "There's nothing fresh here that we haven't seen in an earlier Vijay film. The Vijay-Jyotika pair, after their successful combination in Khushi, was expected to re-create the same magic on screen. But it doesn't happen".[11] Thiraipadam wrote "Thirumalai sees director Ramana working within two big limitations. He has an age-old poor boy-rich girl love story in hand and has to contend with Vijay's mass image. Considering these restrictions, he has done a commendable job. By fashioning the hero's character a little differently and designing a fast screenplay that contains several stock situations but resolves them differently, he overcomes those negatives to deliver an entertaining feature".[12]


  1. ^ "16. Thirumalai (2003) | Top 20 Best Films of Vijay".
  2. ^ "Thirumalai (2003) | Thirumalai Movie | Thirumalai Tamil Movie Cast & Crew, Release Date, Review, Photos, Videos". FilmiBeat.
  3. ^ Venkat, Chai. "17 Movies That Show Tamil Star Vjiay's Deep Bond With Telugu Cinema!". Chai Bisket.
  4. ^ "Thirumalai Unseen Stills ~ Namrata shirodkar As heroine. | Facebook".
  5. ^ "Thirumalai". 22 December 2003.
  6. ^ "Thirumalai Songs Download, Thirumalai Tamil MP3 Songs, Tamil Songs".
  7. ^ "Thirumalai (2003) - Vidyasagar" – via
  8. ^ "Video". Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Video". Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Thirumalai review". Now running. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Thirumalai". 30 November 2003.
  12. ^ "Thirumalai - Tamil Movie Review".

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