Thirupaachi is a 2005 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Perarasu. The film stars Vijay, Trisha and Mallika in the lead roles, with Livingston, Pasupathy, Benjamin, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Vaiyapuri and Manoj K. Jayan in other roles. Chaya Singh made a guest appearance in a song. The film featured score composed by Dhina, and a soundtrack jointly composed by Dhina, Devi Sri Prasad, and Mani Sharma. The story is about the upright lifestyle of Sivagiri and the affectionate bond he has with his sister. It was released on 14 January 2005. The film ran for 200 days in theatres. The movie was remade in 2006 in two languages - in Kannada as Thangigagi and in Telugu as Annavaram - both of which were released within a span of two months.
|Produced by||R. B. Choudary|
Devi Sri Prasad (one song)
Mani Sharma (one song)
|Edited by||V. Jaishankar|
|14 January 2005|
Sivagiri (Vijay) is a bladesmith in a remote village near Thirupaachi. He has a lovable sister named Karpagam (Mallika). He runs into some hilarious incidents while searching locally for a groom for his sister. Sivagiri confides to his friend Kannapan (Benjamin) that he wants his sister to be in a good city after her marriage. Sivagiri also nods his acceptance when a city guy proposes to Karpagam. He accompanies the newlyweds to Chennai and finds a girl named Subha (Trisha) welcoming them, and they both fall in love after initial mishaps.
On a trip to Chennai, Sivagiri rescues a court witness from Pattasu Balu (Pasupathy), a don dominating central Chennai. He also learns of a local don Pan Parag Ravi (Aryan), who controls North Chennai and troubles Karpagam's husband's canteen business. In an altercation in a cinema theater, Kannappan gets murdered by a thug Saniyan Sagadai (Kota Srinivasa Rao), who dominates South Chennai. Karpagam's husband told Sivagiri to leave Chennai if he wants his sister to be happy. After Kannapan's funeral, he leaves his hometown, stating that he got a job in a cloth manufacturing company. In reality, he comes with a mission in Chennai.
Sivagiri warns Sagadai, stating that the latter will be killed by him. He also calls ACP Raj Guru (Manoj K. Jayan) and warns him that he will kill all the dons of Chennai, as the police department fails in their duty. Later on, Sivagiri's friend Veluchamy (Yugendran) who is a police inspector, comes to know about this. Sivagiri challenges Veluchamy that he will give up his mission if the latter keeps any one thug of Chennai in jail at least for a single day. Veluchamy fails in his mission and loses his son, as he was killed by Balu.
This harsh lesson makes Veluchamy help Sivagiri. Thus, Veluchamy lists Sivagiri the entire mafia network of Chennai by providing the specification of who leads the various areas. Sivagiri writes their names in papers and randomly chooses Balu. He kills Balu, stating that he is not killing instead 'clearing'. One day, Subha meets Sivagiri in a temple and finds that he is not working in any cloth manufacturing company. Sivagiri manages to make Subha believe that he is working in a travels company. Thus, Subha gets a promise from Sivagiri that he should meet her and spend time with her frequently.
Later on, Sivagiri provokes Ravi to kill his own brother (Sashikumar) by sticking funeral posters of Ravi and making him think that his brother is the person who is killing people all over Chennai. After the death of Ravi's brother, Ravi realizes his brother is not the one who stuck the funeral posters, so he hides himself in a politician's house to be away and safe from the hands of Sivagiri. The politician damages his car and house and makes the policebelieve that someone has attacked his house. The police decides to provide security for the politician. This makes Ravi feel happy, considering that Sivagiri can't come to his place by fooling all these inspectors and kill him. Veluchamy soon found out that Ravi is hiding in the politician's place.
Sivagiri wants Veluchamy to disband the police protection, but Veluchamy refused because that is the police's responsibilities to protect. He can only inform Sivagiri, who has to kill Ravi. Later on, Sivagiri brings a group of people who rally due losing their money to a fraud financier who is hiding in the politician's place. With the rally, Sivagiri enters Ravi's fort and kills him. Raj inquires the people that involve in rally regarding identity of Sivagiri. However, nobody wants to tell anything because they think Sivagiri is doing the police's job while the police do nothing and wait for their salary. Raj's daughter (Meenal) is willing to die than reveal Sivagiri's identity because she was rescued by Sivagiri from Balu.
Later on, Sivagiri decides to kill Sagadai, and warns him. This makes Sagadai seek the protection of a mass group of thugs from Chennai. Sivagiri uses this as a chance to destroy the entire mafia gang of Chennai. He ignites a war between the police group and mafia gang in a very diplomatic manner. Sivagiri disguises himself as a police inspector and enters Sagadai's fort. Veluchamy helps Sivagiri in his mission by hurting himself. Raj orders his squad to hit the thugs.
Sivagiri enters the house in a police uniform, confronts a thug, and forces him to wear a police uniform. After that, Sivagiri shoots and kills the thug and throws him out of the window. Thinking that one of his fellow officers is dead, Raj orders for open fire. All the thugs were killed, but when they checked the dead 'police officer', they realize Sivagiri's trick and run upstairs to find him. However, Sivagiri already stabbed Sagadai and threw him to the ground right before the birth of a new year. Finally, Sivagiri surrenders to the police but releases after six months. Subha welcomes Sivagiri, Karpagam, and her husband once again after returning home. Sivagiri gives Subha the necklace that he is wearing, and they unite at the end.
- Vijay as Sivagiri
- Trisha as Subha
- Mallika as Karpagam
- Kota Srinivasa Rao as Saniyan Sagadai
- Manoj K. Jayan as Assistant Commissioner Raj Guru
- Livingston as Police Inspector Inba Raghavan
- Pasupathy as Patasu Balu
- Benjamin as Kanappan
- Yugendran as Inspector Veluchamy
- Aryan as Pan Parag Ravi
- Vaiyapuri as Police Constable
- Vijayan as Commissioner Rathnakumar
- Vinod Raj as Sivagiri and Karpagam's father
- Rajya Lakshmi as Sivagiri's and Karpagam's mother
- M. N. Rajam as Subha's grandmother
- Nellai Siva as Villager
- M. S. Bhaskar as Marriage Broker
- Sashikumar as Ravi's brother
- Meenal as Raj's daughter
- Kumarimuthu as Kannappan's father
- Fathima Babu as Raj's wife
- Bharathi as Saniyan Sagadai's wife
- Chaya Singh in a Special Appearance in "Kumbida Pona Deivam" song
The film was announced in 2004. Director Perarasu earlier worked as an assistant director under Rama Narayanan and N. Maharajan. Vijay's words about Perarasu was: He is a talented person. He talks very less but he shows everything in his work. He acts before me, scene by scene, before the take is on. Trisha who earlier paired with Vijay in Ghilli was selected to play leading female role along with actress Mallika in supporting role. Thirupaachi was Vijay's 40th film and fifth collaboration with Supergood Films. Actor Vikram's father Vinodraj was selected to play Vijay's father. Chaya Singh was roped in for item number.
A song was picturised in a village near Karaikudi, where a lavish set was designed by art director M Prabhakar. It was of an Ayyanar temple with a 90-foot statue, surrounded by 200 mud horses. Costing about ₹3 million, it had about 1,500 junior artistes taking part. It took a week to complete the song. The climax for the film was shot in Vasan House, Chennai. It had a huge crowd of junior artistes taking part each day of the two weeks it took to complete the scene. Other locations for shooting were Visakhapatnam, Arakkuveli, with a song shot in South Africa.
Thirupaachi was sued by Godrej Sara Lee Ltd. for what they considered "defamatory, prejudicial, offensive and slanderous" use of the mosquito spray HIT, of which they are the trademark owners. Godrej eventually won the case, obtaining "an order of permanent injunction and damages worth ₹500,000 from Super Good Films. In some home media, the HIT label on the spray bottle has been digitally covered.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||3 December 2004|
|Recorded||12 November 2004|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Mani Sharma chronology|
|Devi Sri Prasad chronology|
The soundtrack has seven songs, five songs were composed by Dhina, while Devi Sri Prasad (Kattu Kattu) and Mani Sharma (Kannum Kannumthan) had composed one song respectively. All the lyrics for the songs were penned by Perarasu.
|"Kattu Kattu"||Manikka Vinayagam, Sumangali||Vijay, Trisha||5:12||Devi Sri Prasad|
|"Kannum Kannumthan"||Harish Raghavendra, Uma Ramanan, Premji Amaren||Vijay, Trisha||5:56||Mani Sharma|
|"Appan Panna"||Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Anuradha Sriram||Vijay, Trisha||4:48||Dhina|
|"Nee Entha Ooru"||Tippu||Vijay||4:48||Dhina|
|"Kumbida Pona Deivam"||Shankar Mahadevan, Malathy Lakshman||Vijay, Chaya Singh, Trisha, Mallika||4:12||Dhina|
|"Enna Thavam"||Dhina, Swarnalatha||Vijay, Mallika||2:15||Dhina|
|"Avichu Vecha"||Manikka Vinayagam||Vijay, Mallika||1:11||Dhina|
The film was given a "U/A" certificate by the Indian Censor Board. Thirupachi was released on 14 January 2005 on the eve of Pongal with other releases like Ayya, Iyer IPS, Aayudham and Devathaiyai Kanden. Tirupachi released with 207 prints.
The film received positive reviews. Behindwoods wrote: "Another tailor-made role for Vijay, Tiruppachi scores with its impressive screenplay. Although the story is the perennial tear-jerker of a brother's affection for his sister, the packaging will attract the audience". Indiaglitz wrote: "It is a film for Vijay's fans who love their star to dance with energy, fight with enthusiasm and love with mischief. He does all this in his usual style. Punchline dialogues, songs glorifying hero find their place in all throughout the movie". While another critic wrote: "Unlike usual masala movies that serve up sentiments and action alternately, Thiruppaachi makes a clean break between the two. Its first half, which is entirely setup, is devoted entirely to comedy and sentiments with not even a single stunt sequence. But once action rears its head after the intermission, there is no respite from it apart from the obligatory duets. It is one violent fight after the other until the final credits roll. It is to director Perarasu's credit that both halves maintain our interest in spite of the dedication to a particular aspect". Sify wrote:"Vijay has stuck to his regular formula - five songs, flying fights, crass comedy, punch line dialogues, dream songs in foreign locales and corny sentiments. So if you have seen earlier films of the superstar you may strive hard to find anything new in Tirupachi, which is old wine served in a new bottle, with a different label.
The film released on the Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu alongside Ayya and with Dhanush starrer Devathayai Kanden. The film opened up to full houses with 80 percent occupancy from Chennai and other districts of the state. After taking a fantastic opening for the first week, the film took a slight fall in crowd for the second week. The film completed a 200-day theatrical in Tamil Nadu 
The movie was dubbed in Hindi as Insaaf Ki Talwar. It was later remade in Telugu as Annavaram in the year 2006 with Pawan Kalyan and Asin in the lead roles, directed by Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao. It was also remade in Kannada language as Thangigagi in the year 2006 with Darshan and Poonam Bajwa in the lead roles, directed by Sathya P.
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