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Vaaimai (English : The Truth) is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language courtroom drama film written and directed by A. Senthil Kumar.[1] Inspired by the script of Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men (1954), the film features Shanthnu Bhagyaraj and Muktha Bhanu in the lead roles amongst an ensemble cast.[2] Goundamani, Thyagarajan, Ramki, Urvashi, Manoj K. Bharathi, Prithvi Pandiarajan and Poornima Bhagyaraj are also part of the cast. Though production had begun in 2013, the film released following a production delay on 8 September 2016, garnering negative reviews.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. Senthil Kumar
Produced byS. Mani
S. Thamizhini
Written byA. Senthil Kumar
StarringShanthanu Bhagyaraj
Manoj Bharathiraja
Prithvi Pandiarajan
Poornima Bhagyaraj
Music byAugath
Min Max Movies
Distributed byOpen Theatre
Release date
8 September 2016




Senthil Kumar chose to make his debut with Vaaimai after his other project, Thirudan featuring Vijay Antony, ran into production troubles during 2012. Inspired by Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men (1954), Senthil Kumar signed on Shanthnu Bhagyaraj to play the lead role in the film. The film began its shoot in February 2013, with a bevy of retired actors making their comebacks. Goundamani, Ramki, Thiagarajan, Poornima Bhagyaraj and Manoj K. Bharathi all signed on to work on the film, several years after their previous films had released.[3] The film was subsequently shot in places like Delhi, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Kollimalai.[4]

After a three-year production delay, the film was readied for release in September 2016 with Vijay Sethupathi working as a narrator in the film.[5]


The film opened after a long production delay in September 2016 to negative reviews. The critic from The Hindu called it "a forgettable re-interpretation of an all-time classic" and gave the film a very negative review.[6] A critic from wrote "It's very difficult to tolerate when someone adapt a classic film like Twelve Angry Men with a plodding screenplay, over the top dialogues and dramatic performances! Well, if you are a fan of Twelve Angry Men, better never ever try to watch Vaaimai!", concluding "watch the film at your own risk".[7] The reviewer from The Times of India noted "in fact, this film is — unconvincing, with writing that makes no sense and execution that is laughable".[8]


Debutant Auggath has composed the music of this movie.

Track listing
1."Vaimaye Vellum"Vijay Prakash4.32
2."Kanpadum Un Mugham"Alka Yagnik3.45
3."Matta"Blaaze, Vijay Prakash5.18
4."Boomiye Saamiye"Sadhana Sargam3.18
5."Hey Nadu"S. P. Balasubramaniam5.10
Total length:22.13


  1. ^ "Shanthnu gears for 'Vaaimai'". The Times of India. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Vaaimai second schedule underway". The Times of India. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Goundamani is back!!!, Goundamani, Vaaimai". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  4. ^ "A believer in content-oriented films". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  5. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir (9 September 2016). "Dad will not choose my films any more: Shanthnu". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  6. ^ Menon, Vishal (10 September 2016). "Vaaimai: Court unquote". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Review : Vaaimai review: Watch at your own risk! (2016)". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Vaaimai Movie Review {1.5/5}: Critic Review of Vaaimai". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 October 2018.

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