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Vai Raja Vai (English: Place It King, Place It) is a 2015 Indian Tamil language black comedy film written and directed by Aishwarya Dhanush, starring Gautham Karthik, Priya Anand, Vivek, Taapsee Pannu, Gayathri Raguram and Daniel Balaji. Filming commenced on 12 September 2013.[1] The film, featuring a musical score from Yuvan Shankar Raja, released on 1 May 2015 to positive reviews and was declared a sleeper hit at the box office.[2]. The film's plot is a mix of Hollywood movies Next and 21.

Vai Raja Vai
Vai Raja Vai poster.jpg
Movie poster
Directed byAishwarya R. Dhanush
Produced byKalpathi S. Aghoram
Kalpathi S. Ganesh
Kalpathi S. Suresh
Written byAishwarya R. Dhanush
Madhan Karky
Screenplay byAishwarya R. Dhanush
Story byAishwarya R. Dhanush
StarringGautham Karthik
Priya Anand
Taapsee Pannu
Daniel Balaji
Gayathri Raguram
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
T. S. Jay
Release date
  • 1 May 2015 (2015-05-01)
Running time
125 minutes



Karthik (Gautham Karthik) is a middle-class boy gifted with extrasensory perception who works at an IT company. He has a girlfriend Priya (Priya Anand). During school days, he scores good in the exams using his power, so his father (Vasanth) asks him to suppress this power. Then Karthik meets Pandian aka Panda (Vivek) at his office and befriends him. Panda, a gambler, gets to know about Karthik's power and asks him to play cricket gambling by using his power. Rangarajan aka Rande (Daniel Balaji) is in charge of cricket gambling under an unknown man known as Kumar. Karthik wins a crore in gambling and uses 10 lakhs for his elder sister Gayathri's (Gayathri Raguram) marriage. Panda, Karthik and Sathish (Sathish) go on a vacation to Goa to spend the gambling money. There, Rande threatens Karthik to play roulette in the Casino Royale ship. Initially Karthik hesitates, but Rande threatens him by kidnapping Priya. Karthik accepts to play. By this incident, Priya comes to know about Karthik's power. To train Karthik, Shreya (Taapsee Pannu) comes to help. Karthik plays the game and tricks Rande to take his place in gambling. The casino officials arrest Rande. Karthik, with his money won in the gambling with Panda, Sathish and Priya, escapes and goes back home. Shreya helps Rande escape from guards by the saying of Kumar. Rande traces Karthik and takes him to his place. There, Karthik uses his power to fight Rande's sidekicks and threatens Rande. At that time, a Rolls-Royce Phantom comes and is revealed that the unknown man Kumar is Kokki Kumar (Dhanush), and he asks Karthik to play for him in politics.




Initially, director Aishwarya's choice for the lead actor was Atharvaa, but due to schedule conflicts he was unable to work on the project, therefore, Gautham Karthik was signed to play the male lead.[3] It was later announced that Priya Anand was going to be the female lead opposite Gautham in the film.[4] Velraj was confirmed as cinematographer for the film.[5]

Director Vasanth was cast as Gautham's father to make his acting debut, while choreographer "Calcium" Gayu was signed to play Gautham's sister, making her return as an actress after a ten-year hiatus.[6] Taapsee Pannu and Daniel Balaji were chosen to perform guest appearances in the film. Taapsee's role would be a surprise element in the film as for the first time she plays a character with a negative shade.[7] She later stated that she was not playing the villain in the film but "an aloof girl who is a regular at casinos".[8] In November 2014, Dhanush also shot for a cameo role, reprising the role he played in the film Pudhupettai, Kokki Kumar.[9]


The film was mostly shot in Chennai, with major portions being shot at Pacifica Tech Park, OMR. The climax scenes were filmed in a cruise liner as the ship sailed a seven-night itinerary across Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In December 2013, the crew filmed a song in Osaka, Japan.[10] Gayathri Raguram, besides acting in the film, choreographed the love duet.[11] A few scenes and songs were also canned in Goa.[12]


Vai Raja Vai
Soundtrack album by
Released10 December 2014
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony Music India
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Vai Raja Vai
Idam Porul Yaeval

Aishwarya Dhanush, whose first film had a successful soundtrack by Anirudh Ravichander, collaborated with Yuvan Shankar Raja for Vai Raja Vai's music. The background music of the film was one of the best in Yuvan's career.[citation needed] The soundtrack album featuring five tracks was released on 10 December 2014 in Chennai.[13] Four months earlier, a single from the album, "Move Your Body", a song in the trap-and-bass genre,[14] which was written by Aishwarya's husband, actor Dhanush and sung by Yuvan Shankar Raja's father and composer Ilaiyaraaja, was released on YouTube.[15] Besides Dhanush, Madhan Karky wrote two songs, while Gana Bala and Hiphop Tamizha wrote and performed each a song. The soundtrack received highly positive reviews upon release.

1."Vandha Kadha"Gana BalaGana Bala3:32
2."Pachchai Vanna"Madhan KarkyYuvan Shankar Raja4:15
3."Pookkamazh"Madhan KarkyTanvi Shah, Yuvan Shankar Raja3:58
4."Naam Vaazhndhidum"Hiphop TamizhaHiphop Tamizha, Yuvan Shankar Raja4:39
5."Move Your Body"DhanushIlaiyaraaja3:17
Total length:19:41


A first-look teaser of 70 seconds was released on 18 April 2014 which received a good response.[16] The trailer was released alongside the soundtrack on 10 December 2014.[17] The satellite rights of the film were sold to STAR Vijay.

Critical receptionEdit

The New Indian Express stated the film was "compact, breezy, stylish and a pleasant watch".[18] Sify called the film "a perfect recipe of a full-on entertainer without even a dash of obscenity or violence...the film is smartly packaged as an exciting and stylish entertainer".[19] The Times of India gave 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "The film isn't perfect, far from it, it has a few weak spots that could have been disastrous but the confidence with which Aishwaryaa manages to narrate this story helps us tide over its issues".[20]

The Hindu wrote that "her second film too suffers from bipolar disorder".[21] Indo-Asian News Service gave 2 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Vai Raja Vai is a good effort gone completely awry", noting that "the first half is incredible fun" but that the film "goes haywire post interval".[22] Rediff gave the same rating and wrote, "Despite a good storyline, young enthusiastic cast and an impressive technical crew, the film barely manages to hold your attention", calling the film a "let down".[23]


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  3. ^ "Aishwarya Dhanush's next is Vai Raja Vai – Times Of India". 20 April 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Priya Anand is Gautham Karthik's new pair! – Priya Anand- Gautham Karthik New Pair- Vai Raja Vai- Aishwarya Dhanush- Yuvan Shankar Raja- Ags- Velraj- Kola Baskar". 14 May 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  5. ^ Cinema cinema!. The Hindu. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  6. ^ "After a decade, Gayathri returns to the big screen". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "Taapsee's cameo in Aishwaryaa's film". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "I'm not the villain in Vai Raja Vai: Taapsee". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Dhanush to do a cameo in `Vai Raja Vai`". Sify.
  10. ^ "Aishwarya Dhanush shoots in Osaka!". Sify.
  11. ^ "'It's all for Aishwaryaa Dhanush'". Deccan Chronicle.
  12. ^ "Exclusive interview: Aishwarya Dhanush talks about Vai Raja Vai". Sify.
  13. ^ "`Vai Raja Vai` audio launched in style". Sify.
  14. ^ T. Krithika Reddy;. "The Yuvan Wave". The Hindu.
  15. ^ "Vai Raja Vai single out". The Times of India.
  16. ^ "`Vai Raja Vai` and `Irumbu Kuthirai` teasers well received". Sify.
  17. ^ "WATCH: Slick & pacy `Vai Raja Vai` Trailer!". Sify.
  18. ^ Mannath, Malini. (3 May 2015) "Aishwarya Dhanush Returns With Second Venture Vai Raja Vai". The New Indian Express. Retrieved on 2015-06-16.
  19. ^ Review : Vai Raja Vai. Retrieved on 16 June 2015.
  20. ^ Vai Raja Vai Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India. (2 May 2015). Retrieved on 2015-06-16.
  21. ^ "Vai Raja Vai: Curse of the second half". The Hindu (1 May 2015). Retrieved on 2015-06-16.
  22. ^ Vai Raja Vai review: Good effort gone awry. (2 May 2015). Retrieved on 2015-06-16.
  23. ^ Review: Vai Raja Vai is a let down – Movies. (1 May 2015). Retrieved on 2015-06-16.

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