Vallarasu (transl.Superpower) is a 2000 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by N. Maharajan in his film debut. The film stars Vijayakanth and Devayani. Film director P. Vasu made his debut as actor in a negative role and Kannada Darshan first debut in Tamil cinema. The music is by Deva. It was released on 14 April to positive reviews and became a Blockbuster. The movie was remade in Hindi as Indian (2001), also directed by same director and which Mukesh Rishi reprising his role.[1][2]

Vallarasu
Vallarasu poster.jpg
Poster
Directed byN. Maharajan
Written byN Maharajan
Produced byL. K. Sudhish
StarringVijayakanth
Devayani
CinematographyS. Saravanan
Edited byB. S. Vasu
Saleem
Music byDeva
Production
company
Captain Cine Creations
Release date
  • 14 April 2000 (2000-04-14)
Running time
166 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

PlotEdit

Vallarasu (Vijayakanth) is the honest Deputy Commissioner of Police who has arrested Wasim Khan (Mukesh Rishi), a terrorist from Pakistan. His wife is Anjali (Devayani), and they both have two children. Vallarasu kills his senior police officer and father-in-law (Raghuvaran) because he knows that the latter is working with terrorists. Anjali leaves Vallarasu after she learns that he killed her father. Vallarasu takes the help of youths (including Darshan) who are disillusioned by their inability to join the police force to fight violence. Vallarasu fights R. Kandasamy (P. Vasu), a rich man who is behind the attempts to destabilize the country. With the help of Seshadri (Karan), a software engineer, Vallarasu succeeds in killing Kandasamy's son. In retaliation, Kandaswamy attacks Raheem (Sriman) and Seshadri, who both die. In the climax, Anjali unites with Vallarasu after knowing the truth. Vallarasu also kills both Kandasamy and Wasim Khan.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

One scene was of Vijayakanth and Devayani at a jewellery shop in T. Nagar in Chennai. The song "Aruppukottai Akka ponnu "[clarification needed] was filmed near Pollachi and 100 dancers joined the lead pair. Choreography was by dance master Haridas. A lavish set was erected at A.V.M. Studios where a stunt scene was filmed between Vijayakanth and Richard. Some stunt scenes were filmed between Vijayakanth and Richard. Some stunt artists who portrayed Richard's henchmen also participated in the shot. Apart from Chennai, shooting locations were at New Delhi and Kulu Manali.[3] Bollywood villain Mukesh Rishi made his debut in Tamil cinema with this film. Director P. Vasu made his debut as an actor with this film and Darshan would later as one of biggest stars in Kannada cinema, made his debut in small role.

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack album and background score were composed by Deva. The lyrics were penned by Vairamuthu and Kalidasan.

Song Title Singer Lyrics
"Adyar Beach Oram" Deva Kalidasan
"Aruppukottai Akka" Hariharan, Sujatha Vairamuthu
"Chekka Chekka Sevantha" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki
"Hello Mister Naidu" Anuradha Sriram, Mano
"Nenje Nenje" Shankar Mahadevan

ReleaseEdit

A critic from TMCafe.com gave the film a positive review, stating the "script is spiced with the right dose of emotion, sentiment and action, mixed with a heavy dose of patriotism" and that "Maharajan handles the megaphone like a seasoned veteran".[4] The Hindu wrote, "The overpowering grit and idealism that Vallarasu exudes, rubs off on the audience too and is an energising factor, at least to a certain extent".[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Saravanan, T (2 July 2015). "Take three..." The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 April 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Fading strokes of a bygone era". The Hindu. 3 April 2012. Archived from the original on 25 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Vallarasu". Cinematoday.itgo.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Vallarasu". TMCafe.com. Archived from the original on 30 June 2001. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Film Review: Vallarasu". The Hindu. 21 April 2000. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 12 January 2022.

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