Vedalam (transl. Phantom) is a 2015 Indian Tamil language action film written and directed by Siva, and produced by Aishwarya. the film features Ajith Kumar, Shruti Haasan and Lakshmi Menon in the lead roles, with Rahul Dev, Kabir Duhan Singh, and Soori in supporting roles. Anirudh Ravichander composed the film's music and background score, while Vetri was the cinematographer, and Ruben was the editor. The film began production in April 2015 and was released on 10 November 2015, coinciding with Diwali. It was remade in Bengali in 2018 as Sultan: The Saviour.
|Produced by||A. M. Rathnam (presenter)|
|Music by||Anirudh Ravichander|
Sri Satya Sai Movies
|Distributed by||Sri Surya Movies|
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A squad of soldiers infiltrate the private jet of Rahul, the leader of an international criminal syndicate, assisted by his younger brothers Abhinay and Aniket who have taken the families of all the other soldiers hostage earlier, leading to them betraying their leader. The leader declares that a good man will rise and take Rahul down, to which he responds that only someone as bad as him will stand a chance.
Elsewhere Ganesh has recently moved into the city of Kolkata with his sister Thamizh to enroll her in an art college. Ganesh is incredibly kind and soft hearted, and his kindness proved effective to immediately reform rowdy Kolkata Kaali, who escorts the two to their new house where they acquaint with neighbors. After enrolling Thamizh, Ganesh seeks work at a taxi company under his boss Laxmidas. Shortly after, he accidentally gets his first customer, the phony lawyer Swetha, fired from her job, and becomes acquainted with his second customer Arjun, Swetha's older brother, who shows attraction towards Tamizh when the three share a ride. Swetha teams up with Laximdas (whom Ganesh previously humiliated), to get revenge, but later befriends him.
Ganesh and all the other taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers are called in by police commissioner Yashpol and asked to report any activities by the syndicate members who have been causing trouble in the city. Ganesh reports a case of arms smuggling which leads to Aniket capturing him. But Ganesh surprisingly escapes and brutally kills Aniket and all of his men. Abhinay investigates the murder the next day and works on tracking the culprit down. Abhinay and his technical team track Ganesh's mobile signal to their own tower. Ganesh ambushes and brutally slaughters Abhinay and his entire attack and hit squad. Swetha follows him and is horrified by his actions and wishes to stop the marriage between Arjun and Thamizh, but Ganesh reveals that Thamizh is not actually his sister.
A year ago, Ganesh was a terrifying rowdy and mercenary who was arrested but freed from custody in return for saving the police from a rival gang in exchange for money. Ganesh is stabbed by opponents but is saved by Thamizh, who admits him into the hospital, lying that she's his sister to get him through. Thamizh and her blind parents are threatened to sell their house for a company site, so she and her friend Ester hire Ganesh. Ganesh betrays them for being paid earlier, and the family leaves since Ganesh saves Thamizh and 99 other girls from being trafficked by the syndicate. Because of this, Thamizh's parents are killed by the brothers, but Thamizh is barely saved by Ganesh who swears to protect her.
Rahul arrives in Kolkata and has Thamizh sketch the culprit with an injured eyewitness. Ganesh comes prepared and turns one of Rahul's men against him by abducting his son. Rahul retaliates and has Thamizh abducted. Ganesh pursues the car Thamizh is in, which is stopped by a parade. Without revealing his violent alter ego, Ganesh kills Rahul and saves Thamizh, who return home peacefully.
- Ajith Kumar as Ganesh aka "Vedalam" Ganesh, who was formerly a don, but later, when he emptied Thamizh and her blind parents' house, they resided in his house. After their death, he lied to Thamizh (who had a memory loss) that he is her brother.
- Lakshmi Menon as Thamizh, a blind couple's daughter who is a memory loss patient and wants to enroll in an arts college.
- Shruti Haasan as Swetha, an advocate at Kolkata. She lost her job because of Ganesh and decides to take revenge, but later after discovering what he has done for Thamizh and her family, she falls for him.
- Rahul Dev as Rahul, the main antagonist who later kidnaps Thamizh.
- Kabir Duhan Singh as Abhinay, Rahul's first younger brother who wants to find out Aniket's death but gets killed by Ganesh.
- Aniket Chouhan as Aniket, Rahul's second younger brother whom Ganesh kills on Aniket's yacht after Aniket attempted to kill Ganesh.
- Soori as Laxmidas, a local taxicab owner at Kolkata.
- Ashwin Kakumanu as Arjun, Swetha's brother who gets married to Thamizh. (guest appearance)
- Rajendran as "Kolkata" Kaali, a rowdy
- Thambi Ramaiah as Thamizh's father and a blind man
- Mayilswamy as Ganesh's house owner who advises Ganesh to work under Laxmidas.
- Sudha as Gomathi, Thamizh's mother
- Appukutty as Kuzhandai, Ganesh's assistant
- Avinash as Rahul's assistant
- Mansoor Ali Khan as Inspector Manimaran
- Raviraj as Swetha and Arjun's father
- Sriranjini as Swetha and Arjun's mother
- Kovai Sarala as Laxmidas's mother-in-law
- Nagineedu as Doctor
- Sreeja Ravi as Nurse
- Bala Saravanan as Swetha's junior
- Swaminathan as Swamy, Swetha's junior
- Ramesh Thilak as Phony Witness
- Yogi Babu as Chatterjee, Kaali's assistant
- Vidyullekha Raman as Esther, Thamizh's friend
- Rajkumar as Arjun's friend
- Sharmila Thappa as Laxmidas's wife
- Meera Krishnan as House Owner's wife
- Jasper as Manimaran's brother
- Kalairani as a victim's mother
- R. N. R. Manohar as Corrupt Police Officer
- D. R. K. Kiran as Bombay gangster
- Sukran as Sub-Inspector
- Aryan Ashik as Doctor
- "Nandhini" Sriganesh as part of the doctors team
After the success of their previous collaboration Veeram (2014), Siva announced that he would direct[Ajith Kumar again in May 2014, with the planned venture announced to begin after the completion of Ajith Kumar's prior commitments with his ongoing film, Yennai Arindhaal (2015). Siva worked on the script in Bangalore and approached corporate companies, including PVP Cinemas, to produce the film, though eventually A. M. Rathnam announced that he would finance the production.
Production was briefly delayed because Ajith Kumar wanted to spend time with his pregnant wife following the completion of his other film.
Anirudh Ravichander was signed to compose the film's music and background score, while Vetri and Ruben were announced as cinematographer and editor respectively. The film was developed without a title, before it was confirmed that it would be titled as Vedalam in September 2015.
In late 2014, Hansika Motwani denied reports that she had also signed on to appear in the film. The producers entered discussions to finalise the cast and crew of the film during early 2015, with Shruti Haasan and Kabir Duhan Singh signed on in March to portray the leading actress and antagonist, respectively. The role of Ajith's sister in the film took considerably longer to finalise, with several actresses approached to portray the character. Actresses Sri Divya, Nithya Menen and Bindu Madhavi all turned down the opportunity, with the latter saying she was only interested in playing the lead actress opposite Ajith. After further unsuccessful negotiations with Parvathy Nair, actress Lakshmi Menon was signed on to play the role of Ajith's sister in the film in April 2015. Soori joined the cast soon after production began, after replacing Santhanam in the film who became busy with his own productions. Ashwin was also added to the cast to portray a supporting role in late May 2015.
An official launch was held on 9 April 2015, with scenes intermittently shot for the rest of the month. The first official schedule began shooting in Navalur, Chennai with scenes featuring Ajith and Lakshmi Menon entering a college. Subsequent scenes were shot around sets in Chennai throughout June 2015, with Kabir Duhan Singh joining the shoot, while a song resembling a 'pooja bhajan' was shot featuring Ajith, Lakshmi and actor Mayilswamy. The team then moved to Kolkata and scenes were shot featuring Shruti Haasan as a lawyer and Ajith as a taxi driver, with images from the shoot being leaked on social networking sites. The unit then moved to shoot a song sequence in Milan, Italy featuring Ajith and Shruti Haasan.
The team returned to Chennai in August 2015 to film night scenes and action sequences, with actor Rahul Dev joining the team for the shoot, while scenes were also shot at Ramee Mall. A final schedule was held at Mohan Studios in Chennai, with Ajith Kumar with cropped hair, resembling his look from his earlier film, Red (2002). The team finished production in mid-October 2015 after completing patch-up work on a song. Ajith was injured during the final day of the shoot, causing a minor delay. Despite his injury, Ajith began dubbing for the film immediately, in order to ensure that it would release to coincide with the festival of Diwali in November 2015.
The music was composed by Anirudh Ravichander, collaborating for the first time with Ajith Kumar and Siva.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||16 October 2015|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sony Music India|
|Producer||Shri Sai Raam Creations|
|Anirudh Ravichander chronology|
|1.||"Veera Vinayaka"||Viveka||Anirudh Ravichander, Vishal Dadlani||4:23|
|2.||"Don't You Mess With Me"||Madhan Karky||Shruti Haasan, Shakthisree Gopalan||4:58|
|3.||"Uyir Nadhi Kalangudhey"||Viveka||Ravi Shankar||3:05|
|4.||"The Theri Theme"||Siva||Anirudh Ravichander||1:52|
|5.||"Aaluma Doluma"||Rokesh||Anirudh Ravichander, Badshah||4:20|
The film's title and first look poster were reported to be revealed in September 2015, on Ganesh Chaturthi, which did not happen. On 23 September, Ajith's manager Suresh Chandraa officially confirmed via Twitter that the title and the first look would release that night. At 12:00 am, the film's first look and title were released, which confirmed the title Vedalam. Behindwoods commented on the first look, "Ajith wears a super cool red kurta with short trimmed hair, a trim stubble, to go with a metal bracelet in one of the hands and a big stud in his left ear. A look that takes us back to his 'Red' days".|url = http://www.filmibeat.com/tamil/news/2015/vedalam-teaser-creates-new-record-by-smashing-the-one-set-by-taylor-swift-s-bad-blood-200964.html%7Cwebsite = filmibeat.com|accessdate = 8 October 2015}}</ref>
The film was released on 10 November, 2015 and completed more than 175 days of theatrical run. It became a big commercial success. The film yielded a distributor share of ₹40 crore in Tamil Nadu.
The satellite rights of the film were sold to Jaya TV. Vedalam's Tamil Nadu rights were sold to Jazz Cinemas for 33 crore. It was remade in Bengali in 2018 as Sultan: The Saviour by Raja Chanda starring Jeet.
Sify described the film as average, noting, "Vedhalam is Ajith's one man show and it might enthrall his ardent fans for others..." also calling it "a formulaic film with lot of enjoyable moments." Indiaglitz rated the film 3 out of 5, calling it an "enjoyable mass entertainer." Avinash Gopinath of Filmibeat gave the film 3.5/5 stars and concluded, "Though this movie suffers from logical loopholes and melodramatic sequences, it gets saved by Ajith and director Siva's propaganda that puts human values before money, which makes Vedalam watchable." Behindwoods rated the film 2.5 out of 5, stating, "Vedalam – Sparks do fly but not frequently enough." M. Suganth of The Times of India rated the film 3/5 and called it "a packaged mass entertainer for Ajith fans and family audiences".
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