Vedi (English: Cracker) is a 2011 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film directed by Prabhu Deva. The film features Vishal and Sameera Reddy in the lead roles, while Poonam Kaur, Vivek, and Sayaji Shinde play supporting roles. A remake of super hit Telugu film Souryam, the film was released on 30 September 2011 across 250 screens in Tamil Nadu, 62 screens in Kerala and 28 screens in Karnataka It has been dubbed in Hindi as The Fighter Mard No.1 in 2012.
Promotional release poster
|Directed by||Prabhu Deva|
|Produced by||Vikram Krishna|
|Written by||Ravi Chakravarthy (dialogues)|
|Music by||Vijay Antony|
|Cinematography||R. D. Rajasekhar|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
GK Film Corporation
|Distributed by||Raadan Media Works (Tamil Nadu)|
Sun Pictures (Worldwide)
Vedi tells the story of Prabhakaran (Vishal), a young police officer who goes to Kolkata in search of his sister Aishwarya (Poonam Kaur). Prabhakaran, at his native place, Thoothukudi, had developed enmity with a local don named Easwaramoorthy (Sayaji Shinde) by thrashing him in public and putting him behind bars. The enmity gets travelled to Kolkata where Easwaramoorthy joins another local gangster to take revenge on Prabhakaran. The baddies trouble Aishwarya and her friend Parvathy (Sameera Reddy), who falls in love with Prabhakaran. While the enmity between Prabhakaran and Easwaramoorthy continues, a flashback of Prabhakaran goes on. Prabhakaran and Aishwarya were ill-treated by the society as their father was a smuggler. Prabhakaran decides to send Aishwarya to an orphanage, saying that he does not know who she is. This creates a bad name about Prabhakaran in Aishwarya's books. Later, Aishwarya gets adopted by a North Indian family and settles in Kolkata. In a parallel scenario, Prabhakaran locks horns with Easwaramoorthy and his pervert son Rajapandi (Amit Kumar Tiwari). They kill his mentor, who made him a police officer, and the occasion of giving a doctorate to Easwaramoorthy, Rajapandi gets tempted of a lady constable outside the stadium and rapes her inside his car. After a few years, Aishwarya's foster parents die of an accident, and she is sent to an orphanage again. Therefore, Prabhakaran goes to Kolkata and masquerades himself as Balu, a physical trainer in a college as he is scared that Aishwarya might avoid him. How Prabhakaran defeats the baddies and joins with Aishwarya is the action-packed climax of the movie.
- Vishal as ASP Prabhakaran IPS/ Balu
- Sameera Reddy as Parvathy "Paaru"
- Poonam Kaur as Aishwarya
- Vivek as Varun Sandhesh
- Sayaji Shinde as Easwaramoorthy
- Urvashi as Dr. Radha Jeyachandran
- Sriman as Sreenivasan "Cheemachu"
- Raviprakash as Parvathy's father
- Uma Padmanabhan as Parvathy's mother
- Amit Kumar Tiwari as Rajapandi
- Anu Mohan
- Sneha Nambiar as P. Kalai Selvi
- Devi Sri Prasad in a special appearance
- Sophie Choudry in an item number "Bombay Ponnu"
In July 2010, it was revealed that GK Film Corporation had signed on Prabhu Deva to direct a film featuring Vishal in the lead role. Initially Trisha Krishnan was approached for the lead female role but turned it down as the role did not excite her, Similarly Anushka Shetty refused the project, while Hansika Motwani cited that her call sheet was full. Reports emerged that Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal, Tamannaah Bhatia and Reemma Sen were considered, before the role was handed to Sameera Reddy. Poonam Kaur signed the film in March 2011, agreeing to reprise her role as the protagonist's sister from the original. The scenes were shot in Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering with all lead roles.
Vishal began his first schedule in February 2011, after completing work from his other film Avan Ivan. An item song featuring Sophie Choudry was shot in April 2011 for the film. By May 2011, it was reported that 80% of the shoot was completed after scenes were shot in Bidar a district in the north of Karnataka State. The team then shot a song in Pollachi later that month.The movie, originally titled Prabhakaran (also the name of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran), was renamed Vedi and was released by Sun Pictures on 30 September 2011.
Vedi received mixed to positive reviews from critics and audiences. Nowrunning.com rated it 3/5 and called it" a loud cracker" Supergoodmovies.com rated it 3/5,calling it entertaining and enjoyable. Oneindia.com similarly rated 3/5, calling it a paisa vasool entertainer.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||5 September 2011|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Vijay Antony chronology|
Vedi's soundtrack, composed by Vijay Antony, released on 5 September 2011. The song "Bombay Ponnu" became first and only Tamil song at the moment for singer Mamta Sharma of Munni Badnaam Hui song fame.
|1.||"Enna Aachi"||Thamarai||Vijay Yesudas, Janaki Iyer||4:47|
|2.||"Ichu Ichu"||Vaali||Vijay Antony, Sangeetha Rajeshwaran||3:48|
|3.||"Ippadi Mazhai"||Na. Muthukumar||Karthik, Saindhavi||4:23|
|4.||"Bombay Ponnu"||Viveka||Mamta Sharma, M. L. R. Karthikeyan, Senthil Dass||3:56|
|5.||"Kadhalikka"||Kabilan||Emcee Jezz, Naresh Iyer, Andrea Jeremiah, Rap Vocals Sharmila||4:34|
- The music director, Devi Sri Prasad does a cameo appearance in the song "Kadhalikka"
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