Vella Raja

Vella Raja (transl. The white king) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language drama thriller web series, produced as an Original for Amazon Prime Video.[1][2] The web series is directed by Guhan Senniappan of Nalaya Iyakunar and Sawaari fame , produced by S. R. Prabhu under the production banner Dream Warrior Pictures.[3] It is the first Amazon Original in Tamil which was dubbed in both Hindi and Telugu languages.[4] The series was released on Prime Video on 7 December 2018 and received positive reviews from the audience and critics for its making and the screenplay, It stars Bobby Simha, Parvatii Nair and Gayathrie in their web series debut, while Kaali Venkat plays a pivotal role in the series.[5] Media outlets speculated that the web series is inspired by the 2018 Netflix Hindi-language web series Sacred Games.[6]

Vella Raja
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GenreDrama, Thriller
Written by
Directed byGuhan Senniappan
Starring
Theme music composerVishal Chandrasekhar
Country of originIndia
Original languageTamil
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
ProducerDream Warrior Pictures
Production locationChennai
EditorPhilomin Raj
Camera setupMadesh Manikkam
Running time22 minutes (approx.)
Release
Original networkAmazon Prime Video
Original release7 December 2018 (2018-12-07)

CastEdit

PlotEdit

Vella Raja revolves around the lives of characters who land up in trouble while staying at a lodge. How Deva saves himself without getting caught by the police and his rivals forms the rest of the story.

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Sugar"Guhan SeniappanLokesh Kanagaraj, Madonne Ashwin, Guhan SeniappanDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
With the firing chaos in Bawa Lodge, the mystery starts with the introduction of Theresa who has been transferred for the 25th time to the vast drug trafficking city of Chennai. Meanwhile people stuck indifferent situations are introduced.
2"The Host"Guhan SeniappanLokesh Kanagaraj, Madonne Ashwin, Guhan SeniappanDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Deva gets introduced as an arrogant beast. An advocate fighting for proper judgment to shut down the corrupt industry, two struggling villagers who are trying their luck, a doctor and his loneliness and an ambitious PT teacher who plans to arrange money to build the unsteady school building by sending students to a reality show are introduced.
3"Fortune and Failure"Guhan SeniappanLokesh Kanagaraj, Madonne Ashwin, Guhan SeniappanDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Aadhira finds excess of sulphuric acid in Century Copper factory and fights for justice. Two villagers travel to Chennai to cash in their fortune. Theresa gathers details about Deva to attack him for ceasing the drug trade.
4"No Vacancy"Guhan SeniappanLokesh Kanagaraj, Madonne Ashwin, Guhan SeniappanDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Situations make people enter the dusty and blood shedding web of the ferocious drug lord Deva. Simultaneously agenda for destroying the well webbed trap of drug lord has been drawn out.
5"The Trap"Guhan SeniappanLokesh Kanagaraj, Madonne Ashwin, Guhan SeniappanDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Deva gets clue about snitchers inside his territory and Theresa plans the first step to trap Deva inside his own territory.
6"The Collision"Guhan SeniappanLokesh Kanagaraj, Madonne Ashwin, Guhan SeniappanDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Background filled with dreadful betrayal and blood shedding action runs in Deva's mind. Messed up with assumptions and threats, Deva traps all people inside 'Bawa Lodge'.
7"The Weave"Guhan SeniappanLokesh Kanagaraj, Madonne Ashwin, Guhan SeniappanDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Ambiguity increases inside Bava Lodge after warnings arise from Police.
8"The Awekening"Guhan SeniappanLokesh Kanagaraj, Madonne Ashwin, Guhan SeniappanDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Deva gets warnings to be aware of Theresa's strategy planned for his attack. The reminiscence about the revival of Deva as a crowned king of cocaine smuggling in drug dealing bustle runs simultaneously.
9"The Quicksand"Guhan SeniappanLokesh Kanagaraj, Madonne Ashwin, Guhan SeniappanDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Fear mixed anxiety is induced among the hostages. Theresa comes to Deva's territory and the question arises of whether Theresa will catch Deva and cease the drugs.
10"The Calling"Guhan SeniappanGuhan SeniappanDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Theresa tries to catch Deva but unexpected things happen. A bloodbath happens in the lodge. Will the reign of 'Vella Raja' come to an end?

ProductionEdit

This was the first Tamil web series developed by Amazon original.[7] The official teaser of the Web series was released on 5 December 2018.[8]

The soundtrack for the web film is composed by Vishal Chandrasekhar.

ReceptionEdit

Ashameera Aiyappan of The New Indian Express rated the series 2.5 out of 5, praising its premise and the making". The web series was also appreciated for portrayal of the women lead characters in prominent roles.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amazon Prime launches its first Tamil series Vella Raja". The Indian Express. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  2. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (2 December 2018). "Amazon Prime Launches First Tamil Series 'Vella Raja'". Variety. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Bobby Simha as drug kingpin in Vella Raja". Deccan Chronicle. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Vella Raja Is Amazon's First Tamil Series, Releasing December 7". NDTV Gadgets 360. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Bobby Simha makes his web series debut with Vella Raja". The Indian Express. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Vella Raja review: Amazon Prime's first Tamil web series has its highs but fails to realise its potential- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Amazon Prime's first exclusive series in Tamil is 'Vella Raja'". The Hindu. 4 December 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  8. ^ "The teaser of Vella Raja revealed". thenewsminute. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  9. ^ "The Ranis of Vella Raja". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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