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Villu (English: The Bow) is a 2009 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Prabhu Deva. The film stars Vijay in a dual role as father and son while Nayanthara, Ranjitha and Prakash Raj play other prominent roles. Manoj K. Jayan, Vadivelu, Adithya and Geetha play supporting roles whilst Prabhu Deva, Mumaith Khan, Zabyn Khan, and Kushboo Sundar appear in item numbers. The film is produced and distributed by Ayngaran International and composed by Devi Sri Prasad. It is a remake of the Hindi film Soldier starring Bobby Deol and Preity Zinta.

Villu
Villu poster.jpg
Release poster
Tamilவில்லு
Directed byPrabhu Deva
Produced byK. Karunamoorthy
C. Arunpandian
Written byAC Mugil
Rebel Ravi
(dialogue)
Screenplay byPrabhu Deva
Story byAC Mugil
Rebel Ravi
StarringVijay
Nayanthara
Ranjitha
Prakash Raj
Music byDSP
CinematographyRavi Varman
Edited byKola Bhaskar
Production
company
Distributed byAyngaran International
Release date
  • 12 January 2009 (2009-01-12)
Running time
150 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

The film was released on 12 January 2009 and has collected $817,644 at the overseas box office.[1][2] The film acquired #210 spot in 2009 at the United Kingdom box office.[3] The film settled to average returns domestically with a low profit of ₹50 lakhs.[4] The story revolves around an assassin who infiltrates and destroys a criminal gang to avenge his father's death.

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PlotEdit

Pugazh (Vijay) is an IITian and Oxford alumnus with a masters degree in chemical engineering. With the help of his relative Inspector Joseph (Manoj K. Jayan), he succeeds in tracking down a wanted criminal named Raaka (Adithya) and killing him. The scene then shifts to a village, where Pugazh is attending the wedding of a Tahsildar's daughter. He meets Janavi (Nayantara), a friend of the bride, and instantly falls in love with her. After persistent wooing, he succeeds in winning her heart.

Janavi takes Pugazh to Bern to introduce him to her father J. D. (Prakash Raj), a wealthy businessman and arms smuggler. During his stay in Bern, he encounters J. D.'s gang, consisting of Shaan (Devaraj), a hotel pimp named Max (Sriman), and another henchman (Anandaraj). After initial confrontations with the three of them, he starts eliminating them one after another, and then J. D. becomes his remaining target. Janavi soon finds out that Pugazh is plotting to kill her father and warns Pugazh's mother (Geetha) about her son. On the contrary, Pugazh's mother not only knows and supports what Pugazh is doing, she also reveals that she is not his real "mother" and tells her why Pugazh is after her father.

Pugazh's father was Major Saravanan (Vijay), a patriotic Indian Army officer. During a peacekeeping mission, he noticed J. D., Shaan, Raaka, and their two henchmen, who were then army officers working in his team, accepting money from terrorists in exchange for allowing them to carry out their activities. When he confronted them, they killed him and fabricated a story claiming that since he accepted money from terrorists to help them, they killed him considering the safety of the other soldiers and themselves. He was stripped posthumously of his titles, honours and badges. During his funeral, his family, consisting of his widow (Ranjitha) and a young Pugazh, were humiliated by J. D. and the villagers and were banished from their village. The villagers also barred Pugazh from performing his father's last rites and threw the dead body into a ditch. Pugazh's mother sends Pugazh away with Shaan's estranged wife (the adopted "mother") as she did not want him to grow up carrying the stigma of being the son of a disgraced army officer.

In the present day, J. D. takes Pugazh to India to retrieve a Blu-Ray disc containing J. D.'s secret information, which Pugazh had earlier received from Shaan and given to Joseph. Pugazh soon finds out that Raaka is not dead and has kidnapped Joseph. Pugazh manages to flee from J. D.'s and Raaka's clutches, and after a thrilling chase, he reaches an abandoned temple outside his village where he reunites with his mother, who had been living there since being banished from the village. J. D., Raaka, and their henchmen arrive there, kill Joseph, and injure Pugazh. Pugazh kills Raaka and fights with J. D., weakening him. With all the villagers assembled around the abandoned temple, Pugazh forces J. D. to reveal the truth about Saravanan to them. After his confession, Pugazh kills him. With the truth about Saravanan finally revealed, the army reinstates his titles, honours and badges, and returns his army badge and uniform to his widow.

CastEdit

  • Vijay as Pugazh (son) and Major Saravanan (father)
  • Nayanthara as Janavi, J. D.'s daughter(voice dubbed by Savitha Reddy
  • Ranjitha as Major Saravanan's wife/Pugazh's mother
  • Prakash Raj as J. D., the one who killed Saravanan
  • Vadivelu as Maadaswamy {Maada}, the audiographer
  • Manoj K. Jayan as Inspector Joseph, Saravanan's relative
  • Devaraj as Shaan, who was involved in Saravanan's murder
  • Anandaraj as J.D's and Shaan's henchman
  • Adithya as Rakka
  • Sriman as Max/Gandy
  • Geetha as Shaan's wife
  • Vaiyapuri as Pugazh's friend
  • Raj Kapoor as Village Head
  • Dhamu as VJ
  • Aarthi as Janavi's friend
  • Jyothi as Jyothi, Janavi's friend
  • Pandu as Jyothi's father
  • T. P. Gajendran as Marriage Guest
  • Kumarimuthu
  • Manobala as cyclist (deleted scene)
  • Mumaith Khan (special appearance in the song "Daddy Mummy")
  • Kushboo Sundar (special appearance in the song "Rama Rama")
  • FEFSI Vijayan (special appearance in the song "Jalsa")
  • Ashok Raja (special appearance in the song "Rama Rama")
  • Ravi Varman (special appearance in the song "Rama Rama")
  • A. C. Mugil (special appearance in the song "Rama Rama")
  • Sunil Babu (special appearance in the song "Rama Rama")
  • Prabhu Deva (special appearance in the song "Rama Rama")

ProductionEdit

 
Villu crew shooting at Pollachi

Prabhu Deva was interested in remaking the Bollywood film Soldier in Tamil. Along with announcing his venture in Bollywood titled Wanted Dead and Alive, which was the remake of Pokkiri, he launched his next Tamil venture in June 2008. Ayngaran International was to produce the film as well. The film was initially titled as Pugazh.[5] Prabhu Deva later announced the titled to be Singam. However, a copyright issue was brought up concerning the title Singam, which was already announced as the title for a film by director Hari.[6] Prabhu Deva then changed the titled to Vill, meaning "bow" in Tamil, a more formal spelling of Villu. The team later found out that S. J. Suryah was to use the title Vill for a Telugu film. Suryah, with the negotiation of Vijay, later changed his film's title[7] The title Villu subsequently became the film's official name.[8]

Actress Ranjitha was selected to play Vijay's mother.[9] Director Prabhu Deva started shooting for Villu with the team's first location being Palani, Tamil Nadu.[7] The team's second location was set to be in Karaikudi. Prabhu Deva had reportedly planned two song sequences to be shot in European countries.[10] Another song sequence was shot in Bangkok, Thailand. Later, reports claimed that the film's script and story would deal with a majority of the film taking place in Italy. Prabhu Deva had reportedly planned two song sequences to be shot in European countries.[11] In an interview with Prabhu Deva, a month prior to the film's release, Prabhu Deva stated the film will be a "Tamil version of a James Bond film."[12] It was reported that Prakash Raj was missing from shooting when the crew was shooting the climax.[13]

Devi Sri Prasad, Kola Bhaskar and Ravi Varman were confirmed the film's composer, editor, and cinematographer respectively while FEFSI Vijayan was chosen as the stunt coordinator.[7]

Vijay was Prabhu Deva's initial choice for the lead role. Prabhu Deva trusted the actor, due to their widely known friendship, after their success with Pokkiri the previous year. However, several critics and media had dubious thoughts on the choice of Vijay as the lead role actor for the film. Some websites wondered if Villu would promote his career, or give him another lukewarm box-office response, like his previous films Azhagiya Tamil Magan and Kuruvi, which proved to be average grossers at the box-office due to their weak storyline and screenplay.[14] Nayantara was confirmed the film's lead actress upon the film's launch.[5] Vadivelu was also confirmed for a supporting role.[5] Earlier reports claimed that Biju Menon or Napoleon were to be given a supporting role, but later the role went to Manoj K. Jayan. Vaiyapuri, Kushboo Sundar and Kovai Sarala were also said to be given roles in the film. However, Sundar was later confirmed an item number appearance while Sarala was to sing a song in the film.

SoundtrackEdit

Villu
Soundtrack album by
Released14 December 2008
Recorded2007-2008
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAyngaran Music
An Ak Audio
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
King
(2008)
Villu
(2008)
Arya 2
(2009)

The soundtrack for this film was composed by Devi Sri Prasad.

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Hey Rama Rama" (introduction song, pictured Vijay and Kushboo, Prabhu Deva)KabilanAmal Raj, Kovai Sarala04:43
2."Jalsa Jalsa" (pictured Vijay and Nayantara)RohiniBaba Sehgal, Rita, Devi Sri Prasad04:20
3."Are You Crazy" (pictured Vijay and Nayantara)Prabhu Deva, Akila, RaviDivya00:46
4."Daddy Mummy" (item song, pictured Vijay, Mumaith Khan and Zabyn Khan) Mamta Mohandas, Naveen Madhav04:20
5."Dheemthanakka Thillana" (pictured Vijay and Nayantara)SnehanDevi Sri Prasad, Divya04:09
6."Jalsa Jalsa" (Remix)RohiniDevi Sri Prasad, Baba Sehgal, Rita04:00
7."Nee Kobapattaal" (pictured Vijay and Nayantara)P. VijaySagar04:21
8."Vaada Maappilley" (pictured Vijay, Nayantara and Vadivelu)KabilanTippu, Rita, Vadivelu, Savitha Reddy03:34

ReleaseEdit

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Kalaignar.[15]

ReceptionEdit

This film was released on 12 January 2009, on the same day as Prabhu Deva and Vijay's previous film Pokkiri. It received mainly average reviews.Behindwoods.com gave 1.5 on 5 and said "With tacky production values, shabby cinematography and amateurish direction Villu comes across as a more than two-hour long." while another website stated "On the whole, Vijay's Villu is an action-packed mass masala film for his ardent fans but with loose ends." Rediff reviewed the film "Leave your brains behind and prepare to enjoy the adventures of a Tamil James Bond." and rated 2.5/5.[16] IndiaGlitz called it "loose strings with style".[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Villu (2009)". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Chennai Box Office - sify.com (1970)". archive.is. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  3. ^ "2009 United Kingdom Yearly Box Office Results". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  4. ^ "BOX OFFICE TOP 20 TAMIL MOVIES OF 2009 - Behindwoods.com - Tamil Movie Slide Shows - Aadhavan | Naadodigal | Eeram | Ninaithale Inikkum | Unnaipol Oruvan | Sarvam | Ayan". www.behindwoods.com. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Name games and Vijay rules". Indiaglitz. 6 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Vijay and Prabhu Deva together again". Indiaglitz. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Name games and Vijay rules". IndiaGlitz. 6 June 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Vijay and Prabhu Deva together again". IndiaGlitz. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  9. ^ "A 'new old' heroine for Vijay". Behindwoods. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Vijay's Italian rendezvous". IndiaGlitz. 28 June 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Vijay's Italian rendezvous". Indiaglitz. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  12. ^ "'Villu' takes Diwali break". IndiaGlitz. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  13. ^ "Prakash Raj missing, Villu climax halts". Behindwoods. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Is Vijay aiming right with 'Villu'?". Indiaglitz. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Villu Movie on Kalaignar TV". The Times of India. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Review: Villu". Rediff. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  17. ^ Villu Indiaglitz Review. Indiaglitz.com (12 January 2009). Retrieved on 2015-10-25.

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