Viswasam

Viswasam (transl. Loyalty/Trustworthy) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language action drama film[7] written and directed by Siva. The film stars Ajith Kumar and Nayanthara. Produced by Sathya Jyothi Films, the film was officially announced on 20 November 2017 and principal photography began in May 2018. The film was released on 10 January 2019. The film performed well at the box office.[8]

Viswasam
Viswasam poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySiva
Produced byT. G. Thyagarajan
(Presenter)
Sendhil Thyagarajan
Arjun Thyagarajan
Written bySiva
K. Manikandan
Ra. Savarimuthu
Antony Bakyaraj
Chandran Pachaimuthu
(Dialogues)[1]
Screenplay bySiva
Story byAjith Kumar
StarringAjith Kumar
Nayanthara
Music byD. Imman
CinematographyVetri
Edited byRuben
Production
company
Distributed byKJR Studios, Raja Mannar Films & Sakthi Film Factory
Release date
  • 10 January 2019 (2019-01-10)[2]
Running time
156 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Box officeest. 160–200 crore[3][4][5][6]

PlotEdit

Thookku Durai is the well-respected chieftain of his village Koduvilaarpatti of the Theni district. After ten years, a Thiruvizha (A Tamil festival) is set to occur at the village's Ayyanar temple, when Thooku Durai's rival Kozhimuthu tries to stop it from occurring. But Thooka Durai's pride scares him and his henchman, so the Thiruvizha happens as planned; however, his family and friends have been longing to see his wife and daughter. After much deliberation, Thooku Durai decides to go to Mumbai to meet them.

On the journey, Merit and Rosamani (Thooku Durai's uncles) are upset over Thooku Durai's current life and remind him of his life 10–12 years ago: Thooku Durai used to be a happy-go-lucky man and a rice mill owner. He was also a good man, although using violent ways to deal with problems. While chasing a few goons, he stumbles across Niranjana, a doctor, who witnesses his antics and lodges a case against him. When Thooku Durai sees Niranjana, he is immediately smitten by her. He surrenders to the police out of the love that he has for her, but she is later forced to release him after Aavudaiyappan threatens to close her medical camp unless she pays him. After fighting the goons, Thooku Durai relocates her field to his rice mill. Niranjana realizes her love for Thooku Durai and proposes to him, which he accepts after some consideration. They get married and lead a happy life, but Niranjana is disturbed by Thooku Durai's involvement in feuds. Soon, she gets pregnant and is accepted to go to one of the most exceptional pharmaceutical programs abroad, which she refuses for Thooku Durai. After their child is born, one day, Niranjana leaves out of town, after getting a promise from Thooku Durai not to bring Swetha to any fights. On the way to pick her up, Aavudaiyappan, an old rival, who is waiting for revenge, picks up a fight with Thooku Durai. Thooku Durai, not finding Niranjana at the train station, finds her at home, and the baby passes out as she had been injured during the fight. After rushing to the emergency ward, she survives, but Niranjana gets infuriated at Thooku Durai and tells him to stay away from her and the baby, and she then leaves him.

Back to the present day, Thooku Durai tries to meet up with Niranjana at her company, Niranjana Pharmaceuticals, to no avail. He later sees his daughter Swetha, who is in contention for the Junior National 100 m title. Swetha travels home when attempts are made to kill her. Thooku Durai arrives at the nick of time to save her. It is then revealed that Gautham Veer is the one behind this as his daughter Neha had been paralyzed while attempting suicide. Gautham is the CEO of Skyline exports and owns a range of multinational companies, and expects the first position in everything, as he used to achieve the same in his earlier days, including academics and sports. He expects the same of Neha, who is slower than Swetha by milliseconds. After Gautham threatens Neha that she would find no affection in him if she loses, she resorts to doping, which helps her win the race. Unfortunately, this is found out by Swetha, who reports it to the authorities. Fearing that her father's reputation and affection would completely vanish, Neha attempts suicide but becomes paralyzed in the process. Gautham is distraught on seeing his daughter's condition and vows to have Swetha killed at any cost.

After saving her, Thooku Durai requests Niranjana to appoint him as Swetha's driver, (Since the last one ran away) for the next ten days, until her competition, on the condition that he does not reveal any information about him being her father, to which she reluctantly accepts. He enjoys being in the company of his daughter while saving her from goons on multiple occasions. Thooku Durai later meets Gautham face-to-face and challenges him. Unfortunately, Thooku Durai is run over a car before Swetha's competition and is critical. Swetha then is forced to leave for America, and Thooku Durai recovers. Swetha also brings Gautham's daughter and wife. Before the competition, Gautham fights an already injured Thooku Durai, at which point Niranjana reveals that Thooku Durai is Swetha's father. Swetha lags during the meet as she has no encouragement. Thooku Durai fights Gautham back, reaches the track, and encourages his daughter by whistling. Swetha wins the race. At the same time, Gautham arrives at the road to attack Thooku Durai, but after seeing his daughter's recovery, he realizes his mistake. Thooku Durai tells Gautham that children should grow up as they desire and not to burden them with what the parents want. Swetha is announced as the winner, along with Thooku Durai's name added to her name by Niranjana, and they reunite with Thooku Durai.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The collaboration between Sathya Jyothi Films, director Siva, and actor Ajith Kumar was announced via the studio's official Twitter handle in late November 2017, after months of speculation on Ajith Kumar's next project. Nayanthara was announced as the lead actress in early February 2018.[10] D. Imman was signed on to work as the film's music composer, which marked his first collaboration with Ajith Kumar and Siva. This would be Yogi Babu's 100th film as an actor.[11]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography was supposed to begin on 23 March 2018[12] but was pushed back significantly to the Tamil Film Producers Council's strike.[13] It eventually began on 7 May at Hyderabad,[14] and wrapped in November 2018 and released for Pongal 2019.[15]

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack album is composed by D. Imman, making his first collaboration with Ajith Kumar and Siva.

ReleaseEdit

Viswasam was released on 10 January 2019.[16] The Telugu-dubbed version with the same title was released on 1 March 2019 in 450 theaters in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.[17] And the Kannada version named Jagamalla was released on 7 March 2019.[18]

Home MediaEdit

Released on digital platform Amazon Prime Video on 25 February 2019.[19]

Critical receptionEdit

The film opened to fairly positive reviews.[20]The Times of India rated 3/5, stating, "The film follows the regular template in its narration and changes track at a point keeping in mind to reach all sections of audience. The plot also becomes predictable once the real story unfolds. But the lack of evident flaws make it a one time watch entertainer".[21]Behind Woods rated 3/5 stating "Viswasam is packaged with right commercial elements to satisfy the family audience and Thala fans".[22]Film Companion rated 3/5 stating "A lot of mainstream filmmaking is about finding new ways to tell the same old story. With Viswasam, Siva does more. He justifies his star’s faith in (and perseverance with) him".[23]First Post rated 3/5 stating "Viswasam has several moments worth paying a visit to the theatre. The bang for buck interval fight sequence in the rain is one of the highlights of the film. As a pair, Ajith and Siva make a strong comeback with the film, which has its issues but makes for quite an entertaining watch anyway".[24]India Glitz rated 3/5 stating "Viswasam is Siva – Ajith combo's emotional Pongal treat for families".[25]Sify rated 3/5 stating "Ajith is endearing and is in tremendous form that the actor looks super energetic as Thooku Durai. Viswasam is a pucca family entertainer for this Pongal festival. Go and enjoy with your family!".[26]India Today rated 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "After churning out an underwhelming spy thriller Vivegam, Ajith and director Siruthai Siva go back to the rural route with Viswasam. But the film does not do justice to expectations and is impressive only in parts, says our review".[27]The News Minute rated 2 out of 5 stars stating "After touring Eastern Europe in 'Vivegam', Siva brings Ajith back to Tamil Nadu and it proves to be a wise move".[28]The Hindu stated "The problem with the film is that it offers very little for Ajith, the star".[29]Hindustan Times rated 1.5 out of 5 stars stating "While the idea would have been to make audience feel the moment of sweet victory, all it does is ruin the palette for those who enjoy a good commercial film".[30]Deccan Chronicle stated "Though there’s nothing new by way of story, Siva has made a movie that is all about a mass star – Thala Ajith".[31]Cinema Express rated 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "Director Siva's biggest achievement is giving us an Ajith who is having fun on screen after a long time, apart from which the film mainly works on surprise value".[32]

Box officeEdit

The film collected more than 15 crore (US$2.34 million) in Tamil Nadu, 90 lakh (US$140292.03) in Kerala, more than 1.5 crore (US$233820.04) in Karnataka, 1 crore (US$155880.03) in Rest of India, more than 7 crore (US$1.09 million) in Overseas and with a total of 25.4 crore (US$3.96 million) in first day.[33] The film collected 33.50 crore (US$5.22 million) in India in 2 days.[34] The film collected 180 crore (US$28.06 million) worldwide in 3 weeks.[35] The film collected 200 crore (US$31.18 million) worldwide, around 125 crore (US$19.49 million) to 130 crore (US$20.26 million) in Tamil Nadu with a lifetime distributor's share of 70 crore (US$10.91 million) to 75 crore (US$11.69 million) in 43 days.[36]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Date of ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
4 January 2020 Zee Cine Awards Tamil Favourite Film of The Year Viswasam Won [37][38]
Favourite Heroine Nayanthara Won
Favourite Music Director D. Imman Won
Favourite Song "Kannaana Kanney" Won
Best Playback Singer – Male Sid Sriram ("Kannaana Kanney") Won
Best Lyricist Thamarai ("Kannaana Kanney") Won
12 January 2020 Edison Awards Mass Hero Of The Year Ajith Kumar Pending [39][40]
Best Film Viswasam Pending
Favourite Actress Nayanthara Pending
Best Music Director D. Imman Pending
Best Playback Singer – Male Sid Sriram ("Kannaana Kanney") Pending
Best Child Artist Anikha Pending
Best Movie Poster Anil & Bhanu Pending
15 January 2020 Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Music Diretor – Tamil Nadu D. Imman Won [41]
Best Playback Singer Male – Tamil Nadu Sid Sriram ("Kannaana Kanney") Won
Best Lyricist – Tamil Nadu Thamarai ("Kannaana Kanney") Won

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