Vivegam (transl. Prudence) is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by Siva. It stars Ajith Kumar, Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan. The film marks the Tamil debuts of Oberoi and Haasan. The background score and soundtrack were composed by Anirudh Ravichander, while the Cinematography and editing were done by Vetri and Ruben.

Theatrical release poster
Directed bySiva
Written bySiva
Kabilan Vairamuthu
Aadhi Narayana[1][2]
Produced byT. G. Thyagarajan
Sendhil Thyagarajan
Arjun Thyagarajan
StarringAjith Kumar
Vivek Oberoi
Kajal Aggarwal
Akshara Haasan
CinematographyVetri Palanisamy
Edited byRuben
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
Distributed bySathya Jyothi Films
Release date
  • 24 August 2017 (2017-08-24)
Running time
142 minutes
Budget115 crore[3][4][5]
Box office112–167 crore[6][7][8][9]

Principal photography of the film commenced at Slovenia in August 2016.

Vivegam was released worldwide on 24 August 2017 along with its Telugu dubbed version titled Vivekam[10] and received mixed reviews from critics for its screenwriting, performances (Oberoi's and Aggarwal's) and editing but praising Ajith's performance and Anirudh's music.

Plot Edit

An arms exchange deal happens between the General Secretary of Europol police and the head of the Russian mafia gang in a dense Serbian forest, secured with multiple layers of military personnel, where Ajay Kumar "AK", a former CTS agent, successfully intercepts the deal and secures the weapons drive. Meanwhile, the Counter-Terrorist Squad (CTS), a counter-terrorist agency of the United Nations which AK was formerly a part of, is on the lookout for him. AK was presumed dead in a recent mission which took place. His best friends and his CTS colleagues Michael, Rachael and Shawn and Aryan, who's AK's closest friend, are roped in to find AK.

Past: AK was one of the most intelligent CTS agent at that time. Along with his friends Aryan, Rachael, Michael and Shawn, did all the military operations together. And also, between that, AK lived happily with his wife Yazhini, who owns and manages an Indian restaurant. Their life was interrupted by a mission to trace an outlaw hacker, Natasha from Bulgaria, who was responsible for cracking the security codes of the plutonium weapons. There had already been three man-made seismic activities caused by the explosion of plutonium bombs. She was wanted by the Interpol, CIA, and various other terrorist groups around the world for her hacking skills. AK's mission was to secure Natasha, thereby preventing the two future seismic quakes targeted in India. AK goes back to Serbia in search of Natasha, where he was guided by Arumai Prakasm "APS", a local translator. He interrogated the hospital doctors in the city and found out that Natasha had undergone plastic facial alteration surgery.

Meanwhile, an Albanian gang had hijacked Natasha's boyfriend and tortured him to death. With the help of the pacemaker found in her boyfriend's body, AK traced Natasha and moves her to a safe house. Natasha was unaware that the code she decrypted was that of a nuclear weapon. She felt guilty and proposed to defuse the remaining weapons from a neutrino site. On their way to the site, Natasha gets killed by a group of terrorists. All of a sudden, Aryan and AK's other friends betrayed him and ambush AK by shooting at him. However, AK survived the ambush and hid in the wild jungle to heal. After healing from his injuries he retrieved the weapons drive.

Present: Aryan hires a group of assassins to kill Yazhini. But, AK neutralizes the assassins and saves Yazhini. AK then traps Rachael and Michael in a network of subway train tunnels where he manages to kill both of them. Later, AK learns that Aryan and his teammates belong to the shadow government which controls the economy of the world by war manipulation. With Yazhini's help, AK infiltrates into the CTS headquarters where he meets Shawn and tortures him. He gets the coordinates about the buried weapon's location. Shawn is killed by a watch which is a time bomb and AK is saved in a nick of time (who rushed to his wife who went in labour). Aryan, as a counter-terrorist officer and shadow government agent, forces AK and Yazhini, who is pregnant into hiding by blaming AK as the most wanted terrorist. AK releases a video challenging Aryan and his group to save Aryan from being assassinated. There is an attempt on Aryan's life due to which he's given security and is not allows to move out of the building till the next 24 hours, much to Aryan's dismay. He successfully escapes the security by killing his own security guards in a tunnel. AK tries to stop the nuclear weapon from blasting by turning off all the satellites by powerhub.

To stop AK from continuing his job, Aryan kidnaps Yazhini and keeps her in a secret place. He asks AK whether he will save Yazhini or stop the bomb. AK seeks proof for her kidnapping as Yazhini provides him with her location using morse code. Aryan shows AK that he has Yazhini on a video call, and Yazhini gives her location by blinking in a pattern consistent with morse code. AK arrives at the place, beats up Aryan,and prevents the plutonium weapon from exploding, after which AK snaps Aryan's neck and kills him. AK, Yazhini, and their baby girl who is named as Natasha (after the late hacker) goes for a long drive, when suddenly, a mission comes for AK.

Cast Edit

Production Edit

Development Edit

Anirudh Ravichander was the music composer for the movie. Vetri signed to handle filming,[12] and Ruben edited.[13] Anu Vardhan, who had worked with Ajith in Billa (2007), Aegan (2008), Arrambam (2013) and Vedalam (2015), designed his costumes in this movie. Kaloyan Vodenicharov and K. Ganesh Kumar were the stunt directors.[14]

The title of the film, Vivegam, was announced in February 2017.[15][16] The official first look poster released along with the title on 2 February.[17] The director revealed that Vivek Obreoi was not playing an antagonist in the movie.[18]

Filming Edit

Principal photography commenced in Slovenia on 1 August 2016,[19] and it was reported that at least 70% percent of this action thriller was to be shot in Europe.[20] The first schedule was successfully completed in Europe and the second schedule in Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad in October.[citation needed] The team informed that nearly 75 percent of the film shot was complete and the rest of the production was ongoing in Chennai.[citation needed] It was reported that the movie was filmed on a restricted military base in Eastern Europe.[21] The team completed their final shoot schedule in Serbia on such locations like Belgrade city centre, Belgrade Museum of Aviation and Bor lake.[22][23] Principal photography wrapped in July 2017.[24]

Music Edit

The soundtrack and score for the film is composed by Anirudh Ravichander, collaborating with Siva and Ajith Kumar for the second time. The soundtrack album features seven songs, with a theme music and a western number, and lyrics for the film was written by Kabilan Vairamuthu, Yogi B, Siva and Raja Kumari.

The first single track, "Surviva" was released on 19 June 2017, which is a western-based EDM number, performed by Yogi B. The second single track "Thalai Viduthalai" was released on 10 July 2017, followed by the third single track "Kadhalaada" released on 20 July 2017. The soundtrack album in its entirety was released through the digital streaming platform Saavn on 7 August 2017.

Soundtrack album by
Released7 August 2017
StudioAlbuquerque Records, Chennai
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony Music
ProducerAnirudh Ravichander
Anirudh Ravichander chronology
Singles from Vivegam
  1. "Surviva"
    Released: 19 June 2017 (2017-06-19)
  2. "Thalai Viduthalai"
    Released: 10 July 2017 (2017-07-10)
  3. "Kadhalaada"
    Released: 20 July 2017 (2017-07-20)

Vivegam (transl. Prudence) is the soundtrack album for the 2017 Indian Tamil film of the same name, composed by Anirudh Ravichander. The film, directed by Siva, stars Ajith Kumar and Kajal Aggarwal, whilst Vivek Oberoi and Akshara Hassan, portray supporting roles. Kabilan Vairamuthu, Yogi B, Siva and Raja Kumari wrote the lyrics for the film. The soundtrack album featuring seven songs, were released digitally on 7 August 2017, by Sony Music, receiving positive feedback from critics.[25]

Production Edit

The film marks the third collaboration between Ajith Kumar and Siva, after Vedalam (2015) & Veeram (2014). The song "Surviva" is a western-based EDM number. Performed by Malaysian rapper Yogi B, the song has lyrics about survival.[26] With a tagline "Believe in yourself", this new track is believed to be along similar lines of never giving up and surviving.[27]

The second song "Thalai Viduthalai" is in the death metal rock genre. It is based on a punchline – 'Never, ever GIVE UP!' that became a rage after fans saw Ajith saying in a high-pitched tone in the teaser earlier. Thalai Viduthalai is written by director Siva and is a highly motivating song to wake up in the morning and start your day with a new passion. The philosophy of the song is, irrespective of the number of times you have been knocked down, as long as you are willing to stand up again and fight back, you are not a failure. The heavy metal track and adrenaline pumping lyrics match the larger than life onscreen and off-screen image of Ajith. Besides composing tunes, Anirudh Ravichander has also lent his voice to the song along with Harish Swaminathan. Anirudh quoted that, this song is a tribute and dedication to 'Thala' Ajith Kumar for his 25 years of grit, determination and hardwork in his cinema career"[28]

The third song "Kaadhalada" is a classic number. In one of the recent interviews with a leading daily, Kabilan Vairamuthu, who has penned the lyrics for Kadhalaada song revealed how he got this opportunity. He said, I was initially called in to work on the script; I ve co-written the screenplay. That was my first job in Vivegam, and during a discussion, this opportunity to write the lyrics for a song came up. The lyricist did not reveal much about the song before its release but opened up about the film. He further added, Vivegam has come out in a very stylish manner. I m sure it will be enjoyed by people of all ages." Kabilan is working with Ajith Kumar for the first time.[29]

The audio rights of the film were acquired by Sony Music, for a whooping amount of ₹2 crore.[30] Sridhar Subramanian, the CEO of Sony Music South, confirmed it on Twitter on 14 June 2017.[31][32][33]

Release Edit

The song teaser, for the first single "Surviva" was released on 15 June 2017, at midnight.[34][35] The full song released on 19 June 2017, directly on Saavn, the music streaming portal, instead of YouTube, and was played over 400,000 times in just over 12 hours, according to a statement from Sony Music.[36] It was the most played song in Saavn.[27] The second single track "Thalai Viduthalai" was released on 10 July 2017 at 12:01 a.m. midnight.[12][37] The third single "Kadhalaada" was released on 20 July 2017.[29][38]

Track listing Edit

Tamil version Edit

Sony Music launched the album preview on 3 August 2017, on YouTube, in which the album consists of seven songs with lyrics written by Kabilan Vairamuthu, Yogi B Siva and Raja Kumari. The full album was released on 7 August 2017, at 5:00 p.m. on Saavn, and later on other digital platforms.

2."Thalai Viduthalai"Siva3:15
3."Kadhalaada"Kabilan Vairamuthu
4."AK Theme Music (Ready to Rage)"InstrumentalInstrumental1:23
6."Kadhalaada (Reprise)"Kabilan Vairamuthu
7."Never Give Up"4:30
Total length:24:00

Telugu version Edit

Soundtrack album by
Released17 August 2017[39]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony Music
ProducerAnirudh Ravichander

The songs of the Telugu version of the film, Vivekam was released on 17 August 2017. Lyrics for the songs were written by Yogi B, Bhaskarabatla Ravikumar and Ramajogayya Sastry.

  • Anirudh Ravichander
  • Yogi B
  • Ranjith
  • Mali Manoj
2."Bhaga Bhaga"
  • Anirudh Ravichander
  • Deepak
  • Santosh Hariharan
  • Aravind Srinivas
  • Ramajogayya Shastry
4."AK Theme Music (Ready to Rage)"InstrumentalInstrumental1:23
5."Urakaalee"Bhaskarbhatla Ravikumar
6."Aanandam (Reprise)"
  • Ramajogayya Shastry
7."Never Give Up"
Total length:24:00

Kannada (dubbed) version Edit

1."Kaadu Kulithe"
  • Naveen
  • Sparsh
  • Ashwini
  • Pramod Jois
  • Shashank Sheshagiri
  • Chintan Vikas
3."Shuru Shuru Shuru"NaveenSparsh3:15
4."Baa Baaro"Raju HosettiLakshmi Vijay4:37
5."Kaadu Kulithe (Reprise)"
  • Naveen
  • Pramod Jois
  • Arundhathi
  • Manoj Vasishta
Total length:16:37

Reception Edit

Behindwoods rated the album 3 out of 5, stating that "Anirudh delivers a convincingly International album in his forte for Ajith's Vivegam!"[40] Sharanya CR from The Times of India, reviewed that "With Vivegam, Anirudh manages to give an album with songs that not just suit the mass image of Ajith, but also have an international appeal."[41] Indiaglitz rated it 3.25/5, and received that "Vivegam is easily one of the best albums for Ajith as well as Anirudh; the album is plethora of rock and energy."[42] Sify rated it 4 out of 5 and stated that "Anirudh adds an international flavour to a quintessential ‘mass’ album!"[43] BollywoodLife rated 4 out of 5, with a verdict "Anirudh Ravichander has done it again, composed a winner of an album! He has understood the actioner's theme and the lead star perfectly and composed brilliant, foot tapping tunes. Right form death metal vibes to breezy, romantic tunes, he has given us an impressive variation. All in all, Do NOT miss the Vivegam album."[44] International Business Times, reviewed it as "The album has many songs that win the hearts of the audience and it is easily one of the best albums composed by Anirudh."[45]

Marketing Edit

The first look poster of Vivegam was released on 2 February 2017 at 12:01 AM. Ajith's physical transformation was praised, given that he had to undergo a painful knee operation in November 2015, after the release of his previous film, Vedalam.[46]

The first teaser trailer was released by the film's makers on 11 May 2017. It shows Ajith running about, flexing his muscles, dodging bullets and shooting bullets.[47] It became the fastest movie teaser to reach 5 million views within 12 hours after breaking the record of 5 million views set by the Kabali teaser in 24 hours.[48] It went on to become the most liked for an Indian film after surpassing the record of 500 thousand and more likes set by the Tubelight teaser.[49] The trailer of this movie was released on 17 August 2017.[50]

The full trailer was presented by Siva and promises a "Tamil film with an international flavor" . it contains elements of friendship, romance, sentiment and action, unlike the teaser, which was completely action packed. The trailer is dedicated to showing the attitude of Ajith's character, that he will move mountains or die trying. He is beaten again and again, yet he keeps bouncing back.[51][52]

Release Edit

Theatrical Edit

Vivegam was released on 24 August 2017.[53] The film was also released in Kannada as Commando in 2018.[54]

Home media Edit

The broadcasting rights were purchased by Sun TV for a record price which was informed through the official social media page of the channel on 9 August 2017.[55]

Reception Edit

Critical response Edit

The film was panned by critics.[56] On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 0% of 2 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.5/10.

The Times of India rated the film 3 out of 5 and said "Vivegam is an over-the-top but engaging action thriller with a calculated mix of brawn and brain, action and sentiment, smartly pandering to fans while giving families something to connect with." NDTV rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and cited "Ajith Is Charismatic But Let Down By Silly Scenes".[57] Behindwoods rated the film 2.25 out of 5, stating, "Vivegam – High on production value and action. Heavily dependent on Ajith's persona, engagement factor takes a beating".[58] Mirchi9 gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, saying " Overall, Vivekam is for the fans and fans alone for whom just watching the star on screen is enough. There is ample style and punch dialogues with a healthy dose of action. For everyone else, it is an utterly boring film".[59] Nowrunning rated the film 1.5/5 and said "Director Siva had collected a bunch of Spy movies from Hollywood and made a mashup of them. He picked up all the action blocks and combined it with loud background score which will only irk the audience. Even the action is also missing in the second half and there is no logic at all. The climax is stretched further which disappoints the audience".[60]

Srinivasa Ramanujan of The Hindu wrote, "Vivegam is a misfire on many levels. It's an attempt to make an “international” thriller, with the assumption that a star with a huge fan base would be able to pull it off. Ajith's effort is sincere, but Vivegam just doesn't come together."[61]

Accolades Edit

Date of ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
16 June 2018 Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor – Tamil Vivek Oberoi Nominated [62]
Best Music Director – Tamil Anirudh Ravichander Nominated
14 & 15 September 2018 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role – Tamil Vivek Oberoi Nominated [63]
Best Music Director – Tamil Anirudh Ravichander Nominated
Best Cinematographer – Tamil Vetri Nominated

In popular culture Edit

Exercise scene, the line "Varen ma" uttered by the hero; the scene where the heroine starts singing during the final fight is parodied in Thamizh Padam 2.[64]

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