Vivegam (English: Prudence) is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film, written and directed by Siva. The movie features Ajith Kumar as primary lead, with Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan playing the supporting roles. The film's background score and soundtrack were composed by Anirudh Ravichander, whose soundtrack album released on 7 August 2017. Cinematography was performed by Vetri and editing by Anthony L. Ruben.
Promotional film poster
T. G. Thyagarajan (presenter)
|Music by||Anirudh Ravichander|
|Box office||₹112–167 crore|
Principal photography of the film commenced at Slovenia in August 2016 and the movie released worldwide on 24 August 2017 along with its Telugu dubbed version titled Vivekam. The film is estimated to have grossed ₹112–167 crore.
The film was also later released in its Hindi dubbed version under the same name by Goldmines Telefilms and released on YouTube on 17 June 2018 with Ajith's voice dubbed by Samay Raj Thakkar. Te film will be released in Kannadaa as Commando.
The film opens with an arms exchange deal 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. AK, a former counter-terrorist agent, successfully intercepts the deal and secures the weapons drive. Meanwhile, the international counter-terrorist group is on the lookout for him. Aryan, a Chief Strategist, and his team volunteer to find AK.
AK lives happily with his wife Yazhini, who owns and manages an Indian restaurant. Their life is interrupted by a mission to trace a hacker, Natasha from Bulgaria, who is responsible for cracking the security codes of the plutonium weapons. There have already been three man-made seismic activities caused by the explosion of plutonium bombs. She is wanted by the Interpol, CIA, and terrorist groups around the world for her hacking skills. AK's mission is to secure the hacker, thereby preventing the two future seismic quakes targeted in India.
AK goes back to Serbia in search of Natasha, where he is guided by APS (Arumai Prakasm), a local translator. He interrogates the hospital doctors in the city and finds out that Natasha has undergone plastic facial alteration surgery. Meanwhile, an Albanian gang has hijacked Natasha's boyfriend and tortured him to death. With the help of the pacemaker found in her boyfriend's body, AK traces Natasha and moves her to a safe house.
Natasha is unaware that the code she decrypted was that of a nuclear weapon. She feels guilty and proposes to diffuse the remaining weapons from a neutrino site. On their way to the site, Natasha is killed by a group of terrorists. Aryan and his team ambush AK and open fire at him. AK survives the ambush and kills two of his ex-teammates. Aryan hires assassin to kill Yazhini. AK neutralizes the assassins and saves his wife. Later, AK comes to know that Aryan and his teammates belong to the shadow government which controls the economy of the world by war manipulation. Aryan, as a counter-terrorist officer and as an agent of shadow government, forces AK and his pregnant wife 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. AK tries to stop the nuclear weapon from blasting by turning of all the satellites by powerhub. To stop AK from continuing his job Aryan kidnaps AK's wife and keeps her in a secret place. He asks AK whether he will save his wife or stop the bomb. AK beats up Aryan and prevents the plutonium weapon from blasting.
AK with his wife and child go for in a long drive. Suddenly a mission comes for AK.
- Ajith Kumar as Ajay Kumar, "AK"
- Vivek Oberoi as Aryan Singha
- Kajal Aggarwal as Yazhini Ajay Kumar
- Akshara Haasan as Natasha
- Aarav Chowdhary as Shawn
- Karunakaran as Arumai Prakasam, "APS"
- Amila Terzimehic as Rachael
- Serge Crozon-Cazin as Michael
- Bharath Reddy as Bharath
- Sharat Saxena
- Milan in a special appearance
Anirudh Ravichander was the music composer for the movie. Vetri signed to handle filming, and Ruben edited. 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.
The title of the film, Vivegam, was announced in February 2017. The official first look poster released along with the title on 2 February. The director revealed that Vivek Obreoi was not playing an antagonist in the movie.
Principal photography commenced in Slovenia on 1 August 2016, and it was reported that at least 70% percent of this action thriller was to be shot in Europe. The first schedule was successfully completed in Europe and the second schedule in Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad in October. The team informed that nearly 75 percent of the film shot was complete and the rest of the production was ongoing in Chennai. It was reported that the movie was filmed on a restricted military base in Eastern Europe. The team completed their final shoot schedule in Serbia on such locations like Belgrade city centre, Belgrade Museum of Aviation and Bor lake. Principal photography wrapped in July 2017.
|Soundtrack album by Anirudh Ravichander|
|Released||7 August 2017|
|Studio||Albuquerque Records, Chennai|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Anirudh Ravichander chronology|
|Singles from Vivegam|
The film score and soundtrack were composed by Anirudh Ravichander, becoming his second collaboration with Ajith Kumar and Siva. The soundtrack consists of seven tracks, including one theme music track. The music rights were secured by Sony Music. Prior to the official soundtrack launch, three singles were released through Saavn.
The first single, "Surviva", was released on 19 June 2017; it is a western-based EDM number. The second single, "Thalai Viduthalai", released on 10 July 2017; it is in the "death metal rock" genre. The song is sung by Ajith and is about success and failure. It was quoted by Anirudh himself on Twitter to be a "dedication to Ajithkumar’s 25 years of grit, determination and hard work in his cinematic career". The third single, "Kadhaalada", was released on 20 July 2017. It was a classical number. The full album was released on 7 August 2017.
|1.||"Surviva"||Siva, Yogi B||Yogi B, Anirudh Ravichander, Malavika Manoj||3:43|
|2.||"Thalai Viduthalai"||Siva||Anirudh Ravichander, Harish Swaminathan, Ajith Kumar||3:20|
|3.||"Kadhalaada"||Kabilan Vairamuthu||Pradeep Kumar, Shashaa Tirupati||4:21|
|4.||"AK Theme – Ready to Rage"||Theme By Anirudh||Instrumental||1:29|
|5.||"Veriyera"||Siva||M.M Manasi, Poorvi Koutish||4:39|
|6.||"Kadhalaada Reprise"||Kabilan Vairamuthu||Shashaa Tirupati, Anirudh Ravichander, Namratha, Pooja||2:26|
|7.||"Never Give Up"||Raja Kumari||Raja Kumari||4:41|
Soundtrack album review
Bollywoodlife rated the album 4 out of 5 and stated "Right from the first single,Surviva, Vivegam’s music album has caught everyone;’s attention for its groovy, soulful compositions". Onlykollywood rated the album for 4 out of 5 and stated the album to be a "Stylish, smashing soundtrack". KollyBuzz rated the album for 4 out of 5 and stated "The songs give an impression that it could appear as montage numbers mostly, but then it’s a new wave of musical stretch by Anirudh". Behindwoods rated the album 3 out of 5 and said that Anirudh delivers a convincingly international album. Studioflicks rated the album 3 out of 5 and called it "A new age musical album from Anirudh".
Vivegam was released on 24 August 2017.
The first look 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.
The Vivegam teaser was released by the film's makers on 11 May 2017. It shows Ajith running about, flexing his muscles, dodging bullets and shooting bullets. 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. 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. The trailer of this movie was released on 17 August 2017.
The Vivegam 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.
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". 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". 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". 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".
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." Kolly Buzz said that the movie is strictly for Ajith Kumar fans and technically well nurtured.
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