Winner (2003 film)
Winner is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language action comedy film written and directed by Sundar C. The film stars Prashanth and Kiran in lead roles, while Vadivelu, Vijayakumar, M. N. Nambiar and Riyaz Khan among others play other supporting roles. The film, which has music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and camera work handled by Prasad Murella, released on 27 September 2003 and became a hit at the box office. This film is known for Vadivelu's performance.
|Directed by||Sundar C|
|Produced by||Suthan S. Ramachandran|
|Written by||Boopathy Pandian|
|Screenplay by||Sundar C|
|Story by||Sundar C|
M. N. Nambiar
M. N. Rajam
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Edited by||P. Sai Suresh|
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Sakthi (Prashanth) is studying Engineering in a college in Chennai, and he gets into quarrels every other day. Not able to withstand the threats from hooligans, his billionaire parents-mother (Jayamurali) and father (Vijayakumar) pack him up to his mother's village where his grandfather Velayutham (M. N. Nambiar) and grandmother Sivagami (M. N. Rajam) are rich and respected farmers cultivating paddy. In that village, an innocent, comical relative of Shakthi Kaipulla (Vadivelu) is constantly challenged by Sakthi's distant relative Kattadurai (Riyaz Khan). Sakthi visits his grandparents and decides to stay there for a while. A marriage of their relative is planned, and the whole family from all over Tamil Nadu assembles. Neelaveni (Kiran), who accompanies her relatives, falls in love with Sakthi. Kattadurai is supposed to marry Neelaveni.
Many events follow. Kattadurai often clashes with Sakthi and gets beaten up. Amidst the wedding preparation, a group of former enemies including Vaira Kannan (Raj Kapoor) and Neelavani's aunt (Anuradha), along with Neelaveni's father (Prathap Singh), kidnap Neelaveni. Sakthi goes after them. After a huge tussle, Sakthi brings back Neelaveni. Whether they unite or not is the rest of the story.
- Prashanth as Sakthi
- Kiran as Neelaveni
- Vadivelu as Kaipulla
- M. N. Nambiar as Velayutham
- Vijayakumar as Sathyamoorthy, Sakthi's father
- M. N. Rajam as Sivagami
- Riyaz Khan as Kattadurai
- Raj Kapoor as Vaira Kannan
- Jaya Murali as Dhanalakshmi, Sakthi's mother
- Prathap Singh as Santhanapandi, Neelaveni's father
- Vimalraj as Vaira Kannan's brother
- Anuradha as Neelaveni's aunt
- Santhana Bharathi as Neelaveni's uncle
- Crane Manohar as Kaipulla's sidekick
- Bonda Mani as Kaipulla's sidekick
- Muthukaalai as Kaipulla's sidekick
- Junior Balaiah as Kattadurai's uncle
- Vichu Viswanath as Kattadurai's cousin
- Singamuthu as Thief
- Halwa Vasu as Train Station Master
- Bharathi as Neelaveni's friend
- Thalapathy Dinesh as Neelaveni's bodyguard
- Vatsala Rajagopal as Neelaveni's grandmother
- Shanmugasundari as Neelaveni's grandmother
- Nirosha as Neelaveni's cousin
- Nellai Siva as Astrologer
- Kottai Perumal
- Soori as Kaipulla's henchman (uncredited)
Prashanth signed on to star in the film, being produced by R. Bhooma Ramachandran in late 2001, with Aarthi Aggarwal signed on the play the film's heroine. It was reported that she had impressed actress Khusbhu with her performances in Telugu films and Kushboo thus recommended her to her film maker husband, Sundar C. However she was later replaced by Kiran Rathod and filming for project began as early as January 2002. The film was primarily shot in and around Chennai, Ilanji and Pollachi, while scenes showcasing a wedding at Kiran's house was shot at Vasan House, Chennai. Prashanth was briefly hospitalised after injuring himself filming an action scene for the film. Vadivelu got injured during a comedy scene at the beginning of the movie shoot.
The film opened to positive reviews in September 2003. A critic noted "It is a typical Sundar C. brand entertainer with comedy, stunts, romance and sentiment thrown in to make the product racy", concluding it was set to be a "box office winner". Another critic also noted "Vadivelu’s comedy is the highlight of the film. He has given a consistent performance in the film".
Post-release, the film's producer Ramachandran complained of the treatment he was given by Prashanth and his father during the making of the film. He claimed that the pair demanded extra salary and had initially insisted that the team cast Kareena Kapoor in the lead role. In 2010, the producer spoke of his bankruptcy and blamed Prashanth for his role in the losses he suffered.
Vadivelu's Association in the film was titled as 'Varuthamilla Valibar Sangam', became very famous and it was modified to be used as the title for the 2013 Ponram and Sivakarthikeyan film as Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||17 March 2003|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
After Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga (1998) and Rishi (2000), Sundar C. and Yuvan Shankar Raja worked together for the third time for the music composition of this film. The soundtrack, released on 17 March 2003, features 6 tracks with lyrics penned by Pa. Vijay and Viveka.
|1||"Eye Um Eye Um"||Devan||Pa. Vijay||4:23|
|2||"Endhan Uyir Thozhiyae"||Udit Narayan||4:38|
|3||"Mathapoo"||Tippu, Premji Amaran, Sri Vardhini||3:59|
|4||"Mudhal Murai"||Srinivas, Mahalakshmi Iyer||5:10|
|6||"Kozhi Kokkarra"||Udit Narayan, Prashanthini||Viveka||4:25|
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