Virumaandi (2004)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 55 mins

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A reporter (Rohini) researching the death penalty in India is recounted the story of a farm owner Virumandi (Kamal) whose role in a clan feud between Naicker (Napoleon) and Kothalla Devar (Pasupathi) leads him to death row. As the story unfolds, there is a riot in the jail, and the only one who can get the reporter safely out of the prison is Virumandi.
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Cast: Abhirami Gopikumar, Kamal Haasan

Crew: Kamal Haasan (Director), Keshav Prakash (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Release Dates: 14 Jan 2004 (India)

Tamil Name: விருமாண்டி

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Did you know? A constant learner and an experimenter himself, Kamal decided to learn how to drive a moped without using his hands. Read More
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as Annalachmi
as Virumandi
as Thevar
as Virumandi's Sidekick
as Nallama Naicker
as Chief Jailor Jayanth
as Kotharala Thevar
as Vaidhyanadhan
as Angela Kaathamuthu
as Inspector Paykkaman
Supporting Actor




Production Company
Line Producer



Screenplay Writer
Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Sound Designer


Art Director
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Kamal Haasan
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan, Shreya Ghoshal
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: Shreya Ghoshal
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: Rajshree Seem, Thiruvudaiyan
Filming Locations:
At the 2004 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival held in South Korea, the movie won the International Award for Best Asian Film.

This is perhaps for the first time two southern villages were transported live to the Campa Cola complex in Chennai. The complex was transformed into bustling Theni and Madurai villages with people speaking the local dialect. The sets were so authentic and beautiful that Kamal Haasan received requests not to abandon the sets for at least six months but to throw them open to the public for viewing before the release of the film. The complex had festivities and fun, frolic and festoons. It was hard to distinguish the sets from the streets. The Jalli Kattu Street was so natural that even people who took part in scores of Jalli Kattu competitions could not believe their eyes and felt that they were in their native village. Kottala Devar home and Nallamma Naicker palace were artistically built with dexterity that is bound to take people down the memory lane. It was hard to believe that the sets were created in Chennai, be it Virumandi temple, Central Prison or police station.

Two special Kangeyam bulls ever ready to charge were carefully trained with great difficulties for the movie, again a first in the tinsel world. The bulls were kept at Sivaji Gardens and trained. The lead actress Abirami and hero Kamal Haasan did their home work daily and spent time with the bulls as part of the familiarization process.

In all, almost 1,000 persons were brought from Madurai district to give an authentic flavor to the sequences. Several technicians risked their lives to capture live the realism involved in the bull fight which is going to be among the highlights of the film. It is bound to be action personified on the screen.

Art Director Prabhakaran had re-created the typical village that even a local villager who passes by the set would think that he is setting foot on his native land.

Although "Jalli Kattu" is very popular in places like Alanganallur and Tiruchi during the Pongal season, perhaps for the first time it was recorded live with all the accompanying action and bravery of the men for the benefit of the movie goers and for posterity as well. Over 50 choicest rugged bulls known for its toughness were specially selected along with trainers and bull fighters. Not only the trainers, but the villagers who are familiar with the events were transported from the villages to the shooting spot to be part of the epoch-making event.

A constant learner and an experimenter himself, Kamal decided to learn how to drive a moped without using his hands.

Live sound recording system was used and for the first time, the Neuendo machine was kept at the shooting venue. There were special cameras for fight scenes as well. Vadipatti drummers were specially brought to give the local flavor for the movie. Not only Vadipatti drummers but Vadugapatti crackers were used too.

Cinematographer Kesav Prakash was trained in India and the United States was an assistant to Ravi K Chandran in 'Marudanayagam' project and Kamal Haasan spotted him. Both Kamal Haasan and Keshav Prakash tried to make the film in high definition mode but had to abandon the project due to some technical snags.

The movie became a super hit performer at the Box Office; as a consequence it was later dubbed to Telugu as 'Pothuraju'.

One of the central concepts highlighted in the movie is the controversy surrounding the death penalty.

The film's narrative is based on the Rashomon effect. They express how they feel about the direction their lives have taken and how they have ended up where they are.

Extensive sets of rural tamilnadu and prison were erected in Chennai. Bulls from Madurai and nearby districts were transported to Chennai for the bull fight sequences .
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Pothuraaju Cheppinattu (Telugu)