Fast-paced and fiery, this underworld crime thriller traces a terrible rivalry between two gangs and the complex sequence of events that unfold when the gangs are targeted by an upright police commissioner.
This action-oriented crime drama revolves around two powerful gangs in Chennai, one led by Chinna (Prakash Raj) and the other by Periyavar (Raghuvaran). Enmity prevails between both gangs, with frequent clashes happening, as they try to overpower each other.
One day, when Periyavar’s gang tries to kill Chinna, he is saved by Shekhar (Vikram). Chinna meets Shekhar on a few more occasions and is impressed by his courage. Shekhar is a man of steel, physically and mentally, who had idolised Chinna in his childhood; he is similar to the character Bhima from the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata. He challenges Periyavar’s group and puts Chinna on top.
The gangs are then targeted by the new police commissioner (Ashish Vidyarthi). Shekhar finally decides to leave the fight to settle down with his girlfriend Shalini (Trisha Krishnan), and although Chinna wants Shekhar to lead his own life, his gang members want him back. How will the future unfold for Chinna, Shekhar and Shalini? Will Shekhar succeed in leaving behind his violent past and begin a peaceful life with Shalini or will his past come back to haunt him?
This is the only film Harris Jayaraj scored for Linguswamy.
A song was shot with 3000 junior artistes flown in from Mumbai. The duet song was shot at Madurai Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal. The scenes were shot in Rameshwaram and Tuticorin. A song sequence with Vikram and Trisha was picturised for the last few days on a huge ship located in mid sea. A song was shot at Australia. Re-recording was completed in 30 days and the song "Oru Mugamo" was shot with 30 scenes.
Since the film was in making for long time, Vikram had no releases in years 2006 and 2007. The filming was finally completed in 2007.
Raghuvaran was selected to play an important role. Sherin was selected to perform item number.
Nana Patekar was replaced by Prakashraj to play villain.
There were rumours that Mammootty would act in the film but reports proved untrue.
Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone were considered to play heroine but replaced by Trisha.
Vikram stated that he approached the film like an actor even though the film's script was written "for a star" and furthermore he told that it is one of the most powerful roles.
After "Ji", Lingusamy announced his next project "Bheema" in 2005. Vikram trained his body for three months with the help of former Mr Tamil Nadu bodybuilding champion Rajendran for the part of Sekar so that he would look more like the physically strong character of "Bheema".
Vikram, who saw the movie, was impressed and wanted to remake it in Tamil. Vikram approached producer Mohan Natarajan to buy the remake rights of the film. The remake was tentatively titled "Bheema". But when his film "Majaa" hit the screens, it did only average business. So Vikram was skeptical about remaking "Chanthupottu". The film was first postponed but later shelved. The producer of the film, AM Rathnam approached director Lingusamy to come up with a new script.
The film was titled "Majaa" and the film shooting began. During the making of "Majaa", Vikram met with actor Dileep who was then working on his film "Chanthupottu". "Chanthupottu" had Dileep playing an effeminate character. When it got released, it was commercially successful and brought critical acclaim for Dileep's portrayal.
Vikram had created an identity for himself by portraying performance oriented offbeat roles. So he began alternating between commercial cinema and arthouse films. After playing heavy roles in "Arul" and "Anniyan", Vikram wanted to make a light hearted comedy film. After seeing the Malayalam film "Thommanum Makkalum" starring Mammootty, Vikram approached the director of the film Shafi and expressed interest in remaking it in Tamil.
The film was actually planned as a remake of the 2005 Malayalam film "Chanthupottu" starring Dileep. But since Vikram's previous film "Majaa" which was a remake of the film "Thommanum Makkalum" bombed at the box office, the plan was shelved and a new script was made into a film under the planned title "Bheema".
14 Jan 2008 ● Tamil ● 2 hrs 46 mins
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