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?
'Bheema' is the first and the only film Harris Jayaraj scored for director Linguswamy.
A song was shot with 3000 junior artistes flown in from Mumbai.
Earlier Raghuvaran was selected to play an important role whereas Sherin was selected to perform an item number.
Nana Patekar was replaced by Prakashraj to play villain for this film.
There were rumours that Mammootty would act in an important role in the film but reports proved untrue.
Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone were considered at first to play the female lead but replaced by Trisha.
After "Ji", director Lingusamy announced his next project "Bheema" in 2005.
Vikram was impressed while watching this film and wanted to remake it in Tamil who then approached producer Mohan Natarajan to buy the remake rights of the film. The remake was tentatively titled "Bheema".
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, he kept his plan on hold and a new script was made into a film under the planned title "Bheema".
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 had no releases in years 2006 and 2007, since the film was still on shooting stage. The filming was finally completed in 2007.
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