Villain (2010)

 ●  Telugu ● 2 hrs 16 mins

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This thrilling and allegorical drama deals with the trials and triumphs in the life of Dev Prakash Subramaniam, a ruthless police officer. Upon being assigned the task of apprehending a bandit, he accordingly re-locates with his wife, Ragini to the criminal's home ground. Shortly thereafter, while investigating another matter, he is notified that his wife has been abducted by Veeraiya, a tribal gangster. Dev, in the company of several well-armed policemen, and guided by a forest guard, relentlessly pursues this elusive bandit who is both revered and feared by the local residents; while Ragini slowly attempts to discern the real reason behind her abduction. When she discovers that he has taken the drastic step to wreak vengeance upon the law enforcement authority, for the death of his sister as a result of police custodial torture and brutal rape. Where will her loyalties lie? How will justice be served? Will Ragini's life be spared, and if so, will she be happy to return to the safety of her husband's embrace? The film explores the search by the officer, whilst exploring the changing emotions that the three protagonists experience with each other, leading to a riveting climax, situated in the jungle.
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Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram

Crew: Mani Ratnam (Director), Manikandan V (Director of Photography), Santosh Sivan (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Crime, Adventure

Release Dates: 18 Jun 2010 (India)

Tagline: Ten heads, ten minds, a hundred voices one man

Telugu Name: విలన్

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Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Music Director: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: Mohammed Irfan, Karthik
Music Director: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: Ankitha Lakshmi
Ten heads, ten minds, a hundred voices one man
This movie was also dubbed in Telugu under the title "Villain" and released simultaneously with this movie, and the Hindi version.

Abhishek Bachchan, who plays Beera in "Raavan", the Hindi version of this movie, was originally going to play Ragini's husband in this film to form a perfect foil between the two films. However he turned it down as he was not very good with the Tamil language.

Ragini's clothes were designed by Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherji.

The opening lines of the song "Ranjha Ranjha" is adapted from Sufi poet Baba Bulleh Shah's "Ranjha Ranjha Kardi".

The actors performed a lot of their own stunts.

The film had an uncharacteristically long shoot (over 100 days), due to the fact that it was simultaneously shot with its Hindi-language version "Raavan", meaning that every scene had to be shot twice with different actors.

The film was shot on location in the forests of Athirapally (Kerala), Tumkur (Karnataka), Ooty, Jhansi, Calcutta, Mahabaleshwar and in the Malshej Ghats (Maharashtra).

'Chiyaan' Vikram plays Veera in this film, and plays Dev in the Hindi version 'Raavan'.

Kamal Hassan, Madhavan, Vishal and Prakash Raj all turned down the same unspecified role.

The film's basic plot is inspired from the religious Hindu epic Ramayana, where the demon Ravana kidnaps Sita, the wife of Vishnu-avatar Rama, as well as the life of revolutionary leader Kobad Ghandy.

The film which was shot simultaneously with its Hindi version "Raavan", and thus uncharacteristically long shoot (over 100 days), as well as having a budget of 550 million rupees.

While filming in Kerala, the production got into trouble with forest officials for not following regulations. The issues were eventually resolved.

Director Mani Ratnam suffered a heart attack during the shoot, which delayed filming considerably.

Manikandan was originally hired as the film's cinematographer. However, he was replaced with Santosh Sivan.
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Dubbed from: Raavanan (Tamil)
Bilingual of: Raavan (Hindi)