Veeram is a 2014 Tamil action masala film directed by Siva and produced by Vijaya Productions. The film features Ajith Kumar in the lead role, while an ensemble supporting cast includes Tamannaah, Vidharth, Bala, Santhanam, Nassar, Pradeep Rawat and Abhinaya, amongst others. Pre-production works had been ongoing since December 2011, with shooting starting in April 2013. The film received a ‘U’ certificate, and released on 10 January 2014. Produced by Vijaya Productions and distributed by Ayngaran International, the film received mostly positive reviews from critics upon release. It would be dubbed and released in Telugu as Veerokkade.
Directed by Siva
Produced by Bharathi Reddy
Written by Bharathan (dialogues)
Story: Bhoopati Raja, Siva
Starring: Ajith Kumar as Vinayagam, Tamannaah as Kopperundevi, Vidharth as Shanmugam, Bala as Murugan, Munish as Senthil, Suhail Chandhok as Kumaran, Santhanam as Bail Perumal, Ramesh Khanna as District Collector Subbu, Nassar as Nallasivam, Pradeep Rawat as Vanangamudi, Atul Kulkarni as Aadalarasu, Appukutty as Mayilvaganam, Thambi Ramaiya as Savarimuthu, Avinash as Aavudaiyappan (Aadalarasu’s Father), Abhinaya as Poongothai (Murugan’s Love Interest), Manochitra as Anita (Senthil’s Love Interest), Suza Kumar as Senbagam (Shanmugam’s Love Interest), Vidyullekha Raman as Alamelu (Bail Perumal’s Love Interest), Mayilsamy as Marikolunthu (Vinayagam’s Uncle), Devadarshini as District Collector Subbu’s wife, Kalairani, Shanmugarajan, Stunt Silva, Ilavarasu as Azhagappan, Crane Manohar as College Peon, Paravai Muniyamma, Pawan as Nallasivam’s son, Periyardarsan as Bhai, R. N. R. Manohar, “Paruthi Veeran” Sujatha
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Editing by Kasi Viswanathan
Studio Vijaya Productions
Don’t assume this to be an exaggeration! It’s a fact and you’ll accept it after watching Veeram. It’s a complete entertainer from Ajith in new avatar. Director Siva and Ajith Kumar bring you an exclusive Pongal treat that will keep you engrossed from beginning till end.
What’s the story? Don’t break your heads. It’s very simple than you might have imagined – A man’s unconditional love and care for his younger brothers.
Set in backdrops of a down south village Ottan Chathram, we see Vinayagam (Ajith) and his brothers (Viddarth, Bala, Munish & Suhail) leading a happy life. The complete story involves their bonding with each and story takes a turn when the beautiful Kopperumdevi (Tamanna) comes into picture.
Let’s be clear – this is not a upgraded version of ‘Anandham’ or ‘Vaanathai Pola’. It is completely different and director Siva has done a smart work with his screenplay. His writing works a lot of magic to the film and to see Ajith in a different look and shade is a surprise element. The actor was strictly stuck in blazers and guns, but Veeram is a pleasant one. Obviously, the female audiences to his past few movies were lacking, but mark our words; this film will recall them to the theatres. Yes, there is no mass entry for Ajith, but few scenes like ‘Lorry Bid’ scene involving him and Pradeep Rawat is a mass factor….
The pre-interval action sequence over the top of train is tremendous and theatres thunder with applause and whistles. Tamanna makes a good comeback and she has more scope to perform, especially in the second half. Santhanam makes his best approach and unlike his other movies, where he makes fun of heroes, he remains silent here for Ajith.
Viddarth and Bala get their equal share of performance while newcomers Munish and Suhail are a good entry. Appukutty amuses you vividly. Nasser’s character is best. Abhinaya, Suza Kumar and Manochitra as the sweethearts of Ajith’s brothers look pleasant.
The first half proceeds with a rapid pace and there are some light moments in the second half. The scenes involving Ajith and Tamanna are done with neatness. Don’t forget to notice the story behind Ajith’s salt ‘n’ pepper hairstyle.
While the songs by Devi Sri Prasad are little disappointing, he has done a marvelous job with his background score, especially during the action sequences. Cinematography and editing are done apt for a commercial movie. There are little minuses in the film that include Ajith’s southern Tamil slang, which doesn’t suit him in few places. But overall, the film stands out as a promising treat to not just Ajith fans, but for all audiences.