Vettaikaaran (2009 film)


Promotional Poster
Directed by B. Babusivan
Produced by M. Balasubramanian
Gurunath Meiyappan
Written by B. Babusivan
Starring Vijay
Anushka Shetty
Sayaji Shinde
Salim Ghouse
Sathyan Sivakumar
Music by Vijay Antony
Cinematography S. Gopinath
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Distributed by Sun Pictures (India)
Ayngaran International(UK)
Sri Sai Ganesh Productions(Telugu)
Release dates
  • 18 December 2009 (2009-12-18)
Running time
166 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Vettaikaaran (English: Hunter) is a 2009 Indian Tamil action film directed by debutant B. Babusivan that stars Vijay and Anushka Shetty. Gopinath handled cinematography while V. T. Vijayan was the film's editor. The film, produced by AVM Productions & Entertainment and distributed by Sun Pictures, was launched in February 2009 and the shooting for the film commenced the following month.The film revolves around a youngster who aims to be a cop just like a local police commissioner whom he idolizes, but during the process he is stopped by the evil done to his friends by a local mobster. The film's soundtrack, composed by Vijay Antony,was released in September 2009. This film was dubbed in Hindi as Dangerous Khiladi 3 [1] and Telugu as Puli Veta.


Ravi (Vijay), a youth from Thoothukudi, aspires to become a policeman like his role model, Chennai Encounter Specialist DCP Devaraj IPS (Srihari). After completing the twelfth standard on seventh attempt and he joins the same college as Devaraj, in Chennai and partly earns a living by driving an auto rickshaw. During the course, he meets IT worker Susheela (Anushka Shetty) and falls in love with her instantly. Although Susheela rejects Ravi's advances at first, Ravi gets help from her grandmother (Sukumari), and succeeds in winning Susheela's heart.

Meanwhile, the entire district is ruled and DCP Devaraj has been relieved from Police duty, without anyone's notice.Don Chella (Ravi Shankar), is a local rowdy and a deep womaniser, meets Ravi's friend Uma (Sanchita Padukone) in a public place, where she is taking donations for some cause, and immediately develops an infatuation to her body. When Uma asks Chella to contribute money, he willingly donates, but violates her modesty by placing the money between her breasts. Chella Abducts all of Uma's father's vehicles, and blackmails them to send Uma to him for one day in exchange for all vehicles.

Uma's father declines and is about to send her out of town to their village, Ravi learns out what had happened to Uma,and he comes to her defense and heavily beats up Chella, hospitalising him. His troubles start from there as Chella's father, the most powerful,rich and prime don named Vedanayagam (Salim Ghouse), with the help of his right-hand man, a corrupt police officer ACP Kattabomman (Sayaji Shinde), begin to create havoc in Ravi's life. Ravi is soon imprisoned on a false case of drug smuggling and is expelled from his college. Only Susheela and Ravi's friend Valayapathi (Srinath) are willing to help him. Susheela goes to Devaraj and pleads with him to help Ravi, but Devaraj initially refuses to help as his entire family was murdered by Vedanayagam, and he himself was blinded by Vedanayagam because he had taken action against him and his gang. However, with the help of his henchmen, he saves Ravi from being killed in a fake encounter led by Kattabomman.

Ravi then visits Devaraj and knows the truth about him. Without a way into the society, ravi visits Devanayagam himself. Devanayagam gives ravi a tour of his whole empire and life history. He tells ravi that his only key was the Fear about him in people's minds. He orders a driver of his illegal spirit factory about to smuggle his illicit liquor to drop ravi on the way. But ravi Abducts the vehicle en route.

Ravi then visits ACP Kattabomman. He blackmails the ACP into registering a case against Vedhanayagam for smuggling liquor,as he has kidnapped the ACP's second wife.

Ravi also takes help from a local rich businessmen and clears some cases against him. Ravi also kills the terrorist whose encounter he was to be killed, by using Kattabomman's gun.

It is at this stage that Ravi takes up a new persona called "Police" Ravi to clean up the illegal activities of Vedanayagam and instill hope in the public, something that Devaraj was unable to do. He removes all instincts of fear and ruins all further plans of Devanayagam.

Chella suddenly awakes from coma, and pressurises Kattabomman to kill ravi. When Kattabomman fails to do so, chella beds Kattabomman's second wife and kicks Kattabomman out, reforming him.

Due to increasing power of ravi, Vedanayagam kills Ravi's close friend Sugu (Sathyan), when he was alone to pick up his pregnant wife.This prompts Ravi to destroy all of Devanayagam's properties and he also kills Chella in revenge. Vedanayagam decides soon after to become the home minister to prevent Ravi from targeting him and his activities.

Vedanayagam bribes and blackmails the CM and gets himself to be soon appointed as home minister. Now he bombs his own meeting and blames ravi. All those who supported ravi are attacked, and ravi decides to face the devil alone. Ravi arrives at the vedanayagam tea stall where vedanayagam is about to leave for the ceremony and fights his henchmen.

As Ravi finally plans to kill the about to be minister Vedanayagam, the police arrive to arrest him. However, Ravi sees Devaraj in the crowd and announces Vedanayagam's location to him just as he is being arrested, allowing Devaraj to assassinate Vedanayagam, effectively taking his revenge.

In the end, Devaraj is reinstated into the police force as trainer and offers to make Ravi a police officer, as he can nominate him as his heir.. However, Ravi refuses, stating that he has found the police officer within himself and that is all he needs to succeed in life.




During the filming of Kuruvi, directed by S. Dharani, B. Babusivan served as one of his assistant directors in the film and wrote the dialogues. Sivan was later prompted to begin his maiden directorial venture with Vijay in the lead role. He was eventually chosen as the director for the next feature film to be produced AVM Productions. The project was originally titled as Police Ravi but in August 2008 it was re-titled as Vettaikkaaran, taken from the Vettaikaaran (1964 film) starring M. G. Ramachandran.[2]

Vettaikaran was formally launched the next month. The film's director Babusivan, producers M. Balasubramaniam and B. Gurunath Meyyappan, Vijay and his wife, Vijay Antony, S. A. Chandrasekhar and director Dharani were present at the film's inauguration.


Commercial directors Perarasu and Hari were mentioned, but AVM Productions chose B. Babusivan to be the director of the film.[3][4]

Several actresses were considered for the lead female role with Shriya Saran, Tamannaah, Ileana D'Cruz, Bhavana, Asin,[5] Nayantara and Anushka Shetty[6] being considered for the role. Afterwards, Anushka was finalized to portray the role. Cinematographer Gopinath was chosen to be the lead cameraman in the film after Ravi Varman was dropped from the film.[7] V. T. Vijayan was signed as the film's editor.


Soundtrack album by Vijay Antony
Released 23 September 2009 (2009-09-23)
Recorded Audiophiles
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 26:33
Label Think Music
Vijay Antony chronology
Rasikkum Seemane


No. Song Singers Length (m:ss) LyricsPicturization
1 "Naan Adicha" Shankar Mahadevan 4:37 Kabilan Rajahmundry
2 "Karigalan Kala" Suchith Suresan, Sangeetha Rajeshwaran 4:17 Kabilan Pollachchi
3 "Puli Urumudhu" Ananthu, Mahesh Vinayakram 4:17 Kabilan AVM Studio and Madurai
4 "Oru Chinna Thamarai" Krish, Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Bonekilla, Suchitra 4:35 Viveka Punai
5 "En Uchimandai" Krishna Iyer, Shoba Chandrasekhar, Charulatha Mani, Shakthisree Gopalan 4:12 Annamalai AVM


No. Song Singers Length (m:ss) LyricsPicturization
1 "Adugesthey" Tippu 4:37 Vennelakanthi Rajahmundry
2 "Karimabbu" Saketh Naidu, Kavitha 4:17 Vennelakanthi Pollachchi
3 "Pul Vetidi" Ramu 4:17 Vennelakanthi AVM Studio and Madurai
4 "Yeda Alapai" Rakhi, Veena 4:35 Bhuvanachandra Punai
5 "Thikkedo" R.S. John Vianni, Aishwarya 4:12 Bhuvanachandra AVM Studio


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[8]

Critical reception

Sify stated the movie is a paisa vasool film and entertainment is guaranteed. The major plus for the movie are the five peppy songs tuned by Vijay Antony which are choreographed well. The introductory song Naan Adicha has lot of energy in it and the song rocked. The action scenes by Kanal Kannan are superbly choreographed. Gopinath’s camera is slick and editing is fast paced and rated 4/5.[9] Behindwoods rated 2/5 and stated "The charismatic screen presence of Vijay, enjoyable musical tracks, sparkling stunts, fiery punch lines, the signature lighter moments and foot tapping numbers, makes the movie entertain the family audience, and stated that director B. Babusivan had made a wholesome family entertainer movie.[10] The Times of India gave 2.5 stars out of 5 and stated "As far as commercial films are concerned, Vettaikaran is definitely assured filmmaking by director B. Babusivan"[11]


Award Category Recipient Result
Vijay Awards Favourite Hero Vijay Won
Favourite Heroine Anushka Won
Favourite Film Vettaikaran Nominated
Favourite Song Chinna Thamarai Won
Best Music Director Vijay Antony Nominated
Best Villain Salim Ghouse Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Krish Nominated
Best Lyricist Kabilan Nominated
Best Stunt Director Kanal Kannan Nominated
Filmfare Awards South
Best Lyricist Kabilan
Best Lyricist Vivega
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Best Male Playback Singer Krish
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Best Female Playback Singer Suchitra
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Edison Awards Best Male Playback Singer Krish Won
South Scope Cine Awards Best Tamil Male Play Back Singer Krish
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Best Tamil Female Playback Singer Suchitra
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)


  2. "Vijay to turn 'Vetaikkaaran' after loading 'Villu'". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  3. Karthick (25 February 2009). "Wishes to Babu Sivan, all the best in his first film". Naive Expressions.
  4. "Wishes to Babu Sivan, all the best in his first film".
  5. "Asin to act in Vijay's Vettaikkaran Movie". TamilWire. 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2009.
  6. "Anushka Vijay's Lady Love". TamilWire. 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  7. "Ravivarman dropped from Vettaikaran". Poochandi. 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2008.
  8. "Vettaikaran special on Sun TV this weekend". The Times of India. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  9. Sify Movies – Review listing. (2 December 2012). Retrieved on 18 April 2015. Archived 21 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. Vettaikaran – Tamil Movie Reviews – Vettaikaran Vijay Anushka Vijay Antony Babu Sivan. Retrieved on 2015-04-18.
  11. Vettaikaran Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India. (20 December 2009). Retrieved on 18 April 2015.
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