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Pudhu Pettai (2006)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 26 May 2006 (India)
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After running away from his home Kumar falls in with a gang and slowly rises through the ranks of the Criminal Underworld.


K. Selvaraghavan (as Selvaraghavan)


Balakumaran, K. Selvaraghavan (as Selvaraghavan)
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Credited cast:
Dhanush ... Kokki Kumar
Sneha ... Krishnaveni
Sonia Agarwal ... Selvi
Azhagam Perumal ... Tamil Selvan (as Alagam Perumal)
Bala Singh ... Anbu
Prudhviraj ... Moorthy
Thennavan Thennavan ... Selvam
Murugadass ... Anbu's Henchman
Munnar Ramesh Munnar Ramesh ... Sekhar (Kokki Kumar's Father)
Bharati Mani Bharati Mani ... Politician
Nitish Veera Nitish Veera ... Kokki Kumar's Friend (as Nithish)
Sai Dheena Sai Dheena ... Anbu's Henchman
Pasi Sathya Pasi Sathya ... Adopter of Kokki Kumar's Baby
Pudhupettai Suresh Pudhupettai Suresh ... Anbu's Henchman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vijay Sethupathi ... Anbu's Henchman

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A slum dweller, Kokki Kumar (Dhanush) returns from a movie to find his mother murdered by his own father. As his father deranged advances towards him he runs away and starts begging on the streets until he is arrested on false charges. Prison exposes him to a whole new culture and a set of people who train him in a life of crime and violence, until Kumar becomes a consummate gangster. Delving further into the dark world, he murders many to become a powerful mob kingpin and joins hands with crooked politicians in his thirst for more power. As he continues to earn enemies everywhere, Kumar's life is threatened from all directions. Can he survive the wrath of his enemies? Written by Santhosh

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All of the music, including the soundtrack and score, was composed in Thailand, where Yuvan Shankar Raja worked with the Chao Phraya Symphony Orchestra of Bangkok, which featured for the first time in a Tamil film. See more »


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Produced by: Yuvan Shankar Raja
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Way ahead of its time
31 March 2019 | by harishsep-28062See all my reviews

People would say this movie is more of a realistic one but the thing is that there is a bit of poetic expression in many scenes that breaks many stereotypes and are enjoyable. Dhanush rules the screen such that inspite of his body language, the viewer will accept him as a gangster once the script gets the pace. Unlike other gangster flicks where the lead will come up from the slums and all that drug trafficking stuff, this one gets into political world that too in a realistic manner.

Technically of a higher class where the cinematography and the use of colour palattes and lights help much in expressing the multiple moods of the film. Music is just out of the world with multiple grooves and much experimental tunes that hit the right chord well.

With a world class script and a director like selva, this is a timeless masterpiece that would inspire young filmmakers. One problem is with the excessive bloodshed that would not be appropriate for family audiences. Except for that this is one of those movies a cinebuff will long to see again and again

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26 May 2006 (India) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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