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Thalaivaa (2013)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 9 August 2013 (India)
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A son steps into his father's shoes, has to win a bloody war before he becomes the leader.


A.L. Vijay (as Vijay), A.L. Vijay


A.L. Vijay (as Vijay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Vijay ... Vishwa
Amala Paul ... Meera
Santhanam ... Logu
Sathyaraj ... Anna
Ragini Nandwani ... Gowri
Rajiv Pillai Rajiv Pillai ... Raju
Nassar ... Ratnam (as Nasser)
Abhimanyu Singh ... Bhima
Y.G. Mahendran ... Lawyer
Ponvannan ... Ranga
Suresh Suresh ... Meera's Father
Tanu Vidyarthi Tanu Vidyarthi ... Unknown
Subbu Panchu ... Ravi Kiran (as Panchu Subbu)
Rekha Rekha ... Ganga Ramadurai (as Rekha)


The film opens in the year 1988 with the death of Mumbai's King of Dharavi (Asia biggest slum) Varadarajan Mudaliar. Following his death, the rival group goes on a rampage and we are introduced to Anna (Satyaraj) who takes the job of protecting Varadarajan's Dharavi in his hands and letting his son Vishwa (Vijay) to be brought up in Australia. Over there he leads a dance troop and falls in love with Meera (Amala Paul). Later, Vishwa finds that Meera is a Mumbai cop and she pretend to be in love with him just to know about the locality of his father. His father is later killed by the scums of Mumbai and how Vishwa avenge his father's death and how he leads the Dharavi people forms the rest of the story. Written by Sathya Kumar

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Tamil | Telugu

Release Date:

9 August 2013 (India) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India See more »


Box Office


INR 450,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 2,270,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mishri Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title song was shot in Mumbai with 500 junior artists. See more »


In the song "Thalapathy Thalapathy", the lead offers his car keys (Mahindra Xuv 500) telling him that the car does not have a clutch. This is incorrect as that vehicle is available only in a manual transmission variant. See more »


Vishwa: It's not in our behaviour to commit crime, but stopping it is our tradition.
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Alternate Versions

Thalaivaa was edited in the UK, upon a formal submission to the BBFC the film was passed with a '15' classification uncut (meaning that viewers under 15 cannot watch the film), the distributors whom were unsatisfied with this rating then chose to re-edit the film by around two minutes in order to obtain a 12A classification. This cut version was then passed and released into UK cinemas. See more »


References Pyare Mohan (2006) See more »


The Ecstacy of Dance
Produced by G.V. Prakash Kumar
Written by Na. Muthukumar
Performed by Kiran and Chennai Symphony
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Director Vjay who gave good movies like Kireedam, Poi Solla Porom, Madrasapattinam & Deiva Thirumagal always stays in our heart. After staying in a while with doing drama he first shift his focus to try his hand in action with Thandavam and it didn't go pretty well as we thought. OK, everyone does mistake at the first time we try something. So he tried his hand in action commercial movie again with Thalaivaa, but it became more worst here.

The story starts with Satharaj rise up as a don and sends his son Vijay when he was little to Australia to grown up without knowing what his father does in Mumbai. When he's grown he fell in love with Amala Paul and comes back to get his fathers consent for their marriage. But he gets to know about his fathers real self and when he tries to bring him abroad his father gets killed and he has to take his fathers position. Then the story is about how he rise and how did he revenge the villain.

The pluses here are Santhanam's comedy, Songs and the twists. The minuses are It's second half. After Maatran i felt this is the most boring second half that i have ever seen.

I hope Vijay gets back to drama or at least get some real advice from the people who can do a good action movies.

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