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 ... Meera's Father
Tanu Vidyarthi Tanu Vidyarthi ... Unknown
Subbu Panchu ... Ravi Kiran (as Panchu Subbu)
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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Did You Know?


This movie was initially banned in Tamilnadu because of the tagline 'Time to Lead' which seemed to oppose the then Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha. See more »


In Tamil Pasanga dance, Viswa's jacket changes from time to time - one with tamil letters and other without it. See more »


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

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to make cuts in order to obtain a 12A classification. Cuts made to remove a focus on violence and bloody injuries, including throat slittings and bloody stab wounds, as well as sight of blood on swords and machete blades. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »


References Adventures of Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves (1980) 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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User Reviews

9 August 2013 | by Mpm0947See all my reviews

This review was written by my friend a 'neutral fan' from u.a.e DEAR TAMIL CINEMA FANS, well THALAIVAA is an entertaining and commercial film. First we have a look to the cast and crew. CAST Vijay: As usual stunning performance and mind blowing dance movements. His dialog delivery, hum-our sense, expressions and body language is-so classy and stunning. Even he has done his path in the film very well. He is now on the pathway to mega success and another STUNNING HIT from VJ which follows the success of KAAVALAN,VELAYUTHAM,NANBAN AND THUPAKKI. Amala Paul – well another leading heroin. She has done her path excellent in the film as the directors guidance. Well her character has a good scope but the role doesn't gave a chance to Amala Paul to give deep performance. The chemistry has worked well with VJ . Santhanam – Santhanam is a compulsory brand in most of the film. His jokes worked out well in the film. He didn't failed of giving on perfect timing jokes. His performance was a great support to bring the film into the entertaining structure. Vijay to Santhanam combo has worked out well. Sathyaraj - Puratchi Thamizhan Sathyaraj has slowly but surely carved a niche for himself as a character actor, after having donned numerous successful roles as a villain and a lead hero. Some of the prominent character roles that he has done in the recent past include the ones in Nanban and the Telugu movie Mirchi. He also had done a main role in Chennai express. Well his role in Thalaivaa is really classy and has unique style on it. Once again the wave length between Vijay and Sathyaraj has exposed and functioned well after the mega success Nanban. THE REST OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE FILM IS SO PROMISING AND DONE THEIR PART AS STRUCTURED BY THE DIRECTOR. CREW CAMERA – Nirav shah.. really a artistic cinematographer. You may know his excellent works in many films he did before such as MADRASAPATTINAM, VAANAM, ENGEYUM KADHAL, THAANDAVAM,DEIVA THIRUMAGAL, AND MORE. This film his camera magic has bring the audience a wonderful visuals and the tone of the suites the story and convey it through his visual to the audience. Editor – ANTHONY…Everyone know him for his excellence in editing and one of the leading and top editor in the Indian cinema industry. So no review on editing because he has done a great job. Music – GV.PRAKASH…HIS magic in music worked will with the audience. The music is so catchy and the background music for the film rocks. Gv you had done a good job and he didn't disappoint the audience in the music segment. Even the music helped the screenplay to move on to the next level. He also done a guest appearance in a song titled 'VANGANNA VANNAKAMANA'. DIRECTOR – Vijay is well known for his excellent films like Kireedam, Madrasapattinam, Deivathirumagaland Thaandavam. All the film is a great film and made a huge success in the box office and even touched the hearts of the audience. The same magic has done by AL.VIJAY in Thalaivaa by making the audience to immerse in the storyline and enjoy the film.He had done his role perfectly without any dragging in the screenplay or unwanted scenes and dialogs in the film. The film will be full and full entertainment and commercial based. Well it doesn't have any elements such describing the politicians, political orientated storyline or criticizing anyone. It actually conveying the awareness of humanity which humans need to bare in mind and the good and awesome relationship between various religion,caste and culture people India. It also shows how they being united as Indian and their understanding on each other.


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Release Date:

8 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India See more »


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INR450,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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