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  • 08 Aug 2013
  • 2h 59m
  • Action, Crime, Drama
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Thalaivaa is a 2013 Indian Tamil action thriller film written and directed by A. L. Vijay. It stars Vijay in the title role, Amala Paul, Ragini Nandwani, Abhimanyu Singh, with Sathyaraj and Santhanam in supporting roles. The film, produced by Chandraprakash Jain, features background score and soundtrack composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar with cinematography and editing handled by Nirav Shah and Anthony respectively. The story revolves around a dancer who takes over his father's duty as a crime boss after his death.





  • Status Released
  • Release date 08 Aug 2013
  • Running time 2h 59m
  • Genres Action, Crime, Drama


Vijay, Amala Paul, Sathyaraj, Santhanam, Abhimanyu Singh, Nassar, Ponvannan, Suresh, Y. G. Mahendran, Rajiv Pillai
Action, Crime, Drama

A riot occurs in Mumbai where Ratnam and his son Logu are attacked. However, Ramadurai arrives and saves them. After the riot, Ratnam decides to leave Mumbai and start a new life somewhere else. Ramadurai asks him to stay, but Ratnam says it is best that he moves away. Suddenly that night, Ramadurai's house gets attacked by his opposite gang Bhadra. While trying to save him, Ramadurai's wife Ganga dies on the spot. Enraged, Ramadurai kills Bhadra. He takes his son Vishwa to Ratnam who is in a train and asking him to take Vishwa with him, because he doesn't want Vishwa's life to be wasted by Ramadurai's action and sends him away with Ratnam.

Vishwa is a dancer who lives in Sydney, Australia and also manages a water distribution business in the name of Ganga with his childhood friend Logu and his dance team members. Ramadurai is a crime boss, who fights for the rights of migrated Tamilians. He keeps in contact with Vishwa as he grows up and lies to him about his profession. Vishwa falls in love with Meera, the daughter of a restaurateur, who is one of his customers. Meera reciprocates Vishwa's feelings and joins his dance team, helping them win a dance competition. She soon proposes to Vishwa, who agrees. Meera's father agrees to the marriage, but wants to discuss the matter formally with Ramadurai. They leave for Mumbai, where Vishwa finds out about Ramadurai's true profession and that he is currently in hiding due to several false charges registered against him by his arch-enemy Bhima, who is Bhadra's son. Vishwa also finds out that Meera and her father are Crime Branch officers, who lured him to Mumbai so that they could arrest Ramadurai. Ramadurai is arrested, but just after he enters the police van, a bomb planted by Bhima in the van explodes, killing him. Vishwa is distraught over his father's death and decides to stay back in Mumbai and take over his father's crime syndicate. He dons the title of Thalaivaa and provides his own brand of justice for the helpless and downtrodden.

Meanwhile, Bhima instigates riots in Mumbai which kill many people and leave several others injured. Vishwa arrives at the scene and saves several others, including a Bhojpuri woman named Gowri, whose marriage was nullified due to the riots. Although there is seemingly lack of evidence that Bhima is responsible, a video recorded by a cameraman Kumar, highlighting Bhima's involvement in the riots is stolen by a Bhojpuri-speaking pickpocket. Vishwa and his gang manage to reclaim the tape from the pickpocket and publicize it, leading to Bhima's arrest. Vishwa also kills the corrupt CM of Maharashtra, who had given Bhima and his gang free rein, and puts the blame on Bhima. However, Bhima soon escapes from prison and kills most of Vishwa's henchmen on the night of Maha Shivaratri including Gowri, with the help of Vishwa's uncle Ranga, who is Vishwa's second-in-command. When Vishwa enters a fort after hearing Ranga is being "held hostage" there by Bhima, he is stabbed by Ranga, who immediately informs the police that Vishwa is "dead" and leaves the fort with his physically handicapped son, who is Vishwa's cousin and driver. When Ranga's son hears about his father's treachery, he becomes enraged and drives the car into a petroleum tanker, killing them both. Meanwhile, Vishwa, though injured fights with Bhima's henchmen and kills them one by one. After a bitter fight, he kills Bhima by stabbing his throat. Meera soon arrives at the fort and realizes that Vishwa killed Bhima, but she acts quickly and shoots the corpses of Bhima and his henchmen to imply that she killed them, thus saving Vishwa from prison term.

Meera eventually quits her job after realizing her love for Vishwa, and marries him. With Bhima and his gang out of the way, Vishwa is now the unchallenged crime boss in Mumbai.


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