Thoongaa Vanam

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Thoongaa Vanam
Theatrical release poster (Tamil version)
Directed by Rajesh M. Selva
Produced by
Written by
Screenplay byKamal Haasan
Based on Sleepless Night by Frédéric Jardin
Music by M. Ghibran
Cinematography Sanu John Varghese
Edited by Shan Mohammed
Distributed by
Release date
  • 10 November 2015 (2015-11-10)
Running time
127 minutes
Country India
Box office46 crore (1)

Thoongaa Vanam (English: Sleepless Jungles) is a 2015 Indian action thriller film [4] directed by Rajesh M. Selva starring Kamal Haasan, Prakash Raj, Trisha Krishnan, Kishore, Sampath Raj, and Yugi Sethu in the lead roles, while Aman Abdullah, Asha Sharath, Madhu Shalini, and Jagan play supporting roles. The film was simultaneously shot in Tamil and Telugu, the latter as Cheekati Rajyam (English: Dark Kingdom). The film is produced by Raaj Kamal Films International and Sri Gokulam Movies. [5] [6] The film is a remake of the French film Nuit Blanche (2011). [7] [8] It received positive reviews from critics.

Kamal Haasan Indian actor

Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, dancer, film director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer, lyricist and politician who works primarily in Tamil cinema and has also worked in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and Bengali films. Haasan has won awards including three National Film Awards for Best Actor and nineteen Filmfare Awards. His production company, Raaj Kamal Films International, has produced several of his films. He is completing his 59th year on August 12, 2019 and is entering his 60th year in cinema career.

Prakash Raj Indian film actor, director, producer, and television presenter

Prakash Raj is an Indian film actor, director, producer, thespian, television presenter, activist and politician who is known for his works in the South Indian film industry, and Hindi-language films. He acted in back-to-back stage shows for 300 a month in the initial stages of his career, when he joined Kalakshetra, Bengaluru, and he has 2,000 street theatre performances to his credit.

Trisha (actress) Indian actress

Trisha Krishnan, known mononymously as Trisha, is an Indian film actress and model, who primarily works in Tamil films, where she has established herself as a leading actress. She was noticed after winning several beauty pageants like the Miss Madras contest (1999), which marked her entry into filmdom.



The film begins with CK Diwakar IPS (Kamal Haasan), an Indian Police Service officer in the Narcotics Control Bureau, and his deputy Mani (Yugi Sethu), busting a narcotics scam. In retribution, Vittal Rao (Prakash Raj), a drug smuggler who had masterminded the scam, kidnaps Diwakar's son Vasu (Aman Abdullah). He is willing to release Vasu if Diwakar can return to him a bag of cocaine that he seized while thwarting the scam. Without any options, Diwakar agrees and proceeds to Vittal's nightclub, where Vasu is held hostage with the bag of cocaine, hiding it in the men's toilet. However, this is noticed by his colleague Mallika (Trisha), who becomes suspicious. Thinking that Diwakar is involved in drug smuggling, she informs her superior Dhiraviyam (Kishore). Both begin to pursue Diwakar, taking away the bag of cocaine from the toilet in the process.

Indian Police Service Civil service of India

The Indian Police Service (IPS) is the policing arm of the All India Services. It replaced the Indian Imperial Police in 1948, a year after India became independent from the United Kingdom.

Narcotics Control Bureau the Indian drug enforcement agency

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is the nodal drug law enforcement and intelligence agency of India responsible for fighting drug trafficking and the abuse of illegal substances. The Director General of NCB is an officer of the Indian Police Service(IPS) or the Indian Revenue Service(IRS).

Yugi Sethu is an Indian actor, filmmaker, writer, entrepreneur, television presenter, academician, critic and art historian who has worked in the Tamil film industry. An extremely versatile personality, he has been conferred doctorate (PhD) in cinema by the Madras University in July 2015, for his Thesis entitled: ‘Development of a new box office predictability model’. He has appeared in a few films in main and supporting roles and has contributed to films as a screenwriter.He has hosted close to 1000 T.V. talk shows [Nayyandi Darbar, Sethuvudan Darbar, Yugiyudan Yugiyungal,etc...] and has been a jury since inception for popular "Star Vijay TV Movie Awards". He has played memorable stellar roles in Tamil blockbuster hit movies- AR Muragadoss' Ramana [with Vijaykanth], KS Ravikumar's Panchathanthiram [with Kamal Hasan].

When Diwakar realizes that the bag of cocaine has gone missing, he decides to return to Vittal a bag containing packets of maida instead, thinking that he and his cronies, including a gangster named Pedha Babu (Sampath Raj), will not realize the difference. Unfortunately, Vittal and Pedha soon find out that Diwakar had cheated them and decide to kill him. Caught between Vittal's gang on one side and Mallika and Dhiraviyam on the other side, Diwakar confronts Mallika and tells her that contrary to her suspicions, he is working undercover and had planned the entire operation to expose police officers such as Dhiraviyam and even Mani, who are involved in drug smuggling. Then, Diwakar rescues Vasu without Vittal's knowledge, and Vittal is also arrested by Mallika and Dhiraviyam. While taking Vittal to prison, Mallika finds out that she has Mani's mobile phone, and on reading the messages in it, she finds out that Diwakar had been speaking the truth all along, realizing that Dhiraviyam and Mani are involved in drug smuggling and had tried to frame Diwakar. Though Dhiraviyam tries to resist arrest, killing Vittal in the process, he is eventually brought to justice.

Maida flour fine wheat flour

Maida is a white flour from the Indian subcontinent, made from wheat. Finely milled without any bran, refined, and bleached, it closely resembles cake flour. Maida is used extensively for making fast foods, baked goods such as pastries, bread, several varieties of sweets, and traditional flatbreads. Owing to this wide variety of uses, it is sometimes labeled and marketed as "all-purpose flour", though it is different from all-purpose flour.

Sampath Raj r is an Indian film actor who works primarily in the Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films. He is quite popular in Kannada film industries also. His father and mother is From Trichy,Tamil Nadu. He is best known for appearing in each film of director Venkat Prabhu's comedy trilogy, consisting of Chennai 600028, Saroja and Goa. He has also acted in supporting roles in various other films. He is mostly known in negative roles. He played a brief role as Ekambram in Malgudi Days for the episode 'Neighbors Help', which was directed by Kavitha Lankesh.

Three months later, Mallika is now Diwakar's deputy. The movie ends with both of them thwarting the attempted murder of a police officer.


Kishore (actor) Indian actor

Kishore Kumar G, credited as Kishore, is an Indian film actor, born in Karnataka who has worked in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam cinema.

Asha Sharath Indian actress

Asha Sharath is an Indian classical dancer and actress who predominantly works in Malayalam films and Malayalam TV soaps. She is a well versed dancer in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi, and Kathakali. She rose to fame through the TV soap Kumkumapoovu (2011–14). She's popular for her roles in the films Zachariayude Garbhinikal (2013), Drishyam (2013), Varsham (2014), Angels (2014), Papanasam (2015), King Liar (2016), Anuraga Karikkin Vellam (2016), Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol (2017), Pullikkaran Staraa (2017), and Bhaagamathie (2018). She won two Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her performances in the films Drishyam and Anuraga Karikkin Vellam. She has also worked in the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries.

Madhu Shalini Indian film actress and model

Madhu Shalini is an Indian film actress and model, who predominantly works in the Telugu Film industry, but has also appeared in Kannada, Hindi and Tamil language films. She won the title of Miss. Andhra Pradesh in 2005. She hosted a television show "Premakathalu" after winning Dream Girl contest.



Kamal Haasan announced that his next project, a bilingual thriller titled Thoongaa Vanam in Tamil, and it would be directed by his former assistant Rajesh Selva [9] and produced by himself. Kamal Haasan was so glad to be a part of this great film and expressed his thanks to all who supported him in his career. He added that the film would be shot simultaneously and with the same cast and crew as Cheekati Rajyam in the Telugu language. [10] Sanu Varghese and Shan Mohammed were named as the cinematographer and editor, respectively, [11] while Ghibran was recruited as the film's composer, working for a fourth successive Kamal Haasan film. [12] [13] Writer Suka was chosen to write the Tamil dialogues, [14] while Abburi Ravi was assigned to work on the dialogues for the Telugu version. [15]

Telugu language Dravidian language

Telugu is a Dravidian language spoken in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and the union territories of Puducherry (Yanam) by the Telugu people. It stands alongside Hindi, English and Bengali as one of the few languages with primary official language status in more than one Indian state. There are also significant linguistic minorities in neighbouring states. It is one of six languages designated a classical language of India by the country's government.

Ghibran film score composer

Mohamaad Ghibran is an Indian composer. He has composed music for Indian films, advertising films and television commercial jingles in different languages.

Kamal Haasan was reported to be play CK Dhiwakar, an Indian Revenue Service officer in Narcotics Control Bureau. [16] Trisha and Prakash Raj were the first actors to be cast and reported to play the female lead and an important supporting role respectively. [17] [18] While Prakash Raj was said to portray a drug dealer named Vital Rao, Trisha's role was Mallika, a police officer. [16] Initially, the makers were considering Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala to play Kamal's wife in the movie. But the crew later opted for Asha Sarath after watching her films. [19] [20] Uma Riyaz Khan was signed for an "important role" [21] and Kishore informed that had been selected for a "key role" in the film. [22] In June 2015, it was reported that Madhu Shalini was part of the film and had starting filming, [23] while Sampath Raj was also added to the cast. [24] Sampath's character was revealed to be that of a local gangster called Pedha Babu. [16]

Indian Revenue Service

The Indian Revenue Service, often abbreviated to I.R.S., or simply IRS, is the administrative revenue service of the Government of India. A Central Service, it functions under the Department of Revenue of the Ministry of Finance and is under the administrative direction of the Revenue Secretary and the ministerial command of the Minister of Finance. The IRS is primarily responsible for collecting and administering direct and indirect taxes accruing to the Government of India.

Uma Riyaz Khan is an Indian actress. She has appeared in Tamil television shows and in supporting roles in a few Tamil films.


Following a photo shoot at the AVM Studios on 20 May 2015, [25] the film was officially unveiled on 25 May in Hyderabad with the release of the first look poster, [15] after which principal photography began with a schedule at the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. [26] [27] The filming was completed in 38 days by August 2015.


Thoongaa Vanam features one song, "Neeye Unakku Raja" in the metal genre, sung by Kamal Haasan and model-turned-singer C. Aishvarrya Suresh, who both performed its Telugu version as well. [28] Behindwoods wrote "Though it's just one, it's a gun!" [29]

Thoonga Vanam
Soundtrack album by
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Producer Ghibran
M. Ghibran chronology
Thoonga Vanam
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External audio
Nuvola apps arts.svg Official Video Song(Tamil) on YouTube
Track listing (Tamil)
1."Neeye Unakku Raja" Vairamuthu Kamal Haasan, Aishvarrya, Nakash Aziz & Yazin Nizar 4:33


Gautaman Bhaskaran of Hindustan Times gave the film a rating of 4/5 stars, calling it "an absolute slick crime adventure". [30] Latha Srinivasan of Daily News and Analysis gave 3.5/5 stars mentioning Thoongaa Vanam as a slick, well-made film that takes you through the course of happening over one night to police officer and appreciated the debutant Rajesh M. Selva for directing a film that broke from the regular Kollywood films. They also appreciated the performance of Kamal Haasan, Trisha Krishnan and music director Gibran for the excellent background score. [31] Avinash Gopinath of Filmibeat gave 3.5/5 stars and concluded "Without any songs and romantic sequences, Thoongaavanam[ sic ] is not your regular Tamil film. After all, who else other than Kamal Haasan can make a Kollywood flick look truly international?" [32]

Rating it 3/5 stars, S. Saraswathi of Rediff appreciated the performances of the lead cast as well as the film's technical aspects but criticised the lack of pace in the film's screenplay before concluding "the intriguing plot, good performances, Ghibran's innovative background score and camera angles of Sanu Varghese make director Rajesh M. Selva's Thoonga Vanam[sic] worth a watch." [33] M. Suganth of The Times of India also rated the film 3/5 and wrote, "even though the film cleverly spreads the action across various areas in the club [...] it isn't enough to shake off the feeling of claustrophobia. By the time the film gets over, we feel exhausted." [34] Entertainment website Behindwoods rated it 2.75/5 mentioning it as "There are thrills and surprises worth experiencing in this Thoongavanam", but also wrote "If one has to complain, it must be about the slight slow pace of the movie", a contradictory statement when compared with general opinion. They appreciated the technicians as well as actors of the film with special mention to Trisha Krishnan and Aman Abdullah. [35] Karthik Keramalu of IBNLive gave 2.5/5 stars and wrote, "Actors move in and out of rooms, run this way and that, plot and fail, hide and seek. Yet all the effort of the cast and crew is shaken and not stirred enough as the screenplay gets a few nods wrong." [36]

Baradwaj Rangan of The Hindu stated that the film picks up in the post-interval portions "the kitchen-sink action choreography, the sounds of things breaking and clattering, the bursts of background score, the jittery camerawork", concluding the film as "an okay thriller", but criticised director Rajesh Selva for not giving the output to the dazzle of Brian De Palma films. [37] Sify described the film as a "classy thriller that gives an edge of the seat ride with world class action sequences and no-nonsense execution!".Kamal Haasan, Prakash Raj, Sampath Raj, Kishore and Trisha Krishnan were appreciated for their performances, while they concluded mentioning about the technical aspects like music, action, editing and camera work that gave an edge to the film. [38] Raisa Nasreen of Bookmyshow termed the film as "A solid action-thriller". [39]

The Telugu version released a week later to similar positive reviews. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu stated, 'though the film isn't really exceptional, makes for an engaging watch', appreciating director on the promising debut. She also mentioned the performance of Kamal Haasan, Prakash Raj and Trisha as good concluding the film as a stylish cop drama as attention is paid even to little details of film making. [40] Rating it 3/5 stars, Pravallika Anjuri of filmibeat stated that, even though the film is not up to the standard of an edgy or racy thriller, the performance of artistes, ideal run time and presentation makes it a must watch. [41] 123 Telugu gave the film a rating of 3.25/5 stars, calling it as a slick action thriller with interesting moments going its way with a racy first half, concluding as the film is a must watch for those who like action thrillers and for the rest, the film is a decent watch. [42] Venkat of Great Andhra gave the film a rating of 2.75/5 stating that [43]

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