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Directed by Selva
Produced byMariappa Babu Baskar, Oscar Movies
Written by Selva
Ramesh Selvan (dialogues)
Starring Jeevan
Sampath Raj
Hema Choudhary
Charan Raj
Music by Srikanth Deva
CinematographyUK Senthilkumar
Distributed byOscar Films
Release date
  • 29 February 2008 (2008-02-29)
Running time
150 minutes

Thotta (English: Bullet) is a 2008 Tamil action film directed by Selva and produced by Mariappa Babu Baskar of Oscar Movies (a pioneer film production house in Kollywood). The movie, which has a critically acclaimed storyline, stars actor Jeevan and Priyamani in the lead roles alongside Mallika, Sampath Raj, Hema Choudhary and Charan Raj in supporting roles.



Shanmugham (Jeevan) comes to Chennai with his mother in search of his father (Raj Kapoor). When they get to the place, they see him living with another wife. He kills the wife and sends Shanmugham outside. Shanmugham comes out with his dead mother, and an auto driver (Chandrasekhar) helps him cremate the body, gives money to him, and asks him to go back to his own city.

Shanmugham wanted to become a great man but got caught with corrupt police officers and was used for their job. When he grows up, he becomes a big rowdy by the name of Thotta. The highly corrupt police officer DCP Murugavel (Sampath Raj) also uses him for a lot of encounters, for which he takes credit and gets promoted to commissioner. In one incident where he is asked to put acid on a girl Nalina's (Priyamani) face, he finds that girl to be the auto driver's daughter. He loves Nalina and helps her family.

Nalina's aim is to become a police officer, and she tells this to Shanmugham. As he has commissioner influence, he promises to get her the job. For this, he kills a minister, who is a big rival of Chief Minister Manimaran (Livingston). When Nalina goes to Murugavel for the job, the latter insists that she have sex with him. When Shanmugham finds out what happened, he and Murugavel part ways.

Shanmugham's friend Giri (Vishnupriyan), who is also a rowdy, but gets him married to Gauri (Mallika). She wants to separate him from this rowdy group and get settled, for which she tries not to send him for their encounters. After much thought, Shanmugham lets them go separately, but Murugavel kills Giri. CBI officer Prabhakar (Charan Raj) wants to get Shanmugham alive, whereas Murugavel wants him killed, otherwise he would be in deep trouble as he was the one who made Shanmugham a rowdy. How Shanmugham overpowers this duo and whether Nalina becomes a police officer forms the climax of the story.



The movie has 5 songs and one instrumental composed by Srikanth Deva. The music is hopeful, straight out of a 1980s B grade flick, and did not meet with any positive review.

1"Anbe Vaa" Tanvi Shah, Gopal SharmaPazhani Bharathi
2"Mugam Poo" Chinmayi, Naresh Iyer P. Vijay
3"Saami Aaduda"Senthil Dass, Surmukhi Raman, Asith Kabilan
4"Theme Of Thotta"Instrumental
5"Va Va Va Mappillai" Srikanth Deva, Janani, AsithPazhani Bharathi
6"Venum Venum"Jaidev, SangeethaP. Vijay


The film was launched in 2005 at Prasad Studios. [1] [2] Srikanth Deva was selected to compose music. [3] The film was shelved midway due to some reasons [4] Jeevan and Selva went on to do the remake of Naan Avan Illai , during the time Selva's another project "Ma.Mu" with Sathyaraj and Sibiraj being dropped [5] and at the sametime he completed Nenjil and his long-delayed project Manikanda with Arjun. The project was revived in 2007 [6] [7] [8] because of Jeevan and Priyamani achieved success with their films Naan Avanillai and Paruthi Veeran . [9] During the shoot, actor Chandrasekar was really stabbed with a knife unintentionally. [10]


Rediff wrote: "Avoid Thotta". [11]

Nowrunning wrote: "Though the director has obviously treaded a beaten track, many interesting sub-plots and startling episodes are woven into the script making the film click". [12]

Sify wrote: "This Thotta just does not fire and is a rehash of so many films, and has nothing new to offer and is predictable". [13]

Behindwoods wrote: "Thotta seems to be director Selva's attempt at reviving the 80s mindless action adventure flicks with an overdose of mother sentiment and sacrifice". [14]

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