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Sura (2010 film)

File:Sura Vijay.jpg
Directed by S. P. Rajkumar
Produced by Sangili Murugan
Written by S. P. Rajkumar
Music by Mani Sharma
Cinematography M. S. Prabhu Deva
N. K. Ekambaram
Studio Murugan Cine Arts
Distributed by Sun Pictures
Release date(s)
Running time 170 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 25 Crores
Box office 30 Crores

Sura ('Shark') is a 2010 Tamil action film written and directed by S. P. Rajkumar, starring Vijay in the lead role, starring in his 50th film, along with Tamannaah. Sura was produced by Sangili Murugan and distributed by Sun Pictures. The film was released worldwide on 30 April 2010 to large negative reviews from critics and was a boxoffice bomb.[1]


Sura is a story that is set in Yaazh Nagar, a fishermen hamlet in coastal Tamil Nadu. The name of the place has a lot of political significance with the recent political turmoil over the ethnic strife in the neighbouring Sri Lanka. Sura (Vijay) is born and brought up here in the company of his friend, Ambar La, alias Umbrella (Vadivelu). Meanwhile, he comes across young bubbly Poornima (Tamannaah) who chooses to end her life unable to cope up with the death of her pet dog.

Slowly, she becomes attracted towards Sura thanks to his good deeds. They start romancing. When things seem to go well, trouble enters in the form of a greedy and corrupt Minister Samuthira Raja (Dev Gill). He wants to usurp the land where these fishermen live. His attempts to take away the wealth is resisted by Sura. They cross fight each other. The Minister hatches a conspiracy to bump off Sura with the help of his Ministerial post and authority and sues him. Sura takes on them single-handedly and finally destroy his bad intention and help his town fishermen to get their own house as he wished.



After finishing Vettaikaaran, Vijay announced that his 50th film will be titled Urimaikural.[2][3] Working title was to be "MGR".[4][5][6] Many directors were considered for the 50th film of vijay,[7][8] Selvaraghavan,[7] S. P. Rajakumar, K. V. Anand,[8] Dharani,[9] Prabhu Deva Sundaram,[10] Siddique,[11] Raja Mohan,[12][13] Ramana Madhesh,[14] K. S. Ravikumar[11] and Perarasu[15] was in the list of the directors. Perarasu was initially selected as director[16] but later opted out. S. P. Rajkumar, director of Azhagar Malai was selected as director, SP Rajkumar earlier wrote dialogues for Vijay starrer Once More.[17]

In May 2009, Tamannaah was confirmed to play a role in the film.[18][19][20][21][22] Originally Pasupathi was to be playing a villain but instead Dev gill of Magadheera was selected as a villain[23] after Vijay being impressed by his performance in Magadheera.[24]

The shooting of the film commenced in Kerala in November 2009[25] and was continued in different places in Tamil Nadu like Marakkanam, Villupuram, Mamallapuram, Chennai, Alleppey and Pondicherry.[26] The shoot continued on 21 October and canned a few stunt sequences on the Uppaneri Bridge near Marakkanam Salt Lake. Vijay fought with villain Dev's gang for almost three days. After a three days gap, the shoot resumed in Prasad Studio and the song thanjavur jillakari was shot at AVM Studio on 27 October.[27][28] Unit created a slum set at ECR.[29] A song was shot at Ooty.[30] During the shooting, cameraman MS Prabhu and Rajakumar had misunderstanding and he was replaced by N. K. Ekhambharam.[31] Ekambaram reveals that one of the fight sequences, which were shot in the high seas in Tuticorin at 2 am, This fight was choreographed by Kanal Kannan and has stuntmen from Bangkok. Ekambaram says that he has used high speed camera considering the risks involved in shooting in the seas. The opening song has been picturised in a scenic location in Dhanushkodi.[32]


Soundtrack album by Manisharma
Released 29 March 2010 (2010-03-29)
Label Think Music
Producer Mani Sharma
Manisharma chronology

Maanja Velu

The soundtrack of the film, composed by Mani Sharma, was released on 29 March 2010 at Lady Aandal Venkat Subbarao School. The prominent guest list includes Sundar C, Sibiraj, Riyaz Khan and Uma Riyaz Khan, Ramanarayanan, K S Ravikumar, Parthiban, Vadivelu, Sonia Agarwal, Srikanth along with the lead stars of the film and the technical crew.[33] The actor himself began the speech by agreeing that he takes special care to ensure the songs are a hit, Ilayathalapathy had presented a ring to noted lyricist Kabilan for penning lyrics that suited his preferences in Vettaikaran. A jubilant Kabilan reveals that Sura’s lyrics were written even before Vettaikaran was released and it was during this discussion he was given the ring.[34] The album features 6 songs and is a super hit.

Track listing
No. TitleSinger(s) Length
1. "Vetri Kodi Yethu"  Ranjith, Mukesh 5:21
2. "Naan Nadanthal Athiradi"  Naveen, Shoba Chandrasekar, Janani Madhan 4:35
3. "Thanjavoor Jillakkari"  Hemachandra, Saindhavi 5:21
4. "Vanga Kadal Ellai"  Naveen, Maladhi Lakshmanan 4:45
5. "Siragadikkum Nilavu"  Karthik, Reeta 4:29
6. "Thamizhan Veera Thamizhan"  Rahul Nambiar 3:47


The film which was made at a cost of INR400 million (), sold its rights to Sun Pictures.[35] Release was originally slated to 23 April[36] but postponed to 30 April.[37]

Critical reception

The film was completely panned by critics. Behindwoods gave it one and a half stars, declaring it "the usual Vijay fare" and that it "will cater to his die-hard fans" although there are several scenes where "even the Vijay fans [will] squirm in their seats with dissatisfaction."[38] The entertainment site Sify agreed that "the story is wafer thin and as old as the Kodai hills", but stated that Sura proved that "conviction can bring any formula to life".[39] rating 2/5 stars. Rediff gave two on five stars & praised Vijay's style, screen presence and "flair for comedy" and stated that the movie was a "sturdy platform for Vijay's political aspirations."[40]

Box office

Sura was released worldwide with 1800 prints, with 650 prints in Tamil Nadu, 110 prints in Kerala and 15 prints in Karnataka and 25 in Andhra Pradesh. The film was declared a Disaster for its makers and distributors.[41]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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