Bheemaa is a 2008 Indian Tamil action film, written and directed by N. Linguswamy. It stars Vikram, Trisha Krishnan, Prakash Raj and Raghuvaran. The film score was by composer Harris Jayaraj, shot by cinematographer R. D. Rajasekhar, and edited by Anthony. The film was released on 14 January 2008, after two years of production delays, to mixed reviews. The release coincides with the Thai Pongal harvest festival in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Later it was dubbed in Hindi as Vachanbadh.
The movie revolves around two powerful gangs in Chennai, one led by Chinna (Prakash Raj) and the other by Periyavar (Raghuvaran). Enmity prevails between both gangs with frequent clashes happening trying to overpower each other. One day, when Periyavar’s gang tries to kill Chinna, he is saved by Shekar (Vikram). Chinna meets Shekar on a few more occasions and is impressed by his courage. Chinna feels Shekar to be his resemblance as he too possesses similar characteristics.
Shekar reveals that he keeps following Chinna right from his childhood and adores him as a role model. Shekar joins Chinna’s gang and with the help of him, Chinna overpowers Periayavar in the city. Shekar wins the trust of Chinna and both get close each other. This brings up jealousy to one of Chinna’s gang man (Shafi) and he hates Shekar.
Shekar arranges Chinna’s wedding with Padma (Lakshmi Gopalaswamy) knowing that both were in love for long but Chinna decided not to express his love after becoming a don but still he loves her. Chinna is married to Padma. Meanwhile, Shekar meets Shalini (Trisha) and befriends her. Slowly love blossoms between the two.
A new police commissioner (Ashish Vidyarthi) is appointed to control violence in the city and his first targets are Chinna and Periyavar. Shekar gives the necessary courage to Chinna and asks him not to fear for the commissioner as he will always be there for protection.
One day, Shekar and Shalini decide to get married. But Shalini’s parents will not agree for this wedding, so she decides to elope with Shekar. The police deparment secretly plans to encounter Chinna’s gang and Periavar’s gang. Shalini requests Shekar to come with her and lead a peaceful life free from fights. Shekar understands and decides to lead a calm life. He informs this with hesitation to Chinna for which Chinna agrees immediately. Chinna gives some money to Shekar and blesses him to start a new life with Shalini. Shekar and Shalini get married and move to a new apartment.
But Chinna misses Shekar so much and he keeps worrying unable to bear Shekar’s departure. Saamy (Thalaivasal Vijay), an ally of Chinna suggests calling back Shekar so that Chinna might feel better. But Chinna does not want to disturb Shekar as he has just started a new life. Finally Chinna also decides to give a try by calling Shekar whether he is interested in joining him again.
Chinna, Saamy and Shafi go to Shekar’s new apartment where he stays with Shalini. Chinna feels bad calling Shekar back and sends Shafi alone to talk to Shekar. Shafi, who already has misunderstanding with Shekar goes to meet him and lies that Chinna wanted Shekar to come back and join his gang. Shekar does not believe this and refuses to go with Shafi. Suddenly, Shafi takes a gun and shoots Shalini saying that she is responsible for Shekar leaving their gang.
Shalini dies on the spot and Shekar is shocked seeing this. Shekar cries and hits back at Shafi. Shafi falls from apartment window on to the floor and dies. Shekar unable to bear the pain of losing Shalini runs down to meet Chinna and Saamy who were waiting downstairs. Shekar believes that it was Chinna who has sent Shafi to bring him back failing which to kill Shalini.
Shekar cries seeing Chinna. Suddenly, Chinna takes a gun and shoots towards Shekar which shocks him. Shekar retaliates by shooting Chinna in turn thinking that Chinna has tried killing him following which Chinna is dead. But to his shock, Shekar sees a police man behind him being dead by the bullet fired from Chinna’s gun. Now Shekar understands that Chinna has actually shot the policeman who tried to shoot Shekar from the back.
Shekar cries a lot as he has killed Chinna whom he considered as a role model throughout his life. Also, Saamy is suddenly shot by someone. Shekar understands that police has surrounded them for encounter. Ashish Vidyarthi instructs his team not to kill Shekar and instead catch him alive. But Shekar does not want to live as he has lost both Shalini and Chinna now. Shekar points an empty gun towards police seeing which they shoot Shekar and he also dies.
Directed by N. Linguswamy
Produced by A. M. Rathnam
Written by S. Ramakrishnan & N. Linguswamy
Starring Vikram, Trisha Krishnan, Prakash Raj, Raghuvaran, Ashish Vidyarthi
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography R. D. Rajasekhar
Edited by Anthony Gonsalvez
Distributed by Sri Surya Movies
Release dates 14 January 2008
Running time 167 minutes