Dheena is a 2001 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by then-debutante AR Murugadoss, starring Ajith, Suresh Gopi, in his Tamil debut, and Laila in the lead roles. The music and background score is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography by K. Aravind, it was released on 14 January 2001 and garnered positive reviews from critics and audiences, the film emerged as a huge commercial success and it was declared a blockbuster at the box office.
The film starts with the police arresting Aadhikesavan’s (Suresh Gopi) men as suspects for burning MLA Malarvannan’s (Bala Singh) liquor shop. Aadhi sends Dheenadhayalan aka Dheena (Ajith), his adopted brother, to attack the false witnesses in this case and bail them out. This leads to further conflicts between Adhi, Dheena and Malarvannan and Dheena ends up chopping off Malarvannan’s hand.
Meanwhile, Dheena falls in love with a girl named Chitra (Laila). After a little bit of pursuing and getting to know one another, they fall in love and when Chitra comes to know that he is involved in rowdyism, she stands by her decision to be with him because of his basic good character. Meanwhile, Dheena comes to know that Ashok (Shyam Ganesh) has teased his sister Shanthi and thrashes him. A little later, he finds that Ashok has again given a love letter to Shanthi and beats him up, but comes to know that he is Chitra’s brother. Chitra tells that Shanthi is also in love with Ashok, Dheena realizes this misunderstanding and agrees to help them get married. Finding difficulties in obtaining Aadhi’s permission, Shanthi elopes with Ashok and gets critically injured in an accident. In the hospital, Shanthi asks for Dheena’s promise to protect Ashok’s family from Aadhi before she succumbs to her injuries.
Aadhi, enraged by his sister’s death, orders him to kill the family of Ashok. But Dheena refuses and tells that Shanthi was also in love with him. Aadhi refuses to believe this and misunderstands the reason for his refusal to obey him is since he loves the boy’s sister Chitra. Aadhi swears that he will kill everyone responsible for this including Dheena and the brothers become sworn enemies. Dheena moves to Chitra’s flat to protect her family but Ashok is intimidated and does not believe his intentions. Aadhi kills one of Ashok’s friend and lands in jail. But Dheena continues to protect the family at various instances from Aadhi’s men and they all understand his good intentions.
Aadhi gets released and orders his men to kill him and Chitra’s family. The MLA Malarvannan finds about the brothers’ enmity and tries to join hands with Aadhi to get his revenge on Dheena, but Aadhi refuses to get him involved. Malarvannan, however is determined to get his revenge on Dheena and sends his henchmen under the guise that they all belong to Aadhi’s group. Dheena finds out about this and fights them off but Malarvannan’s men stab Chitra. Meanwhile, Aadhi comes to know about Shanthi’s love for Ashok from some of her friends and realizes his mistake and joins forces with Dheena once again and fights off Malarvannan and his men. Knowing that Malarvannan was responsible for this, Aadhi tries to kill him, but Dheena stops him and tells that if he kills him, someone would avenge and this chain could continue and asks him to stop the violence. Chitra recovers from her injuries and finds that Aadhi has accepted their family. Aadhi finally declares him to be his brother hereafter and they are all united.
Directed by AR Murugadoss
Produced by P.Karthikeyan
Written by AR Murugadoss
Screenplay by AR Murugadoss
Story by AR Murugadoss
Starring Ajith, Suresh Gopi, Laila
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography K. Aravind
Edited by Suresh Urs
Production Vijayam Cine Combines
Release date 14 January 2001
Running time 167 minutes