Kaalai (Eng: Bull) is a 2008 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by Tharun Gopi. The lead roles are played by Silambarasan and Vedhika. Supporting roles are played by Lal, Sangeetha, Seema, Santhanam, and Sulile Kumar. The film’s score and soundtrack were composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar. Early reports claimed the title to be Chennaiyil Irundhu Madhurai, Mosamanavan or Agaradhi. The film opened to mixed reviews and was a box office flop.
Jeeva (Silambarasan) shares his name with two other people: one villain (Sulile Kumar) and one police officer who becomes a villain (Lal). The confusion arising from this is a significant part of the plot.
At the age of nine, Jeeva’s grandmother Karuppayi Aatha (Seema) slays five men because they scorned her father’s advice and illegally distilled alcohol in the village. After her return from prison, the villagers both fear and revere her, and consider her the head of the village.
Police officer Jeeva (Lal) comes to the village ruled by Karuppayi Aatha to try to find illicit activity. When he cannot find anything, he is thrashed by the villagers. He returns to take vengeance, and in the course of the hostilities burns Karuppayi Aatha alive.
Jeeva the criminal is meanwhile wooing policeman Jeeva’s daughter Brindha (Vedhika). But Vedhika loves Jeeva, Karuppayi’s grandson, and he wants to take revenge on his namesake for the death of his grandmother. He abducts Vedhika as a hostage to lure her father to his death.
Directed by Tharun Gopi
Produced by S. S. Chakravarthy
Written by Tharun Gopi
Screenplay by Tharun Gopi
Story by Tharun Gopi
Starring Silambarasan, Vedhika
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography R. D. Rajasekhar
Edited by Anthony
Production Nic Arts / S. S. Chakravarthy
Distributed by Nic Arts / S. S. Chakravarthy
Release date 14 January 2008
Running time 126 minutes