Kalavani (Eng: Thief) is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film written and directed by newcomer A. Sarkunam. It stars Vimal and debutante Oviya in the lead with Saranya Ponvannan, Ganja Karuppu and Ilavarasu in supporting roles. The film was made on a shoe-string budget, and released on 25 June 2010] and became a sleeper hit of 2010.
Two villages in Thanjavur area are always at loggerheads with each other, and it spills even to T20 cricket match between kids from both villages. Arivazhagan aka Arikki (Vimal) is a wayward son of Lakshmi (Saranya Ponvannan), who is in awe but at the same time fears him. Her husband Ramasamy (Ilavarasu) is away in Dubai, and a large part of the money he sends home is taken away by Arikki using extortionist methods, such as threatening to break the TV set at home. He is yet to pass his 12th standard. Arikki spends time in bars with friends, teases girls, asks them to profess their love for him, and gets into brawls after conning others. He meets Maheshwari (Oviya) and wants her to declare her love for him, which she finally confesses. He abducts her, and they eventually marry. Her brother Ilango (Thirumurugan) is a tough guy who has an axe to grind against Arikki and his gang, which leads to the twist in the climax. Ilango, fuming with rage, is out to slice him into pieces. Does he do that? If he did not, then how did Arikki manage to avert that? All this is answered in an interesting climax that is pleasantly humorous.
Directed by A. Sarkunam
Produced by Nazir
Written by A. Sarkunam
Starring Vimal, Oviya, Saranya Ponvannan, Ganja Karuppu, Ilavarasu, Antony
Music by S. S. Kumaran
Cinematography Om Prakash
Edited by Raja Mohammad
Production Sherali Films
Distributed by Ayngaran International
Release date 25 June 2010