Vai Raja Vai (English: Place it, king, place it) is a 2015 Indian Tamil psychological thriller movie written and directed by Aishwarya Dhanush, starring Gautham Karthik, Priya Anand, Vivek, Taapsee Pannu, Gayathri Raguram and Daniel Balaji. Filming for commenced on 12 September 2013. The film, featuring a musical score from Yuvan Shankar Raja, released on 1 May 2015 to positive reviews.
Karthik (Gautham Karthik) is a middle-class boy who works at an IT company, gifted with an extrasensory perception. He has a girlfriend, Priya (Priya Anand). During school days, he scores good in the exams using his power, so his father asks him suppress this power and forget its existence. Then, he meets Pandian aka Panda (Vivek) at his office and befriends with him. Panda, who is a gambler, gets to know about Karthik’s power and asks him to play cricket gambling by using his power. Rande (Daniel Balaji) is in charge of the cricket gambling under an unknown man known as Kumar. Karthick wins 1 crore in the gambling and uses 10 lakhs for his elder sister Gayathri’s (Gayathri Raguram) marriage. Panda , Karthick and Sathish goes on a vacation to Goa to spend the gambling money. There Rande threatens Karthick to play Roulette in the Casino Royale ship. Initially Karthick hesitates but Rande threatens him by kidnapping Priya. Karthick accepts to play. By this incident Priya comes to know about Karthick’s power.To train Karthick, Shreya (Taapsee Pannu) comes to help. Karthick plays the game and tricks Rande to take his place in gambling . The officials of the casino suspect Rande and arrest him . Karthick, with his money won in the gambling with Panda, Sathish and Priya, escape and go back home. Shreya helps Rande to escape from guards by the saying of Kumar. Rande traces Karthick and takes him to his place. There Karthick using his power to fight Rande’s sidekicks and threatens Rande with his own gun. At that time a Rolls-Royce Phantom comes and is revealed that the unknown man Kumar is Kokki Kumar(Dhanush) and ask Karthik to play for him in Politics.
Directed by Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram, Kalpathi S. Ganesh & Kalpathi S. Suresh
Written by Aishwarya R. Dhanush, Madhan Karky (dialogue)
Screenplay by Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Story by Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Starring Gautham Karthik, Priya Anand, Taapsee Pannu, Vivek, Daniel Balaji, Gayathri Raguram
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Edited by V. T. Vijayan & T. S. Jay
Production AGS Entertainment
Release dates 1 May 2015
Running time 125 minutes