Vallinam (English: Hardness) is a 2014 Tamil sports movie directed by Arivazhagan Venkatachalam of Eeram fame, is set against the backdrop of the sports scene in our country. The mad craze for cricket and the complete lack of empathy for any other sport is highlighted in the film. Vallinam is produced by Aascar Ravichandran and features Nakul as a basketball player and newcomer Mrudhula Basker. The film also stars Jagan, Atul Kulkarni, Jayaprakash, Siddharth Jonnalagadda among several others. Aadhi, Krishna Kulasekaran and R J Balaji who featured in Eeram make a brief appearance.
Krishna (Nakul) and his close childhood buddy Shiva (Krishna Kulasekaran) are accomplished basketball players. However, an unfortunate accident during a game leads to the death of Shiva. A grief-stricken Nakul feels responsible and decides to quit the game and college. He joins a college in Chennai that has a great cricket team. The boys playing cricket, especially the captain, Vamsi (Siddharth Jonnalagadda), are a bunch of arrogant bullies, who are constantly ridiculing the basketball players. Krishna becomes friends with Guna, one of the basketball players, and together they decide to take on the might of the cricket team that has won many laurels for the college.
The face off between the two teams with the odds totally stacked against the underdog basketball team, and the cricket team receiving preferential treatment even from the management, forms the rest of the story.
Directed by Arivazhagan
Produced by V. Ravichandran
Written by Arivazhagan
Starring Nakul, Mrudhula Basker, Atul Kulkarni
Music by S. Thaman
Cinematography Bhaskaran K.M
Edited by V J Sabu Joseph
Production Aascar Film Pvt. Ltd
Release dates 28 February 2014