Vedi (English: Firecracker) is a Tamil action film directed by Prabhu Deva featuring Vishal and Sameera Reddy in the lead roles. A remake of the successful 2008 Telugu film Souryam, the film was released on 30 September 2011 across 250 screens in Tamil Nadu, 62 screens in Kerala and 28 screens in Karnataka Vedi received mixed reviews, but ended up as a commercial success at the Box Office. It has been dubbed in Hindi as The Fighter Mard No.1.
Vedi tells the story of Prabhakaran (Vishal), a young police officer, who goes to Kolkata in search of his sister, Aishwarya (Poonam Kaur). Prabhakaran, at his native place, Thoothukudi, had developed enmity with a local don Easwaramoorthy (Sayaji Shinde) by thrashing him in public and putting him behind bars. The enmity gets travelled to Kolkata also where the don join another local gangster to take revenge on the police officer. The baddies trouble the police officer’s sister and her friend, Paaru (Sameera Reddy), who falls in love with Prabhakaran.
While the enmity between Prabhakaran and Easwaramoorthy continues, a flashback of Prabhakaran goes on. It is about how bad him and his sister were treated by the society as their father was a smuggler. So, Prabhakaran decides to send his sister to an orphanage saying that he doesn’t know who that girl is. This creates a bad name about Prabhakaran in his sister’s books. Later, Aishwarya, Prabhakaran’s sister gets adopted by a North-Indian family and settles in Kolkata. After few years, Aishwarya’s foster parents die of an accident and she is sent to an orphanage again. Therefore, he goes to Kolkata and he masquerades himself as Balu, a physical trainer in a college as he is scared that his sister might avoid him.
So, how the police officer defeats the baddies and joins with his sister is the action-packed climax of the movie.
Directed by Prabhu Deva
Produced by Vikram Krishna & Sriya Reddy
Written by Ravi Chakravarthy (dialogues)
Story by Siva
Starring Vishal, Sameera Reddy, Poonam Kaur
Music by Vijay Antony
Cinematography R. D. Rajasekhar
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Production GK Film Corporation
Distributed by Raadan Media Works (Tamil Nadu) Sun Pictures (Worldwide)
Release dates 30 September 2011
Running time 138 minutes