Velvet Nagaram (Eng: Velvet City) is a 2020 Indian Tamil language psychological thriller film written and directed by Manojkumar Natarajan on his directorial debut. The film casts Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the lead role. The film is bankrolled by Arun Karthik’s Makers Studios and Achu Rajamani and Saran Raghavan composes music for the film. The film had its theatrical release on 6 March 2020 and received mixed to negative reviews from critics.
The director on his debut film, mentioned that the film is based on a true story which happened in Kodaikanal in 2010. The official trailer of the film was released by film’s lead actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar through her Twitter account on 23 November 2018.
Velvet Nagaram begins with the portrayal of struggles lead by a tribal community based out of a hill station. Politicians and the system have neglected them over the years. Actress Gauri (Kasturi), who works for their upliftment through several ways, is their only solace. One day, she gets mysteriously killed, and her friend Usha (Varalaxmi), a journalist, sets out to find her assassin. She seeks the help of her friend Priya (Malavika Sundar) and her husband Pradeep (Mugilan) to know more details about Gauri’s activities.
Meanwhile, Mugilan gets into a brawl with a small time gangster in a pub, after which a set of goons attack the former, his wife and Usha. As time passes by, Usha gets to know that this incident is connected with the actress’s murder. Who killer her and why she was murdered forms the rest of the story.
Directed by Manojkumar Natarajan
Produced by Arun Karthik
Written by Manojkumar Natarajan
Starring Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Ramesh Thilak
Music by Achu Rajamani & Saran Raghavan (background score)
Cinematography Bagath Kumar
Edited by Raymond Derrich Crasta
Production Makers Studios
Release date 6 March 2020
Running time 102 minutes