Venghai (Eng: Leopard) is a 2011 Tamil action-masala film directed by Hari, starring Dhanush and Tamannaah. The story is based in Sivagangai district. The film started shooting in November 2010 at Trichy, and was released on 8 July to mixed reviews and became “HIT” at boxoffice. Later the film was dubbed in Hindi as Meri Taqat Mera Faisla and in Telugu as Simha Putrudu. It is biggest flop of both Dhanush and Hari career.
Veera Pandi (Raj Kiran) is a powerful and rich man in Pandiapuram, Sivagangai district. Selvam (Dhanush) is his son who is a lot more responsible and affectionate towards his family. Rajalingam (Prakash Raj) is the local MLA whose victory is backed by Veera Pandi’s support. But Rajalingam is money minded and pretends to act as a good human while he wants to cheat Veera Pandi and make more money through politics. One day Selvam gets into a clash with a group of thugs following which Veera Pandi sends Selvam to Trichy to stay with his uncle so that he can have a peaceful life.
In Trichy, Selvam meets Radhika (Tamannaah), his child hood friend and tries to befriend her. But Radhika avoids Selvam pretending as she does not recognize Selvam. Slowly Selvam and Radhika become good friends. Selvam proposes to Radhika but she remains calm and tells that she needs time to think about it.
Meanwhile Veera Pandi gets know about the true identity of Rajalingam and prevents him from involving in corruption which angers Rajalingam and he decides to revenge Veera Pandi by killing Selvam. Rajalingam sends a few thugs to Trichy to kill Selvam. Veera Pandi gets to know about his plans and rushes to Trichy to save Selvam. Radhika is feared seeing a group of violent men with Selvam and prefers not to disclose her love.
Rajalingam becomes minister now and he openly challenges Veera Pandi as he need not depend on Veera Pandi’s support hereafter. Selvam gets back to Pandiapuram to safeguard his family from Rajalingam. Radhika gets to know that it was Selvam who helped her uncle by recovering the money invested in a disputed land and she decides to convey her love to Selvam. Radhika requests Selvam to stay away from his family, so that they can lead a peaceful life. Selvam gets furious hearing this and ditches Radhika saying that his family is more important to him than anything else in the world.
Later Radhika realizes her mistake and apologizes to Selvam following which both get united. Radhika visits Selvam’s house often. Rajalingam plans to kill Veera Pandi knowing about his train journey based on the information from a stranger. But Selvam comes to rescue. Suddenly Veera Pandi realizes that poison is mixed in the coffee given to him and is rushed to hospital immediately and saved. Selvam enquires about the incident and finally gets shocked to know that it was Radhika who added poison. Also it was Radhika who informed Rajalingam about Veera Pandi’s travel plans.
Selvam rushes to Radhika’s home. Radhika’s mother and grandfather say that Veera Pandi killed Radhika’s father years ago and they were waiting for a right opportunity to revenge. But Veera Pandi also comes to Radhika’s home and tells a flashback about the true incident behind the murder of Radhika’s father. He also clarifies that it was not him who killed her father. Now Radhika’s family feels guilty about their acts. Selvam feels bad that Radhika cheated him in the name of love and leaves her.
Next day, Radhika’s family apologizes to Veera Pandi and informs that they are leaving to another town. Veera Pandi and his wife Thangam (Urvasi) forgives Radhika’s mistake and urges Selvam to accept Radhika which he does. Selvam and Radhika get united. Finally Selvam and his friends decide to kill Rajalingam which they do successfully.
Directed by Hari
Produced by B. Bharathireddy
Screenplay by Hari
Story by Hari
Starring Dhanush, Tamannaah, Rajkiran, Prakash Raj, Srithika
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Production Vijaya Productions
Distributed by Vijaya Productions
Release dates 8 July 2011
Running time 155 minutes