Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (Eng: Hunt and Play) is a 2006 Tamil crime-thriller movie written and directed by Gautham Menon. Starring Kamal Haasan, Jyothika, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Prakash Raj and Daniel Balaji in prominent roles, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu features music composed by Harris Jayaraj. It was one of the first Indian films to make use of Super 35mm technology.
Rani (Bidushi Dash Barde), the daughter of former Chennai police officer Arokiya Raj (Prakash Raj), tells her father over the phone that she will be back home in Madurai in three hours. As she leaves the telephone booth, she is approached by someone she knows. The screen then cuts to black and we find out that Rani does not come home. The following morning, Arokiya Raj finds Rani’s finger hanging at his door.
Arokiya Raj calls Raghavan (Kamal Haasan), his old friend and fellow police detective from Chennai, to help in the investigation of Rani’s disappearance. With Raghavan’s assistance, the police eventually find Rani’s body in the outskirts of the city. The coroner’s report states that the killer bisected Rani’s body with a surgical knife, proving that the murderer has a strong medical background and that he also savagely raped her. Following the trauma of losing their only daughter, Arokiya Raj and his wife move to New York to be closer to their other children who are living in America.
After some time, Raghavan learns that Arokiya Raj and his wife have been brutally murdered in New York. This creates a link between the Chennai police and the New York Police Department. Raghavan leaves for New York to represent the Indian police. On the flight, he reminisces about his late wife Kayalvizhi (Kamalini Mukherjee), who was murdered by a local gang because he was a threat to them. Raghavan still blames himself for his wife’s murder and has remained single ever since. Once in New York, he begins his investigation with NYPD detective Anderson (Lev Gorn).
Raghavan stays in a hotel in downtown New York where he constantly keeps his superiors in Chennai updated on the investigation. Staying next to his room is Aradhana (Jyothika), an NRI. He immediately notices that she is going through a rough time in her life. One night, he gets suspicious on what she is up to and breaks into her room, only to find her attempting suicide by strangling herself. Raghavan saves her life and the two strike a friendship. Aradhana reveals that her violent husband is filing for divorce after cheating on her.
Directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon
Produced by Kaja Mohideen
Written by Gautham Vasudev Menon
Starring Kamal Haasan, Jyothika, Kamalini Mukherjee, Prakash Raj, Daniel Balaji
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography Ravi Varman
Edited by Anthony
Production 7th Channel Communications
Release dates 25 August 2006
Running time 174 minutes