Thaamirabharani is a 2007 Indian Tamil action-family drama film written and directed by Hari. The film stars Vishal, newcomer Muktha (Bhanu), Prabhu, Vijayakumar, Nadhiya and Nassar in lead roles. The score and soundtrack are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. It was released on 14 January 2007 during Thai Pongal along with Vijay's Pokkiri and Ajith's Aalwar, eventually becoming a commercial success at the box office, running for more than 100 days in theatres.
Thaamirabharani was later dubbed into Telugu and released as Bharani. The title is derived from the river of the same name, which flows through Thirunelveli and Thoothukudi, where the film is set.
The story is set in the backdrop of Thoothukudi. Saravana Perumal (Prabhu) is a rich businessman and Subbiah (Vijayakumar) and his daughter Sakunthaladevi (Nadiya) are his business rivals. Bharaniputhiran (Vishal) is the nephew of Saravana Perumal. Bhanumathi (Bhanu) is a college student who falls for Bharani and keeps following him. Bharani comes to know that Bhanu is the only daughter of Sakunthaladevi and suspects her behaviour and hence does not reciprocate love.
One day Bhanu goes to meet Bharani in an island and everyone gets arrested by the coastal guards mistaking for prostitution and later gets released by the local police as Bharani is highly influential. But a press reporter writes about this event as he has a vengeance against Sakunthaladevi. This angers Subbiah and he misunderstands that Saravana Perumal was the master brain behind trapping Bhanu in prostitution case. Subbiah and his son Velladurai (Nasser) plan to kill Saravanan but Saravanan escapes. Bharani gets angry knowing this and goes to kill Velladurai but he accidentally chops off Selvam’s (Akash) hand. Selvam is the younger brother of Velladurai and is kind hearted. Bharani feels bad about his action.
Now Saravanan tells the truth to Bharani that Sakunthaladevi is none other than his wife and Bhanu is his only daughter. A flashback is shown where Sakunthaladevi does not like Saravanan’s widowed sister and her son Bharani staying along with him and wants him to lead a nuclear family. This brings up fight between Saravanan and Sakunthaladevi and she leaves to her father’s place. Bharani understands that Bhanu intentionally tried marrying him so that there is a chance for the family getting united again. Bharani meets Bhanu and apologizes to her and both gets closer. Bharani plans to get Sakunthaladevi and Saravanan united.
Meanwhile, Karmegam (Sampath) works for Velladurai and expresses his interest to marry Sakunthaladevi with the plan of owning all her wealth. Velladurai agrees to this without informing to Sakunthaladevi and plans for a wedding. Bharani gets to know about this and he rushes to stop the wedding. Sakunthaladevi gets shocked knowing her brother’s intention to get her married to Karmegam and scolds him. Quarrel erupts and Karmegam gets killed by Bharani following which Bharani is sent to jail. Sakunthaladevi realizes her mistake and unites with Saravanan.
Bharani gets released from jail after 4 years and returns home. He sees the wedding arrangements made between him and Bhanu. Bharani refuses to marry Bhanu and says that Subbiah and Velladurai are still angry at him for chopping off Selvam’s hand and Bharani insists Bhanu to get married to Selvam. Finally Sakunthaladevi reveals the truth that it was only she who killed Karmegam and Bharani took the blame and was jailed so that Sakunthaladevi is saved. Subbiah and Velladurai overhear the conversation and understand Bharani’s good nature. Finally Bharani and Bhanu get married.Vishal as Bharaniputhiran
Prabhu as Saravanaperumal
Muktha (Bhanu) as Bhanumathy Saravanaperumal
Nadhiya as Sakunthaladevi Saravanaperumal
Nassar as Vellathurai
Vijayakumar as Subbaiah (Vellathurai's father)
Nizhalgal Ravi as Thangapaandi
Rohini as Pechchikani (Bharani's mother)
Ganja Karuppu as Muthu
Manorama as Thangapazham (Saravanaperumal's mother)
Sampath Raj as Kaarmegam
Aarthi as Meena
Chaams as Sombunakki (uncredited)
Akash as Selvam
Before the debutant heroine, Banu, was chosen, the producers cast another lead, Udayatara. During the course of shooting the film, Bhanu changed her name from Muktha for numerological reasons.Rediff wrote:"Hari has managed to put together a fairly redeemable mixture of action, humour and sentiments, making the movie worth a watch".
B Balaji wrote:"Thaamirabharani is all about conflicts. With a large number of characters on either side, two or more of them seem to be fighting, either verbally or physically, most of the time. Though this makes the movie quite loud, it also gives the movie a lot of energy".
Hindu wrote:"Hari has a few interesting twists and suspenseful sequences in the narration. The story is not new but it is gripping".
The music was scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja, who teamed up with director Hari for the first time and with Vishal for third time. The soundtrack was released on 22 December 2006. It features five tracks with lyrics penned by Na. Muthukumar and Hari. The song "Karuppana Kaiyale" was adapted from the old devotional song "Karpoora Nayagiye" by L. R. Eswari.