Thamizh Padam (English: Tamil Film) is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language black comedy parody film written and directed by C. S. Amudhan, in his directorial debut. The film stars Shiva and Disha Pandey in the lead roles. The film's plot parodies contemporary commercial films in Tamil cinema, mocking the stereotypical scenes. The film was distributed by Dhayanidhi Alagiri's Cloud Nine Movies, and it was released on 29 January 2010 and won critical acclaim and commercial success at the box office. The film was later remade to Telugu as Sudigadu. A sequel called "Tamil padam 2" has been confirmed.
In the South Indian village of Cinemapatti, male infanticide is predominant, and all male babies are required to be killed immediately after birth. One such baby is headed for such a fate, until he "speaks" to his caretaker-grandmother (Paravai Muniyamma) and asks to be sent to Chennai on a goods train, where he plans to grow into a hero. The old woman complies, and takes the baby, named Shiva, to Chennai and raises him herself, living in the city's poorer section.
On growing into manhood, Shiva (Shiva) gains a reputation by giving a massive entry with flowers showered on him and he is seen beating up extortionists by throwing them in the air and saving a rape victim; soon he is glorified as a "mass hero". He manages to defeat gangster Devaraj with a clever exchange of puns and a costumed associate. He spends his time hanging out, drinking and playing carrom with his gang of friends, composed of Nakul (M. S. Bhaskar), Bharath (Venniradai Moorthy) and Siddharth (Manobala).
Shiva runs into a headstrong girl named Priya (Disha Pandey) whom he falls in love with. After learning of her hatred for men, he realises that she has dedicated her life to classical dance, learns Bharata Natyam over the course of a night, and performs an exaggerated dance sequence for her. She reciprocates his feelings, and the two start a relationship. Shiva is then challenged by Priya's rich and powerful father Kodeeswaran, who refuses to give his daughter to a poor man. Shiva swears to become a billionaire, and promptly does so, during the course of a 2:50 minute song.
Kodeeswaran accepts Shiva as a suitor, and fixes his engagement to Priya. During the ceremony, Shiva hears a passing comment that he does not know his own father. Offended, he travels to Cinemapatti, accompanied by Bharath, to learn his roots. After encountering a host of Tamil-cinema stereotypes of several decades ago, he succeeds in uniting with his family when a woman (revealed to be Shiva's father's concubine) leads him to his father, mother and sister. He finds them when they sing their "family song" (the Michael Learns to Rock number, "Someday").
All the while, Shiva has been targeting and killing several criminals in secret; he kills female gangster Swarna by making her slip over a banana peel; makes another big-time crook laugh to death; tortures a drug dealer to suicide by continuous failed attempts on his life; and kills his final victim with the odour of his sock. The police discover that he is the killer, and it is revealed that Shiva is actually an undercover officer and was killing the criminals under direct orders from not only the Commissioner, but also from the President of the United States.
The ganglord who commandeered the slain criminals, a mysterious person simply called "D", organises the kidnapping of Priya, and has Shiva beaten up. Shiva recovers, saves Priya by fighting off thugs using exaggerated stunts, and comes face to face with "D", revealed to be his grandmother. She explains that she did it to increase the fame of her grandson, and a heartbroken Shiva is forced to arrest her.
At the trial, Shiva accidentally kills an assassin who targets his grandmother, and is put on trial himself. He is saved, however, when a man who had helped him in Cinemapatti earlier testifies that Shiva was a victim of circumstance. Both Shiva and "D" are pardoned, and Shiva who has been promoted to DGP, unites happily with Priya, his family and friends.
It's a Tamil film released in 2010 and directed by C. S. Amudhan.
The film had a commercial success at the box office.
The film was later remade in Telugu and named as Sudigadu.
This movie changed actor Shiva's career and made him famous.
The satellite rights of the film were sold to Kalaignar. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.
The film had a wide expectation based on the viral marketing campaign that the producers undertook with popular film stills being parodied as a part of the promotion strategy. This film released along with Goa and it was a box office success. The Times of India rated it 2.5/5, commenting, "t's a brilliant idea, to make a mocumentary of Tamil cinema, and the very concept raises your expectations" and concluded, "Having dared to test the waters, the director seems to have stepped back in apprehension."
The film's soundtrack was composed by debutant Kannan and it was received well by the critics. The soundtrack contains five songs.
Karuththamma – The opening scene shows Periyar Dasan as the father of a baby who is about to be killed. Dasan played the same role in Karuththamma as well.
Boys – Siva's friends are named after the actors in the film. Their introduction scene, as well as Siddarth's failed attempt to impress his girlfriend, are based on this film.
Thalapathi – The scene where Devaraj visits his brother and asks for forgiveness.
Priya – The Scene where Devaraj's Gang Asks siva To meet devaraj, siva's eyes are closed and he tried to locate the place while sensing sounds while he's in car
Ghajini – Siva remembers that he has to kill Swarna when he looks at a Polaroid photo of her.
Minsara Kanavu – A small part of the dance in the song 'Oh Maha Zeeya' is the same as what Prabhu Deva does in Minsara Kanavu in the song 'Vennilavae Vennilavae'.
Enga Ooru Paattukaran – A similar character is shown as a resident of Cinemapatti.
Kizhakke Pogum Rail – At Cinemapatti railway station, a woman is shown sending messages at the back of the train compartment.
Pokkiri – The hero is revealed to be an undercover police officer.
Baasha – Siva's meeting with Devaraj is heavily based on the encounter between Rajinikanth and Raghuvaran in Baasha. Siva's fight in market – circle of rowdies around him and walking is based on Rajini's walk in Baasha when he hits Anand Raj. Villain D shoots the henchman when the henchman says "India lost the cricket match". In Baasha, Raghuvaran shoots his henchman when he conveys a bad news.
Run – Siva is chased by thugs and when he is not visible to them he sticks a small fake birthmark on his face. So when the thugs find him they are unable to recognize him though he's in the same dress. Even his girlfriend finds it difficult to recognize him.
Ramana – Devraj is shown to accidentally meet Ramana before his brother (and asks forgiveness to ramana ) The protagonist of the film is famous for his dialogue " Tamilla enakku pidikyatha varuthai...Mannippu " ( meaning Sorry is the only word I hate in Tamil )
Annamalai – Siva challenges his lover's father and claims that he will become a millionaire (and subsequently does).
Sivaji – Siva meets a minister to report about the lack of water. His unique way of signing documents is also based on Sivaji.
Nattamai – The character of the same name appears in the film. Ponnambalam who appeared as villain in that film played as Naattamai.
Chinna Thambi – A scene depicting three brothers protecting their sister by making her walk on their palms.
Kaakha Kaakha – The hero and heroine travel in an open jeep to a retreat in Pondicherry, where the hero is beaten up and the heroine gets kidnapped. Pandiya, villain character of that film is also imitated. An instrumental version of the song Ennai Konjam is part of the background score. (Siva even mentions that a certain Mr. Anbuselvam is travelling ahead of them on the same route)
Muthirai – Siva's cheri home turns out to be very posh within.
Kamal Haasan – When a conversation mentions that Virumaandi is a good man and all that he does gets misconstrued.
Vijay – At the beginning of the film, there are references to his punch dialogues and also imitates the slogan saying that particular hero has sung the song. The Nattamai also states that boys from cinemapatti are starting political parties after doing 50 films. This is in direct reference to the now formed political party of Vijay which he announced on the eve of his 50th film's release. Later, Siva tenses his muscles like Vijay did in Vettaikaran.
A. R. Rahman – The Judge declares that the Government has to award a Golden Globe award to Paravai Muniyamma, to which she says "Ella Pugazhum Iraivanukke" (a popular dialogue uttered by Rahman at the 2009 Academy Awards).
Nayantara – During the song Kuthu Vilakku, a man dances in a bikini with a tattoo on his back, similar to Nayantara's tattoo in Billa.
Fatima Babu/Shobana Ravi – The TV reporter says her name is Fathima Ravi – a combination of the two famous newsreaders from Doordarshan TV.
Silambarasan – The Nattamai character declares that anyone who disobeys his law will be forced to watch Silambarasan's films a hundred times.
Jothika – The heroine introduction scene in which the girl who abuses her husband mentioning that she want to go to pub with her friend Trisha to have drinks.
Rajinikanth – Siva becoming a richman within one song is similar to the scenes in Rajinikanth movies of Annamalai (film) and Padayappa.
Hutch – When Priya calls Siva's mobile phone, his ring tone is set to Hutch's signature tune and a dog follows him as depicted in the Hutch advertisement. He eventually gives brandy to the dog to stop it from following him.
ZooZoos from Vodafone – After Siva beats up the rowdies to save Priya, the ZooZoos attempt to defeat Siva in the name of BooBoos.
Santoor Soap – When Siva finds a girl being a young mother of a small girl, he utters "Mummy" similar to the advertisement.