Uttama Villain (English: The Pure-Hearted Villain) is a 2015 Indian Tamil comedy-drama film directed by Ramesh Aravind and written by Kamal Haasan. The film was presented by N. Lingusamy in association with Kamal Haasan and produced by S. Chandrahasan for Raaj Kamal Films International and N. Subash Chandrabose for Thirrupathi Brothers. It features an ensemble cast that includes Kamal Hassan, K. Viswanath, K. Balachander, Jayaram, Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Nassar, Parvathy, Parvathy Nair and Urvashi. Ghibran composed the soundtrack and score.
Principal photography commenced on 3 March 2014. Uttama Villain was released on 2 May 2015 after disputes between producers and financers. The film received positive reviews, but didn’t become a big success at box office. The movie well praise directed at Kamal Haasan’s performance and Ghibran’s work, in particular.
Manoranjan (Kamal Haasan) is a leading film star who is immensely popular among his fans; however, he is beset with several personal problems. He is an alcoholic and his teenage son Manohar (Ashwin) despises him. 25 years back, he had been forced to marry Varalakshmi (Urvashi), the daughter of noted film director Poornachandra Rao (K. Viswanath), despite being in a relationship with a woman named Yamini. He has a daughter Manonmani (Parvathy) who was born out of wedlock to Yamini and was raised by Yamini’s husband Jacob Zachariah (Jayaram) after Yamini’s death. She also despises Manoranjan. He has been diagnosed with advanced stage brain cancer and has only a few more months to live, which is unknown to anyone including his own family. He is treated by his family doctor Dr. Arpana (Andrea Jeremiah), with whom he has an extramarital affair.
One day, Manoranjan decides to withdraw from a film produced by Poornachandra Rao and instead act in a film produced by himself and directed by Margadarsi (K. Balachander), who was his mentor with whom he had fallen out when he married Varalakshmi and started acting in films directed and produced by Poornachandra Rao, who is a sworn enemy of Margadarsi. Despite their personal differences, Manoranjan wants Margadarsi to be the director of his last film before he dies. Margadarsi initially refuses to direct Manoranjan, but when he hears from Arpana about Manoranjan’s terminal illness, he becomes moved and accepts to direct Manoranjan. When Poornachandra Rao and Varalakshmi find out about Manoranjan’s plan, they get enraged and leave his house along with Manohar. Undaunted, Manoranjan goes ahead with his film.
Directed by Ramesh Aravind
Produced by N. Lingusamy & Kamal Haasan
Written by Kamal Haasan
Starring Kamal Haasan, K. Balachander, K. Viswanath, Urvashi, Jayaram, Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Parvathy,
Music by Ghibran
Edited by Vijay Shankar
Production Thirrupathi Brothers & Raaj Kamal Films International
Distributed by Eros International (Oversea) Studio Green (Tamil Nadu) Lotus Five Star (Malaysia)
Release dates 2 May 2015
Running time 171 minutes
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