|Directed by||Venkat Prabhu|
|Produced by||Soundarya Rajinikanth|
|Written by||Venkat Prabhu|
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Editing by||K. L. Praveen,
N. B. Srikanth
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
Ocher Picture Productions
|Release date(s)||29 January 2010|
|Running time||164 mins|
|Budget||Rs. 10 crores|
Goa is a 2010 Indian Tamil romantic comedy film written and directed by Venkat Prabhu, who with the project, directed his third film following two previous successes. Starring his "regular cast" comprising of Jai, Vaibhav and Premji Amaran in the lead roles along with Sneha, Piaa Bajpai and the debutant Australian model Melanie Marie in other roles, the film is the first production of Soundarya Rajinikanth's Ocher Picture Productions. Actors Silambarasan Rajendar, Nayantara and Prasanna make guest appearances in the film, which features music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, whilst cinematography is handled by Sakthi Saravanan and the film is edited by K. L. Praveen and N. B. Srikanth.
The film follows the journey of three young men, Ramarajan, Vinayagam and Saamikannu, who flee from their remote, conservative village to escape their overly strict families and travel to the international tourist-destination Goa, after encountering a friend who had fallen in love with a caucasian girl whilst on holiday there. The film explores their time in Goa, the people they meet ranging from gay hoteliers to suave casino owners, and dwells on the relationships they encounter in the region.
The film, which began pre-production work in August 2008, became highly anticipated prior to release due to the successes of the director's prior two films. Filming began in April 2009, and took place in various locations: in the title location of Goa as well as in Pannapuram, Tamil Nadu and Langkawi, Malaysia with the latter being used due to the monsoonal season of Goa, forcing the team to relocate. Prior to release, the film was given an adult rating by the Central Board of Film Certification, despite much contention from the team with the film also avoiding a court case in regard to the producer's loan. The film released on 29 January 2010 to mostly positive reviews.
The movie begins in Pannapuram, a remote village near Madurai (the native place of Venkat Prabhu's family). Three youngsters Samikannu (Premji Amaran), Vinayakam (Jai) and Ramarajan (Vaibhav) are callous who spend all their time doing nothing. Their acts invite the wrath of the villagers and the village panchayat decides that the three should never meet again in future for the welfare and peace of the village.
The trio decides to run away from the village and spend few days peacefully in Madurai. When they reach their friend's place they come to know that he has married a foreign woman whom he met in Goa and that he would be flying to London soon. This results in them deciding to try their luck in Goa. They set off with a plan to lure a white woman and marry her.
They come across one Jack (Arvind Akash) who helps them with food and shelter in Goa and expose them to the party culture. Roshini (Piya) a singer in a hotel falls for Vinayakam, while Jessica Alba (Melanie), a white lady follows Samikannu from Madurai attracted by his innocence. Now enters Danny (Sampath), Jack's boyfriend.
Soon Danny and Jack help the trio get an image makeover and start helping them in their mission. Ramarajan's life takes a twist after he comes across Suhasini (Sneha), a rich Casino owner in Goa. They get attracted towards each other and eventually get married. But the true colour of Suhasini is revealed and he manages to escape from trouble there with the help of his friends.
Vinayakam is finally convinced by Roshini's sincere love while Samikannu gets wedlocked with Jessica Alba. After some twists and turns in the story, all ends well and the boys return to their village to start a new life. Vaibhav has a surprise when he lands in Pannapuram in the form of Nayantara.Then the scene shifts back to goa with Suhasini on the screen with Silambarasan(guest appearance) telling that she loves him and hugs each other. As they hug, Silambarasan's nose bleeds( which means he is Manmadhan). The film ends as he wipes it and smiles wickedly, which means that Suhasini will eventually become a victim of Manmadhan.
Guest appearances (in order of appearance):
Even before the release of his second directorial venture Saroja, director Venkat Prabhu had mentioned, that he is going to direct his next project very soon, that will be titled "Goa". He also revealed, that it will be produced by the famous Hollywood production company Warner Bros. in association with Soundarya Rajinikanth's production company Ocher Studios, who will produce this film, after their maiden venture, the animation film, Sultan: The Warrior starring Soundarya's father Rajinikanth, directed by Soundarya herself. Interestingly, the script was first narrated to Rajinikanth, before, following Rajinikanth's recommendation, his daughter got to listen to the script, fascinated of which, she immediately agreed to produce it.
However, in April 2009, Warner Bros. was said to have backed out of the project, bringing forward the argument, that, they asked for complete details about the film, including script and expenses. Since the Goa team was not able to do so, because they were running out of time regarding the actors' dates and couldn't provide the details, Warner Bros. opted out of the project. In May 2009 again, producer Soundarya Rajinikanth denied, that Warner Bros. opted out of the project, disclosing, that "any rumor that suggests otherwise is simply not true", that Warner Bros. and Ocher Studios have "established a very successful relationship" and that they are still a part of the Goa-project.
According to the director, the would be "the fun film" and a "jolly good" one like the Hollywood films American Pie and Road Trip. Moreover, it was rumored, that the film is based on a real life incident, the murder case of the 15-year-old British teenager Scarlett Keeling, that happened in Goa in February 2008.
Following the successes of Chennai 600028 and Saroja, director Venkat Prabhu stated he would continue his trend of introducing new actors and utilizing relatively young actors for his next film. The four lead male characters were announced to be Jai, Aravind Akash, Vaibhav Reddy and Premji Amaren, with the former two collaborating with Venkat after their roles in Chennai 600028, whilst Vaibhav was a part of Venkat's Saroja. Premji, Venkat's brother, had been a part of both of Venkat's previous ventures and was consequently signed on for a role. Supporting actor, Sampath Raj was also signed, renewing his association with Venkat, appearing in his third straight film.
At a press conference in December 2008, Venkat revealed that there would be three lead female roles in the film, one of which would be a non-Indian, "white girl", playing a foreigner in Goa, whilst, declaring his interest in signing Hollywood actress Jessica Alba as the foreign girl along with Sneha and Genelia D'Souza on for the roles. A bound script of the film was sent to Alba, who, despite expressing interest to be a part of the project by decreasing her salary from 14 crores to 9 crores, was still too costly for the project, since the entire budget of the film was just around 9 crores, resulting in Alba's drop out. However, denying this, Kartik Gangadharan, chief marketing officer of Ocher Studios, clarified, that the reason for Alba's drop out was not the money, which "was not an issue" and "could have been negotiated", but the unavailability of her dates and the impossibility of reworking the schedules "around her dates". Since Alba's departure, unsucccessful talks were held with Amanda Seyfried of Mamma Mia! fame, before the role was eventually handed to popular American Television actress and model Julie Fine. However Fine, too, was no longer part of the project, as she was surreptitiously replaced by a Swedish actress and model, Nouva Monika Wahlgren, who predominantly works in India, having earlier acted in several Indian films, including Fun Aur Masti and the Shriya Saran-starrer The Other End Of The Line and appeared in Indian advertisements and who was finally said to be confirmed to play the foreign girl character. Before Wahlgren was roped in, it was also reported, that an Australian actress, Melanie Marie Jobstreibitzer, was approached and confirmed for the role. Eventually, it turned out, that indeed Melanie Marie was roped in for the role. Early rumors suggested, that the foreign girl would play the murdered Scarlett Keeling, which were later revealed to be fictious, with the character actually portraying Premji Amaren's pair.
Regarding the other two lead female roles, it turned out, that discussions with Genelia D'Souza also proved to be unsuccessful, with the actress citing she had no available dates until June 2009, having already signed up for a couple of Bollywood films, whereas talks with Sneha resulted in success as the actress signed on to be a part of the film in late January 2009. It has been widely rumored at the time, that Sneha's character has negative shades, which would be her first role of this kind. Venkat Prabhu himself, however, revealed, that Sneha doesn't enact a villainious role as described by the media. The role initially offered to Genelia was subsequently taken over by Pooja. According to reports, Pooja was signed after Preeta Rao, sister of Bollywood actress Amrita Rao, who was supposed to do the role, backed out at last minute for reasons unknown. In June 2009, however, Piaa Bajpai, who had acted in films like Poi Solla Porom and Aegan earlier, joined the crew, too, who was said to have replaced Pooja again, who was apparently busy completing her Sinhalese projects. Bajpai's role plays the love interest of Jai. In November 2009, additionally Nayantara was roped in to do a cameo appearance in the last scene of the film. Reports indicated, that she shot for the scene, involving herself and the lead cast, for one day without taking any remuneration as she was a "big fan of Venkat Prabhu's movies".
The technical crew remained mostly the same as in Venkat Prabhu's earlier ventures. His cousin Yuvan Shankar Raja composes the musical score again, whereas his songs would feature lyrics provided by veterans 'Kavignar' Vaali and Gangai Amaran. Sakthi Saravanan, Videsh and Vasuki Bhaskar were signed as the cinematographer, art director and costume designer, respectively, joining Venkat Prabhu for the third time in his third venture. Praveen K. L. and Srikanth N. B. were selected to edit the film, whilst dance moves were choreographed by Kalyan again, who is joined by Ajay Raj and Saravana Rajan. Whilst the former had worked with Venkat Prabhu in his debut venture, Chennai 600028, the latter was part of Prabhu's second film, Saroja, Kalyan was a choreographer in all Venkat Prabhu films.
Before starting the actual filming, a photo shoot of the film was held in the "City studio" in the last week of February 2009, featuring Sneha and Premji Amaran. The shooting was slated to start on 11 March 2009, but didn't go on floors as planned and had to be postponed, because of the complaint logded against actor Jai at the Tamil Film Producer's council, who had stated, that some of his forthcoming films will flop at the box office. Producer Soundarya Rajinikanth is said to have approached the council and requested to lift the ban on actor, explaining the loss due to that ban, after which the ban on Jai was revoked and the filming started.
The first schedule of film shooting was held in Theni, Pannaipuram and surrounding places in Theni district in Tamil Nadu. It included a folk song, which is said to be the introduction song and which was shot from 31 March 2009 onwards in Goa featuring Jai, Vaibhav, Aravind Akash, Premji and Sneha along with Ajay Raj, who also choreographs the song, Payal and around 500 Goans.
The second schedule, lasting for 40 days, was completely shot in Goa itself, which featured only the male lead actors, Jai, Vaibhav and Premji Amaran. It was completed in mid-June, after which the crew returned to Chennai. The third and last schedule was shot from July 5 onwards on Langkawi Islands, an archipelago of around 100 small islands in the Andaman Sea, which belongs to Malaysia, where many, popular Tamil and Hindi film were shot earlier. Though initially Venkat Prabhu had wanted to complete the remaining parts of the film in Goa as well, he eventually had to move to Langkawi, because of the monsoon season that had set in heavy rains, affecting the West coastal area of India. He chose Langkawi as it has "very similar locations and looks" to Goa and has a very good climate as well. The schedule lasted for nearly 40 days, which featured the entire cast, including Venkat Prabhu, Jai, Vaibhav, Aravind, Premji, Sneha, Piaa and Melanie Mary. It was also reported, that music director Yuvan Shankar Raja would perform one of the songs himself live on the beaches of Langkawi. In late 2009, two more songs were filmed in Kerala and Goa itself, with which the film's shooting was finally completed.
The film's release, initially expected to happen in late 2009, got postponed several times due to various reasons. It is was released on January 29, 2010 worldwide along with another anticipated film Thamizh Padam and the controversial Jaggubhai. The film was censored one week prior to its theatrical release by the Indian Central Board of Film Certification, which gave the film an "A" certificate, an adult rating, reportedly because of its content that "requires a mature audience", while also describing it as a "path breaking entertainer which explores human sexuality very beautifully". The film released with over 200 prints in Tamil Nadu.
The film opened to mostly postive reviews especially from the youth, who were Venkat Prabhu's target. On the opening weekend, it collected 1.12 Crores at Chennai alone.. The movie showed highly postive return and topped at the Box Office collections.. The movie had a good response from audience in the 20-30 age group, who have been the director's target audience right from his Chennai 600028 days. The movie was a hit in the A class audiences and it was named one of the successful movies of the year 2010.
|Soundtrack by Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Released||04 January 2010|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
Film score and soundtrack for Goa are composed by Venkat Prabhu's cousin and regular music composer, Yuvan Shankar Raja. Since approximately the first twenty minutes of the film are set in the 1980s, it is known, that the music for the affected scenes and a couple of the songs will be recorded live as it was done during that time to "do justice to the scenes". Yuvan Shankar Raja had started the re-recording works for the film score on 21 December 2009, after having watched the entire film  and had finished it within seven days with the help of his cousin and assistant Premji Amaran.
The soundtrack, after several postponements, was finally released on 04 January 2010. The album features 9 songs overall. 18 singers have lent their voices for the songs, including composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, his father Ilaiyaraaja, his siblings Karthik Raja and Bhavatharini, his cousins Premji Amaran and director Venkat Prabhu, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra and actress-singer Mamta Mohandas.
Contrary to earlier reports, that suggested that merely three or four numbers out of them will feature in the film, seven out of the nine songs were used in their entirety, besides two more additional tracks. Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja was reported to make a special appearance in the film as well, which also turned out to be another rumor.
|1.||"Yezhezhu Thalaimuraikkum"||Gangai Amaran||Karthik Raja, Venkat Prabhu, Bhavatharini, Premji Amaran & Yuvan Shankar Raja||5:25|
|2.||"Ooru Nalla Ooru"||Vaali||Ilaiyaraaja||2:55|
|3.||"Adida! Nayaandiya"||Vaali||S. P. Charan & Yugendran Vasudeva Nair||3:23|
|4.||"Goa"||Vaali||Krish, Ranjith, Tanvi, Suchitra, Chynk Showtyme & Pav Bundy||4:40|
|5.||"Idhu Varai"||Gangai Amaran||Ajeesh & Andrea||4:44|
|6.||"Vaalibaa Vaa Vaa"||Gangai Amaran||Ilaiyaraaja, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & Chitra||4:56|
|7.||"Kaadhal Endral"||Gangai Amaran||Yuvan Shankar Raja||1:27|
|8.||"Idai Vazhi"||Vaali||Benny Dayal & Mamta Mohandas||4:44|
|9.||"Goa (Club Mix)"||Vaali||Krish, Ranjith, Tanvi, Suchitra, Chynk Showtyme & Pav Bundy||5:06|