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Directed by N. Linguswamy
Produced by N. Subash Chandra Bose
Written by N. Linguswamy
Brinda Sarathy
Starring Karthi
Tamannaah Bhatia
Milind Soman
Sonia Deepti
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography Madhi
Editing by Anthony Gonsalves
Studio Thirupathi Brothers
Distributed by Cloud Nine Movies[1]
Release date(s) April 2, 2010 (2010-04-02)
Country  India
Language Tamil
Budget Rs. 20 crores[2]

Paiyaa (Tamil: பையா ; English: Boy!) is a forthcoming 2010 Indian Tamil–language romantic-action film written and directed by Linguswamy, director of prominent and successful Tamil films like Aanandham (2001), Run (2002) and Sandakozhi (2005). It stars Karthi and Tamannaah Bhatia in lead, with Milind Soman, Sonia Deepti and Jegan essaying supporting roles.[3] The film, produced by Linguswamy's younger brother N. Subash Chandra Bose under the banner of Thirupathi Brothers [4] and distributed by Dhayanidhi Alagiri's Cloud Nine Movies, features a highly successful soundtrack and film score composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, cinematography by Madhi and editing handled Anthony Gonsalves.

After a lengthy pre-production phase, during which the film underwent major changes in its main cast and its technical crew, the shooting of the film commenced in December 2008 and was held at various locations throughout entire South India, most notably in Bangalore, Karnataka, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh and Mumbai, Maharashtra and across the highways between these cities.[5] The film is currently in its post-production stage and scheduled to release by early April.




  • Story, Screenplay, Direction: N. Linguswamy
  • Production: N. Subash Chandra Bose
  • Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • Cinematography: Madhi
  • Editing: Anthony
  • Dialogue: Brindha Sarathy
  • Art direction: Rajeevan
  • Stunts: 'Kanal' Kannan
  • Choreography: Raju Sundaram, Brindha & Sabeena Khan
  • Costume: Priya Manikandan
  • Stills: Vijay
  • Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar
  • Banner: Thirupathi Brothers


Soundtrack by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released 22 November 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 24:47
Label Think Music
Producer Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai

Music for Paiyaa was scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja, joining Linguswamy once again after Sandakozhi (2005).[6] The audio launch function was held on 22 November 2009 at Sathyam Cinemas, which was attended by many prominent film personalities, whilst director Shankar released the soundtrack.[7][8] The album features 5 songs with vocals by singers like Karthik, Benny Dayal, Haricharan and composer Yuvan Shankar Raja himself. Three songs were reportedly composed and recorded in Singapore.[6] The lyrics were provided by Na. Muthukumar.

The album generally received very positive reviews and responses from the audience. The songs got immensely popular among the masses immediately, witnessing grand sales and making it very big in audio markets, due to which even the stocks of audio CDs got over soon.[9] Becoming sensational hits very soon after its release, the songs were topping the Tamil music charts in the following weeks.[10][11]

Track Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Thuli Thuli Mazhaiyaai"   Haricharan, Tanvi Shah 4:49
2. "Poongatre Poongatre"   Benny Dayal 5:27
3. "Adada Mazhaida"   Rahul Nambiar, Saindhavi 4:32
4. "Suthuthe Suthuthe Bhoomi"   Karthik, Sunitha Sarathy 5:01
5. "En Kadhal Solla"   Yuvan Shankar Raja, Tanvi Shah 4:58




In September 2007, while still working on the Vikram-starrer Bheema, Linguswamy had mentioned, that Karthi Sivakumar will be acting in his next film, which would be action-oriented and would be launched in January 2008.[12] In October 2007 then, sources reported, that Linguswamy is planning to make a bilingual film to be released in both Tamil and Telugu with both Chiranjeevi's son, Ram Charan Teja and Karthi in the lead roles.[13][14] Later again reports claimed, that Linguswamy's next project will feature Vishal as the protagonist after which Jayam Ravi was supposed to enact the lead character in his next film.[15][16]

After having completed and released Bheema in January 2008, Linguswamy was set to begin his next venture very soon. In March 2008 then, again reports claimed, that his next project will be an entertainer with equal doses of love and action, which will have actor Karthi in the lead role.[17] Further more, it was reported, that Linguswamy was still working on the script of the film, which would feature the "main crew members" of Bheema, including music director Harris Jayaraj, cinematographer R. D. Rajasekhar and editor Anthony and which was yet to be titled.[17] However, Linguswamy announced the film with an entirely new crew, with Yuvan Shankar Raja and Madhi replacing Harris Jayaraj and R. D. Rajasekhar as the film's music composer and cinematographer respectively, whilst Priya Manikandan, wife of noted cinematographer Manikandan, was chosen as the chief costume designer.[18]

Lingusamy was said to have written two scripts, out of which he eventually chose the Paiyya script.[19] The film was initially titled Kuthirai, however was later renamed as Paiyaa,[20] which was actually only a tentative, working title.[21] Due to various reasons, the launch of the got delayed again and again, before shooting of the film finally started in December 2008. The film's music was released in November 2009 along with the trailer.[8] In late 2009, after finishing the filming of Paiyaa, Lingusamy disclosed his plans of remaking the film in Telugu and Hindi languages as well.[22] In March 2010, the film's distribution rights were eventually acquired by Dhayanidhi Alagiri's Cloud Nine Movies that earlier distributed Karthi's brother, Surya's Vaaranam Aayiram and produced the superhit parody film Thamizh Padam.[1]


In July 2008, actress Nayantara was signed for the female lead role in Paiyaa for a record salary of 1 crore rupees. However, as the director decided to reduce her salary due to economic recession and a series of flops for her, she resisted, leaving the project in December 2008.[23] Subsequently Trisha Krishnan was reported to have bagged the role,[24] before it was confirmed, that she was ultimately replaced by Tamannaah Bhatia, who was signed for 80 lakhs.[25] Later on, Milind Soman, who had last appeared in Pachaikili Muthucharam in Tamil, was signed up for the main antagonist's role, a Mumbai-based don, while there are 18 villains overall as per reports.[26]


After Karthi had completed his portion in his film Aayirathil Oruvan, the shoot for Paiyaa finally began on 24 December 2008 at a highway near Bangalore.[27] Shooting carried on in and around Bangalore in the following weeks. The film's main portions were extensively shot across some major highways, where the story plays, whilst the climax was filmed in Mumbai, where the journey would also end.[5] Moreover, filming took place in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh as well.[5]

In early May 2009, filming took place near Chembarambakkam Lake in Chennai, where a street fight was being shot.[28] Later that month, a song ("Suthudhe Suthudhe Boomi"), choreographed by Sabeena Khan, was shot at Prasad Studios in Chennai, where a grand set had been erected by art director Rajeevan.[29] The song is said to feature computer graphics and visual effects. The shooting of the song was being held in the sets, while the background would change to "dense forests and lush mountain ranges" using the effects.[29] In June 2009, after nearly six months of shooting, more than sixty-five percent was said to be over, with a song and the climax sequences being the remaining parts to be filmed.[5] A twenty-five day schedule was planned to be held in Mumbai and Pune,[30] but the shooting got halted in July due to heavy rains there.[31] In October 2009, the final action scenes of the climax involving Karthi and Milind Soman were filmed in Mumbai and its suburbs in a ten day schedule,[32] following which a rain song ("Adada Mazhaida"), featuring Karthi and Tamannaah, was shot at the Athirappilly waterfalls in Kerala, where earlier scenes and songs from other films such as Punnagai Mannan and Iruvar were filmed.[33]


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  33. ^ Moviebuzz (2009). "Udayanidhi to buy Paiyya?". Sify. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 

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