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Adhigaaram Ondru
Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru

Directed by H. Vinoth

Produced by S. R. Prakashbabu
S. R. Prabhu

Written by H. Vinoth

Based on Operation Bawaria


Starring Karthi
Rakul Preet Singh
Abhimanyu Singh
Music by Ghibran

Cinematography Sathyan Sooryan

Edited by Shivanandeeswaran
Production Dream Warrior

Distributed by Reliance
Release date 17 November 2017
Running time 163 minutes

Country India

Language Tamil

Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (English:

Braveman - Chapter One) or simply
Theeran is a 2017 Indian action
thriller[1][2] film written and directed by H.
Vinoth and produced by S. R.
Prakashbabu and S. R. Prabhu of Dream
Warrior Pictures. The story is based on
true events from the Operation Bawaria
case, which involved the nefarious
activity of dacoits and its eventual
containment by Tamil Nadu police. Karthi
and Rakul Preet Singh play the lead roles
in this movie, while Abhimanyu Singh
played the prime antagonist. Along with
the Telugu dubbed version titled Khakee -
The Power of Police, the film was
released on 17 November 2017. A Hindi
dubbed version titled Theeran was
released on YouTube by Goldmines
Telefilms on 24 June 2018.

The film begins with a scene from a
police station where the police officer
Sasi in charge orders that the
documented criminal cases in the form
of manuscripts be converted into digital
format. During this process he comes
across a really spine chilling dacoity
murder case from several years ago.
After reading the case history he calls up
the police officer who had taken charge
of the case, Theeran Thirumaran (Karthi).
The story shifts to the year of 1995,
where Theeran is in his police training
college undergoing training to be posted
as DSP from TNPSC (Tamil Nadu Public
Service Commission) exams. He tops the
training period. Simultaneously in a
house along the highway of Tamil Nadu a
group of dacoits wreck the house by
barging in killing all the people inside
gruesomely and taking the belongings.

Meanwhile Theeran returns to his

hometown of Tanjavur falls in love with
his new neighbour Priya (Rakul Preet
Singh) and marries her. Later Theeran
becomes known in the police department
for his ways of handling various cases
and he is later moved to Ponneri after a
dacoital attack. Police Inspector Satya
(Bose Venkat) and Theeran both handle
the case but lead nowhere with the case.
Therefore in 2003 Theeran and Sathya
and a group of other police officers go
around India to see if they are able to
identify the fingerprints of the dacoits.
During this process Theeran learns that
these dacoits are actually tribe members
of the left over cultural groups after the
Indian Independence. They are eventually
stopped by the carelessness of their
superior officers and the case is put on

Later in 2003 the dacoits raid the house

of the ruling party's MLA and kill him. The
government is under heavy pressure
from the public and the Home Minister
gives Theeran all powers and a full team
to nab the dacoits. A year later they find
one fingerprint match in Uttar Pradesh
prison and go to a lorry station to capture
the dacoit. Learning that the lorry has left
and it is heading to Ponneri Theeran and
the other officers rush to stop them. This
time the dacoits raid Sathya's house
killing his wife and eventually injuring
Priya putting her in a coma.

Angered by this incident Theeran with the

help of higher officials puts together a
team to capture the gang of dacoits lead
by Oma (Abhimanyu Singh). They camp
in Rajasthan with the help of a local
police officer. They come to know that
the gang members except Oma are in
their village so they visit the village only
to be sent out by the villagers. While the
case is going on Theeran learns that
Priya died. This fuels Theeran's anger
which makes him even more motivated
to find Oma. The team learns that there is
a way to bring Oma out from his village.
So he captures the organizer of the gang
and captures one of the gang members
and puts them in police custody.
Infuriated Oma vows to kill Theeran and
his team. Theeran gets information that
Oma will be on a train which is infiltrated
by the team but Oma escapes to a
nearby village. Theeran and his team
walk to the village and reside there for
the night. Oma's gang infiltrate the village
destroying it and killing Theeran's
teammates. Finally Theeran captures
Oma brings him to Tamil Nadu and gets
him a death sentence.

Now in 2017 it is revealed that Theeran

has a boring useless post in the Traffic
Vigilance Department because he is
straightforward and lives alone. Theeran
is visited by Sathya, Sathya's daughter
and Sasi. Sasi salutes him and the movie
ends with a note conveying "The film is
dedicated to all the people in the police
department who fought and arrested
those dacoits and we thank them for
their bravery and courage". The note also
states that "The officers involved in this
case were not recognized by the
government by providing any honorary
awards neither were they promoted to
higher posts".

Karthi as Theeran Thirumaran DSP
Rakul Preet Singh as Priya Theeran
Abhimanyu Singh as Omveer "Oma"
Manobala as Priya's father
Sathyan as Theeran's friend
Bose Venkat as Sathya
Varghese Mathew as IGP Vijay Rathore
Rohit Pathak as Bane Singh
Narra Srinivas as Madhur
Surender Thakur as Kaali
Prayas Mann as Bohra
Manobala as Priya's father
Kishor Kadam as Haram Singh
Jameel Khan as Pandit
Scarlett Mellish Wilson as item number
"Tinga Tinga"
Kalyani Natarajan as Priya's mother
Sonia as Sathya's wife
Praveena as Theeran's mother
Abhirami as Theeran's sister
R. N. R. Manohar as a minister
Following the success of his first film
Sathuranga Vettai (2014), director H.
Vinoth was keen to make a sequel to the
film starring either Suriya or Ajith Kumar,
but their reluctance meant that he moved
on to work on a different project based
on the Operation Bawaria case.[3] He
stated that he had the idea of making a
film on the case before he made
Sathuranga Vettai but had forgot about it
until he opened a food parcel, which was
coincidentally covered with a newspaper
article narrating the events of the
operation and the incident subsequently
inspired him to work on the script.[4] In
February 2016, he approached Karthi to
play the lead role in the police drama film
and was insistent that the final version
carried the same "social responsibility
angle" that the initial script had carried.[5]
Karthi expressed his immediate interest
in working on the film, and recalled that
he had first heard about the case while
he was working on the making of Siruthai
(2011).[6] Vinoth continued to script the
film throughout 2016, while Karthi
finished his pending work for Kaashmora
(2016) and Mani Ratnam's Kaatru
Veliyidai (2017).[7] Titled Theeran
Adhigaram Ondru, Rakul Preet Singh was
signed to play the leading female role in
the film. Bose Venkat was also selected
to portray a police officer in the film, with
the actor stating that the role gave him "a
new dimension and a new identity".[8]
Abhimanyu Singh was selected to portray
the main antagonist, while Telugu actor
Narra Srinivas made his debut in Tamil
cinema by playing a police officer.[9][10]
Sathyan Sooryan was selected to handle
the cinematography for the film, while
Dhilip Subbarayan and Kathir were signed
to handle the stunt and art departments
respectively. For Karthi's costumes in the
film, the team actively chose to use
organic cotton shirts after being
recommended to by Karthi's mother,
Lakshmi Sivakumar.[6] S. R. Prabhu's
Dream Warrior Pictures agreed to
produce the film, with the shoot
announced to begin in January 2017.[11]

To prepare for his role, Karthi underwent

police training at the YMCA Campus in
Chennai before production began.[12] The
film was shot in several cities across
North India including Jaipur, Jodhpur,
Jaisalmer, Bhuj, Madhya Pradesh and
Delhi.[13][14] Actress Scarlett Mellish
Wilson shot for an item number in April
2017 at Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan, with
the song being choreographed by
Brindha.[15] As a result of the warm
climate, several of the film's cast and
crew fell sick during the making of the
project.[16] To make the film as authentic
as possible, Vinoth actively hired artistes
from the regions and insisted on
shooting in such locations, rather than
replicating the terrains in Chennai or in

Historical events
The film depicted the planned operations
of the Tamil Nadu police that led to the
gunning down of two members of the
Bawaria criminal tribe from Uttar Pradesh
and the arrest of others in the 2000s.
Armed dacoits had struck affluent
houses along National Highways in Tamil
Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in
the late 1990s and early 2000s, with the
operation against the criminals officially
being launched in January 2005 soon
after the murder of AIADMK
Gummidipoondi MLA Sudarsanam.[1] A
special team led by the then Inspector-
General of Police, S.R.Jangid, worked in
coordination with the Uttar Pradesh
police and Central intelligence agencies
to track down the wanted criminals, Oma
Bawaria, Bsura Bawaria, Vijay Bawaria
amongst others. The teams worked for
several weeks to put together
information and camped in remote
locations in Rajasthan, Haryana and
Punjab before killing Bsura Bawaria and
Vijay Bawaria in an encounter. The other
prime suspects Oma Bawaria and K.
Lakshman alias Ashok Bawaria were
then arrested and brought to Tamil Nadu
where a special court awarded them the
death penalty.[1]

The makers worked closely with Jangid

and other officers involved in the
operation to make the film.[1] Post-
release of the film, Jangid appreciated
the team for their realistic portrayal of
events and praised the director's
research for the film.[19][20]

Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru
Soundtrack album by Ghibran

Released 2 November 2017

Recorded 2017

Genre Feature film


Length 25:31

Label Aditya Music

The film's score and soundtrack were

composed by Ghibran, with the album
being released by Aditya Music on 2
November 2017. The songs were
featured in full in the album, while only
partially featured in the film.
Track Listing
No. Title Lyrics Singers
1. "Sevatha Ghibran & Ranjith
Pulla" Ranjith
2. "Oru Thamarai Inno Genga ,
Veetil" Shashaa
3. "O Uma Devi Armaan Malik
4. "Laali Raju Murugan Sathyaprakash
Laali" , Pragathi
5. "Theeran Vivek Aravind
Da" Srinivas,
6. "Tinga Uday Kumar Padmalatha
7. "Tinga Soundararajan Namitha Babu
Tinga K
Total length:

The movie was released on 17 November
2017.[21] The satellite rights were sold
to Star Vijay. Amazon has acquired the
digital rights.[22]


The movie received positive reviews from

critics. The Times of India gave the film
3.5 stars out of 5 and wrote: "Right from
the beginning, when we see cop Theeran
Thirumaran (a splendid Karthi) looking
back on a case that was the biggest
challenge of his career (this indifferent
framing device is one of the film's rare
missteps), Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru
grips us by the scruff of our necks and
never lets go." [23] gave
6 out of 5 and wrote: "Karthi and Vinoth
will make you wait for the sequel" [24]

1. " 'Operation Bawaria' that inspired
Karthi's Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru" . 17 November 2017.
Retrieved 16 July 2018.
2. "Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru is a
commercial action thriller with realistic
treatment, says Karthi" .
Retrieved 16 July 2018.
3. Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (30 October
2017). "Delving into cop's psyche" . Retrieved 16 July 2018.
4. Menon, Vishal (16 November 2017).
" '99% of our films can be seen with eyes
closed' " . Retrieved
16 July 2018.
5. "Will Karthi work with Vinoth for his
upcoming venture" .
24 February 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
6. "Theeran... inspired by real cop tales:
Karthi" . 10
November 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
7. "Karthi clarifies on his next film!" . Retrieved 16 July 2018.
8. "Theeran…took me to a different level:
Bose Venkat" . 24
November 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
9. "Abhimanyu to lock horns with Karthi" . Retrieved 16 July
10. "Actor Srinivas all set for Tamil
debut" . 5 February 2017.
Retrieved 16 July 2018.
11. "Karthi - H Vinoth film titled as
Dheeran Adhigaram Ondru" . 22 December 2016.
Retrieved 16 July 2018.
12. "Karthi undergoes police training for
his next film" . Times of India. Retrieved
16 July 2018.
13. "Karthi is a complete actor: Vinoth" . 14 September
2017. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
14. "Karthi starrer Dheeran Adhigaaram
Ondru to have 40-day schedule in Bhuj" . Retrieved 16 July
15. "Jingunamani girl does an item song
in Karthi's next" . Times of India. Retrieved
16 July 2018.
16. "Realistic treatment in Theeran
Adhigaaram Ondru will appeal: Director
Vinoth" . 15
November 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
17. "Theeran Adhigaram Ondru: Director
Vinoth talks about his fascination for real-
life stories" . Retrieved
16 July 2018.
18. "Every stunt in Theeran Adhigaram
Ondru tells a story, says director Vinoth" . 3 July 2017. Retrieved
16 July 2018.
19. "Real life 'Theeran' talks about the
film" . 19
November 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
20. "IPS SR Jangid the real Theeran
reveals about the hardcore real action" . 20 November 2017.
Retrieved 16 July 2018.
21. "Theeran Adhigaram Ondru - Movie
Wiki" . Behindwoods. 2017-11-17.
Retrieved 2017-11-20.
WAY" . Behindwoods. 2017-11-02.
Retrieved 2017-12-07.
23. "Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru Movie
Review" . The Times of India.
24. "Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru Movie
Review" .

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