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Dharmapuri is a 2006 action movie directed by Tamil director Perarasu. It stars Vijaykanth and Lakshmi Rai in lead roles.

Cast and crew[edit]


The movie is set in a remote village in Dharmapuri, known for making dolls from clay. It is the livelihood of people in the village. A Mokkaiyan (Manivannan) along with his sons Silandhy Karuppu (Raj Kapoor) and Peruchali Karuppu (Bobby) grab the land and give it on a lease for a local MLA Konda Mookan.

Humiliated and agitated, the villagers decide to put an end to their shenanigans. They set off in search of Sivaraman, son of Meiyappan (Vijayakumar), who once strived for the welfare of the village and later forced to flee the village due to Mokkaiyan's family.

They finally spot Sivaraman (Vijayakanth) in Rameshwaram, where he works tirelessly for the uplift of the people. They convince him to return to the village and teach Mokkaiyan and his family a lesson.

Enters Sivaraman on a mission. He comes across Valarmathy (Lakshmi Rai) and falls in love with her. Meanwhile, he also embarks on a mission to teach the baddies a lesson.


After the success of Thirupathi, Perarasu announced a project called "Pandigai" with S. J. Suryah[1] but the project was cancelled and he announced his next project "Dharmapuri" with Vijaykanth in 2006[2] since Producer A M Rathnam expressed his desire of Perarasu directing a film for him. Incidentally it was Rathnam who suggested Vijayakanth’s name for the film. When Rathnam and captain heard the ‘one liner’ of the movie, they both liked it instantly and thus ‘Dharmapuri’ was born without even a heroine.[3] Crew wanted Nayanthara as heroine[4] but she rejected as the film had political overtones instead Lakshmi Rai was selected.[5][6] while shooting at Srirangam, Vijaykanth slapped a person which caused a stir but he clarified on media that it was his old friend.[7] A song sequence for the movie was shot at a village called Sarukani near Devakkottai.[8]


Indiaglitz wrote: "Perarasu has dished out a movie that would certainly appease front-benchers. A commercial pot-boiler, the movie will be lapped by Vijayakanth's fans. Sure to make it big in rural centres, the movie also has enough stunt sequences for action-lovers".[9] Sify wrote: "Dharmapuri is pure DMDK propaganda machinery working overtime. Perarasu who has written the story, screenplay, dialogue, lyrics and directed the film has given it a commercial coating – songs, fights, punch lines and a bit of glamour. As a political propaganda film, Perarasu has done a fairly decent job as he has worked the script to suit Captain’s screen image".[10] Nowrunning wrote: "Though the movie is mainly for the B and C class audience - that form large part of his fans base, A-class audience may be hard pushed not to enjoy the film. On the whole it is good natured movie".[11]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $6,200 (31,00,000 rupees) at the box office.[12]


  1. ^ "Tamil movies : Perarasu to join with SJ Surya for ‘Pandigai’". Behindwoods. 2006-05-18. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Tamil movies : Perarasu’s Dharmapuri with Vijayakanth!!". Behindwoods. 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  3. ^ "Tamil movies : Will director Perarasu strike a chord with Captain’s Dharmapuri?". Behindwoods. 2006-09-22. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Will Nayantra act opposite Vijayakanth?". IndiaGlitz. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Tamil movies : "You’ll regret for not pairing with Captain" – Perarasu fumes over heroines!!". Behindwoods. 2006-07-31. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  6. ^ "Lakshmi Rai is the lucky one". IndiaGlitz. 2006-07-31. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  7. ^ "Tamil movies : Captain’s slap to his friend!!". Behindwoods. 2006-07-13. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  8. ^ "Tamil movies : Captain’s politics and pity producer". Behindwoods. 2006-10-10. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Dharmapuri Tamil Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. 2006-10-20. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  10. ^ "Movie Review : Dharmapuri". Sify. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  11. ^ PVS (2006-10-24). "Dharmapuri Review". Nowrunning.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  12. ^ "Tamil movies : Varalaru vs Vallavan – Diwali movies sales report". Behindwoods. 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 

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