Vedi is a Tamil action film directed by Prabhu Deva featuring Vishal and Sameera Reddy in the lead roles. The film is a remake of the successful 2008 Telugu film Souryam, and it got released on 30th September 2011 with moderate reviews.
In July 2010, it was revealed that GK Film Corporation had signed on Prabhu Deva to direct a film featuring Vishal in the lead role.InitiallyTrisha Krishnan was approached for the lead female role but turned it down as the role did not excite her, Similarly Anushka Shettyrefused the project, while Hansika Motwani cited that her call sheet was full. Reports emerged that Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal,Tamannaah Bhatia and Reemma Sen were considered, before the role was handed to Sameera Reddy.
Poonam Kaur signed the film in March 2011, agreeing to reprise her role as the protagonist's sister from the original. The scenes were shot in Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering with all lead roles.
Vishal began his first schedule in February 2011, after completing work from his other film Avan Ivan. An item song featuring Sophie Choudry was shot in April 2011 for the film. By May 2011, it was reported that 80% of the shoot was over after scenes were shot in Bidar a small town near Hyderabad. The team then shot a song in Pollachi later that month.The movie was released by Sun Pictures on 30 September, 2011.
The movie begins on an interesting note in a colourful manner with a peppy song featuring music composer Devi Sri rasad.
The first half of the movie sees Prabhakaran (Vishal) being chased by henchmen. He escapes to Kolkata and seeks admission to a college. There he Deepa (Poonam Kaur) and asks her for a room to stay. She suggests he talk to her friend. In the meantime, Vijay runs into Paro(Sameera Reddy) and her gang of friends who rag all boys in college. But Prabhakaran outwits them. Paro comes to know the other side of Prabhakaran. And as expected fall for him.
Meanwhile, Divya is often troubled by some goons and Prabhakaran saves her. A flashback reveals the mission Prabhakaran is up to and he is on an undercover. A sibling story in undercover backdrop
Vishal is at ease in his role — fighting with panache and dancing with elan. He seems to have come out of Avan Ivan mode. The expressions and his angry young man’s portrayal sit well on him. Impressive is Sameera Reddy. She is more than a regular heroine. She is at ease in her encounters with Vishal. She shakes her legs well for the songs. Poonam Kaur is impressive in her role. Watch out for some interesting cameos in the film.
Music by Vijay Antony is the highlight. For a commercial film, he does all justice. The songs Icchu and Eppadi mazhai are impressive. Cinematography by R D Rajasekhar is other major highlight. He captures Kolkata well. The sleek editing by V T Vijayan adds pace to the script. Prabhudeva has crafted the film in an interesting manner and there are no dull moments.
Though a remake of a Telugu hit (Sowriyam), the movie is entertaining and enjoyable, for there are smart changes in the script to suit Tamil audience. However it ends up as a predictable cliched commercial masala.