Thalaivaa (English: Leader) is a 2013 Indian Tamil-language gangster-action thriller film written and directed by A. L. Vijay. It stars Vijay, Amala Paul and Abhimanyu Singh, with Sathyaraj and Santhanam in supporting roles. The film, produced by Chandraprakash Jain, features background score and soundtrack composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar with cinematography and editing handled by Nirav Shah and Anthony respectively. The story revolves around a dancer who takes over his father’s duty as a crime boss after his death.
The film, which commenced production in November 2012 in Mumbai, was released on 8 August 2013. The film was also released in Telugu under the title Anna in Andhra Pradesh. The film has also been dubbed into Hindi as Thalaivaa — The Leader by Goldmines Telefilms.
Vishwa (Vijay) is a dancer who lives in Sydney, Australia. He also manages a water distribution business there with his childhood friend Logu (Santhanam) and his dance team members. He is the son of Ramadorai (Sathyaraj), a Mumbai-based don who fights for the rights of the Tamil-speaking migrants in the city. Ramadorai had sent Vishwa away to Australia when he was a child for his safety and although they are in regular contact, he lies to Vishwa that he is a businessman.
Vishwa falls in love with Meera (Amala Paul), the daughter of a restaurateur (Suresh) who is one of his customers. Meera reciprocates Vishwa’s love and joins his dance team, helping them to win a dance competition. She soon proposes marriage to Vishwa, who agrees. Meera’s father too agrees to the marriage, but he wants to discuss the matter formally with Ramadorai. They leave for Mumbai, where Vishwa finds out about his father’s true identity and that he is currently in hiding due to several false cases registered against him by his arch-enemy, another don Bhima Bhai (Abhimanyu Singh). Vishwa also finds out that Meera and her “father” are CBI officers who lured him to Mumbai so that they could locate and arrest Ramadorai. Ramadorai is arrested, but just after he enters the police van, a bomb planted by Bhima in the van explodes, killing him. Vishwa is distraught over his father’s death and eventually decides to stay back in Mumbai and take over his father’s crime syndicate. He dons the title of Thalaivaa and provides his own brand of justice for the helpless and downtrodden.