Winner is a 2003 Indian Tamil language action comedy film written and directed by Sundar C. The film stars Prashanth and Kiran in lead roles, while Vadivelu, Vijayakumar, M. N. Nambiar and Riyaz Khan among others play other supporting roles. The film, which has music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and camera work handled by Prasad Murella, released on 27 September 2003 and became a blockbuster hit at the box office.
After Chennai-based Shakhti Mathur gets into fisticuffs with goons, his mother, Kamini, decides to send him to her parents’ house in the country. He re-locates there, and ends up falling in love with Neelima Pandey, who is betrothed to Karan Joshi, and the only daughter of Shankar Pandey, who has total control over a town called Thiruvatchi. When Shankar finds out, he has Neelima forcibly abducted, even cancels her wedding with Karan, and decides to wed her to Bhairav. Shakthi’s attempts to rescue her will not only jeopardize his life – but also the lives of his parents – who are being held captive by an enraged Shankar and his army of goons.
I think this was Prashanth’s last big hit. Any way He had been MIA for a while and had two big releases recently both of which well didn’t stay long in the movie theaters. Its sad because luck has not been on his side professionally and personally.Winner is what Prashanth can do if he had good material to work with.The story is simple a city guy goes to visit his wealthy grandparents after a long time and falls in love with a girl belonging to a family of thugs who love taking out their “aruvaals” for making a point.It worked because of the packaging of the movie.It’s biggest strength was Vadivel. Even Vivek fans will agree that he was extremely funny in this movie. Together with the glamorous Kiran and some decent songs, Sundar.c made a winner out of the movie.