Veeram (வீரம் English: Courage) is an Tamil action masala movie directed by Siva and produced by Vijaya Productions. The film features Ajith Kumar and Tamannaah in the lead roles, while an ensemble supporting cast includes Vidharth, Santhanam, Suza Kumar and Abhinaya amongst others. Pre-production work has been ongoing since December 2011, with the shoot ultimately starting in April 2013.
The potential collaboration between Vijaya Productions and Ajith Kumar was reported in November 2011, with speculations suggesting that Venkata Ramana Reddy wanted to commemorate his late father B. Nagi Reddy's 100th year since birth with a film project. Siva, who had made his debut in Tamil films with the successful 2011 film Siruthai was noted as a potential candidate to direct the film, while Anushka Shetty was initially reported to play the female lead role.
Subsequently in early December 2011, Ajith signed on to play the lead role in the venture, with a poster released confirming Siva's participation, noting that Vetri and Yuvan Shankar Raja would be cinematographer and music composer for the venture respectively. Devi Sri Prasad later replaced Yuvan, while Kasi Vishwanathan was signed as editor and Boopathy Raja as story writer. Production for the film was put on hold until Ajith completed Chakri Toleti's Billa 2 and most of his other ongoing project directed by Vishnuvardhan.
Alongside Ajith, it was noted that four young actors would appear as his brothers in the venture. Vidharth, who rose to fame with his role in Mynaa was signed on for the film after discussions with Prasanna were unsuccessful. Suhail Chandhok, brother of former Formula One racer Karun Chandhok, was signed on for a role after e Ajith was impressed with a short film that Suhail had featured in.
Munish, who appeared in Naanga, and Bala were also selected to play Ajith's brothers. Santhanam, who featured in a pivotal role in Siva's previous film, was also chosen to play a supporting role in the film. Tamannaah was chosen to play Ajith's pair in the film, marking her comeback to Tamil films after a three year sabbatical.
Vishakha Singh was approached to play Vidharth's pair in the film but her refusal subsequently meant the producers opted for Manochitra, who was previously seen in Aval Peyar Thamizharasi (2010), while Abhinaya was signed for another lead role. Vidyullekha Raman, was signed to be Santhanam's pair for a third film. Jayaprakash, Jayaram and Rajeev Govinda Pillai were also initially reported to be a part of the cast, though a later press release did not confirm their participation.
A press note was released on 4 April 2013 announcing the start of the filming stage of the project, whilst also clarifying the cast and crew. The first schedule for the film began the next day in Hyderabad and would go on for two weeks and mor