Dheena is a 2001 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by then-debutante AR Murugadoss, starring Ajith Kumar, Suresh Gopi, in his Tamil debut, and Laila in the lead roles. The music and background score is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography by K. Aravind, it was released on 14 January 2001 and garnered positive reviews from critics and audiences, the film emerged as a huge commercial success and it was declared a blockbuster hit at the box office. The movie was remade in Bengali as Deva (2002) and in Kannada as Dhumm (2002).


The film starts with the police arresting Aadhikesavan's (Suresh Gopi) men as suspects for burning MLA Malarvannan's (Bala Singh) liquor shop. Aadhi sends Dheenadhayalan aka Dheena (Ajith Kumar), his adopted brother, to attack the false witnesses in this case and bail them out. This leads to further conflicts between Adhi, Dheena and Malarvannan and Dheena ends up chopping off Malarvannan's hand.