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Theatrical release poster

Directed by

AR Murugadoss

Produced by

Ayngaran International
Lyca Productions

Written by

AR Murugadoss


Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Neil Nitin Mukesh
Tota Roy Chowdhury

Music by

Anirudh Ravichander


George C. Williams

Cinematography was done byGeorge C. which commenced production in January 2014 in Kolkota.coinciding with the festival of Diwali. Williams and the film was edited by A.Edited by A. Anirudh Ravichander composed the film's soundtrack and score. Upon release.was released on 22 October 2014 worldwide. The film stars Vijay in dual roles while Samantha Ruth Prabhu. Lyca Productions and Ayngaran Internationalbankrolled the venture and Eros International purchased the theatrical and audio rights for the film.1 Development o 3.The film. Sreekar Prasad.2 Casting o 3. Sreekar Prasad Production company Ayngaran International Distributed by Ayngaran International Lyca Productions Eros International[1] Release dates October 22. Neil Nitin Mukesh. the film opened to mostly positive reviews from critics [3] and was one of the highest grossing Tamil films of 2014.3 Filming  4 Music  5 Release .[4][5] Contents [hide]  1 Plot  2 Cast  3 Production o 3. Tota Roy Chowdhury and Sathish play supporting roles. The story revolves around the tale of two lookalike's Kathiresan and Jeevanantham which focuses on the burning issues of farmers committing suicide due to corporate encroachment. 2014 Running time 165 minutes Country India Language Tamil 700 million(US$11 million)[2] Budget Kaththi (English: The Knife) is a 2014 Indian Tamil action thriller film written and directed by AR Murugadoss.

o 5. He goes to Chennai and decides to escape toBangkok with his friend and fellow-criminal Ravi (Sathish).3 Business link allegations  6 Critical reception  7 Box office o 7.Jeevanandam was arrested by the police and the six villagers as for convince the issue with media and release of Jeevanandham attempt mass suicide.2 Plagiarism allegations o 5.1 India o 7. the real Jeevanandam gains consciousness and finds himself in the Kolkata prison where Kathiresan was locked up. he drops this plan after meeting and falling in love with Ankitha (Samantha Ruth Prabhu) at the airport. Under the name of hisdoppelgänger. The people of the old home and Kathiresan go to the jury and try to convince him to go in favour of them. being shot by a group of thugs. Kathiresan and Ravi enter an old-age home run by Jeevanandam with the aim of collecting 25 lakhs (which is meant for the inmates of the old-age home) for their Bangkok trip. a petty criminal. but he himself escapes afterwards. who has heard his story and has plans to kill Kathiresan in revenge for getting him caught and thrown back into prison. They admit him to hospital. he soon escapes along with Vivek's henchmen. Meanwhile. However. Kathiresan "Kaththi" (Vijay). following which Kathiresan decides to impersonate the injured Jeevanandam to escape from the police. until he learns about his doppelgänger's mission. who dupes him into believing that she wants to marry him after realising that he is having a crush on her. With the help of Vivek. but Kathiresan starts stating rules and scares the main jury person (whom Chirag had bribed). Kathiresan decides to fight for their cause while still under the name of Jeevanandam. an MNC owned by Chirag (Neil Nitin Mukesh) cheated the villagers into giving their lands for the construction of a factory. . but for the entire Tirunelveli district and the neighbouring Thoothukudi district as well. Later.1 Marketing o 5. But. On learning of the plight of Jeevanandam and the villagers. Kathiresan then sends a person (disguised as a hairdresser) to Chirag and makes him lay a fingerprint on Chirag's neck. After that Chirag sends 50 men to kill Kathiresan but he soon defeats them using the coins the villagers gave when he was attending a ceremony for him. Kathiresan(Vijay) and Ravi(Sathish) notice a man who resembles Kathiresan named Jeevanandam "Jeeva"(Vijay). Jeevanandam is a communist ideologue and a post-graduate in hydrology from the arid village of Thanoothu in Tirunelveli district who had discovered groundwater under some lands of the village which could be used as an irrigation source not only for the village.2 Overseas  8 See also  9 References  10 External links Plot[edit] At a Kolkata prison. helps the police capture an escaping prisoner Vivek Banerjee (Tota Roy Chowdhury).

but the media is not interested as they feel that it is not a sensational news.who has now fallen in love with him. Kathiresan makes efforts to convince the media to bring the plight of the villagers to national consciousness. Kathiresan comes out of the pipeline after a few days and highlights the villagers' plight in an emotionally-charged speech to the media. but Kathiresan assures the old men that he is genuinely interested in their cause.Ravi(Sathish) and the inmates of the old-age home block water supply to Chennai by sitting on the pipelines which carry water to Chennai from 5 lakes. but adds that Chirag(Neil Nitin Mukesh) has claimed that certain villagers who are working abroad have shown their support for the factory. and the verdict is to be decided within 5 days. Kathiresan's bluff is exposed. Since the villagers. Kathiresan has discovered that Jeevanandam has escaped and is searching for him. Meanwhile. Kathiresan goes to Chirag's office.Not knowing that Jeevanandam and Vivek's henchmen are headed for Chennai. Jeevanandam and Vivek's henchmen reach Chennai. but not before promising Ankitha(Samantha Ruth Prabhu). that Jeevanandam is alive and that he will rescue Jeevanandam from Chirag(Neil Nitin Mukesh) and hand him back over to the villagers with the assurance of a positive verdict. which is telecast nationwide and moves many people. If they cannot prove that their support was faked by Chirag(Neil Nitin Mukesh) within the next 5 days. who have denied supporting the factory. but Jeevanandam is soon kidnapped by Chirag's henchmen. he sees Kathiresan's speech on television and is moved by the efforts made by his doppelgänger to help the villagers. the judge declares the verdict in favour of Jeevanandam and the villagers. Ankitha(Samantha Ruth Prabhu). A few days later. that he will marry her once he is released. Ravi as Collector . Kathiresan decides to take drastic measures to sensationalise the issue. While in Chirag's custody. at the Madras High Court. The next day. where Jeevanandam is being held. Kathiresan. does not take part in the ensuing celebrations over the verdict and instead surrenders to the police and returns to the Kolkata prison. the verdict will then go in favour of Chirag(Neil Nitin Mukesh) and the villagers will lose their lands. despite his efforts to thwart Chirag (Neil Nitin Mukesh) and the MNC. He. are abroad and cannot come to Chennai within 5 days to rebut Chirag's claims as their passports are held by their contractors. By now. On the night before the verdict. the verdict is declared in favour of Jeevanandam and the villagers. killing Chirag in the process. With the plight of the Chennaites due to no water supply having gained national attention. Cast[edit]  Vijay as Kathiresan /Jeevanandham  Samantha Ruth Prabhu as Ankitha  Neil Nitin Mukesh as Chirag  Tota Roy Chowdhury as Vivek Banerjee  Sathish as Ravi/Sethu  Yuvina Parthavi as Ankitha's niece  Sudip Mukherjee as Kolkata Police Inspector  R. He rescues Jeevanandam and fights Chirag and his henchmen.

[24][25] In between. the film was not a sequel to Thuppakki.[14] Casting[edit] In September 2013. Samantha Ruth Prabhu was selected as the lead female lead. after whichprincipal photography began.[18] Sayaji Shinde and Subbu Panchu were selected to play pivotal roles in the film. [19] He learned Tamil for his role.[15] Bengali actor Tota Roy Chowdhury was signed for portraying the antagonist role.5 million (US$200. Rama as Jeeva's Mother  Rupesh Gupta  Veera Santhanam  Sreerag Nambiar  Tamiko Brownlee as Jennifer  Elisabeth P.[6] Ayngaran International and Lyca Productions were confirmed to be the producers and distributors of the film. where a huge set which costed around 12.[26] The film was then shot in Pushpa gardens inChennai. thereby making his debut in Tamil cinema thorugh the film.[11] The film was earlier rumored to be titled as Dheeran. Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh was selected to be a part of his project. Murugadoss confirmed that the film would be titled Kaththi and that it was scheduled to be released on Diwali. Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014).[9]Murugadoss replaced his usual music director Harris Jayaraj with Anirudh Ravichander and signed George C. Murugadoss also stated that Vijay would play a dual role. but with intelligence". took a break to promote his then upcoming Bollywood film. He described his character as one who does not "fight the hero with physical power. [10] Art director Lalgudi N.[16] In March 2014. the Hindi remake of Thuppakki (2012). [20] Neil had lost weight for the role and modelled his looks to be along the lines of Brad Pitt and David Beckham. Carpenter as Katherine  AR Murugadoss in a cameo appearance Production[edit] Development[edit] In 2012. who had won the National Film Award for Best Production Designin Vishwaroopam (2013).[14] Neil was inspired by his look in his debut film. Johnny Gaddaar (2007). [6][7] Murugadoss confirmed the same on his Twitter page. was selected to handle the art direction for the film.[8] According to sources. Murugadoss.[27] Shooting continued for a 40 day long schedule in and .[17] Sathish was chosen to play a supporting role. it was reported that Murugadoss and Vijay would work together again.[13] In March 2014. who had filmedRaja Rani (2013) which was produced by Murugadoss himself. an international gangster named Vivek Banerjee. Williams as the cinematographer.[12] Another potential title for the film was Vaal. [21] Filming[edit] The film was launched in Kolkata on 3 February 2014 by its producers Ayngaran International with a pooja ceremony in front of the Kalighat Kali Temple. Ilayaraja.000) was erected and most of the indoor scenes were completed in this set.[22][23] The first schedule of filming was done on Kolkata and Hyderabad. as he did not want to speak his dialogues without understanding their meaning.

[30] Filming moved back to Hyderabad where the rest of the fight sequences were canned.[47] The motion poster teaser showed Vijay playing the role of a youth activist named Kathiresan and that he heads a youth brigade. to announce their distribution of .[54] A video of the making of a song sequence shot at the Chennai International Airport was released on YouTube on 15 September 2014." [61] Indiaglitz.[45] Marketing[edit] The first look motion poster teaser of Kaththi was released on 22 June 2014 on Vijay's birthday. Siva. remained.[38] The audio launch took place on 18 September 2014. was released on 8 October 2014. [48][49] Two promotional posters were released on 22 August 2014.[36] Filming of the song was completed on 30 September 2014.[58] The official teaser was unveiled at the audio launch of the film.[29] In late August 2014. [34] The climax sequences were shot in Nellore on 23 September 2014. with the filming of the entire movie also being completed as a result. [37] Music[edit] Main article: Kaththi (soundtrack) The soundtrack album and background score were composed by Anirudh Ravichander.[42] Producer Tagore Madhu bought the film's Telugu dubbing rights. is sure to give goosebumps to the fans of Vijay."[62] The teaser crossed 1 million views 2 days after its release. acquired the film's theatrical rights in the USA.around the city. [65] Plagiarism allegations[edit] The 41-second first-look motion poster the film drew comparisons with the popular minute-long advertisement campaign run by a Turkish newspaper. asserted. the second half of the film was nearly completed. "The 360 degree camera spin with the bombastic BGM of Anirudh. By July 2014.[33] On 4 September 2014.[50][51] One of the posters showed a still featuring the lead pair and the other had Vijay sporting the typical angry young man look. Neil Nitin Mukesh dubbed in Tamil himself for his role and completed his dubbing portions for the first half of the film. including patch-work and a few fight sequences.[35] The song "Selfie Pulla" was shot in Mumbai.[41] The theatrical rights in Tiruchirappalli andThanjavur were sold to T. in its teaser review.[39] Release[edit] Jaya TV purchased the satellite rights. 60% of the shooting had been completed and the team shot a few scenes in Kadapa. each of whom played different instruments.[64] The official trailer of the film was released on 19 October 2014. The trailer crossed 1 million views within a day and had gone viral after its release. The soundtrack album consists of seven tracks.[32] Additional filming took place at the Chennai Central railway station. "It’s powerful and gripping.[43] MM Media. "Sheer Mass is the word!"[60] Nivedita Mishra of theHindustan Times wrote. one of the best for a crime thriller.[40] T Shibu of Thameens Films promoted and distributed the film in Kerala.[57] The song teaser of "Selfie Pulla" was released on 18 October 2014.[44] The film released worldwide on 22 October 2014.[28]The final leg of the film began on 1 August 2014 at Chennai. 15 days of filming.[46] It crossed 2 million views on YouTube. Sabah. previously known as GK Media.[59] Behindwoods stated in its teaser review. [31] On 1 September 2014.[55] A still featuring Vijay in the song "Pakkam Vanthu" surrounded by dance artistes. at the Leela Palace Hotel in Chennai. Anirudh started a selfie contest online. [63] It crossed 2 million views in 3 weeks.[52] The posters fetched positive feedback from fans and trended on social networking sites following their release.[56] A 40-second song teaser of "Aathi" featuring Vijay and Samantha was released on 17 October 2014. About 100 dancers participated in the song sequence. where fans were asked to post a selfie with the film's poster in the background. synthetic yet elemental: without doubt. [52][53] To promote the song "Selfie Pulla".

[68] In late September 2014. requested the court to dismiss the petition. in turn. [66][67] Minjur Gopi filed a case against Murugadoss. Thirumavalavan — to explain their position regarding the allegation.[82] International Business Times gave 4 out of 5 and stated "Kaththi" is a message-oriented and highly entertaining commercial movie. Subaskaran and Karunamoorthy were present. thereby confirming the planned release of the film on Diwali. He. The motion poster of the film showed prominent places in Chennai and the entire city itself in the form of newspaper clippings and headlines. leading to speculations regarding Lyca stepping down as producer. Vijay and AR Murugadoss create a different kind of magic this time around".[80] Sify gave 4 out of 5 and stated the movie is a well made entertainer with a powerful message. was claimed to have had business links with the President of Sri Lanka.35 stars out of 5 stars and over viewed that "'Kaththi' is very sharp and hits you with indigestible facts. the court declared the case in Murugadoss's favour citing lack of proper evidence found against him. chairman of Lyca Mobiles. Nedumaran. directors Seeman and Vikraman showed support for the film. Free Tamil Eelam Students Organisation. further saying that a press meet would be held where all doubts and suspicions regarding Lyca Productions would be clarified and that the film would be released under the Lyca Productions banner.[81] M. The students were willing to reconsider their position on the film. Tamil Youth and Students association and Progressive Students Front — in Tamil Nadu called for a ban the film.[70] A collective of four student bodies — Maatram Maanavar Ilaiyor Iyakkam. thereby handing the reins to another production group. [69] Business link allegations[edit] Subaskaran Allirajah. Responding to the issue.85 out of 5 and wrote "'Kaththi' will definitely be picked up by a big Bollywood star for a remake. just like the advertisement campaign. a press meet was held on 16 September 2014.[84] Indiaglitz said "A very sharp solid commercial entertainer movie packaged by Vijay and AR Murugadoss and rated 3. Murugadoss and Karunamoorthy of Ayngaran International met proEelam leaders — P. stating the film promoted the economic and political interests of Sri Lanka. A statement with a detailed clarification was shown in which it was mentioned that Lyca did not have any business links with Rajapaksa or anyone else related to him. but the talks proved to be inconclusive at that time. Mahinda Rajapaksa. The original advertisement features iconic images of the cities of New York and Istanbul.[83] S. Premananthan Sivasamy.Saraswathi of Rediff stated "Kaththi entertains with a message" and rated 4/5 as well.[72][73] Despite clarifications.[79] Iflickz gave 3. the knife which was bang on target.[76] As per Karunamoorthy's statement. again denied that Allirajah had business links with either Mahinda Rajapaksa or his family in any way.the New York Times as a supplement.[71] In August 2014. where the vicechairman of Lyca Productions.[78] Behindwoods gave 3 out of 5 and stated "Murugadoss delivers a strong commercial movie with a nice social angle. if Lyca Productions formally withdrew as producer.[74][75] Karunamoorthy.For. however. whose company Lyca Productions co-produces the film along with Ayngaran International. designed using news articles and headlines from the newspaper to show the two cities in the form of newspaper clippings. in true Vijay style". Suganth of The Times Of India gave 3. as many as 65 Tamil groups came together to oppose the film. claiming that the plot of the film was copied from his novel Mootha Kudi. Murugadoss said that he was neither aware of Minjur nor that his story was a copy.25 stars out of 5[85]TruthDrive said "the movie has received a grandeur response from the audience" and stated "Vijay does justice to his role as we can clearly . director Seeman and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi’s (VCK) Thol. further citing the allegation as a tactic by the plaintiff to garner free publicity. without an acknowledgement to the makers of the original.[77] Critical reception[edit] Kaththi opened to positive reviews from critics.

The film has surpassed the total collections of Thuppakki and Singam II.[92] The film still stood at the number one position in Chennai by the third week resulting in a total collection of 67.5 million (US$11 million) worldwide in its extended five-day weekend. the film netted 30.0 million) in Tamil Nadu stated "the knife shines on both the sides" and rated 3.000).310 in 12 days.1 million).[89] In Chennai city alone. Kaththi collected $160. and opened well at the box-office there.29 million (US$1.2 million).[88] Itgrossed around 238 million (US$3.1 million(US$49.000) in Kerala in five days. the film netted around 125 million (US$2.[94] The film was bought for a record price in Karnataka by a leading distributor.7 million) in Tamil Nadu.408.7 million) in just 11 days. According to reports.[95] After a long run for 9 weeks at the Chennai box office.78 million and $1.890 and has surpassed the opening weekend collection of Kochadaiyaan ($119. It became the highest grossing Tamil film of 2014 by surpassing the earnings of Kochadaiiyaan in US.[96] Overseas[edit] The film earned $142.000) in the first week with an average theatre occupancy of 97% and stood in the first position.85/5. the film netted around 78. which had earned $1. The film collected around 360 million (US$5.7 million) wordwide on its opening day and 710.10 million (US$470. the second highest figure among Tamil films.000) which is a new record for an Indian film. Kaththi opened with about 3. The distributor Ayngaran International stated that Kaththi had the biggest opening for a Tamil film in UK since it released in over 70 screens there and also topped the weekend box office in Malaysia.98 million(US$1.341 in Australia and became the highest grossing Tamil film of the year there.24 million (US$840. 50 million (US$790.013) for 2014.[100] Kaththi has performed exceptionally well at the UK box office and the film has grossed £319.000. [87] Box office[edit] India[edit] Kaththi had the biggest opening for a South Indian film as on the opening day.000) in Karnataka and 55 million(US$860. The film had a life time business of over A$194.73 million respectively. [99] Kaththi created a new record in the United States by emerging as the first film starring neither of Rajinikanth or Kamal Haasan to surpass $400. It also has set new records in Singapore grossing over $201.[103] .000 at the US box office.597) and Anjaan ($107.[101][102] Kaththi has minted approximately $1. The film later minted $600. the film has surpassed Kamal Haasan's Dasavatharam and Vishwaroopam and has taken the third spot in the list of highest grossing Tamil films in UK after Rajinikanth's Enthiran and Sivaji.86 million in Malaysia and has emerged as the third highest grossing Tamil film of all time only next to Enthiran and Sivaji.[93] Kaththi reached the 1 billion (US$16 million) mark in 12 days of its release. In Australia.[97][98] In France.distinguish the different roles he is enacting and rated 4/5 as well"[86]Cinemalead.[91] The film took a worldwide distributor share of 620 million(US$9. [90] The second week witnessed an occupancy of 85% in the city and netted around 53.805 in its USA premiere and also became the biggest opener for a film starring Vijay.