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Siruthai Karthi.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Siva
Produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja
S. R. Prakash Babu
S. R. Prabhu
Written by Siva
Screenplay by Siva
Story by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Based on Vikramarkudu 
by S. S. Rajamouli & K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Music by Vidyasagar
Cinematography Velraj
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Distributed by Studio Green
Release dates
  • 14 January 2011 (2011-01-14)
Running time
155 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 13 crore[1][2][3]
Box office 40 crore

Siruthai (English: Leopard) is a 2011 Indian Tamil action-thriller film directed by Siva.[4] A remake of the Telugu blockbuster Vikramarkudu, directed by S. S. Rajamouli, the film stars Karthi, performing dual roles, and Tamannaah alongside comedian Santhanam. The film was produced by K. E. Gnanavelraja and features music by Vidyasagar. It was released during Pongal on 14 January 2011. Despite gaining mixed critical response, the film was a Blockbuster at the box office. The film was also one of the highest-grossing Tamil films of 2011.The film was also remade in Hindi as Rowdy Rathore directed by Prabhu Deva starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha.[5][6][7]


Rocket Raja (Karthi) is a small-time thief who steals anything he comes across. With his partner Kaatu poochi (Santhanam) he enjoys life to its fullest and even falls for the beautiful Swetha (Tamannaah). However, his life changes when a small girl Divya Rathinavel (Baby Rakshana)ends up in his care; he looks exactly like her father Rathniavel Pandian IPS (Karthi). As Raja discovers the girl's past, it is revealed that Rathinavel Pandian is an honest policeman who is a nightmare to criminals, but that one gang of criminals in the village of Devi pattnam are intent on killing him and his daughter because he killed the son of a prominent criminal, who also sexually abused women. Rathinavel Pandian's colleagues put Divya in Rocket Raja's care so that the criminals cannot track her. Rathinavel Pandian is on the verge of death following a gunshot to his head. At first Raja is angry with the little girl and breaks her tape recorder. Divya is happy and hugs him, after he repairs it. Rathinavel Pandian is intent on fighting back. Unfortunately, he dies following a battle with several criminals who had been chasing Raja and Divya. From police officers,he realizes that Pandian was an honest and courageous police officer who stood against Babuji and his family who had cruelly ruled a village. Pandyan even manages to kill his son and stops their criminal acts. Pandyan manages to fail his brother but he gets shot when he tried to save a child.Upon seeing his courage, Rocket Raja (with the help of Rathinavel Pandian’s colleagues) steps into Rathinavel Pandian's shoes and finishes his unfinished work as he himself is a thug and destroys all their properties with the help of kaatu poochi in a hilarious way.He also kills his brother and also takes on the responsibility of taking care of Divya, with the help of Swetha.


Character map of Siruthai and its remakes[edit]

Vikramarkudu (2006)
Ulta Palta 69 (2007)
Veera Madakari (2009)
Siruthai (2011)
Bikram Singha (2012)
Rowdy Rathore (2012)
Ravi Teja Manna Sudeep Karthi Prosenjit Chatterjee Akshay Kumar
Anushka Shetty Purnima Ragini Dwivedi Tamannaah Richa Gangopadhyay Sonakshi Sinha


In 2008, reports emerged that Vikramarkudu would be remade in Tamil with Karthi. Ruthika and Anushka, who acted in original, were considered for the female leads. Suraj of Thalainagaram was said to be the director.[8] VV Kathir who directed Jeeva starrer Thenavattu was also announced as director but Sivakumar advised Karthi to do strong characters before making a mark as action hero thus the project was dropped.[9] The project was revived in 2010 and Siva, who directed films like Souryam and Sankham, was selected as director making his debut in Tamil.[10] Tamannah was chosen as heroine after Paiyaa.[11]


Soundtrack album by Vidyasagar
Released 2010
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Venus
Producer Vidyasagar
Vidyasagar chronology

The soundtrack album to the film was composed by Vidyasagar and features five songs. It was described as "bland" by Rediff,[12] while Sify called it "catchy and youthful".[13] Behindwoods gave a 2.5/5 rating, claiming that it "emphasizes the fact that it is a commercial entertainer. This may not be Vidyasagar's best album but he has given what the movie requires: A crisp album with short and sweet songs [...] Siruthai is a worthy listen to and must appeal to Karthi's fans is a huge way".[14]

No. Title Lyrics Performer(s) Length
1. "Naan Romba Roba"   Na. Muthukumar Ranjith  
2. "Chellam Vada Chellam"   Na. Muthukumar Udit Narayan, Roshan & Surmukhi  
3. "Azhagha Poranthuputa"   Viveka Malathy Laxman & Priyadharshini  
4. "Thalattu"   Arivumathy Srivadhini  
5. "Adi Rakkamma Rakku"   Pa.vijay Ranjith, Suchitra & Roshan  


The film was met with mixed to positive response from most critics and audiences. Behindwoods gave a 2/5 rating and wrote: "Watch Siruthai if you are a hardcore mass masala fan. Since the originality of the Telugu version is retained, when released in Andhra this movie might serve as Karthi’s launch pad in Tollywood. Chances are that you might like Karthi, who is trying his best to prevent the movie from its impending dive into the depths of hackneyed void."[15] Sify claimed that Siruthai had "come out as a festival bonanza for Tamil film goers. It is an unpretentious commercial pot boiler with ample doses of romance, comedy, action and emotion".[13] Indiaglitz, another portal said "'Siruthai' is fit and fine for a good leap. With Karthi trying new vistas not missing out on the entertainment quotient, it is an obvious sweet pongal for masses this Pongal. Action and satisfaction is what 'Siruthai' is".[16] N. Venkateswaran from the Times of India deemed a score of 2.5/5, citing that it "does not do anything for Karthi as an actor; what it does is to cement his position in the Tamil film industry as an actor who is a big draw at the box office".[17] Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu noted: "Generally, well-told cop stories don't bite the dust. Nor do dual role bonanzas. Going by the norm, this Siruthai should charge ahead!"[18] Chennai Online stated: "Though the formula used in the flick could appeal to the masses, the director could have thought of some fresh sequences to make the movie more exciting".[19] remarked: "You can watch the film with your family because of the entertaining elements. It has a perfect mix of romance, action, fun, comedy, glamour and sentiments. It is a perfect Pongal treat for Kollywood audience. Do not miss this movie".[20]


The satellite rights of the film were secured by STAR Vijay. The film was given a "U/A" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.


  1. ^ Siruthai budget was 13 crore
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  17. ^ "Siruthai". The Times Of India. 29 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "Cops, crooks and a comedy". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 23 January 2011. 
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  20. ^ Social Post (2011-01-15). "Siruthai - Movie Review | Reviews - Oneindia Entertainment". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 

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