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Directed byK. Ganeshan
Written byK Ganeshan
Based onSri Lankan Civil War
StarringSubash Chandra Bose
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Distributed bySSK Creations
Release date
  • 18 May 2018 (2018-05-18)
Running time
130 minutes

18.05.2009 (read as 18 May 2009) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language war drama film written and directed by K Ganeshan.The film is about the bloody end to the Sri Lankan Civil War .K Ganeshan states he believes he has the “blessings of the thousands of Tamils who were massacred by the Sri Lankan Army on May 18, 2009.” [1][2] Dhaanya made her acting debut through this film which she depicted it as a difficult debut. She plays a journalist in the film.[3][4]

The music for the film is composed by veteran music director Ilaiyaraaja.[5]


  • Subash Chandra Bose
  • Dhaanya as Tamilselvi


  1. "Ethanai Ethanai Kodumai" - Ilaiyaraaja


The film was released on 18 May 2018.[1] Actress Dhanya received death threats for acting nude in the film.[6] Maalai Malar praised the director's intention, the performances of the film's cast, and the film's soundtrack.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Film on Sri Lankan Army's Tamil genocide waging war with censors". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Waging a war with the censors". Cinema Express.
  3. ^ "A difficult debut". Cinema Express. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  4. ^ "'18.05.2009' - படம் எப்படி இருக்கு?". Rajendra Prasath. Filmibeat. 24 July 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  5. ^ Ganeshan, K. (18 May 2018), 18.05.2009 (Drama), SSK Creations, retrieved 23 February 2022
  6. ^ "നഗ്നയായി അഭിനയിച്ചതിന് തമിഴ് നടിക്ക് നേരെ വധഭീഷണി". ManoramaOnline (in Malayalam).
  7. ^ "18.05.2009". maalaimalar.com. 18 May 2018.

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