|Directed by||C. Prem Kumar|
|Written by||C. Prem Kumar|
|Music by||Govind Menon|
|Cinematography||Mahediran Jayaraju and N. Shanmuga Sundaram|
|Edited by||R. Govindaraj|
|4 October 2018|
|2 hrs 37 mins|
The film is written and directed by C. Prem Kumar who earlier handled the cinematography for Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom, and its bankrolled by Nandagopal of Madras Enterprises. The music for the film is composed by Govind Menon, vocalist and violinist of the band Thaikkudam Bridge. Costumes are designed by Subhashree Kaarthik Vijay. Mahendiran Jayaraju and N. Shanmuga Sundaram are doing the cinematography.
- Vijay Sethupathi as K. Ramachandran a.k.a Ram
- Trisha Krishnan as S. Janaki Devi a.k.a Jaanu (dubbed by Chinmayi)
- Varsha Bollamma as Prabha
- Adithya Bhaskar as Younger Ram
- Gouri G Kishan as Younger Jaanu
- Devadarshini as Subhashini
- Janagaraj as Kaval Deivam(Watchman)
- Bagavathi Perumal as Murali
- Kavithalaya Krishnan as Barber
- Aadukalam Murugadoss as Sathish
- Niyathi Kadambi as Younger Subhashini
- Shyam Prasad.
K. Ramachandran (Vijay Sethupathi) is a middle aged, free spirited travel photographer who, upon visiting his childhood town of Thanjavur and his old school, gets nostalgic and puts forth an idea to conduct a reunion for their class, the class of '96.
2 months later at the reunion, along with his old friends, Ramachandran's high school sweetheart S. Janaki (Trisha Krishnan) also turns up; creating moments of awkwardness and unresolved tension between the duo.
The couple takes a journey back in time, remembering the sweet and bitter moments that took place 22 years prior; when the couple's love strengthened and somewhere in between, disappeared mysteriously. They share a lot of things which happened during this 22 years; all in one night..
Actress Trisha, who was last seen in Kodi, has said to be signed her next with actor Vijay Sethupathi for the upcoming yet-untitled Tamil film which will be helmed by cinematographer Prem Kumar of Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom fame.
M. S. Bhaskar's son, Aditya Bhaskar makes his debut as the younger Vijay Sethupathi. Devadharshini's Daughter, Niyathi Kadambi, is playing the younger age of her role. Speaking about the film, a source was quoted said that, "Trisha has been finalised as the female lead for the project. However, the actress is yet to sign on the agreement officially. Prem Kumar had narrated the script to Sethupathi months ago, and he was impressed with it. Trisha's role will be a solid performance-oriented one. The rest of the cast and crew is yet to be finalised."
Trisha finally revealed the title of her movie with Vijay Sethupathi as ‘96’, which is believed to be denoting the year 1996. The actress took to Twitter to announce this project. It is also being said that Trisha will have an equally important role and screen time as Sethupathi. This will be the second time that Vijay Sethupathi and director Prem Kumar will team up for a film after their comic caper ‘Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom’ in 2012.
The first-look poster was released on 14 February 2017, coinciding with Valentines Day. The technical team includes cinematography by N. Shanmuga Sundaram who also did Aandavan Kattalai, music by Govind Vasantha, edit by R. Govindaraj, art work by Vinoth Raj Kumar and lyrics by Uma Devi and Karthik Netha. An official callout has been made by 96 team for young aspiring actors to perform as young Vijay Sethupathu and Trisha.
The film entered production on 12 June 2017 at Kumbakonam. Vijay Sethupathi is revealed to play the role of a travel photographer and will be travelling extensively during the shoot. The crew is currently looking for suitable actors to play the younger versions of Sethupathi and Trisha's characters,  and regarding the title the director says that 'the film revolves around characters who belong to the same batch – 1996, the years during which one does their schooling and college define their character. The year '96 plays a key role in this romantic film, and hence this title' The story follows Vijay Sethupathi at ages 16, 19 and 37.
|1.||"The Life of Ram"||Karthik Netha||Pradeep Kumar||05:54|
|2.||"Yean"||Karthik Netha||Gowri TP||02:24|
|3.||"Vasantha Kaalangal"||Uma Devi||Chinmayi||04:56|
|4.||"Thaabangale"||Uma Devi||Chinmayi, Pradeep Kumar||03:58|
|5.||"Iravingu Theevai"||Uma Devi||Chinmayi, Pradeep Kumar||03:41|
|6.||"Kaathalae Kaathalae (Version 1)"||Karthik Netha||Chinmayi, Govind Vasantha||03:31|
|7.||"Anthaathi"||Karthik Netha||Chinmayi, Govind Vasantha, Bhadra Rajin (Carnatic portion) Chorus and M. Nassar||07:15|
|8.||"Kaathalae Kaathalae (Version 2)"||Karthik Netha||Chinmayi, Kalyani Menon, Govind Vasantha||03:13|
Promotion and marketing
The first look of the movie was released on 22 December 2016 by actress Trisha Krishnan on Twitter. The first-look poster was unveiled on 14 February 2017, coinciding with Valentines Day. The trailer of the movie was launched on 24 August 2018.
96 had a press screening for critics on 1 October 2018, while the theatrical release took place on 4 October. Movie got highly positive reviews after its release and is considered one of the best tamil movies of 2018.
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