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Aadai poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRathna Kumar
Produced byViji Subramaniyan
Written byRathna Kumar
StarringAmala Paul
Vivek Prasanna
Ramya Subramanian
Music byPradeep Kumar
Oorka (band)
CinematographyVijay Karthik Kannan
Edited byShafique Mohammed Ali
SK Studios
Distributed bySrii Umayal Films
Release date
  • 19 July 2019 (2019-07-19)
Running time
141 minutes

Aadai (transl.Clothes) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language thriller film directed by Rathna Kumar and produced by Viji under the production banner V Studios. The film's soundtrack is composed by Pradeep Kumar alongside the Oorka band (making their debut in film music direction). The film stars Amala Paul in the lead role. Released on 19 July 2019, the film opened to positive reviews from audiences and critics.[1]


After a wild party, Kamini, a successful media anchor, wakes up naked in her empty office. While she tries to find something to wear, she receives a call from her friend, who reveals that they were arrested the previous night.


Kamini is a media anchor with high spontaneity, courage, and a sense of her own feminist ideology. The character has no understanding of the dynamics between an ideology and freedom. She has been raised by a conservative mother after her father died when she was a child. Kamini and her mother are often at loggerheads about Kamini's attitude. She, her friend Jennifer and a few friends work as a team at the #tag channel, where they have been doing prank videos on unsuspecting people with serious topics, such as murder attempts and medical emergencies, for three years. On her birthday, Kamini's mother challenges her to change into a conservative newsreader at least once, so that she can be happy. Kamini's firm is to vacate their building by the end of the day to their own building far away. As a sentiment, the last show to be telecast from the old building is a live news feed, to be done by Jennifer. While Kamini visits Jennifer getting ready, their views about news reading bring a challenge to Kamini's mind similar to what her mom said earlier. Suddenly Jennifer goes missing 10 minutes before the live feed and with no way out, Kamini serves as her replacement newsreader. Despite everyone's expectation, Kamini does the job well, and Jennifer comes out of the upper floor toilet whose door got stuck. The firm vacates the building and the empty building is left without being locked for the weekend.

Kamini's gang celebrates her birthday party with alcohol and fried rice mixed with magic mushrooms in their empty office building. While on a call with her mom, Kamini unwittingly reveals that she was the one who locked Jennifer so that she could prove her point. Jennifer fights with Kamini and challenges her to her own statement of reading news naked. Kamini begins to strip, and suddenly everyone gets high on the magic mushrooms.

Kamini wakes up the next morning in the empty office without clothes or a telephone. Nothing is available for Kamini to wear and she spends the day naked, trying to get help in insensible ways. She gets hold of her phone, but it has another SIM card which has no balance to make outgoing calls. She calls food orders on a toll-free number and waits. Kamini arms herself with an iron pipe to attack the expected delivery guy and obtain his clothes but is surprised to see a delivery girl, who faints from blood loss. Kamini then tries to remove her clothes but the delivery girl wakes up and restrains her, so Kamini hits her on the head and scampers off to the sound of two local guys entering the building and coming to Kamini's floor. The guys find the delivery girl and call the police, assuming she is dead. Kamini manages to hide from the police, and the police save the girl. Kamini is left alone locked in the building after the police leave. She gets a call from a friend who reveals that they were arrested by the police the previous night since they were high. But before she can say anything her phone dies. Meanwhile, Kamini's mother files a report about her missing daughter in the same police station where her friends are jailed.

Kamini breaks the entrance's glass window, tries to unlock the door, and her arm is injured from the broken glass. She ventures out into the night to a garbage bin outside but is chased by dogs before finding anything to cover herself. She runs back to the building still chased by dogs. She falls down and again injures herself on the broken glass, and locks herself in the toilet, feeling hopeless and crying. She reminds herself about her fearless nature and promises her mom that she will come out of the office building with her dignity intact. Finally, she finds a toilet tissue roll which she uses to cover her private parts. She exits the building but finds herself stranded in the rain. She finds a police tape and covers herself with it, and begs for a passerby to help her by providing their raincoat. The passerby instead gives her a bag with Kamini's original clothes, leaving her puzzled. She puts on the clothes and starts to give chase until the passerby gets startled by a passing police van and comes inside the office building gate. It is the same delivery girl who was attacked earlier, who reveals she is the reason for Kamini's naked misery. They start fighting and Kamini starts pulling the girl's clothes for revenge. Then comes a flashback.

The delivery girl, Nangeli, an innocent soul (Ananya Ramaprasad) was a Civil Service aspirant from a tribal village in Manjolai Hills and had passed the UPSC Preliminary examination two years previously. She was sent to Chennai by her family for the UPSC Mains Examination. While waiting for an Auto, Kamini's gang played a medically-oriented prank on her, causing her to miss out on her Civil Service Mains examination and wasting her preliminary exam marks forever. Also, when the girl's mother came to Chennai for the next year's examination, she fainted and no one came to help, thinking it was a prank. Nangeli is forced to work as a delivery girl while preparing for the exam again, where she sees Kamini one day after delivering food to her office, and sees her enjoying her life.

Nangeli was hurt badly so she sought revenge. She followed Kamini and saw her and her friends having fun in the empty office building. She hears Kamini tell her friends that she can stay naked in the building for a day. She sees Kamini walking to the restroom and also hears her friends leaving to get more drinks. She finds both Kamini and her friend Jennifer passed out in the restroom. Nangeli uses Jennifer's mobile phone and calls her dad. She asks him to pick her up as she is drunk and passed out. After Jennifer is taken away, Nangeli cleans the entire office of everything. She then removes Kamini's bra and leggings and hides in an air vent. Throughout the entire time Kamini is awake in the building, Nangeli is keeping a close watch on her. She hears Kamini order food and runs out and pays the delivery boy and pretends to be the delivery person instead.

Before this, she also sees a blood donation bus and donates blood. On entering the office she pranks Kamini by fainting to see whether Kamini offers help but instead Kamini hits her on the head. Nangeli reveals how social media has created a dangerous world where a selfie or even pranks are important. Kamini asks if it is her show's fault that everyone in the world is crazy about social media. Nangeli points out that everyone has freedom but it should not be misused, and Kamini realizes her mistake. Nangeli reveals she did not want to take revenge but just wanted her to know what Kamini had done to her. She explains how, in spite of Kamini hurting her, she ran away from the hospital and the cops outside to know if she was safe. She also thought Kamini, being a free-spirited female, would walk out of the office naked without shame, but instead she revealed that she is not shameless. Nangeli is also upset seeing how Kamini is injured from stepping on glass and running from the dogs. She apologized to Kamini and the two go their separate ways. Kamini changes from public pranks to exposing scandals of politicians in the office with her whole group. She is shown to be the cause for the dismissal and arrest of a songwriter who was a member of parliament. Nangeli is still preparing for her exams and working as a delivery person.



Amala Paul injured her hand while she was filming Adho Andha Paravai Pola.[2] She said in an interview that director Rathna gave her the option of wearing a special costume in the nude scenes, but she said she chose to perform the scenes fully nude in front of the 15-person crew even though none of the nudity would be shown on screen. But it is obvious in scenes when looking closely that she in fact she did wear skin-colored clothing.[3] She had reportedly been on set filming for the movie as of 20 November 2018.[4]


The film was released on 19 July 2019.[5]


  1. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash (20 July 2019). "Amala Paul wins the first battle for Aadai, silences haters with stunning performance". International Business Times. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  2. ^ admin (4 September 2018). "Actress Amala Paul Aadai Movie First Look Poster HD". New Movie Posters. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Amala Paul opens up on filming nude scene in 'Aadai', says 'I was anxious' – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Amala Paul gets stuck in a jungle in 'Adho Andha Paravai Pola' – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  5. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash (20 July 2019). "Amala Paul wins the first battle for Aadai, silences haters with stunning performance". International Business Times. Retrieved 20 July 2019.

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