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Theatrical release poster
Directed byPa. Ranjith
Produced byC. V. Kumar
Written byPa. Ranjith
Narrated byPa. Ranjith
Music bySanthosh Narayanan
CinematographyP. K. Varma
Edited byLeo John Paul
Distributed byStudio Green
Release date
  • 15 August 2012 (2012-08-15)
Running time
125 Minutes
Budget2.5 Crore
Box office27 Crore

Attakathi (lit. Cardboard Knife) is a 2012 Indian Tamil language romantic comedy film written and directed by Pa. Ranjith, a former assistant of Venkat Prabhu.[1] Produced by Thirukumaran Entertainment and distributed by Studio Green, it stars Dinesh, Nandita and Aishwarya Rajesh. The film garnered attention after being praised and promoted by several acclaimed directors.[2][3] It was released on 15 August 2012. Attakathi fetched positive reviews and emerged successful at the box office.[4]


Dinakaran (Dinesh) referred as Atta among his friends is a regular semi-urban teenager growing up in a small village in the outskirts of Chennai. He did well in his school exams, but failed his English paper. Rather than studying for the second attempt, he wastes time looking for a girlfriend since he has made a pact with his best friends; to fall in love and get married.

Dinakaran first falls for a girl he meets at the bus stop named Poornima (Nandita). She appears to like him too as she smiles at him and accepts his gifts. But when he goes after her, she suddenly refers to him as 'elder brother' and tells him to stop following her around as she feels awkward. Dinakaran tries to feel sad, but he cannot since he was never really in love in the first place. It was just an infatuation. Dinakaran next starts wooing a distant relative who comes visiting at his house. Unfortunately, she turns out to have fallen in love with his elder brother. He then gets beaten up by the boys at a neighboring village for following two of their girls. He learns martial arts to protect himself and impress the girls, but nothing of that sort works out.

Dinakaran finally gives up on falling in love and concentrates on his studies. He finally passes his English test and enrolls into the local college. He is taken under the wing of an overprotective senior, who is the self-proclaimed underground student leader whom everyone refers to as 'route thala' or designated don of a route/street. Dinakaran's life takes a sudden turn as he mixes with the wrong group. He becomes less sociable and is always involved in fights and other problems. When his senior finally graduates, he makes Dinakaran the next 'route thala.' Dinakaran takes his responsibility very seriously and is soon both respected and feared by all the students in his college.

One day, Dinakaran gets a new junior in the form of Poornima (Nandita), his childhood friend and one of the girls he tried to woo as a teenager. He tries to avoid her as it reminds him of the time he was a complete loser who was constantly humiliated by his own feeble attempts to impress girls. As time passes, he cannot avoid falling in love with Poornima, especially when she shows him an old bus ticket he bought for her. She only keeps things from people she really like as a kind of memorabilia. Dinakaran is convinced that she is in love with him too, but cannot bring himself to propose to her. He even changes back to his old haircut and the usual way he used to dress just because Poornima likes it more. His family and friends tease him, which embarrasses him deeply. But once Poornima complements him on his new look, he does not mind anymore.

Things take a turn for the worse when Poornima's family finds out she is in love with someone they disapprove of and they fix an arranged marriage for her. Dinakaran panics and recruits his old friends to help him out. His parents seemingly allow him to leave home and bless his actions. Most of his friend decide to arrange for Dinakaran to elope with Poornima with the help of their relatives, though one of them disagrees as he feels they should ask Poornima how she really feels and then decide what they should do. However, Dinakaran becomes impatient and goes after Poornima, only to face her elder brother in an ensuing fight. Dinakaran manage to escape and waits for Poornima at the place they had arranged to meet, but she never shows up.

Dinakaran then takes the public bus back home, where he meets Poornima. As it turns out, she was never in love with Dinakaran in the first place. Her lover was another boy named Dinakaran, which made her family assume he was the one she was in love with all the while. While her family was busy going after Dinakaran, Poornima had already married the other Dinakaran and was now on the way to watch a movie with her newly wedded husband. Dinakaran is heartbroken, but cannot stay sad forever, and bounces back quickly as he soon realizes he was never in love with Poornima at all, it was all just a phase of infatuation once again.

Post-credits it reveals that Dinakaran studied hard and managed to become a teacher, while taking care of his mother and has finally tied the knot.



Soundtrack album by
Released9th January 2012
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelThink Music
ProducerSanthosh Narayanan
Santhosh Narayanan chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Behindwoods[5]2.5/5 stars

Attakathi's soundtrack was composed by newcomer Santhosh Narayanan, who previously worked as an assistant to composer A. R. Rahman except 'Nadukadalula Kappala' by the singer Gaana Bala himself.[6] The launch of the album took place on 9 January 2012 at Sathyam Cinemas. Celebrities including directors Venkat Prabhu, Sasi, Vetrimaran, composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, producers Abirami Ramanathan, S. Thanu, T. Siva and actors Shiva, Vaibhav Reddy and S. P. B. Charan among others.[7] The album consists of seven tracks. Mastering of the songs was done at Studios 301 in Sydney, Australia.[8]

Track list
1."Aasai Oru Pulveli"KabilanPradeep Kumar, Kalyani Nair3:52
2."Aadi Pona Aavani"KabilanGaana Bala4:41
3."Adi En Gana Mayil"-Ayinjivaakkam Muthu2:28
4."Podi Vechi Pudippan"MuthamilSathyan, Palakkad Sreeram, Brinda4:08
5."Band Musical Sequence" (Instrumental)  1:03
6."Nadukadalula Kappala"Gaana BalaGaana Bala1:39
7."Vazhi Parthirundhen"Pradeep KumarPradeep Kumar2:56
Total length:20:47

Critical reception[edit]

Attakathi received mostly positive reviews upon release. Rediff's Pavithra Srinivasan rated it 3.5 out of 5 and cited: "Though Attakathi's second half drags a little, there's no doubt that Attakathi is well worth your time and patronage".[9] Sify's critic wrote: "We recommend that you make time for this charming little treat of a film, as it has an inherent sweetness and honesty that will stay with you".[10] Behindwoods rated the film 2.5 out of 5 and noted that it was "realistic; light hearted and turns out to be quite a ride, with its share of speed bumps", while calling it a "roller-coaster ride".[11] Similarly, Rohit Ramachandran of concluded that it was "simple, modest, and light", giving it 3 out of 5.[12] Vivek Ramz of rated it 3.5/5 stating that it was a "small yet beautiful film with its heart at the right place. It definitely deserves a watch for its refreshing screenplay and unique treatment".[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

SIIMA Awards 2013[edit]

  • Won – Best Debut Producer – C. V. Kumar
  • Nominated – Best Debut Actor (Male) – Dinesh

7th Annual Vijay Awards[edit]

  • Nominated – Best Debut Actor – Dinesh
  • Nominated – Best Debut Actress – Nandita
  • Nominated – Best Male Playback Singer – Gaana Bala
  • Nominated – Best Lyricist – Gaana Bala
  • Nominated – Face of the Year – Dinesh

Jaya TV Awards – 2012[edit]


Vikatan Awards 2012[edit]

  • Won – Best Debut Actor (Male) – Dinesh
  • Won – Best Playback Singer (Male) – Gaana Bala

6th Edison Awards[edit]


  • Nominated – Best Debut Actor – Dinesh

Chennai Times Film Awards 2012[edit]


  • Nominated – Promising Newcomer (Male) – Dinesh
  • Nominated – Promising Newcomer (Female) – Nandita
  • Nominated – Best Music Director – Santhosh Narayanan
  • Nominated – Best Lyrics – Kabilan
  • Nominated – Best Singer (Male) – Gaana Bala
  • Nominated – Best Youth Film

Big Tamil Melody Awards 2013[edit]


  • Nominated – Best Singer (Male) – Pradeep

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