Enkitta Mothathe (2017 film)

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Enkitta Mothathe
Enkitta Mothathe (2017).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Tamilஎங்கிட்ட மோதாதே
Directed byRamu Chellappa
Produced bySunil Lulla
Written byRamu Chellappa
Parvathy Nair
Sanchita Shetty
Radha Ravi
Music byNatarajan Sankaran
CinematographyM. C. Ganesh Chandra
Edited byAthiyappan Shiva
Distributed byKR Films
Release date
24 March 2017

Enkitta Mothathe (English: Don't mess with me) is a 2017 Indian Tamil language action period drama film, written and directed by Ramu Chellappa. The film features Natraj, Rajaji, Parvathy Nair and Sanchita Shetty in the leading roles. Co-produced by Eros International with RV Films, the film tells the story of two fan club leaders of the actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in Tirunelveli during 1988. The film had a theatrical release across Tamil Nadu on 24 March 2017.[1][2][3]



In May 2015, Eros International revealed that they would produce two Tamil language films in the forthcoming year — an action drama titled Enkitta Mothathe by Ramu Chellappa starring Natraj and Rajaj, along with Pirai Thaediya Naatkal by Abraham Prabhu featuring Ashok Selvan.[2] Director Ramu had earlier assisted director Pandiraj in Pasanga & Vamsam and Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga (2013) and worked as an assistant to director Selvaraghavan in Mayakkam Enna (2011).[4] He had wanted to make a film set in the 1980s after being inspired by Sasikumar's Subramaniapuram (2008) and had successfully narrated the script to Soundarya Rajinikanth, who had been on Eros's board at the time.[5] While writing the script, Ramu travelled to Nagercoil and Madurai and interviewed several cutout artists, while Natraj was given training by cutout artist Sada for his role in the film.[6] Production began in mid 2015, with the film revealed to be about opposing fan groups of actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan from the 1980s.[7] Parvathy Nair was picked for a lead role, after the director was impressed with her performances in Yennai Arindhaal (2015) and Uttama Villain (2015).[8][9] Sanchita Shetty was also cast in the film to portray a village belle and a Rajinikanth fan, who would be the love interest of Natraj.[10]


Enkitta Mothathe
Soundtrack album by
Released10 November 2016
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelEros Music
Natarajan Sankaran chronology
Enkitta Mothathe

Natarajan Sankaran composed both songs and background score for this film, with Yugabharathi penning all the lyrics.

1."Paayum Puli"YugabharathiHariharasudan, Velmurugan03:56
2."Onna Paathen Raasathi"YugabharathiD. Imman, Vandana Srinivasan04:34
3."Payya Payya"YugabharathiV. V. Prasanna, Vandana Srinivasan04:12
4."Othha Ruva Pottu Vechu Oppari"YugabharathiPrabhu04:33
5."Lifea Fightu Da"YugabharathiNatraj03:28


The film had a theatrical release across Tamil Nadu on 24 March 2017, with the Deccan Chronicle giving the film a positive review. The critic stated "Enkitta Mothathey brims of life and enthusiasm and the cutouts bring this to the fore" and "Ramu Chellappa has done a good job in not the portraying the era in a frantic manner, but instead has used the fervent energy of the fans to its advantage".[11] Likewise, The Hindu stated "Enkitta Mothathe can hope to reach for the stars" and that the film "aptly reflects the times and lives of the cut-out artists of the 80s".[12] The Times of India wrote "a slew of characters, their unexpected plans to check the growth of the mandrams, a tale of friendship and two romantic tracks which run in parallel, keep the film engaging" but that "Ramu Chellappa doesn’t generate enough drama, and also fails to provide a satisfying conclusion".[13] A review from India Today stated "Despite a very very generic story, Ramu Chellappa has wonderfully captured the aura surrounding a Rajini-Kamal release" and "for the same, Engitta Modhathey is nothing short of a nostalgia trip".[14] Despite the favourable reviews, the film was removed from most screens by its second week owing to extended competition at the box office.[15]


  1. ^ "Eros Announces Two New Tamil Projects". Eros International.
  2. ^ a b "Eros International announces two new Tamil projects". 25 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Eros International announces two new Tamil projects Perai Thedia Natkal & Enkitta Mothathe".
  4. ^ "Ramu Chellappa excited about his maiden release - Times of India".
  5. ^ "This Kovai director's film is a tribute to Thalaivar - Times of India".
  6. ^ Jeshi, K. (23 November 2016). "An ode to the fans" – via www.thehindu.com.
  7. ^ "- Tamil Movie News - IndiaGlitz.com".
  8. ^ Vasudevan, K. V. (28 January 2017). "An actor without borders" – via www.thehindu.com.
  9. ^ "Parvathy Nair bags a big Tamil film - Times of India".
  10. ^ "Sanchita plays Rajinikanth fan in Enkitta Mothathe". 23 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Enkitta Mothathey movie review: Refreshing and very energising". 25 March 2017.
  12. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa; Ramanujam, Srinivasa (25 March 2017). "Brush with fame" – via www.thehindu.com.
  13. ^ "Engitta Modhathey Review {3/5}: The director doesn't generate enough drama, and also fails to provide a satisfying conclusion".
  14. ^ "Engitta Modhathey movie review: Reliving Rajinikanth-Kamal Haasan era". India Today.
  15. ^ "Engitta Modhathey box office collection". Behindwoods.

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