Joker (2016 film)

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Joker 2016 Tamil poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Raju Murugan
Produced by S. R. Prakashbabu
S. R. Prabhu
Written by Raju Murugan
Starring Guru Somasundaram
Ramya Pandian
Music by Sean Roldan
Cinematography Chezhiyan
Edited by Shanmugam Velusamy
Release date
12 August 2016
Country India
Language Tamil

Joker is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language political satire film, written and directed by Raju Murugan (of Cuckoo fame) and produced by Dream Warrior Pictures.[1][2] The film stars Guru Somasundaram and newcomers Ramya Pandian and Gayathri Krishnaa.[3] Bava Chelladurai, Ramasamy and Bala Murugan are doing supporting roles.[4]


  • Guru Somasundaram as Mannar Mannan
  • Ramya Pandian as Malliga
  • Gayathri Krishnaa as Isai
  • Mu Ramasamy as Ponnoonjal
  • Bava Chelladurai
  • P.V.Anandakrishnan as S.P


Mannar Mannan is a villager who declares himself as the President of India. He leads many protests against various injustices happening around his village. Most of the time he is seen as a joker. He and his small team of like-minded individuals sue on behalf of villagers. One of his cases is against the local illegal sand mining group whose lorry maimed a goat. Another case is against a local school owner on whose property a toddler fell down an open deep bore well resulting in brain damage. When this case was dismissed, Mannar Mannan stabs the school owner and is promptly arrested. His past is told through the report submitted on the order of the judge.

Mannan falls in loves with a girl, Mallika, from his neighbouring village. Mallika proclaims she will marry him only if he built a toilet at his home. He applies for a government scheme that provides incentive for building a toilet, along with his neighbours, but is cheated out of the government grant and is handed over just the basin. When the President of India announces a visit to the village to formally open the first toilet built under this scheme, Mannan's house is chosen. This prompts the village councilor to complete the unfinished toilet. It is still unfinished when the security team refuses clearance and another villager's toilet is chosen instead. Mallika yearns to use the toilet. When she does use it during a storm, the unfinished walls collapse on her and is discovered the next day by Mannan, the day of the President's visit. The police and the politicians lock him up in his own house when he demands an ambulance. It was too late when Mallika is finally taken to the hospital. She goes into a vegetative state and the foetus was lost. He petitions all the way to the Supreme Court to grant euthanasia to his wife. Mannan loses his mind while he waits for a verdict. He takes up various causes and is beaten in the police station every time.

Mannan gets out on bail to go to the final hearing in the Supreme Court. The justices deny the euthanasia petition and order a mental evaluation of Mannan. Mannan walks out of the hospital and hitchhikes his way back to his village. He is hit by a lorry of the sand miners. He is identified in the mortuary by his associates. Mannan's sister blames his associates for his death. In the end the associates take care of Mannans wife while also reporting his death as a murder


Somasundaram says, 'Working with Raju Murugan was very good and organic. Organic means, the procedures involved in film making, which included exhaustive script discussions. In the pre-production stage itself, we decided on everything, from the look of a character to the manner of dialogue delivery to the costumes to everything. We completed 90% of the film through rehearsals and then only went to shoot. It was fantastic working with a director like Raju Murugan who is very clear about what he wanted.'[5] The film was completely shot in the regions surround Dharmapuri in late 2015. Talking about the film, Raju Murugan says, ‘This film was completely shot in Dharmapuri. We’ve also managed to get the localities of Dharmapuri to play key roles in the film. The problems of modern India have been narrated in a humorous manner'.[6] The movie is produced by S. R. Prakashbabu and S. R. Prabhu through their production house Dream Warrior Pictures.[7] While speaking to press, S. R. Prabhu said that, "he was supposed to produce Raj Murugan’s debut directorial Cuckoo, but things didn’t go on as well due to some reasons, but now is elated to have his film produced by Dream Warrior Pictures".[8][9] During the press meet, Raju Murugan said, “I am not sure if Joker will click as a super hit in box office, but am happy for having made a good film".[10] Censor board has given "Unrestricted Public Exhibition" rating for this movie for India.[11][12] Also the director said, "Soon after my first film, I happened to travel all over the country and found certain things among the people with poverty and this inspired me to write a plot based on this".[13][14]

This movie emphasis the necessity of toilets for all rural homes. Even the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed this issue. Hence medias are asking Prime Minister to watch the film.[15] In the movie, protagonist thinks himself as The President of India.[16] Joker explores different side of me, says Guru Somasundaram.[17]Rajnikath praised Joker team.[18] Justice Kirupakaran of the Chennai High Court has observed that Joker is certainly a ‘good film’ which deserved exemption from entertainment tax.[19] Joker has been selected for screening under Tamil Film competition for 14th Chennai International Film Festival to be held in January 2017 at Chennai.[20][21] Joker won Best Tamil Film Award at 64th National Film Award which was announced in April 2017.[22][23]


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Jaya TV.[24]



Joker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Sean Roldan
Released 20 April 2016
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 21:38
Language Tamil
Label Divo
Producer Sean Roldan
Sean Roldan chronology
Joker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Power Paandi

The soundtrack was composed by Sean Roldan. Behindwoods gave it a 3.25/5 saying that "the album is like a thought provoking musical journey with its own take on satires and the incomplete aspects of life!"[39] Indiaglitz gave it a 3.2/5, calling it a "period set apotheosis."[40][41] Most of the singers are folks artist native to Dharmapuri where the movie was filmed. Sundarayyar won the 64th National Film Award for male playback singer for singing Jasmine-U.[42]

1."Ennanga Sir Unga Sattam"YugabharathiArandhai Bava
K. Perumal
2."Ola Ola Kudisayila"YugabharathiMurugavel
Karthika Vaidyanathan
4."Chellamma"Ramesh VaidyaK. Perumal
Sean Roldan
M. Lalitha Sudha
5."Halla Bol"Sean RoldanSean Roldan
Kalyani Nair
6."Mannar Mannan Theme"Sean RoldanRani2:30
Total length:21:38


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