|Music by||Santhosh Narayanan|
|Edited by||V. J. Sabu Joseph|
|Box office||₹99.5 crore|
Kaashmora (English: Deadly Spirit) is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language supernatural action comedy film written and directed by Gokul. It features Karthi in dual roles for the second time after Siruthai as the protagonist and antagonist respectively alongside Nayantara and Sri Divya in the lead roles. The film opened to mixed reviews but made good opening at box office and declared as sleeper hit  Santhosh Narayanan composed the film's score and soundtrack. The film was released worldwide on 28 October 2016 (Diwali 2016).
Kaashmora (Karthi) and his family live by cheating people in the name of black magic and dark spirits. One day, a PhD research student named Yamini (Sri Divya) joins Kaashmora, only to gather evidence and expose him to the public. Kaashmora's fame brings him to a superstitious and fraudulent minister (Sharath Lohitashwa). Kaashmora earns the minister's trust. When the income tax department raids the minister's house, the minister asks his henchmen to transfer all of the illegal money to Kaashmora's house. Seeing this as an opportunity to escape and settle abroad, Kaashmora's family escapes with the money. Meanwhile, Chelapathy Rao, a Telugu man, seeks Kaashmora's help and brings him to a haunted bungalow in Andhra Pradesh. In the bungalow, Kaashmora is haunted by real ghosts.
Back in Chennai, the minister learns that Kaashmora is a fraud and sends his henchmen to kill his family. The henchmen try to get Kaashmora from the bungalow but are unable to do so as the ghost beats them all and drags Kaashmora and his family inside the bungalow. Inside, they meet with a broker who got trapped inside the bungalow for a long time. The broker says that the bungalow was once a princess's palace. Ever since her death, residents and owners of the bungalow had met with an ill-fated death. He also tells that there are 13 ghosts in the bungalow. The trapped people meet the ghost of Raj Nayak (Karthi), the head of all the 12 ghosts. Raj Nayak asks Kaashmora to help him and his 12 subordinates reach the spiritual world. He then locks them in the castle. That night, a young girl in Kaashmora's dream leads him to a locked door within the castle.
Waking up, Kaashmora follows the same route, but is stopped by Yamini, who reveals to him that Chelapathy Rao, the man who led him here, died 75 years ago, and it was his ghost that led Kaashmora, as well as Yamini, to the bungalow. Kaashmora searches the castle and gets hold of an old book that dates back 700 years. Raj Nayak was a self-obsessed warlord and a womanizer. The king remained silent and did not interfere with Raj Nayak's growing atrocities because of his military prowess. One day, Princess Rathna Mahadevi (Nayanthara) elopes with her lover, who is the enemy nation's prince. The king announces that he will marry off Rathna and give away half of his kingdom to the man who finds her. Raj Nayak kills the prince and forcibly brings Rathna back. He demands to be wedded to the princess and wants the other half of the kingdom as dowry. When opposed, he kills the crown prince and the king. Raj Nayak then marries Rathna and crowns himself King. However, Rathna has other plans. She and her friends seduce Raj Nayak and his subordinates. While Raj Nayak's subordinates are burned alive, Raj Nayak is beheaded by Rathna. However, he kills her before dying. Before breathing her last, Rathna places a curse on the 13 men, banishing them from reaching the spiritual world.
Ever since, Raj Nayak and the other 12 ghosts had haunted the palace and its occupants. An exorcist once had predicted that Raj Nayak and the other ghosts would reach eternal power if they are able to sacrifice the lives of five people belonging to the same family with the same birth star (Rohini). The sacrifice should be performed by a lady who is the only woman in her generation. This should happen during the Navakaali Pournami that occurs once every 1000 years. Kaashmora recollects that his family members all have the same birth sign and that Yamini is the only woman in her family.
That night, Navakaali Pournami occurs, and Raj Nayak forces Kaashmora and his family to a guillotine. The young girl from Kaashmora's dream apparates, and she turns out to be Rathna's reincarnation. While Rathna and Raj Nayak fight each other, Kaashmora fends off the subordinate ghosts with the help of a magical sword. Rathna's conscience leads him to a chamber within the castle where Raj Nayak's remains are. Using the sword, Kaashmora destroys the remains, making Raj Nayak vulnerable. Rathna destroys Raj Nayak's spirit, and it goes to the underworld. The other spirits flee the castle to the spiritual world. Kaashmora and his family get out of the castle, and he claims that he has destroyed the spirits and cleansed the centuries-haunted bungalow. Kaashmora's family told the politician that the money stolen from the politician has been kept by the ghost.
- Karthi as Kaashmora and Raja Nayak
- Nayanthara as Rathna Mahadevi
- Sri Divya as Yamini
- Vivek as Kaashmora's father
- Sharath Lohitashwa as Minister
- Madhusudhan Rao as Swamy
- Pattimandram Raja as Yamini's father
- Saravana Subbiah as show host
- Jangiri Madhumitha as Kaashmora's sister
- Raju Sundaram special appearance in the song "Dhikku Dhikku Sir"
Production was begun in the first week of May 2015. Karthi plays two roles: a king (Raj Nayak), a youth (Kaashmora). Nayanthara plays a princess and Sri Divya an investigative journalist, and Vivek was cast as Karthi’s father. Karthi learnt horseriding in preparation for the film.
The music for the movie was composed by Santhosh Narayanan. Other crew includes the art director Rajeevan, editor V J Sabu Joseph, and cinematographer Om Prakash. The film was marketed as a mix of action and comedy.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||7 October 2016|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Santhosh Narayanan chronology|
Think Music acquired the audio rights for the Tamil version, as well as the dubbed Telugu Version. The film's songs and background music are composed by Santhosh Narayanan with lyrics by Muthamil and Laitha Anand. There are six tracks in the album including two instrumentals. The film's soundtrack was released on 7 October 2016.
|1.||"Dhikku Dhikku Sir"||Lalithanand||Santhosh Narayanan||3:15|
|3.||"Oyaa Oyaa"||Lalithanand||Kalpana Raghavendar||4:56|
|4.||"Thakida Thakida"||Muthamil||Santhosh Narayanan, Saisharan||3:51|
|5.||"Dhikku Dhikku Sir" (Karaoke)||3:17|
|6.||"Oyaa Oyaa" (Karaoke)||4:57|
|Track-List (Telugu Version)|
|1.||"Dhukku Dhukku Sir"||Chandrabose||M. L. R. Karthikeyan||3:17|
|3.||"Oyaa Oyaa"||Bhuvana Chandra||Kalpana Raghavendar||4:57|
|4.||"Thakida Thakida"||Rakendu Mouli||Santhosh Narayanan, Saisharan||3:51|
|5.||"Dhukku Dhukku Sir" (Karaoke)||3:17|
|6.||"Oyaa Oyaa" (Karaoke)||4:57|
It's been said that the "3D Face scan" technology has been used in this film. Karthi's face has been 3D scanned for an important sequence which will be running 15 minutes. Kaashmora comprises 80 minutes of VFX scenes. Director Gokul says that, 360-degree omnidirectional camera rig is used for shooting a particular sequence and this is the first time for an Indian movie to use this technology. This technology covers entire 360 degree, approximately entire sphere. Omnidirectional cameras are used where large visual field coverage is needed, such as in panoramic photography. This camera is used in this movie to shoot a song and few scenes. Art direction team has erected 17 sets in and around Chennai to make simultaneous filming process and to save time.
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