Kaithi (2019 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lokesh Kanagaraj|
|Produced by||S. R. Prakashbabu|
S. R. Prabhu
|Written by||Lokesh Kanagaraj|
|Music by||Sam C. S.|
|Edited by||Philomin Raj|
|Box office||₹105 crore|
Kaithi (transl. Prisoner) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The film stars Karthi in the main lead role with Narain and Dheena in pivotal roles. It is produced by S. R. Prakashbabu and S. R. Prabhu under the banner Dream Warrior Pictures and co-produced by Tiruppur Vivek under the banner Vivekananda Pictures. The film score and soundtrack was composed by Sam C. S. The cinematography was handled by Sathyan Sooryan, and edited by Philomin Raj. The film was released on 25 October 2019, coinciding with Diwali. The movie received largely positive reviews from critics.
At a children's hostel for orphaned girls, a 10 year old girl named Amudha is told by the carers that someone important is going to meet her at 10:00 AM, the next morning. She waits, wondering who it may be.
A smuggling van carrying a ton of drugs and a group of smugglers are captured by Inspector Bejoy and his team. The drugs belong to Adaikalam, who none of the police officers have seen nor know how he looks. Adaikalam's brother Anbu plans to capture the five police officials, kill them, and take their drugs back from them. He announces a group of henchmen to kill the five police men and assured lifetime settlement for them. According to Anbu's plan, all of the police officials in the city get high and unconscious after consuming poisoned drinks at a higher official's retirement party. Bejoy, who avoided the drinks as he was under medication, escapes from the plan and tries to save the lives of all the unconscious officials without letting the media or anyone else from the outside finding out. He convinces Dilli, an ex-prisoner who happened to be there with him as he was detained for looking suspicious (and being the only one who can drive the lorry) to help him save the officers' lives by promising him that he will help him meet his daughter Amudha for the first time the next morning with the help of a lorry borrowed from Kamatchi, a caterer at the Inspector General of Police's mansion. As Kamatchi has good knowledge of routes and roads, Dilli tells him to come with them as well. Dilli, Bejoy, and Kamatchi together load the unconscious bodies of the officials onto the lorry and get them to the hospital as soon as possible without letting the gangsters get their bodies.
As Anbu enlists money as the reward for catching the policemen, gangsters from Anbu's gangs try to hunt down where the policemen and Bejoy are. They are guided by Paalpandi, a corrupt cop (recruited by Stephen Raj, Zonal Head of Narcotics Division working for Anbu) who is acting unconscious while giving information about the location of the lorry to the gangs.
Meanwhile, at commissioner's office, the drugs are hidden along with Adaikalam's men who are under custody. As Anbu and his gang would take the drugs and free Adaikalam's men, Bejoy orders constable Napoleon and a group of college students detained due to drunken driving, to close all the possible exits and to try and keep the gangsters outside the commisoner's office at the cost of their own lives while they wait for higher officials.
Dilli, Bejoy and Kamatchi come across the various gangs, who are fighting for who will capture the five policemen, only to be killed by Dilli. Back at the building Napoleon is told by Bejoy to negotiate a deal with the captured men of Adaikalam to call Anbu, and inform him that Napoleon will release the men in return they go away and leave him and the students unharmed. But it is then revealed that Adaikalam is among those who are captured, so they don't release them. Adaikalam tries to guide Anbu into the commissioner's office, but one of the students purposely blasts loud music to keep him from hearing Adaikalam. Anbu manages to climb up to the roof and break into the building, but he is subdued by the students and tied up.
Dilli and Kamatchi manage to transfer the unconscious officers to a school bus from the hospital, so that they can continue to the commissoner's office. Paalpandi then convinces them that he is alright, so they take him with them. However, they come across another gang who beats up Bejoy and Paalpandi stabs Dilli twice in the back. Dilli still manages to kill Paalpandi and the gangsters, while rescuing Bejoy and proceeding to the building. Anbu's gang outside the building manage to catch a student, and under the order of Anbu, they kill him. Napoleon bludgeons and kills Anbu with a fire extinguisher, to which Adaikalam swears he will kill all of them and their families. Dilli, Bejoy and Kamatchi make it to the building. Dilli alone enters the building through a secret underground passage and sends the students out through the secret passage, while he and Napoleon go to burn up all the drugs.The Duo reach the drug stored room, but to their surprise they also find a confiscated high power Gatling gun. Instead of just burning the drugs, Napolean decide to eliminate all the drug dealing rowdies. They reach the ground floor as the goons break in. Dilli uses the gunt to kill nearly all of Anbu's gang outside the building. All the police are resuscitated and Bejoy finds the moles in his department. Stephen raj is incriminated and all injured are moved to the Government Hospital overnight. Bejoy thanks Dilli, and promises him that he will soon arrange a good life for him and his daughter. The Doctor from Dilli‘s prison brings Dilli’s daughter Amudha to the spot, and they meet with tears of joy. Dilli, Amudha and Kamatchi leave for Dilli’s village.
One of the captured men tells Adaikalam that Dilli, who had no connection with the gangs, was the prime reason for all of their losses, to which Adaikalam responds by saying that he does, leaving open the possibility for a sequel.
- Karthi as Dilli
- Narain as Inspector Bejoy
- Dheena as Kamatchi
- George Maryan as Constable Napoleon
- Arjun Das as Anbu
- Ramana as Tips (member of Anbu's gang)
- Harish Uthaman as Adaikalam
- Hareesh Peradi as Stephen Raj
- Malavika Avinash as Nalini, Probation officer at Puzhal Jail
- Vatsan Chakravarthy as college student
- Lallu as college student
- Udayaraj as college student
- Kishore Rajkumar as college student
- "Black Sheep" Deepthi as Thamizh
- Baby Monica as Amudha, Dilli's daughter
- Kanna Ravi as Ajhas Ahmed
- Amzath Khan as Ram
- Krishnamoorthy as Muthu
- Chetan as Dr. Amudhan
- Arun Alexander as Palpandi
Lokesh Kanagaraj, initially chose Mansoor Ali Khan to play the lead role. But as the process of writing went forth the story demanded Karthi, to play the lead role and the scale of the film also increased. The film was announced on 12 December 2018, and the principal photography of the film commenced around late December 2018. The film marks the second film for director Lokesh after Maanagaram in 2017. The filmmakers revealed that the film does not have any songs nor a female lead with Karthi who had signed in to play the role of a prisoner which the title of the film itself reveals. The portions of the film were shot around Chennai and in Tirunelveli, and no day sequences took place for this film. Action choreography is done by the duo Anbariv.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||22 November 2019|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Sam C. S.|
|Sam C. S. chronology|
Sam C. S. composed the film's score. Initially, it was reported that the film does not feature any songs. However, a song titled "Neel Iravil" sung by Sam, was featured in the film's teaser. The original soundtrack which features 17 tracks in the album, with four songs and rest of them were themes was released on 22 November 2019, a month after the film's release. The vocals for the songs were written and performed by Sam and Sharanya Gopinath, with the latter rapping a few versions in English.
|1.||"Kill and Destroy" (Lyrics and English rap versions performed by Sharanya Gopinath)||3:19|
|3.||"Grief of Dilli"||3:44|
|4.||"Rise of Dilli"||1:19|
|6.||"Nee Eppo Varuva Appa"||1:14|
|7.||"The Hot Biriyani" (Vocals performed by Sam C. S.)||1:50|
|8.||"The Battle of Cop and Killer"||1:30|
|9.||"Kaithi Main Theme"||0:28|
|10.||"Beginning of the War"||2:11|
|11.||"The Phase of Deathcall"||0:34|
|12.||"Eternal Love of Father" (Vocals performed by Sam C. S.)||3:14|
|13.||"Arrival of the Ruffian"||0:48|
|14.||"Neel Iravil" (Vocals and lyrics performed by Sam C. S.)||1:21|
|15.||"The Emotion Hustler"||0:42|
|17.||"Night is Dark" (Vocals performed by Sam C. S, with English rap versions done by Sharanya Gopinath)||1:53|
Marketing and release
The first look was released on 8 March 2019. The teaser of the film released on 30 May 2019, with Karthi playing the role of a prisoner in this film. The official trailer was unveiled on 7 October 2019. A huge prison like set was built in Forum Vijaya Mall, Chennai for the promotion of this film.
The film was initially slated to release on 27 September 2019, but the release was pushed to October, and the makers announced that the film will be released on 25 October 2019, coinciding with Diwali.
Kaithi received highly positive reviews from critics who praised Karthi’s performance, Lokesh’s direction and the screenplay. India Today gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating "Kaithi is a film that showcases filmmaking at its best, and Karthi is terrific and so natural that you could literally picture a prisoner going through a tough time." The Times of India gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating "Kaithi is a tense, impressively shot action thriller, a pure genre film." News18 gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Karthi's stunning performance makes it an engaging watch, Kaithi plays at multiple levels." Firstpost gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating "Karthi is terrific with his eyes, especially in a scene involving his daughter where he breaks down. It is a well made film that takes the road less travelled and provides enough thrills."
The Indian Express gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating "The characters in this Karthi starrer are in a constant fight-or-flight mode. Lokesh forces them to choose between pain and pride. Surrender or resist." Sify gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating "Kaithi is a solid action thriller and it will be a feast for action lovers. The film also has a lovely underlying father-daughter sentiment which works well in the climax! Prepare to be thrilled." Great Andhra gave 3 out of 5 stars stating " ‘Khaidi’ (Telugu title) is a unique action drama that should be appreciated. It will appeal to serious movie lovers." The News Minute gave 4 out of 5 stars stating "A gripping tale of men imprisoned by their circumstances, There is no star in 'Kaithi'. Director Lokesh shows that a hero is anyone who goes beyond thinking about just himself." Baradwaj Rangan of Film Companion South wrote "But what I missed more is character building. Everyone stays the same from start to end. This isn’t about twists and shock-reveals. This is just about transforming these one-note “types” into flesh-and-blood people".
Awards and nominations
|Date of ceremony||Award||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref.|
|4 January 2020||Zee Cine Awards Tamil||Favourite Director||Lokesh Kanagaraj||Won|||
|Best Stunt Director||Anbariv||Won|
|Best Villain||Arjun Das||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor - Male||George Maryan||Won|
|11 January 2020||Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards||Best Supporting Actor - Male||Won|||
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