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Kanithan poster.jpg
Directed byT.N.Santosh
Produced byKalaippuli S. Thanu
Written byT.N.Santosh
Music byDrums Sivamani
CinematographyArvind Krishna
Edited byBhuvan Srinivasan
Distributed byV Creations
Release date
  • 26 February 2016 (2016-02-26)
Running time
2 hours 17 minutes [1]

Kanithan (English: The Mathematician) is a 2016 Tamil action thriller film written and directed by T N Santhosh and produced by S Thanu. The film features Atharvaa and Catherine Tresa in the lead roles, while Sivamani composes the film's music. Having begun production in 2013, the film was released in February 2016. The film was remade in Kannada as Athiratha (2017) and in Telugu as Arjun Suravaram (2019)


For generations, Gowtham Ramalingam (Atharvaa) and his family have close links with the media. His father Ramalingam (Aadukalam Naren) is a news presenter with Doordarshan. His grandfather was a news reader in All India Radio. Following their footsteps, Gowtham becomes a TV journalist in a small channel, despite being an engineering graduate. He falls in love with his colleague Anu (Catherine Tresa) at first sight. Anu reciprocates, and romance ensues. While things are going well romantically, Gowtham gets arrested on charges of cheating banks to the tune of several lakhs of rupees by producing fake documents and degree certificates. Gowtham realises he has been made pawn in a huge scandal. The rest of the movie is all about how he unearths the fake certificate scam and pins down the mastermind Thura Sarkar (Tarun Arora).[2]



The project materialised in October 2013, with producer S Thanu revealing that Atharvaa and Catherine Tresa were signed on by his production house to feature in a film directed by T.N. Santhosh, an erstwhile assistant of A.R. Murugadoss. The film will have music by Sivamani of Arima Nambi fame and camera work by ace cinematographer, Arvind Krishna.[3] The shoot began progressing in December 2013, with a first look poster being revealed the following month.[4] In April 2014, it was reported that Jackie Shroff plays the villain in the film, though he was later replaced by Tarun Arora.[5]


Kanithan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Released27 January 2016
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelThink Music
ProducerDrums Sivamani
Drums Sivamani chronology
Arima Nambi
Kanithan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Music has been composed by Sivamani. And there are total five songs in this film.[6]

Track list
1."Yappa Chappa"Anirudh Ravichander, Kalpana Raghavendar 
2."Maiyal Maiyal"Haricharan, Shweta Mohan 
3."I Viralgal"MC AK, Adhrija, Ishaan Dev 
4."Modern Ponnatha"Karthik, Runa Sivamani, Blaaze 
5."Che Guevara"S P Balasubrahmanyam 


Behindwoods wrote "What could have been an intelligent crackerjack suspense entertainer ends up being a medially engaging product due to few lackluster moments and some sluggish screenplay in the second half. Despite its flaws, this savvy thriller is worth watching once mainly for some exhilarating action sequences, Atharvaa’s top class performance[7] and a few adrenaline pumping moments."[8] Hindustan Times wrote "Like so many Tamil films, Kanithan begins with a fantastic idea and story, but Santosh lets these spin out of control -- till the script sinks beyond salvation."[9] Rediff wrote "Despite the compelling plot, Kanithan is an uninspired action thriller that has little to offer."[10] Times of India wrote "Kanithan feels less than the sum of its parts. The chief reason is the scenes that act as a filler between the action, which are either banal or overlong or both. The film takes a while to get going and almost the first 30 minutes are wasted through cliched scenes in the name of setting up the hero's character and his romance."[11] Sify wrote "Overall, Kanithan tries hard to satisfy multiple agendas that telling an interesting story becomes secondary to everything else".[12] Silverscreen wrote "Kanithan is ambitious in scope, and inept in execution."[13]


  1. ^ "KANITHAN (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  2. ^ Chennaivision Review
  3. ^ "Catherine Tresa to pair with Atharvaa ". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Atharva's 'Eeti' is in full swing – Deccan Chronicle". deccanchronicle.com. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Jackie Shroff plays baddie in Tamil film ". The Times of India. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  6. ^ "Kanithan movie songs Review". MovieTet. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Kanithan Tamil Movie Review by Chennaivision — Chennaivision". 2016-02-27. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  8. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movies/kanithan/kanithan-review.html
  9. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/movie-reviews/kanithan-review-fantastic-plot-enslaved-by-a-silly-script/story-pckfVRkJRwldcurZM8VQGN.html
  10. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/report/review-kanithan-is-uninspiring/20160228.htm
  11. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movie-reviews/Kanithan/movie-review/51164435.cms
  12. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/kanithan-review-run-of-the-mill-review--qc0jNSfhgejgg.html
  13. ^ http://silverscreen.in/tamil/reviews/kanithan-review-tedious-thriller/

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