Kathai (film)

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Directed by Abhishek
Produced by Rajan Radhakrishnan
Music by Paul Jacob
Cinematography Abushah
Edited by R. R. Eashwar
Akash Akshai Raj Cine International
Distributed by M. Sasikumar (Madurai)
Release date
  • 29 January 2010 (2010-01-29)
Country India
Language Tamil

Kathai (English: Story) is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by Abhishek. Produced by Rajan Radhakrishnan and distributed through Madurai by noted director M. Sasikumar, the film stars newcomers Shaan Kumar, Nivedhitha and Abhinay in the lead roles. The film was released on 29 January 2010.[1]


The movie opens when Narain (Shaan), an acclaimed writer, becomes a winner of the Booker prize for one of his works. While he dedicates the honour to his wife Kavya (Niveditha), a flashback reveals some secrets in the couple’s life.

Narain first sees Kavya playing her violin in a musical theatre. After the performance, Narain and Kavya meet, where he asks her to sign his violin. Narain and Kavya become friends soon after and they fall in love. On day, when Kavya comes to Narain's home, she notices his awards for his books and realises that Narain is an esteemed writer. Narain asks Kavya to marry him right there and she agrees.

Coming to the present, the husband and wife are now in the United States, where they meet Bujji (Abhinay), a childhood friend of Kavya. Narain soon starts to write another book, and when Kavya reads it, she finds out that it is about their personal life, including intercouse. When she confronts her husband, Narain replies that it will only look like a story to the outside world. Narain continues to write his book about how a husband tortures his wife. To truly understand how it feels, Narain tortures Kavya, asking how it felt each time. One day, Bujji comes to their home, where he observes how Narain mistreats Kavya. Knowing that Bujji knows his secrets, Narain attacks Bujji and kills him. Finally, Kavya tries to flee her husband but gets caught. Narain wants to do another "experiment" on her and hangs her from their ceiling fan. Just before death, Narain snaps the rope to ask how Kavya felt and when she did not reply, he decided to hang himself to see how to feels like. On doing so, Narain kills himself and Kavya is left alone.



In December 2008, the film was launched at the AVM Studios with a new cast and new crew, with Abhishek, a noted television actor, launching his first directorial venture.[2] A song was shot in March 2009, with several prominent musicians appearing in the film, including Balamurali Krishna, Chinnaponnu and Malgadi Subha.[3]



The film opened in a few centres across Chennai, Tamil Nadu to a below average opening. The film which grossed Rs. 2,07,519 in the opening weekend in Chennai[4] became a commercial failure at the box-office.


Upon release, the film generally received average reviews, with The Hindu claiming that "a little more pace in the proceedings would have helped". In terms of performances it labelled Shaan Kumar as having "done a good job right from the beginning", but claimed that Nivedhitha was disapponiting.[1] Abinay was told to be "perfect for his role", whilst Nalini, ‘Kanja' Karuppu and ‘Crazy' Kumar "provide the laughs". Abhishek's direction received a mixed response with the review claiming that he has a "flair for story-telling. But if only he had cut certain unwanted shots, it would have made an interesting film".[1]


Soundtrack album by Paul Jacob
Released 17 December 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Feature film soundtrack

Film score and the soundtrack are composed by new Paul Jacob. The film featured songs from notable singers such as Balamurali Krishna, Shankar Mahadevan and Vasundhara Das.

1."Phoonk Doonga"Blaaze, Malgudi Shubha, Shankar Mahadevan 
2."Theeradha Vilayaatu Pillai"Balamurali Krishna, Chinnaponnu 
3."The Search"Padma Shankar 
4."Idhu Thaan Vazhkaiya"Vasundhara Das 
5."Neethaaney"Shankar Mahadevan, Mahalaxmi Iyer 


  1. ^ a b c . Chennai, India https://archive.is/20130204042435/http://beta.thehindu.com/arts/movies/article100678.ece. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Abhishek turns director with Kadhai". Sify.com. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Notes and beats from different directions". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived 4 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.

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