Kootathil Oruthan

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Kootathil Oruthan
Kootathil Oruthan poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by T. J. Gnanavel
Produced by S. R. Prakashbabu
S. R. Prabhu
Written by T. J. Gnanavel
Starring Ashok Selvan
Priya Anand
Anupama Kumar
Music by Nivas K. Prasanna
Cinematography P. K. Varma
Edited by Leo John Paul
Ramaniyam Talkies
Distributed by Dream Warrior Pictures
Release date
28 July 2017
Running time
118 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Kootathil Oruthan (English: One Amongst The Crowd) is an Indian Tamil coming of age romantic comedy film, written and directed by T.J.Gnanavel. The film features Ashok Selvan and Priya Anand in the lead roles. Featuring music composed by Nivas Prasanna, This movie is produced by Dream Warrior Pictures and Ramaniyam Talkies. The film was released on 28 July 2017 with mixed reviews.[1]


Aravind (Ashok Selvan) is an average student who receives not much attention from his parents, his school teachers, friends etc. During his schooldays, he sees a girl named Janani (Priya Anand) and develops a liking towards her. Janani secures state rank in 12th board exams and aspires to become a journalist. Aravind also secures admission in the same journalism college were Janani has joined. Sathyamurthy (Samuthrakani) is a local don and a kind hearted person. Yogendran (John Vijay), an inspector has vengeance over Sathyamurthy and waits for opportunity to kill him.

Aravind proposes to Janani in college but she turns down saying that Aravind needs to achieve something in life. Aravind feels disappointed and decides to end his life by drowning in beach. But Aravind accidentally saves a kid in beach who happens to be the only son of Sathyamurthy. Sathyamurthy thanks Aravind and promises to offer him any help if needed. Aravind reveals the truth to Sathyamurthy that his original intention was to commit suicide.

But the video of Aravind saving a kid in beach goes viral in social media and Aravind gets recognition in college as well as from Janani. Slowly Aravind and Janani become good friends. Also, Aravind scores well in an exam and secures a scholarship for a short trip to London school of journalism. Aravind finds out that it was Sathyamurthy behind all these incidences. A small flashback is shown where Sathyamurthy decides to help Aravind for saving his son. It was Sathyamurthy who found the video and made it viral. Also, he threatened the college professor, so that Aravind secured the scholarship.

Now Aravind is in a dilemma whether to disclose this truth to Janani. Meanwhile, Yogendran tries to kill Sathyamurthy but gets escaped and in the process, Janani meets with an accident. But Sathyamurthy gets killed by Yogendran in another attempt. Janani also finds out the truth that Sathyamurthy was behind Aravind helping him secure scholarship. Aravind understands that the truth was revealed to Janani by his classmate Sanjay (Sanjay Bharathi) who found it with the help of the professor. Janani leaves Aravind. Aravind decides to change his way of life and becomes strong. He starts an NGO supporting people in need of food. He manages it successfully. Janani’s wedding is fixed with a guy who happens to interview Aravind. Janani watches the video and understands Aravind’s true nature. Finally he is united with Janani.


Guest appearance in promotional song


Initially director wrote the script with Nivin Pauly in mind for the role of protagonist, though he's interested in the script, due to non-availability of dates, the actor could not sign this project. When Ashok Selvan learned that debut director Gnanavel was looking for protagonist through the music director Nivas K prasanna, he himself expressed his interest to the director and then Ashok Selvan and Priya Anand were signed in this project in early 2015 to play the lead roles in this college love story.[2][3] Prior to this, director has written dialogues for Praksah Raj, Nagarjuna starring Payanam and Suriya's Raktha Charithiram.[4] Pramodh is handling cinematography for this movie. The film began production during April 2015, most of the scenes were filmed at VIT University in Vellore.[5][6] Award-winning actress Anupama Kumar joined the cast in a prominent role. Telugu actress Anisha Singh was signed for a role and this would be her debut movie for Tamil film industry, while Bala Saravanan and Sanjay Bharathi were also roped in to portray friends/classmates of the lead pair.[7] Nasser is also doing a role in this film.[8] In the audio release event, Director Gnanavel said the film will be the story of ‘Middle-benchers’. "Many people who have made huge achievements in the world have been middle-benchers in the past. But we never care about middle-benchers. This film will deal with this irony."[9] After the critically acclaimed super hit Joker and the mega budget horror flick Kaashmora, the next venture of the Dream Warrior Pictures production banner is Kootathil Oruthan.[9]


The team has filmed a promotional song called Gift song, in which many leading actor from Tamil film industry were a part of it. This song portrays that hope and belief are very important and everyone in this world are a gift to themselves.[10][11][12]


Earlier, Dream Warrior Pictures, the production house of this movie has confirmed the theatrical release date as 14 July 2017.[13][14] Due to the theatre owners strike to waive the state entertainment tax, the release of the film is postponed by the producers to 28 July 2017.[15][16] The satellite rights of the film were sold to STAR Vijay.[17]


Kootathil Oruthan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Nivas K. Prasanna
Released 29 November 2016
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 24:20
Language Tamil
Label Think Music India
Producer Nivas K. Prasanna
Nivas K. Prasanna chronology
Kootathil Oruthan

The soundtrack was composed by Nivas K. Prasanna and it was released on 29 November 2016.

1."Enda Ippadi"Kabilan, Emcee GonzalesS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Emcee Gonzales4:25
2."Nee Indri"KabilanM. M. Manasi4:00
3."Innum Enna Solla"Kabilan, B. MacHaricharan, B. Mac4:53
4."Or Naal Kaadhal"KabilanSathyaprakash2:14
5."Maatrangal Ondre Dhaan"KabilanNivas K. Prasanna3:53
6."The One (Theme)"  1:01
7."The Happiness of Pursuit"  3:54
Total length:24:20


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  2. ^ "No one recognizes Ashok Selvan - Times of India". 
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  6. ^ "Vikram's next film with Anand Shankar is set to start shooting from June 20 in Malaysia". Behindwoods. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  7. ^ "Anisha Singh to make Tamil debut". 3 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Koottathil Oruthan shooting started, Ashok Selvan-Priya Anand in lead role". Cochin Talkies. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  9. ^ a b "IndiaGlitz — Ashok Selvan Priya Anand Nivas K Prasanna Kootathil Oruthan Audio Launch held with Suriya as chief guest — Tamil Movie News". Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  10. ^ Think Music India (20 June 2017). "Kootathil Oruthan - Maatrangal Ondre Dhaan ( Gift Song ) Feat. Nivas K Prasanna - Ashok Selvan" – via YouTube. 
  11. ^ "Kootathil Oruthan Maatrangal Ondre Dhaan gift song". Behindwoods. 2017-06-20. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  12. ^ "A 'gift song' for celebrities and public - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  13. ^ DreamWarriorPictures (2017-06-01). "#KootathilOruthan from #July14pic.twitter.com/uZnn2J3xJ0". @DreamWarriorpic. Retrieved 2017-06-02. 
  14. ^ "July 14 gets overcrowded in Kollywood!". Sify. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  15. ^ Safire, John (2017-07-14). "Tamil Movie 'Kootathil Oruthan' Review Ratings Public Response | Hit or Flop | Box Office Collection". The News Recorder. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  16. ^ "Official: Out of good intent, 'Kootathil Oruthan' release postponed - Tamil Movie News - IndiaGlitz Tamil". IndiaGlitz.com. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  17. ^ "TV Serial & New Episodes On – Latest News, Photos & Videos". The Times of India. 

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