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Kootathil Oruthan
Theatrical release poster
Directed byT. J. Gnanavel
Written byT. J. Gnanavel
Produced byS. R. Prakashbabu
S. R. Prabhu
StarringAshok Selvan
Priya Anand
CinematographyP. K. Varma
Edited byLeo John Paul
Music byNivas K. Prasanna
Ramaniyam Talkies
Distributed byDream Warrior Pictures
Release date
  • 28 July 2017 (2017-07-28)
Running time
118 minutes

Kootathil Oruthan (transl. One Amongst The Crowd) is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language coming-of-age romantic comedy film written and directed by T. J. Gnanavel in his directoral debut .The film stars Ashok Selvan and Priya Anand. Featuring music composed by Nivas Prasanna, the film was produced by Dream Warrior Pictures and Ramaniyam Talkies. It was released on 28 July 2017.



Aravind is an average student who receives not much attention from his parents, teachers, and friends. During his school days, he sees Janani and develops a liking for her. Janani secures state rank in 12th board exams and aspires to become a journalist and joins a Journalism College. Aravind also manages to secure an admission in the same journalism college. Sathyamurthy is a local don and a kindhearted person. Yogendran, an inspector, seeks vengeance over Sathya and wants to kill him.

Aravind proposes to Janani in college, but she turns him down, saying that he needs to achieve something in life. Aravind feels disappointed and decides to end his life by drowning himself. He accidentally saves a child, who happens to be Sathya's son. Sathya thanks Aravind and promises to offer him any help if needed. Aravind reveals the truth to Sathya that his original intention was to kill himself. The video of Aravind saving Sathya's son goes viral in social media, and he receives recognition in college and 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. It is shown that Sathya is behind all these incidences. He found the video and made it viral and also threatened the college professor so that Aravind would secure his scholarship.

Aravind is in a dilemma whether to disclose the truth to Janani. Meanwhile, Yogendran tries to kill Sathyamurthy but gets escaped. In the process, Janani meets with an accident. However, Sathya later gets killed by Yogendran in another attempt. Janani soon finds out the truth that Sathya was behind Aravind helping him secure a scholarship, and she leaves Aravind. Aravind finds out that the truth was revealed to Janani by his classmate Sanjay, who found it with the help of the professor. Aravind decides to change his way of life. He starts an NGO supporting people in need of food, and manages it successfully. Janani's wedding is fixed with a man who happens to interview Aravind. Janani watches the video and understands Aravind's true nature. Finally, Aravind is united with Janani.


Guest appearance in promotional song



T. J. Gnanavel wrote the story after meeting Thenkachi Ko. Swaminathan, an orator.[2] Initially Gnanavel 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 the 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.[3][4] Prior to this, Gnanavel has written dialogues for Payanam and Raktha Charithiram.[5] Pramodh is handling cinematography. The film began production during April 2015, most of the scenes were filmed at VIT University in Vellore.[6][7] Telugu actress Anisha Singh was signed for a role and this would be her debut in a Tamil film.[8] In the audio release event, 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]



The team filmed a promotional song called "Maatrangal Ondre Thaan Maarathada", featuring appearances from many leading actors from Tamil cinema. The song portrays that hope and belief are very important and everyone in this world are a gift to themselves.[10][11]


Kootathil Oruthan
Soundtrack album by
Released29 November 2016
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelThink Music India
ProducerNivas K. Prasanna
Nivas K. Prasanna chronology
Kootathil Oruthan

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

Track listing
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

Release and reception


Earlier, the film was scheduled for theatrical release on 14 July 2017.[12][13] Due to the theatre owners strike to waive the state entertainment tax, the release of the film was postponed by the producers to 28 July 2017.[14] Baradwaj Rangan wrote for Film Companion, "the director, who also wrote the film, keeps veering off into subplots that sound fine in theory but don't come together convincingly on screen. Had the events leading to this development been put in place much earlier, the film might have been more than just an easy watch."[15] M Suganth of The Times of India wrote, "In addition to being the story of an average guy and his success, Kootathil Oruthan tries to also be one about his romance. This results in the film losing some of its lightness and feel-goodness".[16]


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  3. ^ "No one recognizes Ashok Selvan". The Times of India. 3 May 2015. Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
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  8. ^ "Anisha Singh to make Tamil debut". The Indian Express. 3 May 2015. Archived from the original on 21 October 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Suriya recommends 'Kootathil Oruthan' for everyone". IndiaGlitz. 29 November 2016. Archived from the original on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  10. ^ Think Music India (20 June 2017). Kootathil Oruthan | Maatrangal Ondre Dhaan ( Gift Song ) Feat. Nivas K Prasanna | Ashok Selvan (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 24 July 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2017 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ Menon, Thinkal (19 June 2017). "A 'gift song' for celebrities and public". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  12. ^ DreamWarriorPictures [@DreamWarriorpic] (1 June 2017). "#KootathilOruthan from #July14" (Tweet). Retrieved 2 June 2017 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "July 14 gets overcrowded in Kollywood!". Sify. 8 July 2017. Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Official: Out of good intent, 'Kootathil Oruthan' release postponed". IndiaGlitz.com. 8 July 2017. Archived from the original on 17 January 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
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  16. ^ Suganth, M (28 July 2017). "Kootathil Oruthan Movie Review". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 31 July 2023. Retrieved 3 October 2023.