Lyca Productions

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Lyca Productions
FoundedChennai, Tamil Nadu, India in 2014
FounderSubaskaran Allirajah

Lyca Productions is an Indian entertainment company, which was established by Subaskaran Allirajah in 2014. A subgroup of Lycamobile, the production studio has been involved in the production and distribution of Tamil films made in India. It made the biggest budget film of Indian Cinema, 2.0, in Tamil.


Pirivom Santhippom (2008) was the first film produced by A. Subhaskaran under Gnanam films.[citation needed] Lyca Productions chose to collaborate with Ayngaran International to produce and signed on AR Murugadoss and Vijay to be a part of their debut project.[1] A social drama tackling the issue of farmers committing suicide due to corporate encroachment, Kaththi was shot throughout early 2014 with Samantha and Neil Nitin Mukesh signed on for other pivotal roles. As the film announced its release plans, several pro-Tamil pressure groups demanded all references to Lyca Productions to be removed from the title and other publicity material. The groups felt it was unacceptable that a business house, allegedly reported to be connected to Mahinda Rajapaksa , would be allowed to produce a Tamil movie in Tamil Nadu when the Tamil Nadu Assembly, citing human rights violations during the civil war in the island nation, had already passed a resolution seeking severance of business ties with Sri Lanka.[2] Unable to reach a compromise with the pressure groups, and fearing a boycott and violence, Lyca Productions chose to remove its name from the copies released in India.[3] Kaththi consequently managed to release in October 2014 to positive reviews, with stating that the film "entertains with a message", while similarly stated that it was a "well made entertainer with a powerful message".[4][5] The film became a very profitable venture at the box office for Lyca Productions, grossing over 100 crore rupees within two weeks of release.[6][7]

In late 2015, Lyca Productions agreed a deal with Dhanush for the worldwide distribution rights of two of his productions, Naanum Rowdydhaan (2015) and Visaranai (2016). The move was also met with protests, though Naanum Rowdydhaan released without any problems and also became a profitable venture for the studio.[8][9] Also throughout 2015, Lyca Productions worked on the pre-production of 2.0, a sequel to Shankar's earlier Enthiran (2010), and signed on Rajinikanth and Amy Jackson to feature in key roles. Believed to be the most expensive Indian production of all time, the team also negotiated for several months with Arnold Schwarzenegger for a role in the film, but eventually did not sign him.[10] The studio also launched another film titled Enakku Innoru Per Irukku with G. V. Prakash Kumar in the lead role during December 2015.[11]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Language Director Cast Synopsis Ref.
2014 Kaththi Tamil AR Murugadoss Vijay, Samantha, Neil Nitin Mukesh Two look-a-likes eventually come together to tackle the burning issues of farmers committing suicide due to corporate encroachment. [12]
2016 Enakku Innoru Per Irukku Tamil Sam Anton G. V. Prakash Kumar, Anandhi, Saravanan A simpleton is mistakenly earmarked as the successor of an ageing notorious don after falling in love with the don's daughter. [13]
2017 Khaidi No. 150 Telugu V. V. Vinayak Chiranjeevi, Kajal Aggarwal, Tarun Arora Two look-a-likes eventually come together to tackle the burning issues of farmers committing suicide due to corporate encroachment. [14]
Yaman Tamil Jeeva Shankar Vijay Antony, Miya, Thiagarajan A young man enters politics in order to fight corruption and avenge the murder of his father. [15]
Ippadai Vellum Tamil Gaurav Narayanan Udhayanidhi Stalin, Manjima Mohan, Daniel Balaji Two innocent men are mistaken for members of a terrorist organisation. [16]
2018 Diya Tamil A. L. Vijay Sai Pallavi, Naga Shourya, RJ Balaji After an abortion, a woman's life takes an unexpected turn when she is visited by the foetus, who is now grown up and is visible to her. [17]
Kolamavu Kokila Tamil Nelson Dilipkumar Nayanthara, Yogi Babu, Saranya A young woman gets involved with a drug smuggling gang in order to pay for her mother's cancer treatment. [18]
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Tamil Mani Ratnam Arvind Swami, STR, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay A family of gangsters go through a power struggle as they attempt to find the assassin who targeted their father. [19]
Vada Chennai Tamil Vetrimaaran Dhanush, Andrea Jeremiah, Aishwarya Rajesh Set in North Chennai, a young man is drawn into a gang war. [20]
2.0 Tamil S. Shankar Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson Scientists help the government investigate a threat beyond understanding. [21]
2019 Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven Tamil Sundar C STR, Megha Akash, Catherine Tresa The heir of a billionaire tries to unite his estranged aunt with his family again. [22]
Kaappaan Tamil K.V. Anand Suriya, Mohanlal, Arya, Sayyeshaa An SPG Commander cum organic farmer tries to save the nation from an evil businessman [23]
2020 Darbar Tamil AR Murugadoss Rajinikanth, Nayanthara, Sunil Shetty A daredevil cop is on a rampage to eliminate a drug syndicate in Mumbai [24]
Mafia: Chapter 1 Tamil Karthick Naren Arun Vijay, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Prasanna An NCB Officer and his batch mates, bring down a drug lord who is also a successful entrepreneur. [25]
2021 Panni Kutty Tamil Anucharan Yogi Babu, Karunakaran, Dindigul I. Leoni Post Production [26]
Raangi Tamil M. Saravanan Trisha Post Production [27]
Don Tamil Cibi Chakaravarthi Sivakarthikeyan, Priyanka Arul Mohan Filming [28]
Good Luck Jerry Hindi Sidharth Sengupta Janhvi Kapoor Completed [29]
2022 Ponniyin Selvan Tamil Mani Ratnam Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Jayaram, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha, Sobhita Dhulipala, Aishwarya Lekshmi Post Production [30]
Ram Setu Hindi Abhishek Sharma Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nushrat Bharucha Filming [31]
TBA Naai Sekar Returns Tamil Suraj Vadivelu Pre-production


In addition to the films produced by Lyca Productions since 2014, the following films from other banners were distributed by the company:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AR Murugadoss – Vijay – Superstars plan for the future – Top 10 News".
  2. ^ "Sword hangs over Kaththi". 21 October 2014 – via The Hindu.
  3. ^ "Vijay: All issues over release of Kaththi resolved – Movies".
  4. ^ "Review: Kaththi entertains with a message".
  5. ^ "Review : (2014)".
  6. ^ "'Kaththi' crosses Rs.100 crore mark". 3 November 2014 – via The Hindu.
  7. ^ "'Kaththi' mints Rs.15.4 crore on release day". 23 October 2014 – via The Hindu.
  8. ^ "Lyca Productions' new film in trouble". 22 October 2015 – via The Hindu.
  9. ^ "Lyca Productions making a comeback". 6 September 2015 – via The Hindu.
  10. ^ "Deep in the no-returns market". 10 December 2015 – via The Hindu.
  11. ^ "GV Prakash and Sam Anton's next titled as Enakku Innoru Peru Irukku".
  12. ^ "Kaththi review: Beneath the flab, some solid masala moments". The Hindu. 22 October 2014.
  13. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (17 June 2016). "Enakku Innoru Per Irukku: A new don" – via
  14. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (11 January 2017). "Khaidi No.150: Chiranjeevi returns in style" – via
  15. ^ Menon, Vishal (25 February 2017). "Yaman review: Yaman of the moment" – via
  16. ^ Ippadai Vellum Review {2.5/5}: Gaurav manages to balance the seriousness of the plot with the comedy that arises out of mistaken identity, retrieved 24 October 2019
  17. ^ Menon, Vishal (28 April 2018). "Nothing but ordinary". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  18. ^ Menon, Vishal (17 August 2018). "'Kolamavu Kokila' review: a quirky, ridiculous and fun film". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  19. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (27 September 2018). "Chekka Chivantha Vaanam review: Guns, greed and glory". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  20. ^ S, Srivatsan (17 October 2018). "'Vada Chennai' review: a masterful tale of power and deceit". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  21. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (29 November 2018). "'2.0' review: Grandeur on the big screen". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  22. ^ "STR-starrer Vandha Rajavathan Varuven earns Rs 8 cr in Tamil Nadu; F2 makes Rs 75 cr worldwide- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  23. ^ "Suriya's Kaappaan gets new release date". The Indian Express. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  24. ^ "'Darbar' pre-release business: Rajinikanth starrer crosses 200 crore mark? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  25. ^ "Arun Vijay and Karthick Naren's Mafia kicks off today - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  26. ^ "Yogi Babu next film titled Panni Kutty". timeofindia.
  27. ^ "Raangi first look out: Trisha looks intense in M Saravanan's film". India Today. Ist. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  28. ^ "Sivakarthikeyan's next is 'DON' with debutante director Cibi Chakaravarthi - Times of India". The Times of India.
  29. ^ "First look of Good Luck Jerry starring Janhvi Kapoor unveiled, film goes on floors today in Punjab". Bollywood Hungama. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  30. ^ "Mani Ratnam's 'Ponniyin Selvan' starts rolling in Thailand - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  31. ^ "Akshay Kumar's 'Ram Setu' to Be Amazon India's First Movie Co-Production". 17 March 2021. Retrieved 21 March 2021.