Orange Mittai

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Orange Mittai
Orange Mittai poster.jpg
Directed by Biju Viswanath
Produced by Vijay Sethupathi
Written by Biju Viswanath
Vijay Sethupathi
Starring Vijay Sethupathi
Ramesh Thilak
Music by Justin Prabhakaran
Cinematography Biju Viswanath
Edited by Biju Viswanath
Distributed by Common Man Productions
Release date
  • 31 July 2015 (2015-07-31)
Country India
Language Tamil

Orange Mittai (English: Orange Candy) is a 2015 Indian Tamil comedy film co-written and directed by Biju Viswanath. Produced by actor Vijay Sethupathi, the film features him in the lead role alongside Ramesh Thilak, Arumugam Bala and Aashritha. The film began production in mid-2014.[1] The Movie was released in India and abroad on 31 July [2] The film had its Festival premiere at the 20th Busan International Film Festival,[3]


Satya (Ramesh Thilak) works as a paramedic in an ambulance emergency service. On the same day of his father's death anniversary, Sathya receives a call to pick up an old man who claims to be critically ill. Sathya, along with ambulance driver, rushes to the old man's house in an ambulance and helps Kailasam (Vijay Sethupathi) to board the vehicle. In the process, he learns that the old man isn't fighting for his life as claimed by him earlier, but he is a heart patient nevertheless. As these three men begin their journey in the ambulance, Kailasam's grumpy and obstinate nature causes trouble to the paramedics and the course of their journey changes drastically. Who is Kailasam? What does he really want? What is the cause behind his adamant nature? Answers to these questions forms the crux of the story. The old man needs to find a hospital that will have him, but it’s a very long way to go. The only way to find out what the universe has planned is to make the journey. Sometimes the Journey is the destination....



Actor Vijay Sethupathi launched his production, Orange Mittai, in February 2014 and signed up director Biju Viswanath to direct the venture. The film was said to feature an ensemble cast including Jayaprakash, Ramesh Thilak, Aru Bala and Aashritha in the lead roles, with Vijay Sethupathi stating he would not play a role.[4][5]

However, in July 2014, Vijay Sethupathi revealed that he would play a 55-year-old man in the film and promotional stills were released, replacing Jayaprakash in the character.[6] He was also making a debut as a dialogue writer with this film.[7] The team shot in Ambasamuthiram and other places surrounding Tirunelveli and Papanasam in South Tamil Nadu.[8]


The film's soundtrack was composed by Justin Prabhakaran, who had earlier produced the music for Sethupathi's Pannaiyarum Padminiyum. The soundtrack album, which was released on 1 July 2015,[9] features four tracks, of which two were written and sung by Vijay Sethupathi himself.[10]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Straight Ah Poyee" Vijay Sethupathi Vijay Sethupathi  
2. "Theeraadhae Asaigal" Justin Prabhakaran Karthik  
3. "Orae Oru Oorula" Vijay Sethupathi Vijay Sethupathi  
4. "Payanangal Thodarudhae" Kattalai Jaya Naresh Iyer, Padmalatha  

Marketing and release[edit]

The first teaser of the film was released on 26 November 2014.[11] In June 2015, a promo of the song "Straigh Ah Poyee" was released.[12] A second trailer was released on 3 July 2015.[13]

Orange Mittai had its worldwide theatrical release on 31 July 2015.[14]


The film received positive reviews from critics. S. Saraswathi from gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and wrote, "Like the candy it is named after, Orange Mittai with its sweet and sour moments, is a beautifully narrated film with just the right balance of humour and emotions."[15] Nandita Ravi from The Times of India gave it 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Overall, like an orange mittai, the film too is bittersweet. The biggest plus of the film is its run time - a mere one hour and forty minutes, which seems to be more than enough to narrate this interesting story. The film ends on the note that 'the journey is the destination', which about sums up the feeling that you get while watching this film".[16] Baradwaj Rangan writing for The Hindu called Orange Mittai "a quiet ode to the bittersweet life".[17] Hindustan Times gave a 3.5 rating out of 5 stating, "This old-age loneliness tale is a must-see".[18] Behindwoods wrote "What strikes in Biju Viswanth’s Orange Mittai is it is not preachy and there is no melodrama anywhere even if there is scope for one. The humor just glides through and enjoyable".[19] India Glitz wrote "Orange Mittai is a simple feel good movie without much fuss and hype silently will enter into your hearts and leave with a small mark".[20]


  1. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi is a very good human being and selfless, Director Biju Viswanath". Behindwoods. 
  2. ^ "Orange mittai =Imdb". 
  3. ^ "Busan Film Festival program: Orange Candy".  External link in |work= (help);
  4. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi’s home production 'Orange Mittai'". Sify. 12 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi to don producer’s hat". The Hindu. 14 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi to play a 55-year-old in Orange Mittai". The Times of India. 4 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Sudhir Srinivasan (6 September 2014). "He’s hot and happening". The Hindu. 
  8. ^ "To work with Vijay Sethupathy was Intimidating at first, Orange Mittai heroine Aashritha". Behindwoods. 
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  11. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi wows with his new look in 'Orange Mittai'". Deccan Chronicle. 27 November 2014. 
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