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Ottran poster.jpg
Directed byIlankannan
Produced byGandhilal Bansali
Written byIlankannan
Music byPravin Mani
CinematographyK. S. Selvaraj
Edited byP. Sai Suresh
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Release date
24 October 2003

Ottran (transl. A Spy) is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language spy thriller film starring Arjun, Simran, Manorama, Vadivelu, Tejashree, Sarath Babu and directed by Ilankannan. The score and soundtrack was composed by Pravin Mani.[1] The film was released in Telugu as Goodachari No. 1.[2]


Karthik (Arjun) is an upright RAW agent who is on the trail of an anti-national group who are out to destabilise the country. He lives in a palatial house with his mother (Manorama) in New Delhi. The police in Chennai nab Ali, a terrorist behind the Parliament and temple attack. Sudha (Simran) and Shyam Ganesh are the children of the IG (Sarath Babu) of police who is in charge of bringing Ali to court.

Now Ali's people kidnap Sudha and blackmail her brother to bring home three terrorists and give them shelter. So he is forced to introduce them as his friends and keep them in his father's official bungalow.

Karthik saves Sudha from the terrorist and comes to Chennai to uncover the ISI plan to rescue Ali and create communal tension in the state. How Arjun emerges winner single-handedly forms the rest of this predictable yarn.



After the Arjun-directed Ezhumalai, the Arjun-Simran pair come together in yet another film titled Ottran. Directing the film is first-timer Ilankannan, who had apprenticed with director Shanker. Arjun plays a secret agent in the film, which gives him scope for enough of action scenes. Shooting commenced in Chennai in a forty-day schedule.[3]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelHit Musics
Ayngaran Music
ProducerPravin Mani

These 6 songs in Ottran are composed by Pravin Mani.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Hindu wrote:"first half of the film is the screenplay that allows no room for sluggishness or dampeners. The film moves on at breakneck speed and by the time you take a breather it's intermission".[5]


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  2. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (29 December 2003). "Reel of fortune". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". 10 February 2003. Archived from the original on 10 February 2003. Retrieved 5 March 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Join me on Raaga". Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Ottran". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 24 October 2003.