Sketch (2018 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byVijay Chandar
Written byVijay Chandar
Produced byMoving Frame
CinematographyM. Sukumar
Edited byRuben
Music byS. Thaman
Moving Frame
Distributed byV Creations
Release date
  • 12 January 2018 (2018-01-12)
Running time
155 minutes

Sketch is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language action film[1] written and directed by Vijay Chandar and produced by Moving Frame. The film features Vikram and Tamannaah in the leading roles for the first time, with Soori, Jangiri Madhumitha, Baburaj and R. K. Suresh among others portraying supporting roles. The film was released on 12 January 2018 to positive reviews and was a commercial success.


Jeeva aka Sketch lives with his uncle Dorai, who used to tow and bring back vehicles for which the monthly EMI had not been paid. However, during a fight, he loses his hand, and Sketch is provided with the job, who does his day-to-day job perfectly. Dorai's right-hand Ravi wanted to take over the business. However, Bhaskar "Boss" Settu agrees with Sketch coming up to the position.

At a college, Sketch tows a scooter that belonged to Priya, Ammu's friend. The next day, he happens to meet her on a bus. When some other guy tries to harass her, Sketch bats away his hand, where the bus stops quickly, causing Sketch to bump into Ammu. She mistakes this as him trying to make advances on her and yells at him, only later does she realise that he was trying to protect her, and she falls for him.

One day, Sketch loses a bike while bringing it back to the garage. The owner gets enraged and demands 2 lakh (US$2,500) from Settu. Sketch realises that this was a plot by Ravi to embarrass him, where he faces them to retrieve the money and the stolen bike, which earns back Settu's trust, and they celebrate. Settu reveals that his father was insulted by a local goon named Royapuram Kumar, where he asks Sketch to sketch a plan to steal Kumar's car.

Sketch steals Kumar's car and ends up in a goose chase with police that ends with Sketch creating a rivalry with Kumar. Kumar brings a gang from another state to finish off Sketch and his team, where after one by one, Sketch's friends are killed, and Sketch is confused about who the killer is.

Later, Sketch is confronted by the boys, who were working along with Sketch in Settu's garage. The boys reveal that they planned and killed Sketch's friends out of jealousy to take Sketch's position. Sketch forgives them and protects the boys from police by helping them escape, where the film ends with a moral: avoid child labour.



In November 2016, director Vijay Chandar, who had previously made Vaalu (2015), revealed that his next project would feature Vikram in the lead role. Produced by Silverline Film Factory, who had worked on an incomplete fantasy film titled Karikalan with Vikram during 2010, the film was widely reported to be a remake of the American film, Don't Breathe (2016).[2][3] Denying the reports, Vijay Chandar later clarified that it was an original script and the film would be set in North Chennai.[4] M. Sukumar was selected as cinematographer, while S. Thaman collaborated with Vijay Chander again despite reports that Anirudh Ravichander was set to be signed.[5][6]

Sai Pallavi was signed to play the lead actress in the project, marking her first leading role in Tamil films. She later opted out of the film and returned her advance in late February 2017, citing scheduling issues with her work on the Tamil language remake of the Malayalam film Charlie (2015) directed by A. L. Vijay.[7][8] She was later replaced by Tamannaah, who stated it was "liberating to see a strong storyline in a commercial pot-boiler".[9] Actors Ravi Kishan, R. K. Suresh and Radharavi were selected to portray antagonists in the film.[10][11] Actor Vishwanath, who had a breakthrough role in Pa. Ranjith's Kabali (2016), was signed on to play a supporting role in the film, with Vijay Chander requesting the actor to take reference of Kalaiyarasan's role in Madras (2014) for his particular character.[12] Actress Sri Priyanka, previously seen as the lead actress in small budget films, was also selected to portray second lead actress in the film.[13][14]

Following a period of delay, the film began its shoot at Binny Mills in Chennai during early February 2017, with Vikram choosing to simultaneously work on the project alongside his commitments for Gautham Vasudev Menon's spy thriller Dhruva Natchathiram (2017).[15][16] The film's title, Sketch, was revealed to the media in April 2017.[17][18] The shoot of the film was completed in August 2017, after which the makers began the promotional campaign.[19]


Soundtrack album by
Released11 May 2015
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelThink Music India
S. Thaman, Gopi Sundar chronology
Golmaal Again

The soundtrack and background music of Sketch are scored by S. Thaman. Five songs have been released from the film as singles, after being released by other composers.

1."Kannave Kannave – The Swaga Song"Vijay ChandarVikram5:10
2."Atchi Putchi"Vijay ChandarVijay Chandar4:28
3."Cheeni Chillaallee"VivekShweta Mohan, Yazin Nizar4:41
4."Vaanam Thoorammalae (Afreen Afreen)"KabilanDeepak Subramaniam, Roshini and Shashaa Tirupati6:04
5."Dhaadikaara"VivekS. Thaman, Sudha Ragunathan, Andrea Jeremiah5:06
6."Dhiname Dhinanme"Vineeth SreenivasanVineeth Sreenivasan, Mukesh, Aalap Raju, Shabareesh Varma5:22
Total length:24:05


Sketch was released on 12 January 2018 coinciding with the week of Thai Pongal and clashing with another major release, Thaanaa Serndha Koottam and Gulaebaghavali.[20]

The film was later dubbed and released in Telugu, Hindi, and Bengali. The Hindi dubbed version was released in theatres by Goldmines Telefilms on 3 August 2018 and the Bengali dubbed version was also released by Goldmines Telefilms in 2019.[21]


  1. ^ SKETCH (12A) – British Board of Film Classification
  2. ^ Vikram’s next will be directed by Vaalu fame Vijay Chander. The Indian Express (17 November 2016). Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  3. ^ Vikram: Vikram teams up with Vijay Chander for his next – Times of India. Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  4. ^ Vikram starts shooting for Vijay Chander film. Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  5. ^ Vikram Vijay Chander film heroine and music director yet to be finalized – Tamil Movie News. (5 December 2016). Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  6. ^ Thaman completes three songs for Vikram. Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  7. ^ Vikram: Sai Pallavi opts out of Vikram film | Tamil Movie News – Times of India. Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  8. ^ Sukumar on board for Vikram- Vijay Chander’s next. Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  9. ^ Tamannaah excited to team up with Vikram. Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  10. ^ Ravi Kishan turns villain for Vikram. Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  11. ^ RK Suresh to play villain in Vikram’s upcoming film. The Indian Express (11 February 2017). Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  12. ^ Vikram: Vishwanath to play a key role in Vikram’s next | Tamil Movie News – Times of India. (21 March 2017). Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  13. ^ Sri Priyanka Joins Vikram and Tamannaah For Vijay .... DesiMartini. Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Vikram's one more heroine revealed". Top 10 Cinema. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  15. ^ Vikram starts shooting for Vijay Chander’s film. The New Indian Express (11 February 2017). Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  16. ^ Vijay Chander's film with Vikram will take 45 days to complete. (25 November 2016). Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Sketch first look: Is Chiyaan Vikram playing the role of a local goon? See pics". The Indian Express. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  18. ^ Vikram Tamannah Vijay Chander film Vikram53 titled as Sketch – Tamil Movie News. (7 April 2017). Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Vikram wraps up 'Sketch', to simultaneously shoot 'DN' and 'Saamy 2'". Archived from the original on 14 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Chiyaan Vikram's Saamy Square eyes Ramzan weekend release on 14 June- Entertainment News, Firstpost". 7 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Sketch (2018) New Released Hindi Dubbed Full Movie – Vikram, Tamannaah Bhatia, Soori". YouTube.

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