Sumo (film)

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Sumo poster.jpg
Directed byS. P. Hosimin
Produced byIshari K. Ganesh
VTV Ganesh
Story byS. P. Hosimin
Priya Anand
Yoshinori Tashiro
VTV Ganesh
Yogi Babu
Music byNivas K. Prasanna
CinematographyRajiv Menon
Edited byPraveen K. L.
Vels Film International
Release date

Sumo is an upcoming Tamil-language comedy-drama film produced by Vels Film International and VTV Ganesh.[1] The film is directed by S. P. Hosimin, an assistant of director S. Shankar, who directed February 14 and Aayiram Vilakku.The film features Priya Anand, Yogi Babu,[2] and Yoshinori Tashiro, a Japanese sumo wrestler as the titular character of the film. The cinematography is by Rajiv Menon and the music score was composed by Nivas K Prasanna.[3] The film is scheduled to be released on 15 January 2020 (Pongal).[4][5]


A sumo wrestler enters the life of a surfing instructor and his love interest. The rest of the film centers around his backstory and the twists he brings to their life.[6]



A major portion of the film was filmed in Japan, where the story is set. Cinematographer Rajiv Menon was impressed by the story and the chance to collaborate with Sumo wrestlers returned to film the movie after a seven year hiatus. Yoshinori Tashiro was selected by Shiva to play the titular character in the film and VTV Ganesh who plays a supporting role also produces the film.[6] Eighteen sumo wrestlers were also featured in the film.[5]

A song for the film, intended to be a theme for the Ganesh Chathurthi, featuring Shiva, was shot at the AVM Studios in Chennai. Menon expressed that the film's visual tone will be similar to that of The Karate Kid.[6]


The music is composed by Nivas K Prasanna, with Sony Music obtaining the audio rights. With lyrics written by Rokesh, Pa. Vijay and Kabilan Vairamuthu. Diwakar, Sid Sriram, and Nakul Abhyankar are confirmed singers for the movie.[7]


The first look poster from the film was released on 31 July 2019 by director Venkat Prabhu. On November 12, the production house released a new film poster on their Twitter account and subsequently announced that the film will be releasing in theatres on Pongal 2020.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Rajiv Menon to crank the camera for 'Mirchi' Shiva and Priya Anand's 'Sumo'!". Sify. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Vanakam sumo". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  3. ^ Desk, The Hindu Net (15 July 2019). "Shiva's next is 'Sumo' starring an actual sumo wrestler". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Agila Ulaga Superstar returns after Thamizh Padam 2! - Tamil News". 6 November 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  5. ^ a b "First look of 'Mirchi' Shiva's 'Sumo' released". The News Minute. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Vanakkam Sumo: A day on the sets of Sumo, starring the Vanakkam Chennai pair, Shiva and Priya Anand". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Mirchi Shiva and Priya Anands Sumo to release on Pongal 2020 and may clash with Darbar". Behindwoods. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Shiva's 'Sumo' for Pongal". News Today | First with the news. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2019.