Thaanaa Serndha Koottam

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Thaanaa Serndha Koottam
Thaana Serndha Kootam poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vignesh Shivan
Produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Written by Vignesh Shivan
Based on Special 26
by Neeraj Pandey
Starring Suriya
Karthik
Keerthy Suresh
Ramya Krishnan
Music by Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography Dinesh Krishnan
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Production
company
Studio Green
Aadnah Arts
Distributed by Bharathan Films
Release date
  • 12 January 2018 (2018-01-12)[1]
Country India
Language Tamil

Thaanaa Serndha Koottam (translation: A Crowd that gathered by itself), is a 2018 Indian Tamil language heist comedy film,[2] directed by Vignesh Shivan and produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja. The film is an adaptation of the 2013 Hindi film Special 26, which was inspired by the 1987 Opera House heist in Mumbai.[3][4] The film stars Suriya and Keerthy Suresh in the lead roles, with a supporting cast including Karthik, Ramya Krishnan, Senthil and Suresh Chandra Menon. Featuring music composed by Anirudh Ravichander and cinematography by Dinesh Krishnan, the film had a worldwide theatrical release on 12 January 2018.

Plot[edit]

The story is inspired from a real-life incident in 1987 when a group posing as CBI raided a jewelry showroom in Mumbai and stole money from there. All the events in this movie happen in the period of 1986–1987. The film begins with Pallavaram Paranjothi Pandian (RJ Balaji) attending an interview for a clerk's post and getting rejected due to lack of money for giving bribe to the officials. Now the story shifts to Nachinarkkniyan aka Iniyan (Suriya) attending CBI interviews and his friend (Kalaiyarasan) attending police interviews. Both get rejected due to lack of bribe money for the post. We are shown Iniyan's father Porchelvan (Thambi Ramaiah) working as a CBI office clerk. However, he wants his son to be an officer, hence he pleads for the posting for his son to his higher officials. He asks for recommendation. However, he earned the wrath of his senior official officer Uthaman (Suresh Chandra Menon), a corrupt official. Once during a raid, he asks for money. Porchelvan didn't approve of this approach and complains about Uthaman in the form of an anonymous letter. Uthaman comes to know about this and exacts revenge by purposely rejecting and humiliating Iniyan at the interview and later asking him to bribe in order to get the job. Iniyan and his father are dejected, and Iniyan's friend is also dejected due to his failure in the interview. He commits suicide suspecting his wife (Meera Mitun) eloped with some other guy. In reality, his wife was late due to her visit to the temple. Iniyan is very much depressed after all these events, hence he decides to loot money from the corrupted and rich people. Especially, he loots black money and tries to reform society, making sure the deserved people get posting in the government departments. He forms a gang with him and starts to heist by posing as CBI and income tax officers.The CBI appoint Kurunjivendhan(Karthik).Madhu(Keerthy Suresh) accepts for the marriage proposal.One Day The Gang conducts a Interview for CBI(FAKE).The Gang plans to raid a jewelry shop.Uthaman and Kurunjivendhan come to know of this but they learn that they already came and finished the raid.Kurunjivendhan suggests Initially to join the police as inspector.But he Refuses as he wants only the CBI Job

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Following the success of Neeraj Pandey's Special 26 (2013), the director revealed that he was approached by several film makers who were keen on producing a Tamil version of the film. Linguswamy subsequently bought the rights of the film and planned to produce the venture in collaboration with Friday Filmworks, who had made the original version.[5][6] Linguswamy held initial discussions with Kamal Haasan, Suriya, Karthi and Vikram about portraying the film's lead role with Sathyaraj, but the production failed to materialise.[7] In August 2014, producer Thiagarajan announced that he had purchased the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada language rights to remake Special 26, and revealed that he would also direct all four ventures. Thiagarajan's son Prashanth was revealed to be playing the lead role in the Tamil version, while Prakash Raj and Sathyaraj were signed to portray supporting roles.[8][9] A further press release in March 2015 stated that Srikanth Ravichandran, then husband of television host Divyadarshini, would instead direct the film and that he had already begun work on planning music compositions with Thaman. The team also revealed that they had signed on actress Trisha to feature in the leading female role.[10][11] After a period of little development, Prashanth revealed to the media in September 2015 that the film's shoot would commence soon after with Madhesh as the director of the project.[12]

A press release in December 2015 suggested that Simran and Devayani would also be a part of the cast, while Jacqueline Fernandez would appear in a song. It was also stated that Anirudh Ravichander had been signed on to compose the film's music and Sreekar Prasad would be the film's editor.[13] Thiagarajan revealed that he would adapt the original film's script and dialogues to suit a Tamil audience and that filming would take place in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.[14] The film failed to materialise over 2016 and it was widely reported in the media that the remake rights of the original film had been transferred from Thiagarajan to Studio Green and the film was to be made as Thaana Serndha Kootam by Vignesh Shivan with Suriya in the lead role.[15][16] The title was taken from a dialogue spoken by Rajinikanth in Baashha (1995).[17]

However in an interview during February 2017, Thiagarajan insisted that the film was still being planned with Prashanth in the lead role.[18] In late 2017, Thiagarajan made an application seeking an interim stay of the film's release, claiming that his studio of Staar Movies still owned the film's rights. He stated that Staar Movies had entered into an agreement with the original producers, Viacom, in August 2014 and obtained the rights to remake the movie in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada and that the agreement was valid for a period of three years. In early January 2018, the High Court refused the interim order application and called for the issues to be decided in a civil claim.[19][20]

Filming[edit]

Vignesh Shivan agreed to work on Thaanaa Serndha Koottam at short notice, after another project, Kaathu Vaakkula Rendu Kadhal with Vijay Sethupathi became delayed. Studio Green's K. E. Gnanavel Raja asked Vignesh to do a project to star Suriya and the team chose to use an earlier script planned by Vignesh on the 1987 Opera House heist, like Special 26, where a group posing as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers executed an income tax raid on the jeweller in Mumbai, which he initially wanted to make with either actors Sivakarthikeyan or Vijay Sethupathi.[21] The team claimed to legally purchase the remake rights of Special 26, but instead of copying the film scene-by-scene, Vignesh was insistent that it was adapted to make it suitable for Tamil-speaking audiences.[22][23] The film was announced to the public in September 2016, with the shoot starting thereafter in October 2016.[24][25] Keerthy Suresh was signed on as the lead actress, while an ensemble cast of veteran actors including Ramya Krishnan, Suresh Chandra Menon, Senthil and Sudhakar were also a part of the first schedule.[26]

The film was predominantly shot across Chennai and Mysore, with the shoot finishing in August 2017.[27][28] Post-production works for the film were completed at Knack Studios in Chennai. The film was also dubbed in Telugu as Gang, with Suriya choosing to dub for himself in Telugu for the first time.[29][30]

Music[edit]

Thaanaa Serndha Koottam
Soundtrack album by Anirudh Ravichander
Released 3 January 2018
Length 12:04
Language Tamil
Label Sony Music
Producer Anirudh Ravichander
Anirudh Ravichander chronology
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Singles from Thaana Serndha Koottam
  1. "Naana Thaanaa"
    Released: 27 July 2017 (2017-07-27)
  2. "Sodakku"
    Released: 26 October 2017 (2017-10-26)
  3. "Peela Peela"
    Released: 23 December 2017 (2017-12-23)
  4. "Thaanaa Serndha Koottam"
    Released: 30 December 2017 (2017-12-30)

The soundtrack and background score of the film were composed by Anirudh Ravichander, collaborating for the first time with Suriya, with lyrics for songs written by Thamarai, Vignesh Shivan and Mani Amudhavan. The team released four single tracks, before the album was unveiled on 3 January 2018. The promotional song for "Sodakku" included members of the film's cast as well as Sheril, who rose to fame with her dance cover of the song "Entammede Jimikki Kammal" from Velipadinte Pusthakam (2017). A critic from Behindwoods.com noted "Anirudh's magical combination with Vignesh Shivan continues as the album shines high on variety", and gave the album a rating of 3.25 out of 5 stars.[31] Another reviewer from The Times of India wrote "Anirudh and Vignesh's combination has worked again – and the composer only proves, time and again, to experiment and give some fine tracks for each album he works on".[32]

The song "Sodakku" attracted controversy after an AIADMK office bearer, Sathish Kumar, lodged a complaint with the Commissioner of Police seeking changes in the lyrics, which he claimed were offensive and anti-political. Kumar's claims were widely criticised by those in the film industry, with RJ Balaji speaking out against the complaint.[33]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Naana Thaanaa"Vignesh ShivanAnirudh Ravichander4:20
2."Sodakku"Mani Amudhavan, Vignesh ShivanAnthony Daasan4:00
3."Peela Peela"Vignesh ShivanJassie Gift, Nakash Aziz, Mali3:44
4."Thaanaa Serndha Koottam"Vignesh ShivanAnirudh Ravichander, Vignesh Shivan4:05
5."Engae Endru Povathu"ThamaraiAnirudh Ravichander, Shakthisree Gopalan4:50

Release[edit]

Thaana Serndha Kootam got a worldwide release on 12 January 2018, two days before the festival Thai Pongal.[34] Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of the film were sold for 36 crore.[35] The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[36]

References[edit]

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