|Directed by||A. L. Raja|
|Produced by||Star Movie Makers|
|Music by||Srikanth Deva|
'Theekuchi' (English: Matchstick) is a Tamil action film directed by A. L. Raja. The film stars Jai Varma, newcomer Mythri in lead roles whilst supporting cast like Ashish Vidyarthi, Vadivelu and Bhanupriya. The music was composed by Srikanth Deva. The film was released on 14 March 2008 to positive reviews and have completed a 100 days theatrical run..
Sakthi (Jaivarma) is on a mission to take revenge on those who usurped government land and killed his mother (Bhanupriya), who wanted to construct a school there. Instead, a local illicit arrack seller and rowdy Pasupathy Pandian (Ashish Vidyarthi), with the help of the Education Minister (Dhandapani) builds a self-financing private engineering college and strikes gold.
Pasupathy becomes rich and powerful by giving admissions by getting capitation fees. The poor students who don't pay up either commit suicide or disappear. Sakthi and his friends, including the heroine (Mythriya), Pasupathy's daughter, fight back against the injustice and nefarious activities going on in the campus. How they ultimately triumph and justice prevails is what the film is about
- Jai Varma as Sakthi
- Vadivelu as Kuravan
- Bhanupriya as Sakthi's mother
- Ashish Vidyarthi as Pasupathi Pandian
- Dhandapani as Education Minister
- Thambi Ramaiah as Kurangu Ramasamy
- Pandi as Kuravan's son
- V. M. C. Haneefa
- Poovilangu Mohan
- Suman Setty
- Vinu Chakravarthy
- S. S. Rajendran
- Vasu Vikram
Theekuchi', is produced by G A Lucas for Star Movie Makers. A. L. Rajan who earlier directed Parthiban starrer Ninaikkatha Naalilai was selected as director. Jai Varma, brother of Disco Shanthi who earlier appeared in Azhagiya Theeye was selected to play the lead role. It was also the last film for S. S. Rajendran as an actor, before his death in 2014.
The film was launched in 2005 and the shooting was commenced at locations in Madurai, Tirupparakundram, Kodaikanal, Nagercoil and Kanyakumari among other places. The film faced controversy when actresses from Kerala complained that producer did not pay salary for them. The filming was finished in 2006 and was finalised to release in 2007 but failed to meet deadline and it had a low key release in 2008.