Theru Naaigal

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Theru Naaigal
Directed byS. Hari Uthraa
Produced bySushil Kumar Jain
Akshatha Sreedhar
Imman Annachi
Madhu Soodhanan
Mime Gopi
Ramachandran Durairaj
Music byHarish—Satish
CinematographyThalapathy Rathinam
Edited byMeenatchy Sundar
Shree Bhuwal Movie Productions
I Creations
Release date
  • 22 September 2017 (2017-09-22)

Theru Naaigal (English: Street Dogs) is a 2017 Indian Tamil action drama film written and directed by S. Hari Uthraa. The film features Pratheek and Akshatha Sreedhar in the lead roles, with an ensemble cast of actors including Appukutty, Imman Annachi, Pavel Navageethan, Madhu Soodhanan, Ramachandran Durairaj, and Mime Gopi in pivotal roles. The film began production during mid-2016 and was released on 22 September 2017 to mixed review from critics.



Hari Uthraa scripted the film and based the key plot points around corporate interventions and issues that farmers face due to it. He revealed that it was initially difficult to find a producer due to the controversial subject, before I Creations agreed to finance the film.[1] The film passed the certification board with a U certificate. About the process, Hari noted that the board were initially sceptical about the content and thought it was against the government, as it takes on the issues of methane extraction, but were later satisfied.[2]


Theru Naaigal
Soundtrack album by
Harish & Satish
Released28 July 2017
LabelMusic 247

The film's music was composed by duo Harish & Satish, while the audio rights of the film was acquired by Music 247. The album released on 28 July 2017 and featured four songs.

Track list
1."Meesaiya Muruki"GKBHide Karthik3:44
2."Netrikannai Thirandhidu"Ma-ShaHarish2:15
3."Kaatukula Sikirichu"LalithanandMahalingam4:21
4."Kangal Kathai Pesutho"MuthamilVaikom Vijayalakshmi4:18
5."Theru Naaigal"2:45
6."Dark Night"1:55


Theru Naaigal had a theatrical release across Tamil Nadu alongside eight other films, which became the most crowded release date of 2017 in Chennai.[3] The film opened on 22 September 2017 to mixed reviews, with the critic from The Times of India stating the film "manages to be a minor success". The critic added that "the use of fractured timelines is what makes Theru Naaigal different from the umpteen ones we have seen till date" and "this approach keeps us guessing about what is at play and what is at stake, and the film remains engaging for the most parts". However, the critic stated "what stops the film from being truly good is the flashback portion that is a bit too long and digresses a little to include a romantic track, which seems to have been added on as a compromise".[4] Rakesh Mehar of stated "Theru Naaigal tries for gritty realism, but ends up delivering a single-tone film that drags beyond its actual runtime", adding "not that Theru Naaigal doesn’t have the ingredients for a good film", "it is moderately engaging but fails to engage fully because it overplays its hand — and with a subtler touch and a little restraint, it could make for great viewing".[5]


  1. ^ "Hari Uthraa's 'Theru Naaigal' Deals With Farmers' Issues". Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Theru Naaigal takes on farmer issues". 20 June 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
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  5. ^ "'Theru Naaigal' review: A film that has all the barks but no bite". 22 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.