|Produced by||Devi Karan|
|Edited by||V. J. Sabu Joseph|
|Distributed by||Dream Factory|
|16 September 2016|
Uchathula Shiva (English: Shiva on the rise) is a 2016 Tamil action film which was directed by Jaypee, starring Karan and Neha Ratnakaran in the leading roles. Featuring music composed by Vidyasagar, the film is produced by Karan's wife, Devi Karan and marks the actor's first home production. The film had a theatrical release on 16 September 2016.
An easy-going taxi driver, Shiva (Karan) gives out advice on hygiene and the need to be 'professional' to an idli vendor on street, thus establishing himself as someone with a humanitarian side, in the very first scene. Further, his conversation with Gnanasambandam (who plays himself) in a car and the way he talks to his over-concerned mother over phone (Kovai Sarala's voice) brings him closer to the audience. However, within no time, things go haywire when the story actually kicks off.
Nila (Neha) is being chased by a prominent drug dealer (Naren) in the town, and Shiva comes to her rescue and offers a lift. He tries to contact people who are close to her to ensure safety. Little does he know that he is inviting trouble, as things start going beyond his control. What follows is an unexpected series of incidents.
- Karan as Shiva
- Neha Ratnakaran as Vidya/Nila
- Aadukalam Naren as Albert
- Ilavarasu as Ondipuli
- Ramesh Khanna as Sundar
- Sangili Murugan as Accused
- Ashwin Raja as Accused
- Kanal Kannan as Special appearance
- Yashmith in a cameo appearance
The film became Karan's first home production, with the actor revealing that he chose to do a "light-hearted entertainer" rather than a serious film. Neha Ratnakaran was signed on to portray the leading female role in the film, which progressed throughout early 2016. The project also marked the return of composer Vidyasagar after a brief sabbatical from Tamil films.
|Soundtrack album by Vidyasagar|
|Released||1 September 2016|
|Recorded||Varsha Vallaki Studios|
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
The music and background score for the film were composed by Vidyasagar. Director Dharani made his debut as playback singer with this film.
|1.||"Tharu Maru"||Tippu, Dharani, Karan, JP||4:20|
|2.||"Pesu Pesu"||Balaram, Indulekha Warrier||4:58|
|3.||"Uchathula Shiva Theme"||VidyaSagar||2:17|
|4.||"Uchathula Shivan Da"||V. M. Mahalingam||2:17|
The film had a theatrical release across Tamil Nadu on 16 September 2016, and opened to mixed reviews from critics. A critic from The Times of India wrote "a few scenes appear wacky, as the filmmaker seems to be confused about whether to approach these sequences in a serious or comical manner" and "as a result, the audience, too, are left confused".
- "Yashmith plays a key role in Karan's film". Times of India. Retrieved 31 August 2016.