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Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru (English: 16 Extremes), also known as D-16, is a 2016 Indian Tamil crime thriller film written and directed by Karthick Naren and starring Rahman in the leading role.[1] Featuring a predominantly new cast and crew, the film went on to gain positive reviews from film critics as well becoming a profitable venture.[2][3] It completed its 100 days on April 6, 2017.

Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Tamil துருவங்கள் பதினாறு
Directed by Karthick Naren
Written by Karthick Naren
Starring Rahman
Music by Jakes Bejoy
Cinematography Sujith Sarang
Edited by Sreejith Sarang
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Distributed by Dream Factory
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Release date
  • 29 December 2016 (2016-12-29)
Running time
105 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

The film was later dubbed in Telugu as 16: Every Detail Counts and released theatrically on 10 March 2017, receiving highly positive responses.[4][5]



On a cold, rainy night in Coimbatore, three college friends named Fabian, Melvin and Mano run over someone with their car, while returning from a late night party. Fabian decides to hide the body in the car boot, to be disposed later. They are stopped by the traffic cops, but they manage to return to Fabian's home by beating them.

Five years later, Deepak, the now retired police inspector is being asked for a help, to convince his friend's son not to join the police. His friend's son enquires Deepak, how he became crippled. Deepak narrates the story of his final case, which robbed him of the job he loved.

Deepak received a complaint that a dead body, later revealed to be Krish, was found on the streets. A gun with Krish's fingerprints was also found nearby, suggesting it might be a suicide case. Deepak teams up with Gautham, an enthusiastic new constable and theorize that it might be a homicide. They learnt that the three college students, used that street to return home every night. On enquiry, they found nothing suspicious to the case, but the boys seemed nervous. Meanwhile, they visit the scene of another possible crime, Shruti's apartment. At dawn, Shruti was found missing by her friend Vaishnavi, with traces of blood on the bedroom wall. Forensics reveals that the blood found in her bedroom was type B+, whereas Shruti's is O+ve. Deepak quickly connected it to Krish, as his blood was type B+. While leaving the apartment, Deepak sees a group of film students arguing with the security guard for filming at the area and confiscates their camera. A local paperboy who reported the crime scene, claimed that the same white car, later revealed as registered under Krish, from the crime scene has just left the police station. Later that day, Krish's father, Sriram, a former police officer, came to the station to collect his son's body.

Back in the present day, Deepak explains to his friend's son that the most depressing part of being a police officer is telling someone they had just lost someone they love.

Back at home, Deepak is informed by his neighbour that a visitor was waiting outside his house for hours. While looking at the film students footage, Deepak notices Vaishnavi arriving at Shruti's apartment much earlier than dawn. They try to question her, but it appears she had left the town in a hurry. Meanwhile, Mano reveals that, after Deepak left their house, they found the dead body was missing from the car boot. Since there is no solid suspect or motive, they decide to track down Vaishnavi. On their way to Chennai, they came across the white car from the crime scene. During the pursuit, Deepak and Gautham met with a tragic accident, in which Deepak lost one of his legs.

In the present day, Deepak finds that it is an impostor in the name of his friend's son. He holds Deepak at gun-point and asks him to finish the story. However, Just before Deepak comes to the realisation that the person who he has been talking with is an imposter, he receives a courier/ delivery package. The aundience do not know what is in the package and it is never revealed in the film. Deepak excuses himself to leave the package inside his house, therefore he goes inside, whilst inside he receives a phone call from his friend who called in the beginning. His friend informs Deepak that his son will not be coming to meet him (Deepak) at this point he realises that the man who he has been talking to about the case/story is an imposter. Realising that he is indeed an imposter, Deepak takes his pistol with him back to the table where they were talking, hiding the pistol from view. When Gautham confronts Deepak at gun point, Deepak reaches for his hidden pistol under his jacker, however he is too slow and Gautham prevents him from doing so.

While Deepak was recovering at the hospital, Vaishnavi visits him and narrates the actual events on the night of the crime. When Vaishnavi arrived at Shruti's apartment, she found Krish and his friend waiting near the door. Assuming them as Shruti's friends, she lets them in. Shruti said that Krish has been harassing her all the time. Just then, Rajiv, Shruti's fiance, arrives to her house, but is knocked out. Krish then rapes Shruti, while his friend films it. Leaving Vaishnavi and the unconscious Rajiv behind, they take Shruti as hostage in his car. Rajiv gains his consciousness and overpowers Krish with his gun. Krish's friend gets hit by Fabian's car while trying to escape. Later Rajiv follows them, and discards the body. He and Shruti, went into hiding, while Vaishnavi stayed back to manipulate the situation. Before midnight, Vaishnavi met up with Rajiv and Shruti at the station to leave the city.

Back in the present day, the impostor reveals himself as Gautham, who was in coma for the last five years as a result of the accident. His face was burnt up and had reconstructive surgery. Traumatized by his lost youth, Gautham vowed to track down the killer, Rajiv. He had seen Rajiv's face during the car chase and was shocked to see Rajiv visiting Deepak earlier. Deepak finally confesses that Rajiv is his son and that he was unknowingly covering up for him throughout their investigation as Rajiv has not informed him about Shruti. Gautham shoots Deepak in the chest and is then shot at by the police.

Deepak recounts, had this story been told from Gautham's perspective, he would have ended up being the villain. He concludes how the Hindu concept of Karma is like a boomerang.


  • Rahman as Deepak
  • Prakash Vijayaraghavan as Gautham
  • Anjana Jayaprakash as Vaishnavi
  • Karthikeyan as Melvin
  • Ashwin Kumar as the aspiring IPS officer
  • Pradheep as Rajan
  • Sharath Kumar as the paperboy
  • Santhosh Krishna as Fabian
  • Praveen as Mano
  • Bala Hasan as Prem
  • Vinod Varma as Krish
  • Kunal Kaushik as Rajiv
  • Yaashika Aanand as Shruti
  • Delhi Ganesh as Sriram
  • S. M. Sivakumar


In September 2015, Rahman revealed that he would work on a Tamil action film to be directed by Karthick Naren, then only aged twenty one years old. Rahman stated that was initially apprehensive about signing on to feature in a film to be made by newcomers and held a few hearings despite being impressed with the way the script was presented to him through a narration that was both "appealing and convincing".[6][7] Debutant director Karthick revealed that Rahman was his "only choice" for the lead role, while stating the script was "the culmination of an intensive probe into the world of crime" and that his father would back the film as the producer. Sujith Sarang, Sreejith Sarang and Jakes Bejoy, who had previously worked together in Thakka Thakka (2015), collaborated again to work as the cinematographer, editor and music composer for the project.[8] Sachin Sudhakaran and Hariharan worked on the sound engineering for the film, with Rajakrishnan assisting as the mixing engineer.[9] Apart from Rahman, the only other notable actor cast in the film was Delhi Ganesh, with most of the remaining actors being newcomers. Ashwin Kumar, who previously appeared in a supporting role in Jacobinte Swargarajyam (2016), was also picked to play a role, with his identity kept secret during the promotions.[10] Rookie actress Yaashika Aanand appeared in the role of Shruti, her second film appearance following a brief role in Kavalai Vendam (2016).[11] Anjana Jayaprakash, who portrayed the role of Vaishnavi, was a college senior of the director and was signed after the pair had a mutual interest for working on short films.[12]

The film was predominantly shot in October and November 2015, over a period of 28 days in and around Chennai, Coimbatore and Ooty.[13][14] The film's first look was released by director Gautham Menon through a poster in January 2016, while R. Madhavan and A. R. Rahman released a further poster and the trailer of the film, respectively, during August 2016.[15] Prior to the theatrical release of the film, Rahman screened the film for his friends in the film industry.[16]


Dhruvangal Pathinaaru
Soundtrack album by Jakes Bejoy
Released 2016
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Think Music India
Producer Jakes Bejoy
Jakes Bejoy chronology
Thakka Thakka
(2015)Thakka Thakka2015
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru
Mannar Vagera
(2017)Mannar Vagera2017

Soundtrack contains two songs composed by Jakes Bejoy and the lyrics were written by Vivek and Mani Amudhan.[17]

  • Kaatril Oru — Lawrence, Kavita Thomas
  • Uthira Kaayangal — Vijay Prakash


The film was theatrically released across Tamil Nadu on 29 December 2016, alongside seven other films and played initially in 95 screens.[18] However, by the first show, the film started receiving a good response, and positive word-of-mouth meant that 160 screens played the film in its second week. Furthermore, the film was moved from smaller halls in cinemas to the biggest main screens in several multiplexes across Chennai.[19] It subsequently went on to become a profitable venture at the box office, with stating it was a "multiplex super hit".[20] Following the release of the film, it received widespread critical acclaim with several Indian actors and technicians praising the venture. Rahman praised the team and stated he was "left in awe at the efforts of the youthful brigade, and things fell in place as if it was programmed that way" and noted that "the success should inspire other directors to think out of the box".[21] Leading Tamil film technicians including A. R. Rahman, Shankar, AR Murugadoss and Karthik Subbaraj tweeted appreciating the film, as did actors such as Vijay, Silambarasan, Sivakarthikeyan, Rana Daggubati and Prashanth.[22][23][24][25]

In his review for The Hindu, film critic Baradwaj Rangan gave the film a positive review and concluded that Dhruvangal Pathinaaru was "a procedural with solid writing, first-rate filmmaking", adding that the director had "announced that he’s a filmmaker".[26] Similarly, The New Indian Express gave the film a very positive review stating "an eminently watchable suspense- thriller, Dhruvangal Pathinaaru has a universal sensibility and a feel that makes Tamil cinema proud", while also singling out Rahman stating he gave a "truly brilliant performance and the best in his career".[27] wrote it was a "well executed whodunit murder mystery" and added that the film "engages us throughout and keep throwing surprises till the end".[28] Likewise, noted that it was "an engaging thriller with an impressive storyline" and that "Karthick is a director to look out for".[29] stated it was a "fantastic thriller", concluding "D16 is surely the surprise end package to the year 2016, a good finish from a logically sound and promising director supported by a good cast and fine technicalities".[30] The film was later dubbed and released in Telugu as D16 was released in March 2017, after plans to remake it was dropped.[31]


In 2017, Karthick Naren announced that his upcoming directorial venture Naragasooran would be the second of a "thriller trilogy" of films that began with Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru, and set in the same universe as the latter film. Like M.Night Shyamalan`s Psychological Thriller Trioloy which he announced in the year 2016. [32]


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