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Genius is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Suseenthiran and produced by the actor Roshan who also stars in the lead role.[1] It features newcomers in the lead roles. It has cinematography by R. B. Gurudev and music byYuvan Shankar Raja with lyrics by Vairamuthu.[2] The movie examines the after effects that arise from the unwanted academic pressure that parents put on their children.

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Directed bySuseenthiran
Produced byRoshan
Written bySuseenthiran
Priya Lal
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
CinematographyR. B. Gurudev
Edited bySathyaraj Natarajan
Sudesiwood Films Private Limited
Distributed bySakthi Film Factory
Release date
26 October 2018
Running time
92 minutes



Genius is the story of how the childhood pressures on overachieving in studies impact a person's life, rendering him socially awkward and stressed. The movie explores the brain freeze of an IT employee named Dhinesh (Roshan) and gives us a glimpse into his childhood and teenage life and explores what led to the current breakdown.

Dhinesh's school life is shown to be a normal one, spending happy times at his grandparents' place in a beautiful village; until his potential as a genius is highlighted by the school principal at the school's annual day. From there, Dhinesh’s father Ramamoorthy (Aadukalam Naren) takes it upon himself to push Dhinesh to the limits and make the world applaud for him. To this end, Dhinesh is taken from class to class from morning until dusk. All other social contacts, playtimes, and fun activities are shunned as distractions.

The next happy memory that Dinesh remembers is the lovely friendship in his teens with a beautiful and smart girl named Priscilla (Priya Lal). When Priscilla upstages Dhinesh in studies, Ramamoorthy puts an ugly end to it too, making Dhinesh lonely forever.

Aided by the doctor (Jayaprakash), Dhinesh's parents embark on a mission to cure Dhinesh of schizophrenia using various methods. If Dhinesh will be cured and how he will be cured form the rest of the story.


  • Roshan as Dhinesh
  • Priya Lal as Jasmine
  • Aadukalam Naren as Ramamoorthy, Dhinesh's father
  • Meera Krishnan as Jayalakshmi, Dhinesh's mother
  • Singampuli as Ramamoorthy's friend
  • Jayaprakash as Doctor (guest appearance)
  • Monica Chinnakotla as Priscilla
  • V. I. S. Jayapalan as Dhinesh's grandfather
  • Florent Pereira as School correspondent
  • Swaminathan as Traffic constable Kumaresan
  • Singamuthu as Tea shop owner
  • Uday Mahesh as Ashok
  • Charmila as Priscilla's mother
  • Thadi Balaji
  • Erode Mahesh
  • Poraali Dileepan as Dhinesh's friend
  • Maayi Sundar as Auto driver
  • Gemini Mani as Inspector Athin Suresh
  • TSR as Judge
  • Babitha as Massage parlour receptionist
  • Yogesh as Teenage Dhinesh
  • Adithya as Young Dhinesh


In January 2018, Suseenthiran announced that he would be directing a film called Genius while also filming another project, Champion.[3] Newcomer Roshan portrays the lead role and also produced the film. Suseenthiran revealed that he had written this script with Vijay in mind; however, since he did not agree to do the film, a debutant was chosen for the plot. The film is based on the theme of education and mental stress.[4]


Suseenthiran again collaborated with Yuvan Shankar Raja, who had composed music for the director's earlier films, Naan Mahaan Alla, Rajapattai and Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer.[5] Vairamuthu wrote all of the lyrics. One of the songs in the film, "Neengalum Oorum", is sung by Shrikanth (Super Singer). The audio tracks were produced by Yuvan's U1 Records label. The list of songs.[6]

1."Silu Silu"Al-Rufian03:48
2."Velaiyadu Magane"Senthil Das, Surmukhi Raman, Sam, Pawan, Priya Himesh, Sri Varthini02:48
3."Neengalum Oorum"Srikanth, Priya Mali03:04
4."Silu Silu (Kid Version)"V Praneeth, Vs.Adharsh, Vs.Akash, S.Sindhuja, V.Priyadharshini, CS.Dharshini03:02
5."Silu Silu (F)"Sadhana Sargam03:02


Sify wrote "The biggest problem with Genius is that we cannot relate with the protagonist, his issues and the manner in which it is dealt. Suseenthiran wanted to talk about a serious issue but the way in which he has dealt the issue is insensitive and illogical."[7] Times of India called it "A message film filled with convoluted, preposterous scenes".[8] India Today called it "In a nutshell, Genius starring Roshan and Priya Lal is a shoddy film that fails to rise above the ordinary".[9] The Hindu wrote "In Genius, Susienthiran seems completely clueless about the story and its milieu".[10]


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  3. ^ "Director Suseenthiran Shares Details Of His Future Projects On His Birthday", Silver Screen, 31 March 2018
  4. ^ "Suseenthiran reunites with Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer team", 28 March 2018
  5. ^ V Lakshmi, "Suseenthiran, Yuvan Shankar Raja team up, again", Times of India, 2 August 2018
  6. ^ "Genius 2018". Raaga. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Genius review: This film doesn't go beyond the usual cliches!". Sify. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Genius Movie Review {2/5}: A message film filled with convoluted, preposterous scenes". Times of India. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  9. ^ Purushotaman, Kirubhakar (26 October 2018). "Genius Movie Review: Susienthiran preaches life lessons in bland drama". India Today. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  10. ^ S, Srivatsan (26 October 2018). "'Genius' review: mediocrity at its best". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 August 2019.

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