Kolaigaran (transl. Killer) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language suspense thriller film[2][3] directed by Andrew Louis of Leelai fame.[4] The film stars Vijay Antony, Arjun and Ashima Narwal, while Nassar and Seetha play supportive roles. The music is scored by Simon K. King.[5] Principal photography of the film commenced on 5 June 2018.[6][7] The film follows an investigation in which a woman and her mother are suspected of murder after a disfigured corpse is found, while their neighbor claims to have committed it instead, much to the surprise of cops. The film was released theatrically on 7 June 2019. It opened to positive reviews and became a super hit at the box office.[8]

Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrew Louis
Written byAndrew Louis
Produced byB. Pradip
StarringVijay Antony
Ashima Narwal
Edited byRichard Kevin[1]
Music bySimon K. King
Diya movies
Distributed byBOFTA Media Works
Release date
  • 7 June 2019 (2019-06-07)
Running time
122 minutes

The movie is heavily inspired by the 2012 South Korean thriller Perfect Number which was based on the Japanese mystery novel The Devotion of Suspect X which had earlier been adapted in 2008 in Japanese as Suspect X.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15] The movie was also loosely inspired by Agatha Christie's mystery novel The Body in the Library.

Plot Edit

The movie begins with a murder of a mysterious lady who is killed by an unknown person inside a house. In another scene, Prabhakaran (Vijay Antony) is seen surrendering to the police. The scene shifts to Prabhakaran's past. Prabhakaran and Dharini (Ashima Narwal) are neighbors, and each morning, they coincidentally greet each other as they step out of their homes while stepping out to their respective workplaces. Although Dharini's friend who sees this happen each day warns her to be careful of Prabhakaran as she suspects this as a planned execution, Dharini dismisses her opinion as being paranoid.

Meanwhile, a gruesome murder occurs at night in a desolate area in Chennai where a man is killed and burned. The next day, the body is found by the locals, and a crime branch cop named DCP Karthikeyan (Arjun) is assigned to the case. The police were not able to identify the murder victim due to his deformed face; however, Karthikeyan finds the half-burnt tailor tag from the clothes of the victim and assumes that the person is someone from a different city. He starts an investigation on complaints of missing guests at hotels within Chennai, and from the information extracted from the tag, he discovers that the murdered man is Vamsi, who is the younger brother of an influential minister in Andhra Pradesh.

Checking on Vamsi's background, Karthikeyan learns that Vamsi is a habitual molester who used to stalk and harass Dharini, leading Dharini and her mother Lakshmi (Seetha) to escape to Chennai without his knowledge two years ago. Karthikeyan starts with his investigation with Dharini and Lakshmi, who admit to their past connection with Vamsi, much to Karthikeyan's surprise. Similarly, Karthikeyan investigates Prabhakaran on the whereabouts of his neighbors on the date of the murder. Meanwhile, Prabhakaran contacts Dharini via his office landline phone and asks her to do as instructed.

Theoretically speaking, Karthikeyan firmly believes that the murder has something to do with Dharini and Lakshmi and he also suspects they could not have done it on their own without a male's assistance. During his investigation, Karthikeyan also learns that Prabhakaran is a former Hyderabad-based IPS officer who is renowned for solving murders. However, when approached for help on solving the case, Prabhakaran claims that he can offer no help. This strengthens Karthikeyan's suspicions on Prabhakaran, despite his team's opinions against the idea. In a sudden turn of events, Karthikeyan learns that Prabhakaran has surrendered for the murder. During the course of interrogation, Prabhakaran reveals that he and Dharini are secret lovers. When Prabhakaran learns about Dharini's past with Vamsi, he wants to help Dharini and kills Vamsi without Dharini's knowledge. However, when Dharini was asked about Prabhakaran's story, she claims that she barely knows him, which leads the investigators to believe that Prabhakaran is suffering from a serious case of delusions. To further cement the fact that Prabhakaran is the sole murderer and Dharini and Lakshmi are not, a listening device is found in Prabhakaran's house to prove that it is through this he came to know about Vamsi. The tale takes its turn in the final minutes, and all of the police but Karthikeyan believes that the case can be closed as the murderer Prabhakaran has surrendered. Karthikeyan could not believe that Prabhakaran, a police officer who is specialized in murder cases, could make amateur mistakes when disposing of Vamsi's body.

Karthikeyan ponders on his suspicions that the murderers of Vamsi were indeed Dharini and Lakshmi and thus further investigates on Prabhakaran's motive to surrender instead of them. It was found that Prabhakaran was an IPS officer in Andhra Pradesh who lived happily with his wife, Aaradhanaa (Ashima Narwal), who bore a resemblance to Dharini. Unfortunately, she was murdered by Ali (Sampath), an escaped criminal, who considers himself to be Prabhakaran's enemy (as shown in the opening scene). Prabhakaran resigns his job as a police officer and starts to search for Ali, who escaped after murdering his wife. When he learns that the murderer is in Chennai, he moves there to avenge Aaraadhanaa's death. When Dharini and Lakshmi killed Vamsi in self-defense, Prabhakaran, wanting to help Dharini as she resembles his own passed wife, plots and kills his wife's murderer the next day and conceals his body instead of Vamsi to misdirect the case investigators from suspecting Dharini and Lakshmi. Karthikeyan gains a newfound respect for Prabhakaran after learning the truth and decides to keep as a secret.

Cast Edit

Production Edit

The first look poster of the film featuring Vijay Antony and Arjun was unveiled on 5 June 2018.[16] The shooting of the film went on floors on the same day following a ceremonial pooja. The film is directed by Andrew Louis as his second assignment, who is also a friend of Vijay Antony and eventually returned to his directorial venture after a decade who also shot to prominence for his 2012 directorial venture Leelai.[17] Vijay Antony was signed to play the lead role while he was busy shooting for Thimiru Pudichavan.[18]

The filmmakers roped in Arjun opposite Vijay Antony to play an important role in the film while he was committed for Irumbu Thirai (2018).[19][20] Indian-Australian model Ashima Narwal was also approached to play the female lead role in the film, with the latter making her Tamil film debut.[21] The role of Ashima is speculated to be an innocent character named Dharini from Hyderabad. However, the filmmakers refused to reveal the exact roles of Vijay Antony and Arjun.[22] The filmmakers have revealed that about half of the portions of the shooting segment was completed and as of 29 December 2018 it was also reported that Arjun has wrapped his shoot portions of the film.[23] The shooting of the film was entirely in Chennai.[24]

The film was marketed and distributed by G. Dhananjayan of BOFTA Media Works Pvt Ltd.[25]

Soundtrack Edit

The soundtrack was composed by Simon K. King. This film marks Vijay Antony's second film to have a different music director after India Pakistan (2015).

Soundtrack album by
LabelVijay Antony Music
ProducerSimon K. King
Simon K. King chronology
Market Raja MBBS
Tracklist (Tamil version)
1."Theme of Kolaigaran"Shilvi Sharon2:29
2."Kollathey Kollathey"Yazin Nizar4:01
3."Idhamaai Idhamaai"Karthik, Keerthana Vaidyanathan4:12
4."Andavane Thunai"Sivam3:24
5."Idhamaai Unplugged"Janani S. V., Kapil4:36
Total length:18:42

Release Edit

The film released theatrically on 7 June 2019.[26]

Reception Edit

The film received overall positive reviews.

M Suganth critic of The Times of India gave 3.5 stars out of 5 and wrote that "The initial portions set up the mystery quite nicely and makes us unsure of the motivations of the main characters.".[27] A critic from The Hindu wrote that "A well-executed whodunit that would have been even better had it had more zing"[28]

S Subhakeerthana critic of The Indian Express gave 3 out of 5 ratings and stated that " A well-made investigative thriller with solid twists and turns".[29] A critic of Hindustan Times wrote that "One of the primary reasons why Kolaigaran works majorly is because it gives audiences the chance to step into the shoes of its lead characters. " and gave 3 out of 5 rating.[30]

Sudhir Srinivasan critic of Cinema Express gave 2.5 out of 5 and wrote that 'Ultimately, I liked the seeming sincerity with which the film looks to have been made, even if you walk out fairly underwhelmed".[31] Sreedhar Pillai critic of Firstpost stated that "The makers of the film claim that the songs are a commercial necessity to provide some relief from the tension." and gave 3.25 out of 5 rating.[32]The Asian Age critic gave mixed reviews.[33]

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