Ottran (transl. A Spy) is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language spy thriller film starring Arjun, Simran, Manorama, Vadivelu, Tejashree, Sarath Babu and directed by Ilankannan. The score and soundtrack was composed by Pravin Mani.[1][2]

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Directed byIlankannan
Written byIlankannan
Produced byGandhilal Bansali
CinematographyK. S. Selvaraj
Edited byP. Sai Suresh
Music byPravin Mani
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Release date
24 October 2003


Karthik is an upright RAW agent who is on the trail of an anti-national group who are out to destabilise the country. He lives in a palatial house with his mother in New Delhi. The police in Chennai nab Ali, a terrorist behind the Parliament and temple attack. Sudha and Shiva are the children of Manikkavel IPS, IG-Prisons, police officer who is in charge of bringing Ali to court.

Now Ali's people kidnap Sudha and blackmail her brother to bring home three terrorists and give them shelter. So he is forced to introduce them as his friends and keep them in his father's official bungalow.

Karthik saves Sudha from the terrorist and comes to Chennai to uncover the ISI plan to rescue Ali and create communal tension in the state. How Karthik emerges winner single-handedly forms the rest of this predictable yarn.



After the success of Arjun-directed Ezhumalai, the Arjun-Simran pair come together in yet another film titled Ottran. Directing the film is first-timer Ilankannan, who had apprenticed with director Shanker. Arjun plays a secret agent in the film, which gives him scope for enough of action scenes. Shooting commenced in Chennai in a forty-day schedule.[3]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelHit Musics
Ayngaran Music
ProducerPravin Mani

These 6 songs in Ottran are composed by Pravin Mani.[4]

Critical receptionEdit

Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu wrote, "first half of the film is the screenplay that allows no room for sluggishness or dampeners. The film moves on at breakneck speed and by the time you take a breather it's intermission".[5]


  1. ^ "The Hindu : "Ottran"". Archived from the original on 8 December 2003. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  2. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (29 December 2003). "Reel of fortune". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 6 May 2004. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Ottran". 10 February 2003. Archived from the original on 10 February 2003. Retrieved 5 March 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Join me on Raaga". Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Ottran". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 24 October 2003. Archived from the original on 28 July 2004.