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Kaththi (2014)

TV-14 | | Action, Drama | 21 October 2014 (USA)
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Jeevanandham is a social activist who fights against a monstrous MNC company to restore farming. Because of destiny, Kathiresan impersonates Jeevanandham and leads the war.


A.R. Murugadoss


Abhishek Devalla (Screenplay), A.R. Murugadoss (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Joseph Vijay ... Kathiresan / Jeevanantham
Samantha Ruth Prabhu ... Ankitha
Neil Nitin Mukesh ... Cedric Peter Von
Tota Roy Chowdhury Tota Roy Chowdhury ... Vivek Banerjee
Sathish ... Dhanu (as Satish)
Rupesh Gupta Rupesh Gupta
Veera Santhanam Veera Santhanam ... Old Villager
Tamiko Brownlee ... Jennifer
Elisabeth P. Carpenter ... Katherine
A.R. Murugadoss ... Cameo Appearance
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Venkat Mohan Venkat Mohan
Sudip Mukherjee Sudip Mukherjee ... Police Officer


A multinational company tries to forcefully take over a village that was once a fertile agricultural land to make way for its commercial projects. Jeevanantham, a Hydrology Grad and probably the most educated person in the village, takes the fight to the MNC and vows to reclaim what's their own. Does he deliver on his promise? Do his efforts bear fruit? - The answers form the crux of this sensitive-issue themed flick. Written by PipingHotViews

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Action | Drama


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Release Date:

21 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Knife See more »

Filming Locations:

Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

INR 480,000,000 (India), 26 October 2014, Wide Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 130,000,000
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The villain to prove to the MNC owners, asks one of them to open Facetime in their iPhone. The villain opens the Camera application instead. See more »

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Good movie with a Society-oriented story.
22 October 2014 | by suryaram94See all my reviews

So a Diwali - Vijay Entertainer.

OVERALL REVIEW : Yes. A good movie with a social thought for all. Good acting by Vijay, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Satish. Decent story and good direction. Amazing cinematography and crisp dialogues make the movie a pleasure to watch. Amazing Music and Awesome BGM. Bad heroine acting.

Movies Similar to it: Citizen , Thamizhan , Ramana.




First half: The movie starts off with Vijay (Kathiresan), a prisoner helping the cops catch a thief who has just escaped the prison. When his job is done, Kathiresan just vanishes and the story moves on. With a few unnecessary scenes of the heroine introduction and other stuff that is totally irrelevant, the director finally comes back to the story in a while when Satish (Dhanu) and Kathiresan see people shoot at an innocent fellow in an auto rickshaw. They decide to rescue him and to their shock, the guy who was shot looks exactly like Kathiresan. They come to know that his name is Jeevanandam ( Vijay's double action). Kathiresan immediately decides to pretend like Jeevanandam and makes things appear like Jeevanandam is Kathiresan to avoid the cops chasing him. Kathiresan (who people assume to be Jeevanandam) then comes to an Old-Age home where he is brought to by the District Collector (somehow, don't question). Kathiresan wants money and decides to stay for it. Cedric Peter Von (more like Viktor Von Doom) (Neil NItin Mukesh) plays a typical MNC CEO who is ready to do anything for the company. Jeevanandam is arrested by the police and kept in jail. Kathiresan however slowly comes to know the real story of Jeevanandam and the pain he has gone through for his village and the farmers in his village. Kathiresan decides to help the old farmers as Jeevanandam and starts his fight for the right.

The first half ends with the THUPPAKKI QUOTE - "I am waiting"

Second Half:

After numerous attempts by Neil Nitin Mukesh to kill Kathiresan( they think Jeevanandam) failed, the story begins to move quick when Kathiresan uses his extravagant skill to fight for the farmers. The entire story revolves around the fact that the farmers in a village deep south are devoid of water for farming and an MNC Cola Factory has encroached the farmer's property by illegal means.

Jeevanandam escapes the prison with the help of a few people and returns to Chennai when he comes to know everything. Kathiresan fights till the end as Jeevanandam and wins the case for the farmers but however leaves the place giving all credit to Jeevanandam, and finally accepts his mistake and returns to jail.


1. The Heroine, Samantha ( I don't want to talk about her) 2. A bit quicker story build. 3. Rectification of very minor forgivable logical flaws in the movie.


1. Vijay 2. Anirudh's Music and BGM 3. Direction

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