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


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Credited cast:
Joseph Vijay ... Kathiresan / Jeevanantham
Samantha Akkineni ... Ankitha (as Samantha Ruth Prabhu)
Neil Nitin Mukesh ... Cedric Peter Von
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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This film collected 100 crores in just 12 days, thus making it the fourth Tamil film to cross 100 crores at the box office after Rajinikanth's "Endhiran" and "Sivaji" as well as the lead actor Vijay's "Thuppakki". Coincidentally, "Thuppakki" was also directed by AR Murugadoss, the director of "Kaththi". See more »


Two goons were sent by the villain to kill the hero. But they disappear in the end. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to reduce scenes of strong violence in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »


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Produced by Anirudh Ravichander
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan & Shweta Mohan
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Kaththi-Best of Vijay & AR Murugadoss
23 October 2014 | by arvthe1-882-640193See all my reviews

Stop wasting your time in reading reviews, you just don't want miss the best of Vijay & AR Murugadoss, If you still want to know something then read on...

Water Scarcity for farming resulting in farmers suicide, Disrespecting elderly people, Media's hunger for TRP, Corporate/MNC's domination, City people ignoring villager's issue.. Well these are the various issues highlighted in the movie while the farmers issue being the main theme. Murugadoss is a master of screenplay and good concepts (like how he developed ACF in Ramana, 7am Arivu theme, 12 on 12 in Thuppakki) and this movie has some good sequences. He starts with bits & pieces and post Aathi song the movie picks up and ends with a bang. The technical dept is brilliant like Thuppaki, DOP George u rock man u r the future,I bet u wont miss Santhosh Sivan.. Anirudh's first big movie and he delivers well in Songs & BGM.. Sreekar Prasad continues from where he left in Thuppakki. Excellent Action sequences by Anal Arasu.. especially coin fight where he delivers a logical way of how a single person can fight 50 people,am stunned coz in Thuppaki too the fight sequences made sense,hats off to Murugadoss for it.

NOTE: Only in Thuppaki & Kaththi you can find a hero getting tired after fighting.

Vijay's performance as Jeevanandham & Kathiresan is excellent, the performance comes from body language,mannerism and Vijay is bang on.Get up change is not needed.. According to me he is the best for facial expressions..woww.. let it be the cute reaction after slapping Samantha or Mocking Neil Nitin after Killing him.

Neil Nitin is typical corporate Amul Baby, Excellent dubbing in his own voice for a first time Hindi actor in tamil.. now thats good

Special mention tp all the elderly people, they have done well.

Excellent choreos for songs, Paalam song & A fight sequence were removed to make sure movie is speedy enough.

The downsides are Samantha & Song placements.

Apart from Vijay fans.. post Ghilli 2004 probably Sachein 2005 & Thuppakki 2012 were widely appreciated Vijay films.. Remaining were either liked only by few or some had issues with remakes (come on everyone does remakes) But Kaththi will be liked by everyone...Vijay & ARM has Nailed it. I have not mentioned many things enjoy it in theater with ur family

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21 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India See more »


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