Knife is a Indian Tamil -language action film directed by A. Murugadoss , and produced by Allirajah Subaskaran under the banner Lyca Productions , along with Ayngaran International , as the co-producer and Eros International , who distributed the film.
The film's principal photography commenced on 3 February in Kolkata , and shooting took places in Chennai , Nellore and Kadapa. This film marks the second collaboration of Vijay and Murugadoss, after Thuppakki The cinematography for the film was handled by George C. Williams and the film was edited by A. Sreekar Prasad. The music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander , and the film's soundtrack received positive responses upon release.
Kaththi was released worldwide on 22 October , coinciding with the Diwali festival, and received positive responses, with praises for the story and screenplay by Murugadoss, Vijay's performance, and the film's score and soundtrack.
Despite being dubbed into Telugu, [a] the film was remade into Telugu as Khaidi No. In Kolkata , prisoner Kathiresan "Kaththi" helps the police capture an escaping prisoner Vivek Banerjee but escapes afterwards. He goes to Chennai to escape to Bangkok with his friend Ravi. However, he drops this plan after meeting and falling in love with Ankitha, who dupes him into believing that she wants to marry him after realising that he is having a crush on her.
Later, Kaththi and Ravi notice Jeevanandam, who resembles Kaththi, being shot by a group of thugs. They admit him to a hospital, and Kaththi decides to impersonate the injured Jeeva to escape from the police.
Jeeva is a communist ideologue and post-graduate in hydrology from the arid village of Thanoothu in Tirunelveli district who had discovered groundwater under some lands of the village which could be used as an irrigation source not only for the village, but for the entire Tirunelveli district and the neighbouring Thoothukudi district. However, a greedy MNC owner Chirag cheated the villagers into giving their lands for the construction of a factory. Jeeva gets arrested by the police, and six villagers commit suicide to bring this news to the media forefront and release Jeeva from prison.
On learning of the plight of Jeeva and the villagers, Kaththi decides to fight for their cause while still posing as Jeeva. The people of the old home and Kaththi go to the jury and try to convince him to go in favour of them, but Kaththi starts stating rules and scares the main jury person whom Chirag had bribed. Kaththi then sends a person disguised as a hairdresser to Chirag and makes him lay a fingerprint on Chirag's neck.
After that, Chirag sends 50 men to kill Kaththi, but he defeats them. Meanwhile, Jeeva finds himself in the Kolkata prison. With the help of Vivek, who has heard his story and plans to kill Kaththi for having him thrown back into prison, he escapes with Vivek's henchmen. Unaware that Jeeva and Vivek's henchmen are headed for Chennai, Kaththi makes efforts to convince the media to bring the plight of the villagers to national consciousness, but the media is uninterested as they feel it is not a sensational news.
A few days later, at the Madras High Court , the judge declares the verdict in favour of Jeeva and the villagers, but adds that Chirag has claimed that certain villagers who are working abroad have shown their support for the factory. If they cannot prove that their support was faked by Chirag within the next five days, the verdict will go in favour of Chirag. Since the villagers who have denied supporting the factory are abroad and cannot come to Chennai within five days to rebut Chirag's claims as their passports are held by their contractors, Kaththi decides on drastic measures to sensationalise the issue.
He, Ankitha, Ravi, and the inmates of the old-age home block water supply to Chennai by sitting on the pipelines which carry water to Chennai from five lakes. With the plight of Chennai people due to no water supply having gained national attention, Kaththi comes out of the pipeline after a few days and highlights the villagers' plight in a speech to the media, which is telecast nationwide and moves many people.
By now, Kaththi has discovered that Jeeva has escaped and is searching for him. While in Chirag's custody, he sees Kaththi's speech on television and is moved by his efforts to help the villagers. On the night before the verdict, Kaththi's bluff is exposed, but he promises the villagers that he will surely help them.
He tells them that Jeeva is alive, that he will rescue him from Chirag and hand him back to the villagers with the assurance of a positive verdict.
Kaththi goes to Chirag's office, rescues Jeeva and kills Chirag. The next day, the verdict is declared in favour of Jeeva and the villagers. Kaththi, despite this success, does not take part in the ensuing celebrations. Instead, he surrenders to the police and returns to the Kolkata prison after promising Ankitha, who has now fallen in love with him, that he will marry her once he is released. In , it was reported that Murugadoss and Vijay would work together again. Williams as the cinematographer, who had filmed Raja Rani , which was produced by Murugadoss himself.
Ilayaraja, who had won the National Film Award for Best Production Design in Vishwaroopam , was selected to handle the art direction for the film. In September , Samantha Ruth Prabhu was selected as the lead female lead. Murugadoss also stated that Vijay would play a dual role. He described his character as one who does not "fight the hero with physical power, but with intelligence". The film was launched in Kolkata on 3 February by its producers Ayngaran International with a pooja ceremony in front of the Kalighat Kali Temple , after which principal photography began.
In late August , 15 days of filming, including patch-work and a few fight sequences, remained. About dancers participated in the song sequence. As Thuppakki , the actor-director's previous collaboration,  is based on stopping terrorism by tracking down, destroying and deactivating the sleeper cells.
This film deals with farmers whom are against with corporate encroachment. The film portrays incidents, like the 2G spectrum corruption case, and encroachment of Pepsi company in the banks of river Thamirabharani. The soundtrack album and background score were composed by Anirudh Ravichander , in his first collaboration with Vijay and A. The soundtrack album consists of seven tracks, with lyrics written by Madhan Karky , Yugabharathi , Pa. Vijay and Hiphop Tamizha. The album songs, in its entirety was released on 24 September , at the audio launch event held at The Leela Palace Hotel in Chennai.
Kaththi was released on 22 October , coinciding with the Diwali festival. The film was released in more than screens worldwide. In overseas, the film was released in USA in 96 screens, which stands next to Kochadaiiyaan , which was released in screens,  and in Canada , the film released on 21 screens. The film released in Sri Lanka , on 28 screens, and in Australia on 16 screens.
The satellite rights of the film were sold to Jaya TV. Shibu of Thameens Films promoted and distributed the film in Kerala. The first look motion poster was released on 22 June , coinciding with Vijay 's birthday. The second first-look motion poster drew comparisons with the popular minute-long advertisement campaign run by a Turkish newspaper, Sabah , to announce their distribution of the New York Times as a supplement.
The original advertisement features iconic images of the cities of New York City and Istanbul , designed using news articles and headlines from the newspaper to show the two cities in the form of newspaper clippings. The motion poster of the film showed prominent places in Chennai and the entire city itself in the form of newspaper clippings and headlines, just like the advertisement campaign, without an acknowledgement to the makers of the original. Minjur Gopi Nayinar filed a case against Murugadoss, claiming that the plot of the film was copied from his novel Mootha Kudi.
Responding to the issue, Murugadoss said that he was neither aware of Minjur nor that his story was a copy, further citing the allegation as a tactic by the plaintiff to garner free publicity. He, in turn, requested the court to dismiss the petition. Subaskaran Allirajah, chairman of Lyca Mobiles, whose company Lyca Productions co-produced the film along with Ayngaran International , was claimed to have had business links with the President of Sri Lanka , Mahinda Rajapaksa. Thirumavalavan — to explain their position regarding the allegation, but the talks proved to be inconclusive at that time.
The students were willing to reconsider their position on the film if Lyca Productions formally withdrew as producer. Despite clarifications, as many as 65 Tamil groups came together to oppose the film, leading to speculations regarding Lyca stepping down as producer and handing the reins to another production group.
As per Karunamoorthy's statement, a press meet was held on 16 September , where the vice-chairman of Lyca Productions, Premananthan Sivasamy, Subaskaran and Karunamoorthy were present. A statement with a detailed clarification was shown in which it was mentioned that Lyca did not have any business links with Rajapaksa or anyone else related to him, thereby confirming the planned release of the film on Deepavali. Kaththi opened to positive reviews from critics. His strong screen presence adds a huge value to the project. His co-star Samantha is just his an arm candy but Neil Nitin Mukesh looks rich in stylish costumes.
Rest other characters have played their parts well. And the director himself appears in one scene and it gets huge applause from the audience. Anirudh's thrilling score, George's awe inspiring cinematography and Vijay's impressive performance make Kaththi a treat to watch!
Suganth of The Times of India gave it 3 out of 5 and wrote, " Kaththi will definitely be picked up by a big Bollywood star for a remake, for the knife was bang on target". Anupama Subramanian of Deccan Chronicle gave 2.
On the contrary, the director has etched a weak characterization for Jeevanandham, who fights for a cause, but beyond that he is projected neither brainy nor brawny. Murugadoss brings to the fore critical social issues like farmers suicide, water scarcity, etc, but at times it looks too preachy.
Wish Murugadoss could have opted for a tauter screenplay. But here Murugadoss has portrayed his hero as a messiah, a man of the masses willing to even sacrifice his life.
The distributor Ayngaran International stated that Kaththi had the biggest opening for a Tamil film in UK since it released in over 70 screens there and also topped the weekend box office in Malaysia. Kaththi became the highest grossing Tamil film of in US. Despite having a Telugu dubbed version, the film was remade in Telugu as Khaidi No.
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