Dindigul city in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, January 24, witnessed an out-of-the-ordinary situation when a man attempted a bank robbery using a knife, chili powder, a cutting blade, pepper spray, and other sharp weapons, after being "inspired" by watching Tamil actor Ajith Kumar's latest big film, Thunivu. The 25-year-old individual identified as Kaleel Rahman near Begampur, who attempted the bank robbery was caught by the public after a bank employee raised an alarm and handed him over to the police authorities.
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According to the Dindigul Police, Kaleel had decided to rob the Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) on Thadikombu Road owing to financial woes. During his attempt to steal from the bank, the individual used pepper spray on three IOB employees' faces who were working in the branch and tied them using a plastic rope. However, one of the employees managed to escape and alerted passers-by for help by shouting in front of the bank premises. The security guards at the bank along with the public managed to storm into the bank and nab Kaleel, who was later turned over to the authorities.
Thunivu revolves around a bank heist with Ajith leading the plan as Dark Devil / Michael Jackson along with his team among whom include Manju Warrier as Kanmani and a few others. Directed by H. Vinoth, the mass action thriller has been produced by Boney Kapoor's Bayview Projects LLP banner in association with Zee Studios and features chart-topping music by Ghibran, who has worked for the first time on a full-fledged Ajith venture after handling the background score in Valimai (2022). Thunivu is the third consecutive collaboration for Ajith, H. Vinoth, and Boney Kapoor after their Nerkonda Paarvai (2019) and Valimai, and is en route to becoming one of the biggest box office successes for the Tamil superstar.