Mersal directed by Atlee had screenplay co-written by Baahubali writer Vijayendra Prasad and Ramana Girivasan along with Atlee. The film will be remembered as one of fans favourite film of Thalapathy Vijay. It is the first time, Vijay played triple roles which also featured the likes of Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha and Nithya Menen as female leads. The story revolves around two twin brothers in which one is a magician avenging for his father's death and medical crimes. 
Mersal was released worldwide for Diwali 2017 and opened to positive reviews with critics praising the performance of Vijay, A. R. Rahman's soundtrack, the cinematography, the social message and Atlee's direction. The film preached social issues too which didn’t go well with the ruling party BJP. Members from the party had issued statements against Vijay as well as the film which only ended as a promotion for the film. Mersal was Thenandal Studio Limited’s 100th production. With tomorrow being Thalapathy Vijay’s birthday, Thenandal has now released a ‘Kutty Surprise’ video for Vijay fans. It’s tribute video with footages from the film and Vijay’s speech from the audio launch. Check out the video: