For fans of Tamil cinema, the word 'kidnap' will resonate with a number of films and among them is also the smash hit 2013 crime comedy thriller, Soodhu Kavvum, starring 'Makkal Selvan' Vijay Sethupathi. Directed by Nalan Kumarasamy, the film went on to become a box office hit and revolved around Das (Vijay Sethupathi) and his accomplices, who kidnap people to make a living. 

In Soodhu Kavvum, Karunakaran stages his own kidnapping and demands from his father a ransom of Rs 2 crore. Likewise, a similar incident had taken place in West Bengal recently, which has left many including the police department in complete shock. A tech employee had been let go by his employer due to the coronavirus pandemic crisis sometime back. Due to unemployment, he had decided to make money using the technique employed by Karunakaran in Soodhu Kavvum

The techie had told his family he was going out for some work, but had not returned back home for a long time. With the youth not back at the home, his father had gotten tensed after which he received a phone call where the speaker had made a demand that he be paid a ransom Rs 2 lakh. The speaker informed the youth's dad that his son will be released only when the ransom amount is paid. 

Without wasting any time, the father informs the police and the officials using his son's mobile location, traced the caller. Upon reaching the spot to arrest the kidnapper, officials were shocked to find the techie alone and later confessing to staging his own kidnapping. According to reports, the youth had carried out such an operation only to get some money and this was the only method he could think of that would make his father come forward in making the payment. The techie was arrested by the cops after the incident. 

Soodhu Kavvum remains one of Vijay Sethupathi's most memorable films as it was the beginning of a turning point in the versatile actor's career. Produced jointly by Studio Green and Abi & Abi Pictures, the film also starred Bobby Simha, Ashok Selvan, Ramesh Thilak and Sanchita Shetty in supporting roles with foot-tapping music by Santhosh Narayanan.