Starring Ilayathalapathy Vijay and Samantha, Kaththi is directed by AR Murugadoss and has music by Anirudh.
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Kaththi sees Ilayathalapathi Vijay teaming up again with AR Murugadoss. This movie, having Samantha as the female lead, has music by Anirudh.
The movie opens in a Central Jail in Kolkata. A convict has escaped and the Police seek the help of another convict - Kathiresan aka Kaththi (Vijay), to nab the escaping criminal. While helping the Police capture the former, Kathiresan himself escapes and comes to Chennai. After hooking up with a fellow criminal Ravi (Sathish), Kathiresan plans to escape to Bangkok. At the airport he meets Avanthika (Samantha) and it is love at first sight, so Kathiresan drops his plans of flying abroad. Late in the night, Kathiresan is walking with Ravi when the duo witness a person being shot at by a gang of rowdies. On closer inspection, they find that the guy who has been shot is an exact replica of Kathiresan. Wanting to escape from the Kolkata Police, Kathiresan assumes the identity of the injured Jeevanandham (Vijay) and plans on escaping to Bangkok again. The events happening around Kathiresan show to him that Jeevanandham is actually in the midst of a major legal battle between a huge multi-national and his village farmers. Initially, Kathiresan plans to make money from this conflict and escape with it.
It is at this juncture that being mistaken for Jeeva, Kathiresan is invited to an event where he is to be conferred with an award. Before getting the award, a video clipping on who Jeeva is, is played to all the people gathered at the event. Watching this video changes Kathiresan's life completely. Meanwhile, being mistaken for Kathiresan, the injured Jeeva is arrested by the Kolkata Police and taken to prison. Who is Jeeva? Why is he being selected for an award? How does Kathiresan's life change? The Multi-National Corporation's owner Chirag (Neil Nithin Mukesh) is using his vast wealth and power to target something. What is it? To know the answers to all these questions, watch Kaththi on the big screens.
Director AR Murugadoss is back to directing Vijay again, after their successful Thuppakki. The subject matter that he has handled is a very sensitive one and is the need of the hour. The statistics and the data and the enormity of the issue needs to be noticed by the people. After a steady first half, the screenplay becomes racy in the second half and gathers steam before blasting in the end. Vijay is classy and has differentiated very well between the two roles he has played - Jeeva and Kathir. Samantha is pretty and has scope to perform in the movie. Sathish has done a good job. Neil Nithin Mukesh, as the stylish, suave and cunning business magnate, looks perfect for the part. Anirudh's music is peppy and the BGM keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats. Sreekar Prasad's editing is top notch, as is the cinematography by George C. Williams.
Kaththi talks about an important national issue packaged as a racy entertainer.