Kaithi is a Tamil action thriller Indian film released in 2019, written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The film stars Karthi in the lead role and Narain and Dhina in the supporting roles The movie was produced under the banner of Dream Warrior Pictures by S. R. Prakashbabu and S.
- Release date: October 24, 2019 (United States)
- Country of origin: India
- Official sites: Official site (Japan)
- Language: Tamil
- Also known as: Узник
- Production companies: Dream Warrior Pictures, Vivekananda Pictures, Goldmine Tele Films
- Budget: ₹240,000,000 (estimated)
- Gross worldwide: $524,061
- Runtime: 2 hours 25 minutes
- Color: Color
- Sound mix:Dolby Atmos
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Music by Sam C.S.
Lyrics by Rokesh
Performed by Revanth
The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to remove moments of strong violence and drug preparation and misuse (cocaine cutting and snorting) in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available.
This movie story is also happening in one night like the previous film (Maanagaram) of the director.
Kaithi (2019) Movie Review
Kaithi starts with an extremely economical configuration. A team of policemen, led by Bejoy (Narain), have seized a record amount of cocaine, hidden in a secret cell under the commissioner’s desk. The drug mafia manages to sedate nearly every cop in this place by spike their drinks. Injured Bejoy enlists in the army, Dilli, an athlete who has just been released from prison to be pardoned and hopes to finally meet the girl he has never met, to save the day.
Meanwhile, a few students are trapped in the commissioner’s office with a corporate agent and stop the gangsters from breaking in and saving their boss. Lokesh Kanagaraj gives us all of that in the first 20 minutes of Kaithi, a tense and dramatic action-thriller (Sathyan Sooryan is the cinematographer). The director offers us a pure genre film with no frills, like songs and romance, which we are used to in Tamil cinema. Even though we got two hours of action, we barely felt exhausted (the excellent action choreography is by Anbariv).
Like in a video game, Dilli must overcome challenges of varying difficulty by transporting police to safety. We get different types of stunts – a chase, a few fights and just when they seem monotonous, a series of eye-catching gunfights. The fact that the entire movie takes place at night gives it a unique flavor, as we don’t know what dangers lurk in the shadows. Lokesh also features a host of interesting characters, like the wayward gangster brother (Arjun Dass), the fearless cop (George Mariyan), resourceful students, agents on both sides, and the girl-to-be future.
Performance is solid everywhere. Narain gives just the right amount of vulnerability, Dheena, as an unfortunate young truck owner, adds a few light-hearted moments, while Karthi, whose strong appearance makes Dilli look like a slightly older version of Paruthiveeran, which gives muscle performance. He also makes you emotional in the scene where he recounts his past in one long shot. If there’s one shortcoming, it’s that the film feels too long for its genre, with a few action blocks becoming too forgiving. But when it’s the action we’re committed to, we can’t complain too much.