Kaithi (transl. Prisoner) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The film stars Karthi with Narain, Arjun Das, Harish Uthman, George Maryan and Dheena in pivotal roles. It is produced by S. R. Prakashbabu and S. R. Prabhu under the banner Dream Warrior Pictures and co-produced by Tiruppur Vivek under the banner Vivekananda Pictures. The film score and soundtrack was composed by Sam C. S. The cinematography was handled by Sathyan Sooryan, and edited by Philomin Raj. The core plot of the movie was reportedly inspired by the 1976 movie Assault on Precinct 13.
The film follows Dilli, a recently freed prisoner who is arrested due to suspicion while en route to meet his daughter for the first time in life. When a number of police officers are poisoned at a party following a drug bust, Inspector Bejoy enlists Dilli’s help to drive the officers to hospital in a lorry, in exchange for seeing his daughter. Dilli, Bejoy and the lorry’s owner find themselves in a chase with the criminals and must race against time to reach the hospital and also save a police station about to come under siege.
Kaithi was released on 25 October 2019, coinciding on Diwali, along with the Telugu dubbed version titled Khaidi. It opened to generally favorable reviews praising the action sequences, performances, writing and exclusion of songs. Following the positive reception, the film became a blockbuster and went on to win a number of accolades. A Hindi-language remake starring Ajay Devan has been officially announced.Kaithi was selected for official screening at International Indian Film Festival in Toronto, held in August 2020.
Historical Epic Action Drama