Kattradhu Thamizh (2007)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 27 mins

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Embedded with intense emotion and fierce action, this haunting social saga delves into the sensitive subject of bias against Tamil in Tamil Nadu, due to rampant westernisation and materialistic lifestyles in modern Tamil society. The stigma and double standards faced by those educated in Tamil-medium schools is explicitly highlighted through the tragic events in the life of Prabhakar (Jiiva), an orphan who is brought up by a Tamil teacher and subsequently becomes passionate about the Tamil language and goes on to become masters graduate in Tamil. This heart-wrenching tale plots Prabhakar's struggles throughout life, his tragic love affair with Anandhi (Anjali) and the terrible sequence of events that gradually causes him to deteriorate into a psychopathic serial killer, who later confesses to killing 22 people in cold blood. What horrific events could have turned a gentle and passionate young boy into a mass murderer?
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Cast: Jiiva

Crew: Ram Subramaniam (Director), SR Kathir (Director of Photography), Yuvan Shankar Raja (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 01 Jan 2007 (India)

Tamil Name: கற்றது தமிழ்

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Did you know? Most of the shooting for this movie took place in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Chennai for nearly a year. Read More
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as Prabhakar
as Anandhi
as Hieun-Tsang
as Poobaal Raavar/ Tamil Aiyaa




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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Dare (Telugu)
For this movie, Jeeva had grown a full-length beard for the character and cited the hardships during the shoots of the film, which he considered as his most painful experience and a 'torturous affair'. He even once revealed that he had to undergo therapy to 'come out of the character' as it was 'too emotional'.

The original title of this movie is 'Tamil M. A.' but it was eventually changed in the Tamil language.

Most of the shooting for this movie took place in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Chennai for nearly a year.

This made the directorial debut of critically acclaimed director Ram, an assistant director of maestro Balu Mahendra.

This movie marks the Tamil language debut of Anjali, whose performance in this movie as Anandhi was critically acclaimed and won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debutant.