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Mankatha is a 2011 Indian Tamil action-thriller film written and directed by Venkat Prabhu.

It was produced by Dhayanidhi Alagiri's Cloud Nine Movies while Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the musical score and soundtrack, with Sakthi Saravanan working as the cinematographer and the duo Praveen K. L. and N. B. Srikanth as editors.

A Hindi remake of the film has been confirmed by Gnanavel Raja of Studio Green.

The story, set in Mumbai, revolves around a heist of cricket betting money, executed by a gang of four thieves, who are joined by a fifth unknown man, and its aftermaths.

Sequence of events lead to the murder of the gang one by one ... MORE

 

FULL CAST

Ajith Kumar as Vinayak Mahadevan -Trisha Krishnan as Sanjana - Arjun Sarja as Prithviraj - Premji Amaran as Prem - Mahat Raghavendra as Mahat - Ashwin Kakumanu as Dharavi SI Ganesh - Vaibhav Reddy as Sumanth - Lakshmi Rai as Sona - Anjali as Suchi - Jayaprakash V as Mahadevan - Aravind Akash as Faizal - Andrea Jeremiah as Sabitha - Vijay Vasanth - Panchu Subbu - Sona

Singers: Ranjith - Suchitra - Premji Amaran - Anitha - Madhushree - Yuvan Shankar Raja - Krish - Rahul Nambiar - Karthik - Vijay Yesudas - Anusha Dhayanidhi

 

Ajith Kumar as Vinayak Mahadevan

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Ajith Kumar (born 1 May 1971) is an Indian popular film actor who works mainly in Tamil cinema.

He is the middle son of three born to a Sindhi speaking mother from Kokatta and Palakkad Iyer(Kerla Tamil speaking Hindu Brahmin from Pallakkad) father.

He began his career as a supporting actor in a Telugu film before gaining critical recognition in the Tamil thriller Aasai (1995).

A succession of high-grossing films followed where Ajith was usually depicted as a romantic hero, with Kadhal Kottai (1996) and Kadhal Mannan (1998) being the most notable.

He later forayed into method acting, as seen in Vaali (1999), Mugavaree (2000), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) and Citizen (2001) before establishing himself as an action hero with popular films including Amarkalam (1999), Dheena (2001), Villain (2002), Varalaru (2006) and Billa (2007).

He has won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards in Tamil, all for films which showcased him in multiple roles.

Ajith performs predominantly in leading roles in major studio films, genres ranging from romantic comedies and drama to action thrillers. MORE

Ajith is a keen race car driver and has driven in circuits around India in places such as Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi.

Ajith is one among very few Indians to race in International arena and only Indian actor to compete in Formula championships.

He has also been abroad for various races including Germany and Malaysia.

He drove in the 2003 Formula Asia BMW Championships.

He raced in the 2010 Formula 2 Championship along with two other Indians, Armaan Ebrahim and Parthiva Sureshwaren.

 

Trisha Krishnan as Sanjana Arumugam

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Trisha Krishnan (born 4 May 1983) is an award winning Indian film actress and model, who primarily appears in Tamil and Telugu language films, but has also appeared in Hindi language films.

She speaks English, Hindi, Tamil and French.

She was noticed after winning several beauty pageants like the Miss Madras contest (1999), which marked her entry into filmdom.

During her career, she has received three South Filmfare Awards, establishing her as one of the leading actresses of the South Indian film industry.

An ardent animal lover, Trisha has been the Goodwill Ambassador of PETA. MORE

In 2004, Trisha found unwanted fame as the subject of a sleazy MMS (phone video clip) allegedly showing her nude in the shower.

She claimed the person in the video was a 'body double'. However, the scandal did help her become the most sought after actress in Tamil movies during 2005.

Arjun Sarja as Prithviraj

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Arjun Sarja (born Sreenivasa Sarja Ashok Babu Sakthi Prasad Arjun on 15 August 1964) is an Indian film actor and director.

The title "Action King" has been given to Arjun by his fans for his numerous roles in action films.

He is a black belt holder in Karate.

Sarja started as actor in Kannada film Putaani Agent 1-2-3 with director Rajender Singh Babu.

He then moved to Tamil and Telugu films. His first Tamil film was Nandri in 1984 with actors Karthik and Nalini.

His movies in Tamil include Gentleman, Jai Hind, Kurudhipunal, Mudhalvan, Rhythm, Ezhumalai, Giri, Marudhamalai and Mankatha.

In Telugu, he is known for his role in the 1985 movie Maa Pallelo Gopaludu.

Sarja has also directed and produced some films.

Arjun's initial desire was to become a police officer and went to police training and was selected but later he opted to become a film star.

He has now acted over 200 films in four different language including Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada.

His wife Asha Rani is also an actress who has acted in a Kannada movie called Rathasapthami with Shivaraj Kumar.

Arjun has two daughters, Aishwarya and Anjana.

Arjun won a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for Gentleman. FILMOGRAPHY

 

Vaibhav Reddy as Sumanth

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Vaibhav Reddy is an Indian film actor and model.

Son of noted Telugu film director A. Kodandarami Reddy, he made his feature film debut with the 2007 Telugu film Godava under his father's direction.

He is best known for his performances in the Venkat Prabhu films Saroja and Goa. More HERE and HERE

 

Mahat Raghavendra as Mahat

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Mahat Raghavendra (born on 18 February 1987) is an Tamil film actor.

After finishing a degree at Hindustan College of Arts and Science, Mahat began his career as a model and worked alongside his friend Silambarasan in a cameo role in Vallavan.

Mahat Raghavendra, a childhood friend of producer Dhayanidhi Alagiri, was signed to portray a role in Venkat Prabhu's Mankatha.

The film in which Mahat appeared as a Dharavi bar owner released to critical and commercial acclaim in August 2011, and subsequently won him the Edison Award for Best Debut Actor. MORE HERE

 

Lakshmi Rai as Sona

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Lakshmi Rai (born 5 May 1989) is an Indian film actress from Bangalore, Karnataka, predominantly appearing in Malayalam and Tamil language films.

Since her debut in the Tamil film, Karka Kasadara (2005), Rai has appeared in many successful feature films.

Rai's most notable works in Malayalam-language films have been in Annan Thambi (2008), 2 Harihar Nagar (2009), Chattambinadu (2009), Evidam Swargamanu (2009) and Oru Marubhoomikkadha (2011), thus establishing herself in the Malayalam film industry. MORE

 

Mankatha Soundtrack:

The film score and soundtrack of Mankatha were composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, becoming his fourth collaboration with Venkat Prabhu and Ajith Kumar as well.

The soundtrack, consists of eight tracks, including one Theme music track and one club mix, with lyrics penned by Vaali, and Gangai Amaran and renowned poet Subramanya Bharathi's grandson, Niranjan Bharathi.

As earlier done in Saroja and Goa, a promotional track too was planned, which however did not materialize in last minute.

Prior to the official soundtrack launch, a single track, "Vilaiyaadu Mankatha", was released in mid-May 2011. The music rights were bagged by Sony Music who had reportedly offered 1 crore.

The soundtrack album, following several postponements, was released on August 10, 2011 at Radio Mirchi's Chennai station, while two days later the team arranged a press meet, showcasing two songs and the trailer of the film.

The album was reported to have achieved record breaking sales.

The songs received mixed response, with its placement in the film being criticizied, while the film's score was widely appreciated. ( MORE )

1 Vilayadu Mankatha - Yuvan Shankar Raja, Ranjith, Premgi Amaren, Sucharita & Anita

2 Nee... Naan... S P Charan & Bhavatharini

3 Vaada Bin Laada Krish & Suchithra

4 Machi Open the Bottle Mano, Premgi Amaren, Tippu, Haricharan & Naveen

5 Nanbane Yuvan Shankar Raja & Madhushree

6 Balle Lakka Karthik, Vijay Yesudas & Anusha Dhayanidhi

7 Mankatha Theme Music Yuvan Shankar Raja

8 Vilayadu Mankatha (Extended Dance Mix) Premgi Amaren

Mankatha (soundtrack) MORE

Did you know?

Shortly after the film's release and its high commercial success, Venkat Prabhu confirmed the possibility of a sequel, provided that Ajith Kumar accepted.

Sources also reported that Prabhu planned to use the initial script that he had penned before Ajith Kumar became part of the film

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Prabhu termed the film as "male-oriented", attaching less importance and significance to the female characters in the film

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A Hindi remake of the film has been confirmed by Gnanavel Raja of Studio Green. The cast and crew are yet to be finalized

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The film's title, initially being Mangaatha, derived from a popular Indian traditional card game, underwent a minor change in its spelling, due to numerological reasons

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The album of the soundtrack received overwhelming response, as did the release function itself, with reportedly over 7 lakh listeners having tuned in to Radio Mirchi during the premiere.

While the single track, " Vilaiyaadu Mankatha ", had been declared a "smash hit" even before, the full album had achieved record breaking sales, with the associate director of Sony Music India South, Ashok Parwani, noting in a press release that Sony Music had registered a pre-booking of 60%.

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To Venkat Prabhu’s credit, he uses quite a few alienation techniques to remind us that this is all just a story not to be taken seriously.

There’s green blood to make it more children friendly, the jokes are of the nature of your best friend spoofing cult movie moments, the stunts are unbelievably larger than life and the really bad visual effects like glass shattering ensure that you always know that it just campy, cartoonish pulp fiction that you are watching, especially with Premgi’s presence and Mahat.

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Mahat Raghavendra was reportedly seeing actress Taapsee Pannu even before the release of his debut Mankatha and was seen in the company of her during the success party of Aadukalam.

The actor however denied that the pair were in a relationship.

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Google Zeitgeist 2011, a compilation of the year's most frequent search queries, placed Mankatha at 7th rank, becoming the only Tamil film to secure a place in the list

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The film was proved a biggest hit and reportedly had the highest openings in Tamil which surpassed the records of Tamil Super Star Rajanikanth's 'Robot'

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Thala Ajith's 50th film Mankatha has received rave reviews and it has translated into good collections at the box office, not only in India, but also in the UK, Malaysia and Singapore.

The actor has been highly appreciated for his first-time negative role in a major film, and his fans are delighted to see him in a new avatar

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Tamil cinema (also known as the Tamil film industry, the Cinema of Tamil Nadu or the Chennai film industry) is the Indian film industry based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, dedicated to the production of feature films in the Tamil language.

It is based in Chennai's Kodambakkam area, where several South Indian film production companies are headquartered.

With reference to this, the industry sometimes called Kollywood, a portmanteau of Kodambakkam and Hollywood.

Tamil cinema is India's Third largest film industry in terms of films produced, as per the Central Board of Film Certification report of 2011, with high revenues and worldwide distribution, having audiences mainly including people from the four southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, placing the industry among the largest in the world.

 

Awards and nominations Chennai Times Awards: Best Actor – Ajith Kumar Best Youth Film – Dayanidhi Azhagiri Best Newcomer Male – Ashwin Kakumanu Best Negative Role Female – Lakshmi Rai 59th Filmfare Awards South: Best Tamil Film – Dayanidhi Azhagiri (Nominated) Tamil Director – Venkat Prabhu (Nominated) Tamil Actor – Ajith Kumar (Nominated) Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil – Lakshmi Rai (Nominated) Edison Awards: (India) Best Debut Actor – Mahat Raghavendra Best Comedian – Premji Amaren International Tamil Film Awards (ITFA): Best Movie – Dayanidhi Azhagiri Best Director – Venkat Prabhu Best Supporting Actor – Premji Amaren Best Cinematographer – Sakthi Saravanan Best Female Playback Singer – Suchithra Vijay Awards: Best Villain – Ajith Kumar Favorite Hero – Ajith Kumar Favorite Director – Venkat Prabhu

How does the movie Mankatha end?

Ajith’s character does not exist in the film. That’s the ending. He’s a figment of Vaibhav’s imagination.

The dangerous diabolic villain Vaibhav ‘Verbal Kint’ makes up as he comes up with a story he makes up in the interrogation room from plot points he remembers in Tamil films.

First Vaibhav creates a Nayakan character. A Dharavi don, we don’t know if he’s Nallavara Kaettavara (good or bad?).

Then he makes the Nayakan Don marry him off to the girl he loves like Mammootty does for Rajnikant in Thalapathy. They plan a heist involving a geek hacking into the traffic light system of the city, like in the Italian Job. And there’s Ajith sporting his natural greys like Clooney in Oceans.

There’s a hint that he’s making up stories from Tamil films he watches because there’s a Kamal Haasan poster in his room and he’s sporting the same beard as Kamal. In a Trisha-Ajith song, there’s a song from Kireedam playing on the TV behind.

Vaibhav makes up this story about an imaginary character called Vinayakam played by Ajith and walks away into the sunset with “500 crores. Ainooru Kodi. Money. Money. Money. Money.” Mankatha da! MORE HERE

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