Sethupathi (film)

Sethupathi is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by S. U. Arun Kumar. Produced by Shan Sutharsan under Vansan Movies banner, it features Vijay Sethupathi and Remya Nambeesan in the lead roles.[1][2] The film revolves around a police officer whose reputation runs into trouble when a young suspect dies in his custody and threats from his enemies increase.

Theatrical realese poster
Directed byS. U. Arun Kumar
Produced byShan Sutharsan
Written byS. U. Arunkumar
StarringVijay Sethupathi
Remya Nambeesan
Vela Ramamoorthy
Music byNivas K. Prasanna
CinematographyDinesh Krishnan
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed byOrange Creations
Release date
  • 19 February 2016 (2016-02-19)
Running time
122 minutes

The film released worldwide on 19 February 2016, it received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success.[3] The film was remade in Telugu as Jayadev with newcomer Ganta Ravi.


Sethupathi (Vijay Sethupathi) is an honest police inspector from Madurai who is awaiting his promotion to ACP. He takes up a case involving the murder of a Sub-Inspector Subburaj, who was hacked to death by some thugs while on duty but was not the target. The actual target was another Sub-Inspector Kanagavel, who works in the police station where Sethupathi is the inspector. Kanagavel was off-duty on the day he was supposed to be murdered, and Subburaj, who is attached to another police station, was filling in for him. Sethupathi finds out that an influential don and politician Vaathiyar (Vela Ramamoorthy) is behind the murder. Kanagavel is married to Vaathiyar's daughter, but it is an unhappy marriage. Therefore, Vaathiyar had decided to kill Kanagavel. Sethupathi arrests Vaathiyar during a temple festival and forces him to travel to Chennai to apply for bail, earning his enmity.

Later, Sethupathi interrogates two adolescent school boys on the grounds of chain-snatching. When they don't speak up, Sethupathi threatens to shoot them on the count of five. At the fifth count, he shoots one of the boys, leaving him critically injured. Sethupathi is charged with attempt-to-murder and is suspended. However, he had no intention of shooting either of the boys and realizes someone had unlocked his gun, which he had thought was locked. He soon finds out that Kanagavel is responsible for unlocking his gun. Kanagavel unlocked the gun and replaced the bullets with dummy ones as part of a plan to put Vaathiyar in jail for life so he will be free to reconcile with his wife. Sethupathi and his senior official appear before an enquiry to prove his innocence. However, one of the members of the enquiry panel is an ally of Vaathiyar and she tries to influence the panel against Sethupathi, but her double-game is soon exposed, and Sethupathi is cleared of all charges. Sethupathi's troubles are still not over; Vaathiyar burns Kanagavel alive and starts targeting Sethupathi and his family. Sethupathi overcomes all the hurdles put by Vaathiyar and his henchmen. Vaathiyar then decides to silence Sethupathi once and for all by sending his henchmen to kill Sethupathi's wife (Remya Nambeesan) and two children, but Sethupathi's son, who is aware of the police work, drives away the henchmen with the help of his father. Infuriated with the failed attempt, Vaathiyar instructs his men to kill the school boy injured by Sethupathi and put the blame on him. However, Sethupathi, aware of Vaathiyar's plan, guards the hospital where the boy is admitted and saves him from Vaathiyar's henchmen.

With Sethupathi returning to work, Vaathiyar's henchmen accept defeat and warn Vaathiyar to leave Madurai for good, but he does not take heed. The film ends with Sethupathi killing Vaathiyar by setting his house on fire.



Shooting for the film began in late September 2015 and Arunkumar and his team shot the film aiming for a February 2016 release. The entire filming process took place over a single stretch of 50 days, in places such as Chennai, Madurai and Pollachi. The actor plays a law and order inspector and he sported a new look, shedding some weight to look fit and trim.[4]


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Zee Tamil.[5]


Soundtrack album to Sethupathi by
Released20 January 2016
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelThink Music
ProducerShan Sutharsan
Nivas K. Prasanna chronology

The film's soundtrack album and background score were composed by Nivas K. Prasanna. The lyrics of the songs is penned by Na.Muthukumar The soundtrack album consist of seven tracks including 2 instrumentals.[6] The album was released on 20 Jan 2016.[7]

No.SongSingersLength (m:ss)
1Mazhai ThooralamNivas K. Prasanna5:40
2Konji Pesida VenaamK. S. Chithra, Sriram Parthasarathy3:47
3Hey MamaAnirudh Ravichander, Blaaze, MK Balaji4:29
4Hawa HawaKarthik, Saindhavi4:30
5Thaen KootilV. M. Mahalingam3:43


Award Date of ceremony Category Song Nominee(s) Result Ref.
South Indian International Movie Awards 1 July 2017 Best Playback Singer Female Konji Peseda K.S.Chithra Won [8]

Critical reception

Vishal Menon of The Hindu said that it was a good thriller and a better family drama.[9] Latha Srinivasan of DNA wrote that there were no loud over-the-top dialogues and punchlines that were typical of all on-screen cops in Tamil films and Vijay Sethupathi outshone many other Kollywood heroes as the cop.[10] rated the movie 3.5/5 and wrote "You can welcome 'Sethupathi' with open hands for the brilliant performance of Vijay Sethupathi and the gripping screenplay".[11] Malini Mannath of New Indian Express wrote that it is another feather in the cap for Vijay Sethupathi, who revealing his versatility yet again handles his role with remarkable understanding.[12] Anupama Subramaniam of Deccan Cronicle wrote that Vijay Sethupathi's moves are full of energy and enthusiasm and his impeccable dialogue delivery is a treat to watch.[13]


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