Mersal Movie Poster


October 18, 2017
2hr 41min
Status: released

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Mersal Movie Details:

Country India
Language Tamil
Release date18 October 2017 (India)
Running time2hr 41min
S. J. Suryah
Kajal Aggarwal
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Nithya Menen
Directed by Atlee
Screenplay byV. Vijayendra Prasad
S. Ramana Girivasan
Story byAtlee
Produced byN. Ramasamy
Hema Rukmani
N. Murali
Cinematography by G. K. Vishnu
Edited by Ruben
Music byA. R. Rahman
Production CompanyThenandal Studio Limited
Distributor Sri Thenandal Films

Mersal Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Vijay in a triple role as
    • Vetri, Aishwarya Vetrimaaran’s younger son, a magician, and Maaran’s younger brother get arrested for the murders of the people involved in corruption in healthcare. He is younger than Maaran by five years
    • Dr. V. Maaran, Aishwarya and Vetrimaaran’s elder son, a doctor who serves people for just 5 rupees and gets conferred a statewide medical counselor post
      • Akshath Das as Young Maaran
    • Vetrimaaran, a village wrestler, commonly referred to by the people as “Thalapathy” gets killed by Daniel. Aishwarya’s husband, Maaran, and Vetri’s biological father
  • S. J. Suryah as Dr. Daniel Arokiyaraj, a greedy and evil doctor turned dictator who killed Vetrimaaran and Aishwarya to grab power
  • Kajal Aggarwal as Anu Pallavi, Vetri’s love interest, a doctor and assistant of Arjun Zachariah (voiceover by Deepa Venkat)
  • Samantha Ruth Prabhu as Tara, Maaran’s fiancée and a media reporter
  • Nithya Menen as Aishwarya “Aisu” Vetrimaaran, Vetrimaaran’s wife, Maaran and Vetri’s biological mother
  • Sathyaraj as DCP Rathnavel “Randy” IPS, an investigating officer for the murders committed by Vetri
  • Vadivelu as Vadivu, Vetri’s assistant and Maaran’s compounder (their paternal uncle), and Vetrimaaran’s younger brother
  • Hareesh Peradi as Arjun Zachariah, Daniel’s friend and another corrupt doctor who gets killed by Vetri in a magic trick performance
  • Kovai Sarala as Sarala, Maaran’s adoptive mother
  • Sathyan as Maniya, Randy’s assistant
  • Sangili Murugan as Salim Ghosh
  • Kaali Venkat as Poongodi’s father, an auto driver
  • M. Kamaraj as Kasi, Daniel’s henchman
  • Bharath Raj as Sesha, Daniel’s nephew
  • Yogi Babu as Nolan, Tara’s friend, who works in a media channel
  • Rajendran as Tamil Nadu Health Minister
  • Devadarshini as a nurse
  • Surekha Vani as a nurse
  • Priya as Tara’s mother
  • Misha Ghoshal as Tara’s friend
  • Shivani Murali as Paapu, Anu Pallavi’s friend
  • Senthil Kumari as Selvi
  • Seeni Amma as Chitti Kuruvi, Vetrimaaran’s mother
  • Abdool as Vetrimaaran’s friend
  • Thavasi as a priest
  • Sai Dheena as a prisoner
  • Pasanga Sivakumar as Kumar, the hospital HR
  • Pandian as a police officer
  • Parithabangal Gopi as a show host
  • Parithabangal Sudhakar as a show contestant
  • Poo Ramu as a victim’s father


A police officer arrests a doctor for crimes targeting medical professionals but later finds the real culprit in a tale of revenge, corruption and magic.

Mersal Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget₹120 crore[
Worldwide Collection₹200 – 260 crore

About Mersal Movie:

The film’s principal photography commenced on 1 February 2017, in Chennai and was completed that September, within 130 working days. Filming took place in Gdańsk, Poland, and Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

The first look posters released on 21 June 2017 became the highest retweeted first look in Twitter, close to 50,000 people.

The teaser trailer of the film was unveiled on 21 September 2017 (coinciding Atlee’s birthday) and became the most-viewed Indian movie teaser with 34.6 million views, surpassing Kabali (2016) and Vivegam (2017), and became the first Indian movie teaser to get 1 million likes.

Mersal completed a 100-day theatrical run on 25 January 2018.

Vijay acts in 3 different characters for the first time in this film. Vijay’s character name in dubbed versions: Vijay Bhargav, Vijay, Dr. Bhargav (Telugu); Devanand, Dev, Dr. Anand (Hindi); Shiva Shankar, Shiva, Dr. Shankar (Kannada).

Actress Jyothika opted for the role of Aiswarya but due to unavoidable situations, she wasn’t able to take part in the film. Instead, Actress Nithya Menon was added to the cast.

Actor Vijay performed a few magic tricks in the film to make it more realistic. He learned magic from professional magicians from Bulgaria, the USA, and Germany.

The film was released on 6 December 2018 in China by HGC Entertainment.

Due to demand, the film was screened at the largest cinema theatre in Europe Grand Rex, France.

The film was screened at the Hainan International Film Festival in Hainan, China and at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea.

The film was a commercial success, grossing ₹260 crore (US$33 million) worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing Tamil films.

Initially, reports were surfaced that Atlee will be directing Mahesh Babu after Theri, and was developing the script for the past seven months which did not happen.

Mersal movie is a Nithya Menen in her first association with Vijay.

The television broadcast rights were sold to Zee Tamil for ₹30 crore in July 2017. The satellite rights of the Telugu and the Malayalam dubbed versions were acquired by Star Maa and Asianet respectively. It is available on digital streaming platforms through Netflix and ZEE5 (in Tamil), Sun NXT (in Kannada), and Hotstar (in Malayalam).

The film’s Hindi dubbed version was directly premiered on Dhinchaak TV channel (now renamed to Goldmines) on 13 March 2022.