Mersal Movie (2017):
Mersal is a Tamil action thriller film directed by Atlee who co-wrote the film with V. Vijayendra Prasad and S. Ramana Girivasan. Produced by N. Ramasamy, Hema Rukmani, and N. Murali under the banner of Thenandal Studio Limited in their 100th production. The background score and soundtrack album were composed by A. R. Rahman, while the cinematography was done by G. K. Vishnu and edited by Ruben.
It stars Vijay and S. J. Suryah while Sathyaraj, Vadivelu, Nithya Menen, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, and Hareesh Peradi appear in pivotal supporting roles.
Mersal was released worldwide on 18 October 2017, coinciding with Diwali. The film received mostly positive response with critics praising the performance of Vijay and S. J. Suryah, A. R. Rahman’s soundtrack, cinematography, social message and Atlee’s direction, but criticised the cliched plot and excessive length. It is also a recipient of various accolades. The film was a commercial success, grossing ₹260 crore (US$33 million) worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing Tamil films.
Mersal Movie Information:
|Release Date||18 October 2017 (India)|
|Running Time||2hr 43min|
S. J. Suryah
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
|Screenplay by||V. Vijayendra Prasad|
S. Ramana Girivasan
|Dialogues by||S. Ramana Girivasan|
|Produced by||N. Ramasamy|
|Cinematography by||G. K. Vishnu|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Production Company||Thenandal Studio Limited|
|Distributed by||Sri Thenandal Films|
|Box Office Collection||₹260 crore|
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Mersal Movie Storyline (Plot/Synopsis):
The story revolves around two brothers; one is a magician avenging his parents’s deaths and medical crimes, and the other, a reputed doctor who charges meagre amounts from his patients.
Mersal Movie Cast and Characters:
- Vijay in a triple role as
- Vetrimaaran, a village wrestler, commonly referred to by the people as “Thalapathy” who gets killed by Daniel. Aishwarya ‘s husband, Maaran and Vetri’s biological father (paired with Nithya)
- Vetri, Aishwarya and Vetrimaaran’s younger son, a magician and Maaran’s younger brother who gets arrested for the murders of the people involved in corruption in healthcare. He is younger than Maaran by 5 years (paired with Kajal)
- 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 (paired with Samantha)
- Akshath Das as Young Maaran
- S. J. Suryah as Daniel Arokiyaraj, a greedy and evil doctor turned dictator who killed Vetrimaaran and Aishwarya to grab power
- Sathyaraj as DCP Rathnavel “Randy”, 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
- Nithya Menen as Aishwarya “Icy” Vetrimaaran, Vetrimaaran’s wife, who dies in a hospital due to blood loss and overdose of anaesthesia. Maaran and Vetri’s biological mother
- Kajal Aggarwal as Anu Pallavi, Vetri’s love interest, a doctor and assistant of Arjun Zachariah
- Samantha Ruth Prabhu as Tara, Maaran’s fiancée and a media reporter
- Kovai Sarala as Sarala, Maaran’s adoptive mother
- Sathyan as Maniya, Randy’s assistant
- Hareesh Peradi as Arjun Zachariah, Daniel’s friend and another corrupt doctor who gets killed by Vetri in a magic trick performance
- 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 Arokiyaraj’s nephew
- Yogi Babu as Nolan , Tara’s friend , who works in a media channel
- Rajendran as Tamilnadu 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
- Senthi 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
- Madras Central Gopi as a show host
- Madras Central Sudhakar as a show contestant
- Poo Ramu as a victim’s father
Interesting Facts 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.
- Mersal completed a 100-day theatrical run on 25 January 2018.
- 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 first look posters released on 21 June 2017 became the highest retweeted first look in Twitter, close to 50,000 people.