Theri Movie Poster


April 14, 2016
2hr 30min

Theri Movie Details:

Country India
Language Tamil
GenreAction, Thriller
Release date14 April 2016
Running time2hr 30min
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Amy Jackson
Directed by Atlee
Story byAtlee
Screenplay byAtlee
Dialogue byAtlee
S. Ramana Girivasan
Produced byKalaipuli S. Thanu
Cinematography by George C. Williams
Edited by Ruben
Music byG. V. Prakash Kumar
Production CompanyV Creations
Distributor SPI Cinemas (Tamil Nadu)
Sri Venkateswara Creations (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana)
Friday Film House and Carnival Motion Pictures (Kerala)
SouthSide Studios (Karnataka)

Theri Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Vijay as DCP A. Vijay Kumar IPS/Joseph Kuruvilla/ Dharmeshwar
  • Samantha Ruth Prabhu as Mithra, Vijay’s wife and Nivi’s mother
  • Amy Jackson as Annie, Nivi’s teacher (Voice dubbed by Raveena Ravi)
  • Nainika as Niveditha alias Nivi, Vijay and Mithra’s daughter
    • Divya Vijay as teenage Niveditha (cameo appearance)
  • Radhika Sarathkumar as Pappu, Vijay’s mother
  • Mahendran as Vanamaamalai
  • Prabhu as Commissioner G. Cibi Chakravarthi
  • Rajendran as P. Rajender
  • Azhagam Perumal as Ratnam, Vanamaamalai’s younger brother
  • Kaali Venkat as Ganesan, a police constable
  • Shreekumar as ACP
  • Manobala as a school principal
  • Stun Siva as ACP Karikalan
  • Kumar Natarajan as Ramakrishnan, Mithra’s father
  • Ayra as Pallavi, Mithra’s sister
  • Niharika as Mithra’s and Pallavi’s aunt
  • Kalyani Natarajan as a forensic examiner
  • Swaminathan as Vijay’s prospective bride’s father
  • Amritha Aiyer as Mithra’s friend
  • Sugunthan as Isaac
  • Prinz Nithik as Chetan’s henchman
  • Soundararaja as Karthik
  • Sai Dheena as Pulippu, a child trafficker
  • Bineesh Bastin as Chetan’s henchman
  • R.K. Abinav as Pandy Kutti
  • Aathma Patrick as Vanamaamalai’s henchman
  • R. S. G. Chelladurai as Raji’s father
  • T. Muthuraj as Chetan


When an honest cop, Vijay Kumar’s family is ruthlessly slaughtered by a politician and his aides, he decides to change his identity and commits his life to bring his daughter up in a serene atmosphere. But some freak events end up compromising his identity and what he does to save his daughter and avenge the death of his family unfurls as Theri.

Theri Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget₹75 crore
Opening Day₹39.96 crore (worldwide)
₹18.1 crore (India)
Opening Weekend₹85.36 crore (US$11 million)
Worldwide Collection₹150 crore (US$19 million)

About Theri Movie:

Theri is a Tamil action thriller film directed by Atlee and produced by Kalaipuli S. Thanu under the banner V Creations. Inspired by Mani Ratnam’s film Chatriyan, the film stars Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Amy Jackson, Nainika, Radhika Sarathkumar, Rajendran and Mahendran.

The music was composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, with cinematography handled by George C. Williams and editing by Ruben. In the film, a former cop is on a mission to protect his daughter from his past enemies.

The film marked Kumar’s second directorial after Raja Rani (2013), whose success impressed Vijay to work with the director. Atlee came up with the script, which was an “emotional action thriller film” and a formal announcement was made in September 2014. After post-production works and a formal launch ceremony in June 2015, the film began production in Chennai during early July.

The film was halted twice due to the Film Employees Federation of South India’s strike and the heavy flooding in Chennai.

In addition, poor climatic conditions in China meant that the team had to abandon their idea of filming sequences there and instead opted to shoot in Bangkok. Despite the difficulties, the film was completed in January 2016.

Theri was released on 14 April 2016 to positive reviews from critics. The film grossed ₹85.36 crore (US$11 million) worldwide in first weekend; By the end of its first 6 days in theaters, the film had grossed ₹100 crore (US$13 million) worldwide, becoming Vijay’s third film to do so, following Thuppakki (2012), Kaththi (2014) and Puli (2015).

The film grossed ₹150 crore (US$19 million) against a budget of ₹75 crore (US$9.4 million). The film emerged as the second highest-grossing Tamil film of 2016.

It further won three SIIMA Awards, three IIFA Utsavam awards, two Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards, and nine nominations at the 64th Filmfare Awards South. The film was adapted into Assamese as Ratnakar (2019) and is currently being remade into Telugu and Tamil as Ustaad Bhagat Singh and Baby John, respectively. It is currently considered as one of the most popular films in Vijay’s career and its multiple re-runs on television channels have contributed to more popularity.


In June 2016, a Hindi remake of the film was planned by Rohit Shetty, with Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar as the frontrunners to play the lead. However, Shetty denied the plans to remake the film. Later, in April 2020, Varun Dhawan was rumored to play the lead in the adaptation. On February 5, 2024, makers announced “Baby John” directed by A. Kaleeswaran, and stars Varun Dhawan, Keerthy Suresh, Wamiqa Gabbi, Jackie Shroff, and Rajpal Yadav. The film was partially remade into Assamese as Ratnakar (2019) by Jatin Bora.

Where to Watch Theri (Stream)

Amazon Prime Video

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