96 is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written and directed by C. Premkumar, starring Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha in lead roles. The film revolves around, two high school sweethearts from the batch of 1996 who meet at a reunion, 22 years after they parted. Bagavathi Perumal, Devadarshini and Aadukalam Murugadoss appear in supporting roles. Produced by S. Nanthagopal of Madras Enterprises, the film was distributed by Lalit Kumar under his banner Seven Screen Studio. Principal photography was commenced on 12 June 2017 at Kumbakonam.
The cinematography was handled by Mahendiran Jayaraju and N. Shanmuga Sundaram and editing was handled by R. Govindaraju, while the costumes were designed by Subhashree Karthik Vijay, in which the yellow kurta outfit designed for Trisha’s character became popular. The music and background score of the film were composed by Govind Vasantha, and the lyrics for the songs were written by Karthik Netha and Umadevi. The soundtrack album received applause from critics and it was considered as one of the best soundtracks of the year.
’96 was released worldwide on 4 October 2018 and performed well at the box-office. The film won several accolades at several nominations. At the 2018 Filmfare Awards South, the film won five awards, including Best Actor and Best Actress. Trisha won two awards for Best Actress at two nominations, Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards and Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards. The film was nominated for several categories at Edison Awards, but did not receive a win. The film was remade by Preetham Gubbi in Kannada as 99 (2019), and by Premkumar himself in Telugu as Jaanu (2020).
Directed by C. Premkumar
Produced by S. Nanthagopal
Written by C. Premkumar
Starring Vijay Sethupathi, Trisha
Music by Govind Vasantha
Cinematography Mahendiran Jayaraju & N. Shanmuga Sundaram
Edited by R. Govindaraj
Production Madras Enterprises
Distributed by Seven Screen Studio & Khafa Exports
Release date 4 October 2018
Running time 158 minutes