Beast is a 2022 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Nelson. The film stars Vijay, Pooja Hegde and Selvaraghavan. It revolves around an ex-RAW agent seeking to rescue people held hostage in a shopping mall by terrorists.
The production rights of Vijay’s 65th film as lead actor were acquired by Sun Pictures in early January 2020 when it was set to be written and directed by AR Murugadoss. However, the producers ousted Murugadoss from the film in October 2020 after he refused to cut his remuneration. Nelson was later hired and wrote a new script. Principal photography began in April 2021 and wrapped in December taking place in Chennai, Delhi and Georgia. The music was composed by Anirudh, cinematography was handled by Manoj Paramahamsa, editing by R. Nirmal, and production design supervised by D. R. K. Kiran.
Directed by Nelson
Written by Nelson
Produced by Kalanithi Maran
Starring Vijay, Pooja Hegde, Selvaraghavan
Cinematography Manoj Paramahamsa
Edited by R. Nirmal
Music by Anirudh
Production Sun Pictures
Distributed by Red Giant Movies
Release date 13 April 2022
Running time 156 minutes