Ethir Kaatru is a 1990 Tamil thriller film, directed by Muktha S. Sundar. The film features Karthik and Kanaka in lead roles. The film, produced by Muktha Srinivasan, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 7 December 1990. The film is based on the Malayalam film Artham, which is in turn based on the Tamil novel Ethir Kaatru, written by Subha (writers).
Ram Narendran (Karthik), a rich orphan youth, decides to put an end to his life. Waiting in the railway track, he sees another man there who tries to jump on the railway track and Ram Narendran saves him. This person is Jana (Anand Babu), he lives with his parents (Ra. Sankaran and M. N. Rajam) and his little sister Geetha (Chithra). Jana was a jobless youth and he got a job as a manager in a chit fund company with Madhavan’s help (a family friend) and paid a big amount to join the company. Later, the company ripped off his clients: Madhavan cheated him. The clients threatened the innocent Jana and they put pressure on him to pay back them. Angry, Jana killed Madhavan, so he decides to commit suicide.
Ram Narendran decides to surrender instead of him and goes to the jail happily. Jana has a guilty conscience and he appoints S. Chandrasekaran (V. K. Ramasamy), a lawyer, to bail Narendran out of jail. However, Narendran would rather sacrifice his life without goals than Jana’s life. Later, Jana meets Devaraj (Anandaraj), the chit fund company’s head, and his partners: Maasi (Livingston), a politician’s cousin, and a police officer’s son (Crazy Venkatesh). Jana challenges Devaraj to punish them. The next day, Jana’s dead body is found on a railway track.
S. Chandrasekaran then publishes Ram Narendran’s book and it turns out to be a huge success. Anita (Kanaka), a journalist, tries to meet him. Anita and S. Chandrasekaran bail Ram Narendran out of jail. Ram Narendran cannot accept that Jana committed suicide, so Anita and Ram Narendran start to investigate Jana’s mysterious death.
Directed by Muktha S. Sundar
Produced by Muktha Srinivasan
Screenplay by Muktha Srinivasan
Story by Subha
Based on Ethir Kaatru by Subha
Starring Karthik, Kanaka, Anand Babu, V. K. Ramasamy, Chithra, Anandaraj, Livingston, Crazy Venkatesh, Manorama, Ra. Sankaran, M. N. Rajam
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Mukta S. Sundar
Edited by P. Mohanraj
Production Muktha Films
Release date 7 December 1990
Running time 140 minutes