Kanthaswamy is a 2009 Indian Tamil-language superhero film written and directed by Susi Ganesan starring Vikram as the titular character. Shriya Saran, Prabhu, Krishna, Ashish Vidyarthi, Mukesh Tiwari, Mansoor Ali Khan, Vadivelu, and Y. G. Mahendran form the supporting cast. The film’s soundtrack and background score were composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The film’s soundtrack was released on 17 May 2009 and the film was released on 21 August 2009.
The film’s plot revolves around Kanthaswamy (Vikram), a CBI economic offences wing officer, and his friends, granting the wishes of the needy who write letters to a local Lord Muruga temple by disguising Kanthaswamy as an anthropomorphic rooster. During a CBI raid, he discovers a stash of black money owned by Pallur Paramajothi Ponnusamy aka PPP (Ashish Vidyarthi), a rich, corrupted entrepreneur. PPP pretends to be paralyzed to escape questioning. PPP’s daughter Subbulakshmi (Shriya Saran) is angered by the news that her father is paralyzed, so she goes after Kanthaswamy to seek revenge by pretending to be in love with him. Kanthaswamy, knowing her real intentions, plays along. This forms a cat-and-mouse chase between the two. In a comical role, Thengakadai Thenappan (Vadivelu) is also sought after by a local police inspector who tries to solve the mystery of “Lord Muruga saving the people”.
The fate of Kanthaswamy’s disguise leads into the climax of the story. The police inspector was able to bring out the truth that the CBI is involved in the role behind the secret work of helping the needy people, though he was not able to confirm it. Kanthaswamy finds Subbulakshmi’s family bank account password in which the black money is illegally saved. He tricks Subbalakshmi into revealing the password and answers for the security questions indirectly. Kanthaswamy transfers the money to his account, which would be used for helping poor and needy people. In the end, PPP was paralyzed upon knowing that his black money was robbed and that there was zero balance in their account, where they had stored it. After that, Subbulakshmi and Kanthaswamy were married and living in northern India. Kanthaswamy saw some letters tied to a tree, just like the ones at the Lord Muruga temple. He reads one and puts it into his pocket with a secret smile, which meant that he will pursue being the anthropomorphic rooster again.
Directed by Susi Ganesan
Produced by Kalaipuli S. Dhanu
Written by Susi Ganesan
Starring Vikram, Prabhu, Krishna, Shriya Saran, Ashish Vidyarthi, Mukesh Tiwari, Vadivelu, Vivek Sundararajan
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography N. K. Ekambaram
Edited by Praveen K. L., N. B. Srikanth & Rajesh Kumar
Production V. Creations
Distributed by Kalaipuli Internationals (India) Ayngaran International (Worldwide)
Release date 21 August 2009
Running time 195 minutes