Kolaigaran (Eng: Killer) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film directed by Andrew Louis of Leelai fame. The film stars Vijay Antony, Arjun, and Ashima Narwal in the main lead roles, while Nassar and Seetha play supportive roles. The music is scored by Simon K. King. Principal photography of the film commenced on 5 June 2018. Kolaigaran follows an investigation in which a woman and her mother are suspected of murder after a disfigured corpse is found, while their neighbor claims to have committed it instead, much to the surprise of cops.
Along with a Telugu dubbed version titled Killer, the film released theatrically on 7 June 2019. It opened to generally positive reviews with critics and audiences praising the performances and became a blockbuster. The movie was reported to be based on the 2008 Japanese movie Suspect X which was an adaptation of the Japanese novel The Devotion of Suspect X.
A murder occurs when a lady is killed by an unknown person. Then the scene shifts. Prabhakaran (Vijay Antony) and Dharini (Ashima Narwal) are neighbors, and they coincidentally greet each other every morning while stepping out to their respective workplaces.
Meanwhile, another gruesome murder occurs in Chennai where a man was killed and burned. A crime branch cop named DCP Karthikeyan (Arjun) is assigned to the case. Unable to identify the murder victim, Karthikeyan finds the half burnt tailor tag from the clothes of the victim. He starts an investigation to check for missing person complaint using the city information extracted from the tag and comes to know that it is Vamsi, the younger brother of an influential Andhra Pradesh minister.
Checking the background of Vamsi, Karthikeyan learns that Vamsi used to stalk and molest Dharini two years back, leading Dharini and her mother Lakshmi (Seetha) to escape to Chennai. Karthikeyan starts with his investigation with Dharini and Lakshmi who admit to their past connection with Vamsi, much to Karthikeyan’s surprise. Meanwhile, Prabhakaran contacts Dharini via his landline phone and asks her to do as instructed.
During his investigation, Karthikeyan also comes to know that Prabhakaran is a former Hyderabad-based IPS officer who is known for solving murders. Theoretically speaking, Karthikeyan firmly believes that the murder has something to do with Dharini and Lakshmi. In sudden turn of events, Karthikeyan comes to know that Prabhakaran has surrendered for the murder. During the course of interrogation, Prabhakaran reveals that he and Dharini are secret lovers. When Prabhakaran comes to know about Dharini’s past with Vamsi, he wants to help Dharini and kills Vamsi without Dharini’s knowledge.
Directed by Andrew Louis
Produced by B.Pradip
Written by Andrew Louis
Starring Vijay Antony, Arjun, Ashima Narwal, Seetha, Nassar
Music by Simon K. King
Edited by Richard Kevin
Production Diya movies
Distributed by BOFTA Media Works
Release date 7 June 2019
Running time 122 minutes