Miruthan is a 2016 Indian Tamil zombie thriller film written and directed by Shakti Soundar Rajan and starring Jayam Ravi and Lakshmi Menon in the leading roles. The film, which became the first Indian Tamil film in the zombie genre, was released on 19 February 2016. Rajan has since announced an intention to film a sequel in 2018. Miruthan has the similar plot with resident evil film series and The Passage novel series by Justin Cronin.
The film opens with a stray dog becoming violent, after being exposed by toxic fumes, which then bites a security guard. The security guard becomes a zombie momentarily and starts a chain of human infections via bites.
Karthik (Jayam Ravi) a traffic officer in Ooty who avoids danger as he has to take care of a younger sister who is in her early teens. He is in love with a doctor named Renuka (Lakshmi Menon) but never proposes in all their meetings. Renu is engaged and is about to get married to Naveen (Amit Bhargav) who is also a doctor. Meanwhile, Karthik’s sister is kidnapped and is suspected to be attacked by a zombie. The police of Ooty decides go shooting whoever who had turned into a zombie. Karthik is also looking for his sister and meanwhile killing the zombies. He receives a call in which he is told to arrive at a place to find his sister. There he finds Renu and her group of doctors finding a vaccine. Karthik also finds his sister and later comes to know that the doctors are trapped inside the house which is invaded by zombies.
At that moment, the chief doctor, Dharan, is attacked by a zombie and does not tell anyone. With Dharan, Renu, another doctor Kamal, Renu’s father and Karthik’s friend and sister all head to Kovai (Coimbatore), to utilise medical equipment to find a cure . Karthik unknowingly disturbs some zombies and they are forced to take shelter in a mall which is opposite the hospital. Naveen is inside the hospital trying to find the vaccine. They get hold of a frightened security guard of the mall (Sriman). After sometime Dharan turns into a zombie and attacks Karthik’s sister but she does not turn into a zombie despite the fact that she was attacked almost an hour ago. Kamal says that she will be able to help them in finding the vaccine as she has the required antibodies. Because of that ,Karthik, had to escort them to the Hospital which faces the mall. For this, he is using pressurised water from the Mall’s Fire Truck knowing that they are allergic to water. Despite the reduced time, Karthik, manages to bring everyone safely to the hospital except Renu. He goes back to the mall to bring Renu. But he does that without any water source. So, he brought Renu to the Hospital , but, got attacked by the zombies while he was escorting her. He himself turns into a zombie. Renu realises her love for him but he turns into a zombie and attacks her leading her to shoot him.
Two days later, Karthik, who is completely a zombie now is seen on top of a bus which is going to Chennai.
Directed by Shakti Soundar Rajan
Produced by S. Michael Rayappan
Written by Shakti Soundar Rajan
Starring Jayam Ravi, Lakshmi Menon
Music by D. Imman
Cinematography S. Venkatesh
Edited by K. J. Venkat Ramanan
Production Global Infotainment
Distributed by Ayngaran International Media
Release dates 19 February 2016
Running time 105 minutes