Soodhu Kavvum (Eng: Evil Engulfs) is a 2013 Tamil black comedy movie directed by Nalan Kumarasamy of Naalaya Iyakunar fame. It features Vijay Sethupathi and Sanchita Shetty in the lead roles. The film was released on 1 May. The film’s main concept is about how silly talk has engulfed people’s day-to-day life and modern society. film received highly positive repraise from critics and viewers and become blockbuster.
Friends Kesavan (Ashok Selvan), Sekar (Ramesh Thilak) and Pagalavan (Bobby Simha) meet Das (Vijay Sethupathi), a middle-aged man with an imaginary girlfriend Shalu (Sanchita Shetty) who does low-profile kidnappings for a living. Broke, the trio decide to become his assistants. Das follows five rules of kidnapping (which he spells and writes as “kednaping”), the first rule is to not kidnap people from political backgrounds. One day, they kidnap a young boy and successfully obtain ransom money from his father Nambikkai Kannan. Nambikkai’s contractor brother has been arrested for attempted bribery by State Minister Gnanodayam (M S Bhaskar), a disciplined politician who plays by the book. Impressed with Das’ kidnapping skills, Nambikkai asks him to kidnap the minister’s son Arumai Pragasam (Karunakaran) as revenge and offers to pay Das up to 2 crore (US$290,000).
The next day, the four men set out to kidnap Arumai but are astonished to see him get kidnapped by another group. They kidnap Arumai from the other kidnappers and discover that the first kidnapping was staged by Arumai himself to extort money from his father. Arumai manages to convince Das and his men to collude with him to obtain ransom money from his father. The group demand 2 crore (US$290,000) from the minister and receive the money.
An argument over splitting the cash arises between Arumai and the rest during which their van loses control and falls from a bridge. Arumai runs away with all the money. The minister seeks the assistance of Encounter Specialist Bramma, a brutal and merciless cop to hunt down the kidnappers. Arumai returns to his house and hides the money in his room. Das devices a plan to kidnap Arumai again to retrieve the money. They accidentally meet Arumai and successfully kidnap him again. But Das lets Arumai go free, after making him promise that he should not tell anything about them to the police. Arumai also promises to return their share of the money. Bramma finds that Arumai staged his own kidnapping and uses this information to threaten Arumai into testifying against the Das gang….
Directed by Nalan Kumarasamy
Produced by C V Kumar
Screenplay by Nalan Kumarasamy
Story by Nalan Kumarasamy & Srinivas Kavenayam
Starring Vijay Sethupathi, Sanchita Shetty
Music by Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography Dinesh Krishnan
Edited by Leo John Paul
Production Thirukumaran Entertainment
Distributed by Studio Green
Release dates 1 May 2013
Running time 128 min