Sulthan is a 2021 Indian Tamil-language action drama film written and directed by Bakkiyaraj Kannan, produced by S. R. Prakash Babu and S. R. Prabhu under the banner Dream Warrior Pictures. The film stars Karthi and Rashmika Mandanna, marking the latter’s debut in Tamil cinema. Napoleon, Lal, Yogi Babu, Ramachandra Raju, and Nawab Shah play supporting roles. The film features the score by Yuvan Shankar Raja with songs composed by Vivek–Mervin. The cinematography and editing were handled by Sathyan Sooryan and Ruben respectively. It was dubbed in Telugu under the same title.The film was released on 2 April 2021 in Tamil and Telugu languages.
A village in southern Salem is on the verge of losing habitation as a goon, Jayaseelan forbids anyone in the village from practicing agriculture in order to sell the fertile lands on the village to a corporate company for their needs. The village head meets Sethupathi, a Samaritan rowdy in the outskirts of Chennai and requests him to kill Jayaseelan so the village can be back to normal. Sethupathi immediately agrees as he feels he has to do something good to the society after doing multiple bad deeds in the past. At the same time, Sethupathi’s son Vikram who is fondly called Sulthan by everyone returns from Bombay during his leave. Sulthan was raised by Mansoor, Sethupathi’s right hand and the 100 goons who worked under him, after Sulthan’s mother passed away right after giving birth to him. He is taught not to endure violence and is lovingly brought by everyone and treats them as his own brothers.
At the same time, the police force of the city starts a sting operation to kill all the goons in the city in unofficial encounters to attain peace hood. Sulthan and his family are attacked by police officers and one of the goons is severely injured during the shootout. This affects Sulthan and he is mentally tarnished. He later talks to his father angrily regarding this and Sethupathi passes away in his sleep the next day. Sulthan meets up with Inspector Rathnavel and asks him to spare his brothers and is ready to do anything. Rathnavel demands him to keep them silent and even the smallest of cases shouldn’t be charged on any one of them. In the same time, Mansoor decides to send 20 men along with Otta Lorry to Salem to kill Jayaseelan. Sulthan catches them trying to escape and Otta Lorry makes a lie that he has a marriage proposal in the village. Sulthan decides to take the entire gang entourage to the village so they can stay away from violence. The entire village is asked to play along with their excuse and the village head’s daughter, Rukmini acts as the bride-to-be. Otta Lorry rejects her as an act while Sulthan falls in love with her on first sight and proposes marriage with her.
Directed by Bakkiyaraj Kannan
Written by Bakkiyaraj Kannan
Dialogue by Arul Kumar Rajasekaran & Hariharasuthan Thangavelu
Produced by S. R. Prakash Babu & S. R. Prabhu
Starring Karthi, Rashmika Mandanna
Cinematography Sathyan Sooryan
Edited by Ruben
Music by Score: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Production Dream Warrior Pictures
Release date 2 April 2021
Running time 155 minutes