Thaanaa Serndha Koottam (translation: A Crowd that gathered by itself), is a 2018 Indian Tamil language heist comedy film, directed by Vignesh Shivan and produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja. The film is an adaptation of the 2013 Hindi film Special 26, which was inspired by the 1987 Opera House heist in Mumbai. The film stars Suriya and Keerthy Suresh in the lead roles, with a supporting cast including Karthik, Ramya Krishnan, Senthil and Suresh Chandra Menon. Featuring music composed by Anirudh Ravichander and cinematography by Dinesh Krishnan, the film had a worldwide theatrical release on 12 January 2018.
The story is inspired from a real life incident in 1987 when a group posing as CBI raided a jewellery showroom in Mumbai and robbed money from there.
All the events happening in this movie happens in the period of 1986–1987 . The film begins with Pallavaram Paranjothi Pandian (RJ Balaji) attending an interview for a clerk’s post and getting rejected due to lack of money for giving bribe to the officials. Now the story shifts to Nachinarkkniyan (Suriya) attending CBI interviews and his friend (Kalaiyarasan) attending Police interviews. Both getting Rejected due to lack of bribe money for the post. We are shown Iniyan’s father Porchelvan (Thambi Ramaiah) working as a clerk in the CBI office. However he wants his son to be an officer, hence he pleads for the posting for his son to his higher officials. He asks for recommendation. However he earned the wrath of his senior official officer Uthaman (Suresh Chandra Menon). Uthaman is a corrupt official, once during a raid he asks for money. Porchelvan didn’t approve of this approach and he complains about Uthaman in the form of an anonymous letter. Uthaman comes to know about this and exacts revenge by purposely rejecting and humiliating Iniyan at the interview and later asks him to bribe in order to get the job. Iniyan and his father are dejected, Iniyan’s friend is also dejected due to his failure in the interview. He commits suicide suspecting that his wife eloped with some other guy. In reality his wife was late due to her visit to the temple. Iniyan is very much depressed after all these events and hence he decides to loot money from the rich and corrupted people. Especially he loots the black money and tries to reforms the society making sure that the deserved people get posting in the government departments. He forms a gang with him, starts to heist by posing as CBI and Income Tax officers.
Directed by Vignesh Shivan
Produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Written by Vignesh Shivan
Based on Special 26 by Neeraj Pandey
Starring Suriya, Karthik, Keerthy Suresh, Ramya Krishnan
Music by Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography Dinesh Krishnan
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Production Studio Green & Aadnah Arts
Distributed by Bharathan Films
Release date 12 January 2018