Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu Part I: The Kindling, (Eng: The Scorched Forest Part I: The Kindling) is a 2022 Indian Tamil-language neo-noir gangster film directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon, written by B. Jeyamohan and produced by Ishari K. Ganesh. The film stars Silambarasan and Siddhi Idnani with Raadhika Sarathkumar, Neeraj Madhav and Siddique in supporting roles. The film score and soundtrack is composed by A. R. Rahman.
Principal photography commenced in August 2021 and ended in April 2022. The film was released in theatres on 15 September 2022 and received mostly positive reviews from critics with praise towards Simbu’s performance, Gautham’s direction, screenplay, cinematography, Rahman’s score and soundtrack while the romantic scenes and climax received some criticism. The film became a critical and commercial success. A sequel is in development.
Directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon
Written by Gautham Vasudev Menon & B. Jeyamohan
Story by B. Jeyamohan
Produced by Ishari K. Ganesh
Starring Silambarasan, Siddhi Idnani
Cinematography Siddhartha Nuni
Edited by Anthony
Music by A. R. Rahman
Production Vels Film International
Distributed by Red Giant Movies, Ahimsa Entertainment (UK & Europe)
Release date 15 September 2022