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Releasing Today: Kootathil Oruthan, Nibunan, Indu Sarkar, Villain

The weekend is almost here, and so are some of the films that have been making news all these months. Right from the rise of the middle-bencher in Kootathil Oruthan, to the controversial take on the Emergency period in India with Indu Sarkar – a look at all movies releasing today:


Marking actor Arjun Sarja’s 150th film, Nibunan is an action thriller from what the sleek posters and teaser suggest. In an interview last week, Arjun said that unlike the numerous cop roles he’s played in the past, the one in Nibunan  outshines the others. “I play a DSP in the crime branch. My character is very intelligent and strong, but with his own weaknesses just like any other human being. How he balances his family and professional life is told in a very relatable manner,” he said. 

Nibunan, directed by Achchamundu Achchamundu fame Arun Vaidyanathan, also stars Prasanna, Shruthi Hariharan, Varalakshmi Sarathkumar and others. 

Read: Our interview with director Arun Vaidyanathan 

Kootathil Oruthan

Arvind appears to be your average Joe in the stills of Kootathil Oruthan, with nothing great to offer. Played by Ashok Selvan, the film chronicles the life of a middle-bencher in an engineering college, and the love he has for the prettiest girl on campus, played by Priya Anand. Directed by TJ Gnanvel, a popular Tamil writer, the film is billed as a romantic comedy. 

Thegidi music composer Nivas K Prasanna has composed the tunes. The film’s promotions were taken up a notch with the release of the ‘Gift Song’ (‘Maatrangal Ondre Thaan Maarathada’), in which people from all walks of life, including celebrities like Prakash Raj, Vijay Sethupathi, and Suriya Sivakumar, were given a gift, with the camera capturing their reaction. 

Bankrolled by Dream Warrior Pictures, the film also stars Samuthirakani and Anupama Kumar.

Indu Sarkar

Stalled promotional events, several protests and threats later, Indu Sarkar is finally releasing today. Among its biggest problems were claims of political motivation and misrepresentation by the Congress party, censorship and certification issues, and a petition to stay its release by someone who claimed to be Sanjay Gandhi’s daughter. 


Senior Congress leaders had spoken out against the film, and Sanjay Nirupam had recently asked for a special screening of the film, before it went to the censors. His demands were rejected by both Madhur Bhandarkar and CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani. 

Indu Sarkar is set against the backdrop of the emergency, and is perceived to be damaging to the memory of the late Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi. The film stars Kriti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, and Anupam Kher in lead roles.


Villain is the latest to employ artistes from other film industries. The film has been directed by B Unnikrishnan, and has stars like Srikanth and Hansika Motwani in important roles. Mohanlal plays the lead, as a retired police officer in this investigative thriller. The project marks Unnikrishnan and Mohanlal’s fourth movie together. 

TFPC president Vishal also makes his Malayalam debut with this movie. 

Manju Warrier and Raashi Khanna are in this film, too, with music by Suhin Shyam.