144

144 is a 2015 Tamil comedy film directed by G. Manikandan and produced by C. V. Kumar, starring Shiva, Ashok Selvan, Oviya and Shruthi Ramakrishnan in the leading roles. The film’s plot is partially inspired by the novel Vasanthakaala Kutrangal written by Sujatha.

Cast

• Shiva as Desu
• Ashok Selvan as Madhan
• Oviya as Kalyani
• Shruthi Ramakrishnan as Divya
• Ramdoss as Ravi Varman
• Madhusudhan Rao as Rayappan Divya’s Father
• Uday Mahesh as ‘Feelings’ Ravi
• Sujatha Sivakumar as Divya’s mother
• Ambani Shankar

Production

The film was launched by producer C. V. Kumar with new director Manikandan, and it began shooting in February 2015, with a principal cast of Shiva, Ashok Selvan, Oviya and Sruthi Ramakrishnan. The team shot scenes in Madurai, with Ashok Selvan portraying an illegal lorry racer.r After a single long filming schedule, the film was announced to be nearing completion by April 2015.

Critical reception

M. Suganth of The Times of India rated the film 3 out of 5 and wrote, “You could also call it Mundasupatti-meets-Rajathandhiram and you wouldn’t be wrong as like that crime caper, it also about a gold heist that involves an elaborate set-up and planning. But the filmmaking is more Mundasupatti, with noticeable rough edges that keep reminding us that this is a first-timer’s film and lacks the sophistication (it is an exposition-filled film) of both Soodhu Kavvum and Rajathandhiram.”