Action drama movies are a highlight of the Tamilian movie industry. From the prevalence of Rajnikanth’s moves to the freshness that Dhanush caters to the plate of the audience, the movie industry is extremely diverse, offering the audience something new to watch and explore. Karnan is one such Tamil action-drama movie that you are going to love watching.
Although the movie has been released pretty recently, it has managed to break the box office records and catch the attention of the viewer’s simultaneously. Most of the movie is based and has been shot in the Thoothukudi district, where most of the storyline of the movie is based.
The directors and producers of the movie said that although the movie was done and complete by December 2020, they had to postpone the release due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.
What is the plot of the movie?
If you have yet to watch the movie, this quick synopsis could help you navigate through
The plot of the movie follows the life of Karnan, a village youth with a fearless and rowdy attitude. He is one of the few people in the village who takes a stand for the people he lives with, especially the marginalized community who are faced constant oppression for decades.
It is the dominant caste in the village along with the government officials who are constantly trying to bring down the lower caste people and bullying them into activities that they shouldn’t be doing. The story takes you through the constant struggles, hardships, and unfairness that these oppressed villagers face until there is someone who takes a stand for them.
Who is the cast of the movie?
The primary cast of the movie include:
- Dhanush as Karnan
- Lal as Yeama Raja (Thatha)
- Rajisha Vijayan as Draupathai
- Yogi Babu as Vadamaalaiyan
- Natarajan Subramaniam as SP Kannabiran
- Gouri Kishan as Poyilal
- Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli as Padmini
- G. M. Kumar as Duriyodhanan
- Shanmugarajan as Abhimanyu
- Ram as Karnan’s Father
- Supatra as Karnan’s mother
Where can I watch Karnan?
With the ongoing restrictions imposed due to Covid-19 lockdowns, Karnan can be streamed online on Amazon Prime Video.
How did the movie do at the box office?
Despite being launched during the peak time of the Covid-19 regulations, Karnan managed to secure INR 10.40 crore in the box office, which is nothing short of baffling. This is also marked as Dhanush’s biggest blockbuster opener movie.
By the first weekend after the release of the movie, it already earned over INR 25 crores, leaving the audience excited and the crew completely in shock. All of this happened when theatres in India has 50% occupancy. Not just the urban centres, the movie received a lot of praise from the rural centres, especially because of the plotline that resonated well with their plight.
However, the success of the movie further took a hit following the newly imposed lockdown rules that were imposed in southern India following the Covid-19 infections.
Were there controversies associated with the movie?
Since the announcement of the official title of the movie in January, it did receive backlash from Sivaji Ganesan, who starred in a movie in 1964 under the same name. However, things were cleared out and the creators of the movie clarified that the characters had nothing to do in common.
Dhanush’s Karnan is about a man who devotes his life to selflessly fight for the rights of others. However, people were skeptical saying that releasing a movie with such a similar string could end up hurting Ganesan’s fanbase and even the ones who are avid viewers of Mahabharata.