Etharkkum Thunindhavan, also known under the initialism ET, is a 2022 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by Pandiraj and produced by Sun Pictures. The film stars Suriya, Priyanka Arul, and Vinay Rai.The music is composed by D. Imman, with cinematography and editing being handled by R. Rathnavelu and Ruben respectively. The film's story revolves around how Kannabiran turns into an executioner to fight upon the violence against women in India.
Etharkkum Thunindhavan, also known under the initialism ET
The project was officially announced during October 2020, under the tentative title Suriya 40. It also marked the production's first venture with Suriya, as the company had previously distributed the actor's films Ayan (2009) and Singam (2010). Filming began on 15 February 2021 and was completed within mid-November, despite losing out three months of filming due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. It was primarliy shot at various locations in Chennai, Madurai, Karaikudi and Courtallam, with a song sequence being shot in Goa.
The film released in theaters worldwide on 10 March 2022, along with dubbed versions in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada languages.The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics and audienes with praised the performances of cast, story, music, direction, social message and comedies.
- Kannabiran is a lawyer at the Chennai High Court, who lives with his family consisting of his father Aadhirayar and mother Kosalai, in Thennaadu. Their neighbouring village is Vadanaadu. Residents of both villages believe that god and goddess Shiva and Shakti originated in these villages and hold an grand festival celebrating their togetherness. Women in Thennaadu are married to men in Vadanaadu and vice-versa. However, when a woman from Thenaadu, who is married to a man from Vadanaadu, commits suicide, both the villages engage in rivalry. From this, Kannabiran falls in love with Aadhini from Vadanaadu and the two of them get married.
- Aadhini's friend is in love with Nithin and he cheats her by asking her to sleep with a man. Nithin is later revealed to Inba's henchman. Aadhini’s friend tries to escape from Nithin’s clutches, but is chased and beaten badly by Inba's men. Kannabiran comes to her rescue in the nick of time and warns both Inba and his men. Previously, Inba was responsible for killing his pregnant wife and a girl named Monika, who was sexually exploited. After Kannabiran and Aadhini's marriage, Kannabiran gives shelter to Aadhini's friend and motivates her by standing beside her in the fight against the pornography racket run by Inba.
- One day, when Kannabiran and Aadhini get intimate their video is secretly shot by Inba, who also shoots the video of Aadhini bathing. When they receive the videos, they are both shocked and devastated. Despite all of the happenings, Kannabiran remains headstrong and requests Aadhini to stay strong and fight with him. Soon, he gathers all the victims of Inba’s racket and files a petition against Inba and his men. However, Inba's advocate shows false evidence, showing that he is a philanthropist and educationalist. As a result, the judge dismisses the case and orders the arrest of Kannabiran and his father, Aadhirayar. After spending 2 months in prison, Aadhirayar motivates his son to turn into an executioner and to see beyond his initial beliefs in the indian law and order to deliver justice. Kannabiran readily accepts and kidnaps all of the students and men working for Inba to lock them in a factory. After a deadly and intense cat-and-mouse chase between Kannabiran and Inba, Kannabiran is able to get access to the systems that Inba and his men use for creating pornographic content and destroys them. Kannabiran ruthlessly beats Inba’s men and the students involved in the racket and lectures their parents on students respecting women and their privacy.
- Kannabiran is able to prove that Inba and his men have intimate recordings of 500 women belonging to their village and are committed to spoiling the lives of those women by not letting them get married and driving off their dignity in society. He recollects his past when he was nine years old, his younger sister was taken by few people and brutally assaulted to death. Some of the students are killed by their parents and sisters. A teacher, who won the best teacher award is shown to be involved in Inba’s racket, where he is shot dead by his own wife. Inba's father-in-law kills Inba for killing his daughter and spreading rumours after her death. Kannabiran surrenders himself at the court and admits that he committed all the murders. Kosalai berates him for turning into a ruthless murderer even after witnessing his family’s struggles and public humiliation. Kannabiran reminds her that he did not commit murders, but simply removed the “weeds” that are harmful to society.
At the plot-level, Etharkkum Thunindhavan pretty much moves along on predictable lines. But, like he did with his films like Vamsam and Kadaikutty Singam, Pandiraj roots the characters with very specific backgrounds, which lends some freshness. Like the backdrop in which the film happens. Kannabiran lives in Thennaadu, a region that cherishes women. Inba belongs to the neighbouring village Vadanaadu, whose men marry the girls of Thennaadu. But there is some conflict between the two villages ever since the suicide of a Thennaadu woman who had been married off to a Vadanaadu guy. The director smartly uses this to inject some suspense and humour into the romance between Kannabiran and Aadhini, who is from Vadanaadu. Some of the humour works, thanks to Devadarshini, who plays Aadhini's mother Anjumani. But the bunch of comedians who are part of the cast are a letdown. Even Soori, who usually shines in this director's films, is hardly funny.