Karnan 2021 Tamil Movie Release Date, Trailers, Cast & Crew

Karnan 2021 is an upcoming Indian drama film in Tamil, directed by Mari Selvaraj and produced by Kalaipuli S. Thanu. The film features Dhanush, Lal, Natarajan Subramaniam, Yogi Babu, Rajisha Vijayan, Gouri G. Kishan, and Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli in key roles. The film features music composed by Santhosh Narayanan, cinematography by Theni Eswar, and editing by Selva R. K. It is scheduled for theatrical release in April 2021.

Karnan Movie Details:

Directed by Mari Selvaraj
Produced by Kalaipuli S. Thanu
Written by Mari Selvaraj
  • Dhanush
  • Lal
  • Natarajan Subramaniam
  • Yogi Babu
  • Rajisha Vijayan
  • Gouri Kishan
  • Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli
Music by Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography Theni Eswar
Edited by Selva R. K.
V Creations
Release date
  • 9 April 2021
Country India
Language Tamil


In November 2018, Dhanush announced that his next project will be directed by Mari Selvaraj, who also thanked the director’s debut film, Pariyerum Perumal, for its making and content. Selvaraj also confirmed the news in his tweet, and Kalaippuli S. Thanu endorsed the project under his production house V Creations, his second straight film with Dhanush, after Vetrimaaran’s Asuran (2019). Despite his announcement, the launch of the project was delayed due to other commitments from Dhanush. In August 2019, reports indicated that the film will be tentatively titled Karnan, although an official confirmation from the producers was not revealed.

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In September 2019, sources claimed that the film could begin production in December 2019, once Dhanush completes filming for director Karthik Subbaraj titled D40. On September 27, Dhanush met Mari Selvaraj in London during the filming of D40, in order to finalize the script for the film. After Dhanush was impressed by the narration of the final script, the filmmakers launched pre-production work on the film on September 29, and Santhosh Narayanan was announced as the composer. On January 6, 2020, the creators officially announced the film’s title as Karnan. The movie is reportedly based on the 1999 Manjolai riots.


In September 2019, Malayalam actress Rajisha Vijayan signed the female lead alongside Dhanush, thus making her debut in Tamil. The following month, veteran actor Lal also joined the project. In December 2019, Natarajan Subramaniam also confirmed his participation in the film.

Tamil comedian and actor Yogi Babu, who appeared in Selavraj’s debut film Pariyerum Perumal, was included in the cast of the film, which marked his first collaboration with Dhanush. During the movie’s pooja ceremony, Babu and Vijayan were present in the film’s cast, confirming their inclusion in the project.

In January 2020, a photo was released from the sets featuring Dhanush and Lal with Dhanush rehearsing the main character Karnan, while the latter’s character was revealed as Yemen. Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli and Gouri G. Kishan were cast as female leads.

Director Mari Selvaraj in an interview with a news portal stated the reason for the film’s title, as well as the character of Dhanush in the film. He explained that “while the Karnan from the Mahabharata was the one who gave away all his worldly belongings, the Karnan from Dhanush has nothing to offer in the film as he comes from a conservative background. Karnan will also be seen fighting for his rights in the film. ”


After finishing filming for Karthik Subbaraj’s film, Dhanush joined the film’s sets in Tirunelveli on January 3. The film’s release ceremony was carried out in a straightforward manner on January 6, 2020, and principal photography began on the same day.

With filming progressing at a rapid pace, Dhanush released a still from the film via social media platforms on January 28. The image shows a silhouette of Dhanush holding a sword in his hand. He still went viral upon its release with unique poster designs, and they still circulate on the internet.

On February 24, 2020, Dhanush posted a picture of the sets and stated that 90% of the filming of the film had been completed with the completion of the second calendar.

The film’s making video that premiered on Dhanush’s birthday, July 28, 2020, features a set of a replica of a miniature model of a village, recreated in Tirunelveli. On November 25, 2020, filming on the film resumed nine months after it was halted due to the COVID-19 lockdown in India, with mosaic scenes being filmed during the show and concluded on December 9, 2020.

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