Jailer is an upcoming Indian Tamil-language action comedy film written and directed by Nelson and produced by Kalanithi Maran of Sun Pictures. It stars RajinikanthShiva RajkumarTamannaah and Ramya Krishnan.

The film was officially announced in February 2022 with the working title Thalaivar 169, being the 169th film of Rajinikanth, while the official title Jailer was announced in June. Principal photography began in August 2022 in Chennai and wrapped in June 2023. The music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander. The film is scheduled to release on 10 August 2023.

Release date=10 August 2023



On 10 February 2022, Sun Pictures officially announced their next film starring Rajinikanth and to be directed by Nelson. As Rajinikanth’s 169th film, it was tentatively titled Thalaivar 169.[5][6] The title Jailer was announced on 17 June 2022, with the posters revealing Nelson as the sole writer, dismissing earlier reports that K. S. Ravikumar would be writing the screenplay from a story by Rajinikanth. Cinematography is handled by Vijay Karthik Kannan, and editing by R. Nirmal.[7][8] This also marks the first collaboration of Nelson with Rajinikanth.[9]


In May 2022, there were reports suggesting that Kannada actor Shiva Rajkumar would be seen in a pivotal role.[10] That speculation was confirmed the following month. It marks Shiva Rajkumar’s debut in Tamil cinema.[11] In early August, Vasanth Ravi was confirmed to be part of the film.[12] Shortly thereafter, on 10 August, Ramya Krishnan confirmed her participation,[13] and on 23 August, Malayalam actor Vinayakan was confirmed.[14] In July 2022, there were reports suggesting that Yogi Babu would be a part of the film.[15] That speculation was confirmed on 24 August 2022 by Sun Pictures.[16] On 6 January 2023, it was announced that Mohanlal would do a cameo role in the film. He allotted a two-day call-sheet for the film on 8 and 9 January.[17] Almost two weeks later, Sunil and Tamannaah were announced as part of the cast.[18][19] In February, Jackie Shroff was announced to be a part of the film.[20]


Test shoots took place in late July 2022 in Chennai,[21][22] and principal photography was set to commence on 3 August in Hyderabad.[23] However, the start of filming was indefinitely delayed due to a strike in Hyderabad which was expected to last at least three weeks.[12] Filming ultimately began on 22 August in Chennai.[24] By October, filming was also taking place in Cuddalore.[25] In January 2023, a small filming schedule began in Jaisalmer.[26] The following month, filming began in Mangalore.[27] In March, the climax of the film was shot at Athirappilly Falls, Chalakudy in Kerala.[28][29] Principal photography was wrapped by 1 June 2023.[30]


The music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander in his third collaboration with Rajinikanth, after Petta (2019) and Darbar (2020) and fourth collaboration with Nelson after Kolamaavu Kokila (2018), Doctor (2021), and Beast (2022).[31]


Jailer is scheduled to release on 10 August 2023.[32]

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