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A drama about an alcoholic filmmaker and his friends who bring trouble to the women in their lives.


Karthik Subbaraj
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Cast overview, first billed only:
S.J. Suryah ... Arul (as S.J. Surya)
Vijay Sethupathi ... Michael
Bobby Simha ... Jagan
Anjali ... Ponni
Kamalinee Mukherjee ... Yazhini
Pooja Devariya ... Malar
Karunakaran ... Ramesh
Radha Ravi ... Doss
Vadivukkarasi ... Arul's Mother
Cheenu Mohan Cheenu Mohan ... John
Karthikeyan Karthikeyan
Kaali Venkat
Bagavathi Perumal
Vaibhav Reddy ... Cameo Appearance
Santhosh Narayanan ... Cameo Appearance

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Iraivi is about women, men and their priorities. It talks about women's freedom, how men look at it and how women use it.The film is based on the women we see around us and how certain things stay the same, no matter what class or background they belong to.

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Crime | Drama


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This is the 3rd movie for vijay sethupathy, bobby simha, karunakaran, santhosh narayanan and karthik subbaraj together. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to remove a use of strong language ('motherf**ker'), moments of strong violence, and a scene of glamorised drug use in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »


References Avathaaram (1995) See more »


Produced by Santhosh Narayanan
Written by Mani Amudhavan
Performed by Anthony Dasan
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A story that celebrates femininity
10 January 2020 | by nbsrilathaSee all my reviews

"Iraivi", literally means "Goddess". The title intelligently relates to two interlinked plots in the movie, that is the lives of female characters in the story, and a sub plot related to the theft of goddess statues from temples. A dejected film maker (SJ Surya) , his younger brother (Bobby Simha) and their loyal friend (Vijay Sethupathi) mess up their own lives due to their inability to control their rash and impulsive behaviours. In the process, they cause suffering to the women in their lives, unintentionally. In turn, the women face the dilemma between putting up with these troublesome men and the chance to rebuild their lives independently. The story ends in a tragedy with a message that friendship and loyalty should be within certain limits. SJ Surya is the show stealer with his portrayal as a chronic alcoholic. The climax scene showcases his brilliant histrionics. Bobby Simha has done a great job in his role as SJ Surya's vengeful brother who nurses hatred for men who disrespect women. Vijay Sethupathi also excels in his role as the erring husband and as the unquestioningly loyal friend who unwittingly ruins his own life. Kamalini Mukherjee, Anjali and Pooja Devariya do justice to their roles as women affected by the men in their lives. Veteran actress Vadivukarasi plays a cameo role as the bedridden comatose mother of SJ Surya and Bobby Simha, and Radha Ravi plays the role of her repentant husband. The first few minutes are not really appealing but the story gains depth as the narrative progresses. Director Karthik Subbaraj's wife appears in a cameo role as Kamalini Mukherjee's friend.

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3 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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