Directed bySusi Ganesan
Written bySusi Ganesan
Produced byKalpathi S.Aghoram
Kalpathi S.Ganesh
Kalpathi S.Suresh
Sonia Agarwal
Manoj K Jayan
CinematographyRavi Shankar
Music byBharathwaj
Release date
14 April 2006
Running time
150 minutes

Thiruttu Payale (English: Naughty thief)[1] is a 2006 Indian Tamil-language black comedy thriller film written and directed by Susi Ganesan. The movie stars Kaakha Kaakha fame Jeevan, Sonia Agarwal, Abbas, Malavika, Vivek, Manoj K. Jayan, Gaayathri and Charle. The film's music is composed by music director, Bharathwaj. Thiruttu Payale was a box office success.[2] The film was remade in Hindi by the director himself as Shortcut Romeo with Neil Nitin Mukesh in the title role with Puja Gupta and Ameesha Patel. The film was also remade in Telugu and Kannada as Mr. Rascal and Aadu Aata Aadu respectively.


Manickam belongs to a poor family in a village. He does not respect any of his family members, except for his uncle Manohar, who lives in Chennai. The story gets rolling once he decides to come and stay with Manohar at Chennai. Once, while Manickam is watching people playing golf, he notices Roopini and Ramesh having an illicit relationship. He manages to capture the scene in his video camera. Roopini is the wife of a rich businessman named Sivaraj, who is Ramesh's best friend. Manickam blackmails Roopini and extracts money from her whenever he needs. Once, he makes a trip abroad to Australia with Roopini’s expenditure. There, he happens to meet Rosy. He falls in love with her. Rosy tells him that she is a very rich girl from a respected family. While he decides to propose to her, he finds that she has left the city. He is upset, and just at that time, Roopini makes a phone call and tells him that Rosy was sent by her only to woo Manickam and demands that if he needs Rosy, he needs to hand over the cassette to her. Manickam decides to find Rosy and learns that she also loves him. She asks him to leave this con work and gets him a job in a shop. All went well until when Rosy's stepmother learns about this relationship and asks Manickam for a sum if he wants to marry Rosy. To acquire the same, he again uses the cassette for the final time, but Sivaraj learns about it. Manickam hands over the money to Rosy's stepmother and asks Rosy to come to the airport next day. The climax shows Sivaraj killing Ramesh and Manickam fighting the goons sent by Sivaraj and reaching the airport, somehow only to be killed by Sivaraj. The film ends with Rosy waiting for Manickam in the airport.


Actor Role
Jeevan Manickam
Sonia Agarwal Rosy / Saranya
Abbas Ramesh
Malavika Roopini
Vivek Manohar
Manoj K. Jayan Sivaraj (Roopini's husband)
Susi Ganesan CID
Charle Watchman
Vinod Raj Manohar (Manickam's uncle)
Nagaraj Watchman
Gaayathri Rosy's mother


The song "Thiruttu Payale" is partially based on "Chinna Payale" from Arasilankumari (1961).[3]

Thiruttu Payale
Soundtrack album by
LabelAyngaran Music
ProducerRamani Bharadwaj
Ramani Bharadwaj chronology
Thiruttu Payale

All lyrics are written by Vairamuthu.

1."Avala Partha"Karthik, Donal Arjun, Bharadwaj4:48
2."Poi Solla Poren"KK, Kanmani5:25
3."Thayyatha"Sadhana Sargam, Reshmi, Amalraj4:58
5."Thippamma"Bharadwaj, Sudesh Bhosle, Rajagopal4:28
6."Thiruttu Payale"Mukesh Mohamed3:51
Total length:24:19


S. Sudha of Rediff gave the film a rating of two out of five stars and said "Susi Ganesan must be credited for tackling a bold subject. A film for the multiplexes, this".[4]

Box office

See also


  1. ^ "Susi Ganesan: Back with Thiruttu Payale". Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  2. ^ "2006- Hits & Misses". Sify. Archived from the original on 30 August 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  3. ^ "கலைமாமணி வாமனனின் 'நிழலல்ல நிஜம்' – 153 - தினமலர்". Dinamalar Nellai. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Thiruttu Payale: A thriller".
  5. ^ "The Boom In Regional Films". Digital Today. Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.