Thunivu (transl. Fortitude) is a 2023 Indian Tamil-language action heist film written and directed by H. Vinoth, and produced by Boney Kapoor. It stars Ajith Kumar, Manju Warrier, Samuthirakani and Pavani Reddy with John Kokken, Mamathi Chari, Ajay, Veera and Bagavathi Perumal in supporting roles.
The film was announced with the tentative title AK61 (Ajith’s 61st film in a leading role) in February 2022, with the official title announced that September. Principal photography commenced in April and ended in that October, taking place in Hyderabad and Bangkok. Post-production works began in late-October and were completed that December.Thunivu was released theatrically on 11 January 2023, in the week of Pongal and received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Nevertheless, it has grossed over ₹65 crore, making it the second-highest-grossing Tamil film of 2023.Radha, a dreaded gangster, and his men plot to rob “Your Bank”, one of the biggest privately-owned bank in Chennai, only to realise that another gang led a by mysterious person, nicknamed Dark Devil, has already hijacked the bank. The police, led by DGP Dayalan, is trying to figure out a way to capture Dark Devil, only to realize that his motive is to actually expose the privately-owned banks involved in financial fraud.Ajith Kumar’s 60th film, Valimai (2022) under the direction of H. Vinoth and produced by Boney Kapoor, faced several production delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2021, Kapoor hinted on collaborating for the actor’s 61st film and Vinoth directing the film, which would mark their third consecutive collaboration following Nerkonda Paarvai (2019) and Valimai, which was later confirmed on September 2021. Sources reported that Kapoor suffered financial problems following the protracted production of Valimai, which necessitated a third collaboration between the actor and director, though he denied such claims in an interview before Valimai’s release. Initially Ajith planned for collaborating with a different director, but agreed to join with Vinoth after watching the rough edit of Valimai.