Manithan is a Tamil comedy courtroom comedy drama film directed by I. Ahmed, starring Udhayanidhi Stalin, Hansika Motwani and Prakash Raj in the leading roles. A remake of Subhash Kapoor's 2013 Hindi film Jolly LLB, the film began production in June 2015.
Throughout 2014, director I. Ahmed and producer-actor Udhayanidhi Stalin planned a film titled Idhayam Murali, which would also feature Hansika Motwani and Ashok Selvan. However, the team were unable to begin production and decided to postpone the venture, instead choosing to remake Subhash Kapoor's 2013 Hindi courtroom drama film, Jolly LLB. Hansika was retained as the heroine of the project with Prakash Raj and Radharavi added to the cast, and Santhosh Narayanan signed as the film's music composer.
Vivek also joined the cast, while Aishwarya Rajesh was signed on to replace Akshara Gowda, after the makers had a change of heart about casting the actress.
The title of the film, Manithan, was announced on 14 January 2016, coinciding with the release of the film's first poster.
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