Superstar Rajinikanth's Annaatthe graced the theatres on November 4 on the occasion of Diwali. Days after its theatrical release, the film has now started streaming on Netflix India and Sun NXT. The rural drama written and directed by Siva has also become the latest victim of piracy. Annaatthe has been leaked on Telegram and other piracy based websites including Movierulz and Tamilrockers. Unfortunately, the film's sudden leak might affect its viewership on the streaming platforms.
Notably, Annaatthe is Rajinikanth first film to release post the pandemic. He was previously seen in the 2020 film Darbar helmed by AR Murugadoss. Well, upon its release, the film received mixed response from the audiences. As per the reviews shared by netizens on social media, Annaatthe's loose writing and story have led down the film big time. Keerthy Suresh plays Rajinikanth's sister in the film, while Nayanthara is seen as his love interest. The Siva directorial follows Kalaiayyan, who is a village head and a protective brother to his only sister.
Annaatthe features an extensive star cast including Meena Sagar, Kusboo Sundar, Prakash Raj, Jagapathi Babu, Abhimanyu Singh, Bala, Vela Ramamoorthy, Soori, Sathish, Sathyan, Kulappuli Leela, George Maryan, Arjai, Thavasi, Kabali Vishwanath, Livingston and Pandiarajan. Bankrolled by Kollywood producer Kalanithi Maran under Sun Pictures, the film's technical department consists of popular talents including music composer D Imman, cinematographer Vetri and editor Ruben.
Though the film was expected to release in 2020, the makers had to postpone it owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. Also, Rajinikanth's health issues in late December 2020, delayed the production process of the film.
Annaatthe was shot in Hyderabad's Ramoji Film City and parts of Chennai.