Rebel (2024 film)

Rebel is a 2024 Indian Tamil-language political action drama film directed by debutante Nikesh RS and produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja, under Studio Green. It starred G. V. Prakash Kumar in the lead part, alongside Mamitha Baiju (in her Tamil debut), Venkitesh VP, Shalu Rahim, Karunas, Kalloori Vinoth and Adithya Baskar. It is based on events about a rebel student in Munnar in the 1980s. The film follows Kathiresan, a college student from Munnar, who goes to Palakkad to get a better education. However, he gets into a conflict after a college fight was erupted even more when local politicians and cops become involved.

Studio Green and Thirukumar Entertainment officially announced the project in December 2021 under its proper title; however, the latter company soon after opted out from the venture. Principal photography began the same month. It was mainly shot in Chennai, and wrapped by early-May 2023.The background score and additional background score was written by OfRo and Siddhu Kumar. The film has music written by G. V. Prakash Kumar, cinematography handled by Arun Radhakrishnan and editing by Vetre Krishnan. Rebel was launched on 22 March 2024 in theatres.


Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nikesh RS
Written by Nikesh RS
A. Bharathi Raja
Balakrishnan S
Produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja
  • G. V. Prakash Kumar
  • Mamitha Baiju
Cinematography Arun Radhakrishnan
Edited by Vetre Krishnan
Music by
  • Songs:
  • G. V. Prakash Kumar
  • Background Score:
  • OfRo
  • Additional Score:
  • Siddhu Kumar
Studio Green
Distributed by Sakthi Film Factory
Release date
  • 22 March 2024
Running time
141 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil


Kathiresan, a young man born in Munnar, goes to Palakkad for college education. After joining Government College Chittur, he meets Sara Mary John, and falls in love with her. However, a fight between Tamizhans and the locals starts soon after. A so-called small college fight turns out out of hand when politicians and cops gets involved.


  • G. V. Prakash Kumar as Kathiresan
  • Mamitha Baiju as Sara Mary John
  • Venkitesh VP as Antony
  • Shalu Rahim as Charlie
  • Karunas as Udhyakumar
  • Kalloori Vinoth as Pandi
  • Adithya Baskar as Selvaraj
  • Chembil Ashokan
  • Jaise Jose
  • Subramaniam Siva as Ramalingam
  • Merku Thodarchi Malai Antony as Bharathi
  • Aadhira Pandilakshmi



On 2 December 2021, K. E. Gnanavel Raja’s Studio Green officially announced that they would collaborate with C. V. Kumar’s Thirukumaran Entertainment for their 25th production venture. Directed by debutante Nikesh RS, the film was titled as Rebel. While G. V. Prakash Kumar would play the lead actor and also score the music, a muhurat puja was held the same day at a film studio in Chennai. The cinematography and editing would be handled by Arun Radhakrishnan and Vetre Krishnan, respectively. The following day, Nikesh stated that the film is based on true events that he had heard about a rebel student in Munnar, happening during the 1980s, and had written the script with Prakash in mind.


Principal photography began on 3 December 2021 with the first schedule in Chennai. It was predominantly shot there, and wrapped on 3 October 2023.


The music and background score is composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, in his maiden collaboration with Nikesh, while the background score and additional background score composed by Offor and Siddhu Kumar. The audio rights were acquired by Saregama. The first single “Rise of Rebel” was released on 17 February 2024.


Rebel was released on 22 March 2024 in theatres worldwide through Sakthi Film Factory.

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The post-theatrical streaming rights of the film were acquired by Amazon Prime Video.


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