Vaathi (transl. Teacher) is a 2023 Indian period action-drama film written and directed by Venky Atluri. The film was shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu with the latter titled as Sir and produced by Sithara Entertainments and Fortune Four Cinemas. The film features Dhanush and Samyuktha in the lead roles, with the simultaneous Telugu version marking the former’s debut in Telugu. The film released on 17 February 2023 and received mixed reviews from critics.



Theatrical release poster
Directed by Venky Atluri
Written by Venky Atluri
Produced by
  • Suryadevara Naga Vamsi
  • Sai Soujanya
  • Dhanush
  • Samyuktha
  • Samuthirakani
Cinematography J. Yuvaraj
Edited by Naveen Nooli
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
  • Sithara Entertainments
  • Fortune Four Cinemas
  • Srikara Studios
Distributed by
  • PVP Cinema
  • Seven Screen Studio
  • Sony Pictures
  • Skanda Cinemass
  • Einstin Media
Release date
  • 17 February 2023
Running time
148 minutes
Country India
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
Box office est. ₹118 crore



  • Dhanush as Balamurugan ‘Bala’/Bala Gangadhar Thilak ‘Balu’
  • Samyuktha as Meenakshi
  • Samuthirakani as Srinivas Tirupathi/ Srinivas Tripathi (Telugu)
  • Tanikella Bharani as Thanigachalam/Deekshitulu
  • P. Sai Kumar as Muthu Pandian/Papa Rao
  • Rajendran as Bhupathi/Bhushanam
  • Narra Srinivas as Sudarshan
  • Pammi Sai as Subbayya
  • Aadukalam Naren as Narayanan, Bala’s father
  • Hareesh Peradi as Ansari, Bala’s teacher
  • Ilavarasu as Education minister
  • Thotapalli Madhu as Narayana Swamy
  • Hyper Aadi as Karthik
  • Sha Ra as Prakash
  • Sumanth as Muthu/Murthy
    • Ken Karunas as young Muthu/Murthy
  • Praveena as Bala’s mother
  • Naga Mahesh as Inspector Suresh
  • Kalpalatha as Meenakshi’s mother
  • Bharathiraja as a villager (cameo)




The film was scheduled for a theatrical release on 2 December 2022 in Tamil and Telugu but was postponed. In November 2022, it was announced that the film will release on 17 February 2023. It was announced that Seven Screen Studio has acquired the distribution rights of the film in Tamil Nadu.

Home media

Initially, there were reports suggesting that the film’s streaming rights were acquired by Aha, but were later acquired by Netflix, while the satellite rights were sold to Sun TV Network. It began streaming on Netflix from 17 March 2023 in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi.

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