The 2023 Indian Tamil-language action heist film Thunivu (transl. Fortitude; also advertised as Thunivu – No Guts No Glory) is written and directed by H. Vinoth and produced by Boney Kapoor under the banners of Bayview Projects LLP and Zee Studios. Ajith Kumar, Manju Warrier, Samuthirakani, John Kokken, Ajay, and Veera are also in the movie. It centers on Dark Devil and his gang as they plot and carry out a bank heist to recover the money that the corporate has embezzled from the public. Ajith’s 61st leading part in a film, the movie was first formally announced in February 2022 under the working title AK61. The official title was revealed in September 2022. Along with a schedule in Chennai, principal photography began in Hyderabad in April 2022. This was followed by late-November 2022. The film has music composed by Ghibran, cinematography handled by Nirav Shah and Vijay Velukutty. Thunivu was released theatrically in the week of Pongal on 11 January 2023. It received mixed reviews from critics.



Theatrical release poster
Directed by H. Vinoth
Written by H. Vinoth
Produced by Boney Kapoor
  • Ajith Kumar
  • Manju Warrier
  • Samuthirakani
  • John Kokken
Cinematography Nirav Shah
Edited by Vijay Velukutty
Music by Ghibran
  • Bayview Projects LLP
  • Zee Studios
Distributed by Red Giant Movies
Release date
  • 11 January 2023
Running time
146 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget ₹200 crore
Box office ₹190–250 crore



  • Ajith Kumar as Dark Devil
  • Manju Warrier as Kanmani
  • Samuthirakani as Commissioner Dayalan
  • John Kokken as Krish
  • Ajay Kumar as ACP Ramachandran
  • Veera as Radha
  • G. M. Sundar as Muthazhagan
  • Prem Kumar as Prem
  • Darshan as Kavin
  • Mahanadi Shankar as Antony,
  • Bagavathi Perumal as Inspector Rajesh
  • Mohana Sundaram as Mai Pa
  • Bala Saravanan as reporter for A TV
  • Chirag Jani as Harsha
  • Rituraj Singh as Sunil Dutta
  • Sijoy Varghese as Sam Jacob
  • Amir as Jijo
  • Pavani Reddy as Achara
  • Ciby Bhuvana Chandran as Ravi
  • Birla Bose as Thirunavukarasu
  • Valavan as Valavan
  • Mamathi Chari as the channel head
  • A. L. Azhagappan as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
  • Kumar Natarajan as Central Minister
  • G. P. Muthu as a common man
  • Kaalishwaran as Kavin’s father
  • Padma as Kavin’s mother
  • Nalinikanth as Customer




Thunivu was released theatrically on 11 January 2023 in the week of Pongal, clashing with Varisu.

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