Jailer Movie Plot & Reviews

Jailer is a 2023 Indian Tamil-language black comedy-action film starring Rajinikanth, and written and directed by Nelson. It is produced by Kalanithi Maran of Sun Pictures. Rajinikanth’s supporting cast includes Jackie Shroff, Shiva Rajkumar, Sunil, Ramya Krishnan, Vinayakan, Mirnaa Menon, Tamannaah Bhatia, and Vasanth Ravi. Mohanlal makes a cameo appearance.

The plot revolves around a retired cop, who avenges his son’s death. The film was officially announced in February 2022 with the working title Thalaivar 169, being the 169th film of Rajinikanth, while the official title Jailer was announced in June. Principal photography began in August 2022 in Chennai and wrapped in June 2023. The music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander, while the cinematography and editing were handled by Vijay Kartik Kannan and R. Nirmal.

Jailer released theatrically on 10 August 2023 to mostly positive reviews from the critics.

Box office

Jailer is reported to collect on its opening day ₹40 crore from Tamil Nadu and ₹20 crore from other states and countries, making the worldwide opening day gross ₹60 crore.


Siby Jeyya of India Herald gave the film 4 out of 5 and said “The King has claimed his rightful throne back”. 

Sridevi S of The Times of India gave the film 3 out of 5 and wrote “It’s director Nelson’s show in the first half, superstar Rajini takes the baton in the second half.” 

Janaki K of India Today gave the film 3 out of 5 and wrote “With solid performances and good camera work, Jailer is strictly a theatre watch.” 

Gopinath Rajendran of The Hindu wrote “Jailer might be far from perfect, but with the towering presence of Rajinikanth standing tall along with Nelson’s fortified writing, this is a a commendable comeback for both the actor and filmmaker.”

Kirubhakar Purushothaman of The Indian Express gave the film 3.5 out of 5 and wrote ” Nelson Dilipkumar film is Rajinikanth’s version of Kamal Haasan’s Vikram, but with a twist. Saying that doesn’t take away anything from this fun-filled entertainer.  

Manoj Kumar R of OTT Play gave the film 3.5 out of 5 and wrote “Jailer is a highly entertaining crowd-pleaser. Nothing path-breaking but it is sure to become an enjoyable delight for the masses.”

Pratikshya Mishra of The Quint gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and wrote “Without Rajinikanth, Jailer might not have had the same magnetism as it does but since the star is on screen, flicking his shades and throwing lighters in the air, it’s a whole different story.”

Priyanka Sundar of Firstpost gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and wrote “One of the most memorable things about Nelson’s directorial, Jailer, starring Rajinikanth, is the fact that the superstar doesn’t get into a zone where he performs unbelievable action sequences”.

123 Telugu gave the film 2.75 out of 5 and wrote “Jailer suffers from a wafer-thin plot, and the second half fell like a pack of cards.”

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film 2.5 out of 5 and wrote “The guest stars do their bit and move on. It is left to Rajinikanth to shoulder the weight of the erratic script.”

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