Vikram Vedha is an upcoming Indian Tamil neo noir action crime thriller film written and directed by Pushkar and Gayathri featuring R. Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead roles. Shraddha Srinath, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Kathir play supporting roles.
Director duo Pushkar-Gayathri began working on the script in 2014, with producer Sashikanth revealing in an interview to The Hindu in January 2015 that he would produce the film. Telling the tale of an encounter cop and his pursuit of a gangster, Vijay Sethupathi agreed to feature as the gangster in the project. The directors revealed that the story for the film was inspired by the Vikramathithan Vedhalam folk tale, with the characterisation of both roles derived from that plot. The film was also stated to be along the lines of Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can (2002) featuring an officer and a crook. Pushkar and Gayathri continued to develop the script throughout 2015, while working on the post-production works of Sudha Kongara’s Irudhi Suttru (2016), where they networked with actor Madhavan. In February 2016, Madhavan confirmed that he was working on the film and had begun research to portray an encounter specialist. He revealed that he would undergo arms training and meet people involved with the police and defence forces.