Jilla (English: District) is a 2014 Indian Tamil-language crime-drama film written and directed by R. T. Neason. It stars Mohanlal, Vijay and Kajal Aggarwal in lead roles as well as Soori, Mahat Raghavendra and Sampath Raj in supporting roles.The film, produced by R. B. Choudary, features soundtrack composed by D. Imman with Ganesh Rajavelu and Don Max handling cinematography and editing respectively.
The story revolves around Sakthi, the adopted son of a local crime boss. Sakthi is forced to join the police force, despite his hatred of the police. A horrific incident changes his perspective, and he decides to take the police job seriously, in addition to reforming his father.
The film released on 10 January 2014 and received positive reviews from critics.[ Jilla completed a 100-day theatrical run on 19 April 2014. As of 5 February. 2014, the film had earned ₹85 crore at the box office.
Sakthi (Vijay) is the adopted son of a Madurai-based don Sivan (Mohanlal) and is also his right-hand man, bodyguard and driver. He hates the police due to a police officer killing his father, who was Sivan’s driver, in his childhood. His hatred is such that he hates the khaki colour (which is worn by policemen in India), constantly teases his friend Gopal (Soori), who is a sub-inspector, and even loses romantic interest on a woman named Shanthi (Kajal Aggarwal) after he finds out that she is a police inspector. However, when Sivan is insulted by the new Police Commissioner of Madurai (Pradeep Rawat), he forces Sakthi to become an IPS officer to save his crime syndicate and prove the Commissioner’s words wrong (A policeman can think like a criminal, but a criminal can never think like a policeman). Reluctantly taking charge as Assistant Commissioner of Police of Madurai city, Sakthi gives free rein to Sivan and his henchmen, who wreak havoc over Madurai, until one of their activities inadvertently causes a gas leak which destroys a school and some nearby buildings, killing several people, including women and children. This incident, along with the assault of a woman (Meenal), whose husband was killed in the gas leak, by Sivan’s henchmen when she had come to the police station to lodge a complaint against Sivan, causes Sakthi to take up the path of an honest and upright police officer. Sakthi’s new persona is not liked by Sivan and after a heated argument between the two, he disowns Sakthi. A cat-and-mouse game then begins between Sivan and Sakthi, with Sivan, his henchmen and his family determined to humiliate Sakthi at every opportunity, while Sakthi, assisted by Shanthi and Gopal, tries to rid Madurai of Sivan’s influence. Sakthi is soon promoted to Deputy Commissioner of Police for his efforts.