Muni is a series of Indian Tamil horror comedy film created and directed by Raghava Lawrence who also appeared in lead roles in all the films. The first film is Muni (2007) and the second is Muni 2: Kanchana (2011) with the third installment of the franchise titled Kanchana 2 (2015). All films had a massive success in the box office as it continued a trend of the comedy-horror genre in Tamil cinema that began with Chandramukhi (2005).
All the three films revolves around the same plot of a coward who gets possessed by the ghosts to take revenge on the people who killed them, rest of the films shows how he takes revenge. Raghava Lawrence and Kovai Sarala are the only actors to appear in every installment of the series. Manobala, Mayilsamy and Sriman who were part of the second film appeared in the third film portraying different characters.
All movies are actually not connected with each other, instead showing another episode in the life of Ganesh/Raghava (Raghava Lawrence). He is usually terrified of ghosts. He always comes back home after 6pm. When somebody or something does scare him at home, he immediately jumps on his mum's (Kovai Sarala) hip. He always goes to sleep and goes to the bathroom with this mum as well. When he does go to sleep, he has a set up. He puts slippers and broomsticks around his bed to protect him from ghosts. He even puts slippers underneath the photo of his dead father (Vinu Chakravarthy), in case he comes in form of a ghost and attacks him. A grown man doing this is why there is a lot of laughs in the cinema.
He has different love interests in each movie with funny parts of him trying to woo them. Soon, they get together. They usually have not much scope in the movie other than that, except for Kanchana 2. The love interest (Taapsee) is also possessed by a ghost and both her and Ganesh/Raghava act weird.
Ganesh/Raghava normally goes to a place where there is a ghost. For example, in Muni they move into a new house, in Muni 2: Kanchana it's a field where he plays cricket and in Kanchana 2 it is an abandoned house for a TV show about ghosts.
Later, it roams around their home for a bit, causing more comedy bits. Then, suddenly it goes inside Ganesh/Raghava causing him to act weird and freaking out people around him. Then his family arranges a ghost expert to get the ghost out of him. This is where the ghost tells them who they are. Normally, they are innocent people who have been killed for no reason and want to take revenge. Ganesh/Raghava feels sorry for the ghost and lets it use his body to take revenge. Eventually the ghost does take revenge, with a few obstacles. Because Ganesh/Raghava helped the ghost, they are ready to protect him if he is put in danger.
Ganesh (Raghava Lawrence) who is a coward stays in a new house with his family where the ghost of Muniyandi (Rajkiran) has been hovering. Muni was a poor and kind-hearted man who was used by his friend Dhandapani for his advantage. Dhandapani cheats Muni and gets him and his daughter killed. Rest of the film shows Ganesh being possessed by him and taking revenge.
Muni 2:Kanchana (2011)
Raghava (Raghava Lawrence) who fears to venture outside during evening gets possessed by a transgender called Kanchana (Sarathkumar) to take revenge on a minister who killed her for land-grabbing.
Kanchana 2 (2015)
Raghava is a cinematographer for a TV channel and he loves Taapsee who wants to shoot a fake ghost-haunted house so that the TRP rating will increase. To their misfortune, they actually get haunted by not one but five ghosts. Now again the director has reused the Muni template here, as the ghosts want to take revenge against someone who ruined their life and dreams.Raghava Lawrence as Ganesh
Rajkiran as Muniyandi
Vedhicka as Priya Ganesh
Vinu Chakravarthy as Ganesh's father
Kovai Sarala as Ganesh's mother
Kadhal Dhandapani as Maraka Dhandapani
Rahul Dev as a contract killer
Nassar as a priest
Raghava Lawrence as Raghava
R. Sarathkumar as Kanchana
Lakshmi Rai as Priya
Sriman as Raghava's brother
Devan as MLA Shankar
Babu Antony as Bhai
Kovai Sarala as Raghava's mother
Devadarshini as Kamakshi
Manobala as fake priest 1
Mayilsamy as fake priest 2
Raghava Lawrence as Raghava and Motta Shiva (dual role)
Nithya Menen as Ganga
Taapsee Pannu as Nandini
Kovai Sarala as Raghava's mother
Renuka as Nandini's sister-in-law
Jayaprakash as Marudhu
Rajendran as Marudhu's henchman
Suhasini Maniratnam as Green TV Head
Sriman as Dr. Prasad
Mayilsamy as Watchman
Manobala as Arnold
Jangiri Madhumitha as Aishwarya
Pooja Ramachandran as Pooja
Pandu as Dr. Pandurangan
List indicator(s)This table only shows characters that have appeared in three or more films in the series.
A dark grey cell indicates that the character was not in the film or that the character's presence in the film has yet to be announced.
A Y indicates a role as a younger version of the character.
An O indicates a role as an older version of the character.
A U indicates an uncredited role.
A C indicates a cameo role.
A V indicates a voice-only role.
An A indicates an appearance through archival footage or stills.
Along with Chandramukhi (2005), Muni became a trendsetter for horror comedy films. The success of the film inspired several other horror comedy films like Aranmanai (2014) and Darling (2015).