Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu Part I: The Kindling (transl. Scorched forest) is a 2022 Indian Tamil-language gangster film directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon, written by B. Jeyamohan and produced by Ishari K. Ganesh. The film stars Silambarasan and Siddhi Idnani, with Raadhika Sarathkumar, Siddique, Neeraj Madhav and Aangelina Abraham in supporting roles, the film has music composed by A. R. Rahman.
Principal photography began in August 2021 and ended in April 2022. The film was released in theatres on 15 September 2022. A sequel is in development.