Shiva is known for the characters he played in 'Chennai 600028', 'Saroja' and 'Thamizh Padam'. The actor's recent flick was '144' which was released in theatres yesterday. Shiva plays the role of a thief in the movie, an expert in picking locks. Talking about choosing such characters, Shiva said, "I take up a project if I find the script interesting, even if I'm unsure about its box office potential. As Manikandan started telling the story — a crime comedy set in Madurai — I was hooked." Along with Shiva, the film stars Ashok Selvan, Oviya and Sruthi Ramakrishnan.