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Kaavalan Vijay Asin Poster.jpg
Directed by Siddique
Produced by C.Romesh Babu
Written by Siddique
Screenplay by Siddique
Based on Bodyguard 
by Siddique
Starring Vijay
Mithra Kurian
Music by Vidyasagar
Cinematography N. K. Ekambaram
Edited by Gowri Shankar
Ekaveera Creations
Distributed by Cinema Paradise
Release dates
  • 15 January 2011 (2011-01-15)
Running time
153 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Kaavalan (English: Bodyguard) is a 2011 Tamil romantic comedy film directed by Siddique, starring Vijay and Asin. A remake of Siddique's previous Malayalam film Bodyguard, it features Rajkiran, Mithra Kurian, Roja and Vadivelu in supporting roles with musical score by Vidyasagar. The film's principal shoot commenced in April 2010[1][2] and was completed by November 2010. Following several hurdles, Kaavalan released on 15 January 2011 on Pongal Day to generally positive reviews.[3][4] The film was later selected to be screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival out of many projects submitted by India.[5]


Bhoominathan (Vijay) idolises Muthuramalingam (Rajkiran) and at the request of his parents, accepts to work for the latter as his bodyguard. There enters Muthuramalingam's rival, who has lost his daughter since she committed suicide, the reason being rejection by Muthuramalingam's son. While Bhoominathan protects Muthuramalingam, his rival threatens the life of his daughter Meera (Asin). Bhoominathan is sent to college along with Meera and her friend Madhu (Mithra Kurian) to protect them from the threat. Meera tries to distance herself from Bhoominathan by calling him from a private number; Bhoominathan falls in love with the girl without knowing that it is Meera herself. At one point, Meera too feels herself becoming attracted to Bhoominathan and expresses her desire to meet him in person. However due to circumstances they are not able to accomplish this until at the climax when she tells Bhoominathan to run away with her and to meet at a railway station. Bhoominathan agrees, unaware it is Meera. However through certain means,Muthuramalingam comes to think that Bhoominathan and Meera are going to run away. In order to save Bhoominathan's life from the anger of Muthuramalingam, Meera lies that the lover is not her and that Bhoominathan is meeting another girl at the train station. Muthuramalingam lets Bhoominathan leave as he was desperate to meet his 'lover' at the station. The story moves on to few years later where Bhoominathan and his son returning to Meera's village, with the son keeping away a diary written to him by his mum. At Meera's house, Meera's father was ill and Meera appeared from her room unmarried that shocked Bhoominathan as he felt the man who would marry Meera would be the luckiest man on earth. The son continues to read the diary later in the night where the remaining of the story reveals. Meera's father lets Bhoominathan go but tells his henchmen to kill Bhoominathan if the girl he claims to meet does not appear. Terrified that Bhoomi would be killed, Meera sends her friend, Madhu, to the station and tells her to tell Bhoominathan that she is the lover and that she won't be able to make it to the station. Madhu, seeing Bhoominathan, tries to tell him that it was Meera but, Muthuramalingam's henchman appeared to be behind Bhoomi. Madhu pretends that she was his lover whilst the henchman was watching. But the hug from Bhoominathan made Madhu to backstab her friend. Meera called Madhu's phone but Madhu killed Meera's call, switched the phone off and threw it outside the train. Her wicked smile indicated that she now wanted Meera out of their life, so she settled in another country. But God works in mysterious ways. Madhu's life was short-lived. She felt it's God way of punishing her and therefore wanted her son to know the truth. When Bhoominathan and the son leaves the next day, the son asks Meera if he can call her 'amma' and she says yes. And he then asks his 'mum' to follow them back. Bhoominathan gets angry at his son for saying something so blunt and rude. But Muthuramalingam begs Bhoominathan to take Meera as his wife. So they go onto the train together but the son runs away before leaving and throws the diary into a trashcan nearby. Bhoominathan finds the diary and realises soon that his real lover, the girl who had waited for him for so many years faithfully, was Meera. And in the train he shows that he has accepted her full-heartedly.[6]


Character map of remakes[edit]

The original Malayalam film Bodyguard is being remade in Hindi and Telugu. The Telugu version is being directed by Gopichand Malineli while all the other three versions are directed by Siddique himself. Below is a character map of the lead characters in the story of Bodyguard and its remakes. Along with Remake, this movie was also dubbed in Hindi as Main Hoon Bodyguard.[7][8]

(Malayalam; 2010)
(Tamil; 2011)
(Hindi; 2011)
(Kannada; 2011)
(Telugu; 2012)
Lovely Singh
(Salman Khan)

(Shakib Khan)
(Kareena Kapoor)
(Daisy Shah)
(Trisha Krishnan)

(Mithra Kurian)
(Mithra Kurian)
(Hazel Keech)
(Saloni Aswani)
Sartaj Rana
(Raj Babbar)
Varadarajula Naidu
(Prakash Raj)



The film was initially referred to as Kaavalkaaran, which transliterally means "bodyguard" in Tamil. After rumours of the title being changed to Kaaval Kaadhal,' the film was officially confirmed to be titled as Kaavalan in August 2010.[9] The reason for the name confusion and its eventual permanent change was due to the complications in obtaining the rights to the title of Kavalkaran from M. G. Ramachandran's producers. They refused to sell the title to Vijay, leading to the rechristening of the title to Kaavalan.[10]


With the announcement of the remake, Siddique had finalised Vijay to play the lead role, reminiscent to their previous venture Friends (2001), which was also a remake of Siddique's own Malayalam film. Asin Thottumkal was signed up to pair with Vijay for the third time after their previous pairings in Sivakasi (2005) and Pokkiri (2007), also giving Asin a comeback in Tamil cinema after her last appearance in Dasavathaaram (2008). Vadivelu, Rajkiran, and Roja Selvamani were also signed up for supporting characters. The film's principal shoot began in April at Kumbakonam.[11]


An incident occurred on sets in April, where Asin, her father, and her make up assistants had fainted in their caravan after being exposed to a gas leak. They were treated in hospital the same day and were eventually discharged.[12][13] The second shoot schedule occurred in Vellore. Vijay and Asin, along with director Siddique and rest of crew had taken part in the shooting at the Vellore Institute of Technology. A song was shot at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Soundtrack album by Vidyasagar
Released 17 December 2010 (2010-12-17)
Recorded 2010
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 20:56
Label Venus Music
Producer Vidyasagar
Vidyasagar chronology
Mandhira Punnagai
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Behindwoods 2.5/5 stars[14]

Kaavalan‍ '​s audio launch was held on 8 December 2010.[15] The soundtrack consists 5 tracks composed by Vidyasagar.[16][17]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Vinnai Kaapan"   Pa.Vijay Tippu, Shweta Mohan 4:30
2. "Yaradu"   Yugabharathi Karthik, Suchitra 4:27
3. "Step Step"   Viveka Benny Dayal, Megha 4:36
4. "Sada Sada"   Yugabharathi Karthik 4:15
5. "Pattamboochi"   Kabilan KK,Rita 3:48


After the failure of Vijay's 2010 film Sura, the TN Film Exhibitors Association (TFEA) distributed a circular advising theatres not to screen the actor's future films until he compensated for the losses his films had incurred. Vijay was asked to pay 30% of an estimated 90 million loss suffered by theaters, or about 30 million.[18] Kaavalan ran into turmoil as the Theatre Owners' Association threatened not to release the film. The film's release was postponed from 17 December to 15 January, citing the lack of theatres available for the release.[19][20] The actor shelled out his salary and four additional crores to release the film with the help of producer Aascar Ravichandran.[21] The film released a week later in Canada after initial expectations to have the film released on the same day as its worldwide release. The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[22]

The film was later selected to be screened at the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival in the panorama section. SIFF had issued an invitation to actor Vijay as guest of honour.[5]


The trailer was world premiered on 16 December in the Bay Area, California, notably the first time for a Vijay film's trailer was launched outside India.[23][24][25] Speaking at the event, Vijay made a request to his USA fans to provide support for the growth of Tamil Nadu.[26]

Critical response[edit]

Sify.com gave the film a positive verdict, describing the film as "super fun" and a "perfect Pongal family entertainer". The reviewer particularly praised Vijay's performance, observing that the film works "purely on his star charisma and larger-than-life image" and that "he carries the film on his shoulders and is one good reason to watch the film".[27] A critic from Rediff.com, while giving the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, credited Vijay "for shedding his action/political persona and digging his toes in and choosing a script that focuses on comedy and emotions", going on to claim that "it's Vijay [...] who knits together the rather lackluster screenplay and keeps the laughs coming. For a nostalgic return to the Vijay of old, comic interludes and lack of double-edged dialogues and future plans, Kavalan works."[28] Behindwoods rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and called it "a relatable love story shot in a cute and simple manner, rich with emotions, but on the slow side of narration". The reviewer noted that Kaavalan "is a throwback to the Thulladha Manamum Thullum days of Vijay" and that he has "lived the character", while Asin "convinces us with her portrayal."[29] Chennai Online stated that the film had" "the potential to be another Kathalukku Mariyathai but it loses its edge thanks to a loose and redundant script", complimeting Vijay's "brave effort to come out of the beaten path of mindless action movies".[30] Oneindia commented, "After years Vijay has come out of his masala formula; Kaavalan is a family entertainer... [It] is not an extraordinary one but is watchable."[31]

Box office[edit]

According to Behindwoods.com, the film collected 8.85.5 million in Chennai at its opening weekend.[32] By the end of seven weeks it had grossed around 33.6 million (US$530,000) at the Chennai box office.[33]


  • SIIMA Award for Best Actress – Tamil - Asin


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