Kandahar (2010 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Major Ravi|
|Produced by||Sunil C. Nair
|Written by||Major Ravi|
|Music by||Shamir Tandon
Vivek V. K.
|Editing by||Don Max|
|Studio||Zoe Estebe Moviez
Pranavam Arts International
|Distributed by||Aashirvad Release
Kandahar is a 2010 Malayalam war film directed by Major Ravi. It stars Mohanlal, reprising his role from the prequels, Kirtichakra (2006) and Kurukshetra (2008), as Major Mahadevan. Amitabh Bachchan and Ganesh Venkatraman also play major roles. The film was released on 16 December 2010, along with its dubbed versions in Tamil and Hindi. The plot is based on the hijacking incident of Indian Airlines Flight 814. The political situation is portrayed from an Indian perspective in the film.
The sound design of the film is done by Baylon Fonseca. Kandahar is co-produced by Sunil Nair and Mohanlal. It was marketed online by Shaz Shabeer Strikers & Crew Kochi. The film, made at a budget of 8.5 crores, received mixed reviews and ended up as average at the box office.
Suryanatha Varma (Ganesh Venkatraman) is an educated, unemployed man. His father, Lokanatha Sharma (played by Amitabh Bachchan), wants to see his son victorious in life. Things change when he meets Major Mahadevan (Mohanlal). It's another mission with Mahadevan and crew, as they deal with international terrorism with a flight being hijacked by hardcore terrorists. Kandahar is about the Kandahar Indian Airlines flight hijack incident which rattled the nation in 1999. Amitabh Bachchan will be seen as the father of a passenger on the ill-fated plane that was hijacked and Mohanlal will play a commando named Major Mahadevan, who is on the mission to rescue the passengers.
The 2010 film Kandahar did average business at the box office, in spite of a star-studded cast, with the climax being cited as one of the reasons. The climax also bears remarkable similarity to the Hollywood action movie "Executive Decision"
- Mohanlal as Major Mahadevan
- Amitabh Bachchan as Lokanatha Sharma
- Ganesh Venkatraman as Suryanatha Sharma
- Sumalatha as Sumangaly, wife of Lokanatha Sharma
- Ananya as a Student
- Ragini Dwivedi as Aishwarya, Surya's girlfriend
- Major Ravi as Company Havaldar Major Shiva
- K. P. A. C. as Pathumma
- Mamukkoya as Mullah
- N. L. Balakrishnan as Balettan
- Anoop Chandran as Selvan
- Jaffer Idukki as Mani
- Ragasya (Special appearance)
- Vijesh Rana as a sleeping terrorist
Kandahar is the third film in the "Major Mahadevan series", the previous ones being Kirtichakra (2006) and Kurukshetra (2008). Kirtichakra was a runaway success in Kerala, but Kurukshetra was only an average grosser. Jeeva played a supporting role in Kirtichakra and Siddique in Kurukshetra. This time Ganesh Venkatraman is playing the supporting role. Surya was supposed to do the role but was replaced by Ganesh when he opted out of the project due to date clashes with 7aam Arivu.
Mohanlal plays the lead role and is the film's producer. Several other artists from Tamil cinema were initially approached to play secondary leads as well, including Suriya and Arun Vijay, who all cited date conflicts. Later, Ganesh Venkatraman was finalized for a role. Amitabh Bachchan was approached for a major role in the film, and he immediately agreed. Even though he did not ask for any remuneration for his appearance, he was offered a whopping 8 crores. His son in Kandahar is played by Ganesh Venkatraman. Later, model Ragini Dwivedi was signed up to play a supporting role. There were reports that Parvathy Omanakuttan was also cast in the film.
The film was released on 16 December 2010 in 111 theaters in Kerala, 9 theaters in Bengaluru, 5 theaters in Chennai, and around 18 theaters in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Hyderabad. Kandahar has collected 5.25 crores revenue from its total cost 8.50 crores before releasing through selling satellite rights, audio rights, video rights, overseas distribution rights, and theater advances.
Kandahar received mixed reviews upon release. Though it was one of the most-awaited films of the year, it failed to attain a good word-of-mouth or a favorable and ended up as average at the box office. A review by Sify, which rated it "below average" said, "There are moments when every Indian would feel proud about being born in this great land, but the shaky script, ordinary action sequences and a faulty climax lets the film down." Rediff published a nearly negative review saying, "A better script would have perhaps made the return of Major Mahadevan more appealing." It rated the film 2.5 in a scale of five. OneIndia gave the movie a 3/5 rating, MMDb gave a rating of 2/5  and so did Now Running a 2/5.
- Asianet Film Awards
|Soundtrack album by Shamir Tandon|
|Released||27 November 2010|
|Producer||Sunil C. Nair (under Zoe Estebe Moviez) and Mohanlal (under Pranavam Arts International|
The soundtrack features five songs composed by Shamir Tandon, who is known for his compositions in Madhur Bhandarkar's films., with lyrics by Sandeep Nath, Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma, Sudhakar Sharma and Kaushal Kishor.
|1.||"Aye Janani"||Sandeep Nath||Sonu Nigam||4:56|
|2.||"Pakida Pakida"||Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma||M. G. Sreekumar, Neetha Subhir||4:22|
|3.||"Ho Chupi He"||Kaushal Kishor||Kailash Kher||4:23|
|4.||"Dheemee Dheemee"||Sudhakar Sharma||Sunidhi Chauhan||4:18|
|5.||"Aye Janani"||Sandeep Nath||Neetha Subhir||5:08|
|6.||"Ho Chupi"||Kaushal Kishor||Kailash Kher||4:39|
|7.||"Tigde Tigde"||Sandeep Nath||Amit Kumar, Neetha Subhir||4:22|
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- "Mohanlal's Kandahar bombs!". Sify. 22 December 2010.
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- Kandahar Just average. OneIndia. Retrieved 16 December 2010
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- "Shamir Tandon ropes in Sonu Niigaam for a patriotic rendition". July 1, 2010.