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Kaadan Poster.jpg
Release poster (Tamil version)
Directed byPrabhu Solomon
Produced byEros International
Written byPrabhu Solomon
Dialogue byVanamali (Telugu)
Niranjan Iyengar (Hindi)
Music byShantanu Moitra
CinematographyA. R. Ashok Kumar
Edited byBuvan
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 26 March 2021 (2021-03-26)
(Tamil and Telugu)
Running time
178 minutes
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Hindi

Kaadan (transl. Forester) is a 2021 Indian drama film written and directed by Prabhu Solomon.[1] Produced by Eros International, the film stars Rana Daggubati, Vishnu Vishal, Pulkit Samrat, Shriya Pilgaonkar, and Zoya Hussain.[2] It was filmed simultaneously in Tamil as Kaadan, Telugu as Aranya (transl. Jungle), and in Hindi as Haathi Mere Saathi (transl. Elephants are my friends), each with slightly different cast members.[3]

Kaadan and Aranya are released on 26 March 2021, delayed from the initial release of 2 April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The release of Haathi Mere Saathi has been put on hold since March 2021.



The film was announced on 13 December 2017.[12] Prabhu Solomon wanted to bring the issue of elephant abuse to the light.[13] Unnikrishnan, an elephant who played a role in Kumki 2, also plays a pivotal role in the film. Hindi actress Zoya Hussain was signed to play a role.[6] Rana Daggubati shed 15 kilograms for this films by eating vegetarian food for six weeks.[14][15][16] The makers initially announced Kalki Koechlin to play a role in the film, however, she was replaced by Shriya Pilgaonkar.[17] Vishnu Vishal was signed to play a role in the Tamil and Telugu versions while Pulkit Samrat will reprise his role in the Hindi version.[18][19]


Initially scheduled for release on 2 April 2020, the film release was then indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[20][21] before being rescheduled to be released on 15 January 2021 to coincide with Pongal festival.[22] In January 2021, the film has been announced to release on 26 March 2021.[23]

In March 2021, owing to the COVID-19 situation, the release of Hindi version Haathi Mere Saathi has been postponed. Tamil and Telugu versions, however, are released as scheduled.[24]


Haathi Mere Saathi
Soundtrack album by
Released17 March 2021 (All languages)[25][26][27]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelEros Music
ProducerEros International

The music for the film has been composed by Shantanu Moitra and lyrics written by Swanand Kirkire (Hindi version) and Vanamali (Tamil and Telugu versions).

1."Thaalaattu Paadum"Haricharan4:53
2."Chinna China"Haricharan4:24
Total length:14:23
1."Chitike 'Se' Aa Chirugaali"Haricharan4:53
2."Vellu Vellu"Haricharan4:23
Total length:14:22
1."Shukriya"Rituraj Mohanty4:53
2."Dheeme Dheeme"Adriz Gosh4:26
3."Ae Hawa"Javed Ali5:06
Total length:14:25



The Times of India critic Suhas Yelupantla rated the film 3.5 stars of 5 and calling it an "engaging ride." He added that, "The first few minutes of the film are among the best. The visual effects, backed by the background score is spot on. The portrayal of the elephants is even better."[28]

Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu felt that the film could have been better, and added "Rana singularly tries to hold things together, trying to save the elephants as well as the film."[29] Hemanth Kumar, in his review for the Firstpost, also echoed the same, stating that: "Rana Daggubati's film on ecosystem conservation, is educational but exceptionally insipid."[30] The Indian Express journalist Manoj Kumar rated the film 2/5 and called it "sub-standard." He added that Aranya was redeemed by its cinematography, Resul Pookutty's sound design, and Daggubati's acting."[31]


A reviewer from Sify called it a "noble attempt." They termed "Rana and his earnest performance as Kaadan" and "AR Ashok Kumar's splendid cinematography" as the film's main highlights.[32] Haricharan Pudipeddi of Hindustan Times opined that the film was predictable and added: "its grandeur merely used as a gimmick to project the film on epic scale." Pudipeddi appreciated Daggubati's performance, calling it "one of his best till date."[33] M. Sugandh in his The Times of India review wrote: "Prabu Solomon is more interested in telling us a story. It is only in the climax that the filmmaker starts to sermonise, which feels unnecessary given that we get the movie's 'message' even without the need for any underscoring."[34]


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  22. ^ "Vishnu Vishal-Rana-starrer Kaadan slated for a Pongal release in theatres". The Times of India. 21 October 2020.
  23. ^ "Rana Daggubati and Vishnu Vishal's 'Kaadan' to release on 26 March". The Times of India. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  24. ^ "Rana Daggubati's Haathi Mere Saathi theatrical release postponed due to rise in COVID-19 cases". The Indian Express. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
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  30. ^ "Aranya movie review: Rana Daggubati and the elephants deserve a better film". Firstpost. 26 March 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  31. ^ "Aranya movie review: Rana Daggubati and a worthy cause let down by a sub-standard film". The Indian Express. 26 March 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  32. ^ "Kaadan review: Watch it for Rana's earnest performance". Sify. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  33. ^ "Kaadan movie review: Rana Daggubati's film does a disservice to noble story". Hindustan Times. 26 March 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
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