Kaakha Kaakha

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Kaakha Kaakha
Kaakha Kaakha poster.jpg
Directed byGautham Vasudev Menon
Produced byKalaipuli S. Thanu
Written byGautham Vasudev Menon
Morgan Anthony (Additional Dialogues)
Daniel Balaji
Narrated bySuriya
Music byHarris Jayaraj
CinematographyR. D. Rajasekhar
Edited byAnthony
Release date
1 August 2003
Running time
153 minutes

Kaakha Kaakha (To Protect) is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by Gautham Menon. It stars Suriya, Jyothika and Jeevan. The film featured music composed by Harris Jayaraj and cinematography by R. D. Rajasekhar. The film released to highly positive reviews in August 2003 and went on to become the first biggest blockbuster in Suriya's career, and was considered a comeback film for producer Kalaipuli S. Thanu.[1] Owing to the success, the film has been remade in several languages.


This movie starts with Anbuselvan (Suriya) getting thrown out of a house and falling into a stream of water. He is badly injured and lying on the bank of a stream, thinking about his wife Maya (Jyothika) and how he needs to rescue her. The story moves quickly from this opening scene to a flashback of Anbuselvan's time as a young policeman.

Anbuselvan was an honest, daring IPS officer with the Chennai police as the ACP in the Crime Branch. As he has no relations in life, he lived with no fear. Anbuselvan and his friends Shrikanth (Daniel Balaji), Arul (Vivek Anand), and Ilamaran (Rajan) have been recruited for part of a special unit of police officers who are battling organized crime in Chennai. Violent and laconic, Anbuselvan finds little patience for a personal life. The unit is ruthless in its confrontation with criminals, going as far as assassinating gang members; the unit is finally disbanded by human rights authorities; Anbuselvan is posted to Control Room Duties.

One day a school teacher named Maya rebuffs Anbuselvan's routine questions regarding safety, not knowing that he is a police officer. He meets her again when she and her friend are questioned for driving without a license. However, Anbuselvan lets them off with a warning. When one of Maya's students has a problem with local kids, she asks Anbuselvan for help. Anbuselvan resolves this problem, a mutual respect grows between them, and they begin seeing one another. When Maya gets into a road accident, Anbuselvan helps her recover, and they fall in love. Shrikanth and his wife Swathi (Devadarshini) become good friends with Maya.

In response to rising levels of crime in the city, when the son of an influential movie producer is kidnapped and killed, the special unit is reassembled by commissioner with all four back in the crime branch. The unit tracks down and kills the head of the gang that was responsible. The brother of the gang leader, Pandiya (Jeevan), returns from Mumbai and takes over the gang, promising revenge over his brother's death. Pandiya and his gang members target the families of the men in the special unit, but the police close in, and a badly injured Pandiya barely escapes Anbuselvan.

Maya and Anbuselvan get married and leave for Pondicherry, but the next day, Pandiya and his thugs enter the cottage that the honeymoon couple are staying in and attack Anbuselvan, leaving him for dead, and kidnapping Maya. This brings the viewer back to the opening scene of the movie in which Anbuselvan is battling for life but thinking only about rescuing Maya.

Shrikanth and Arul arrive at the cottage, discover Anbuselvan, and take him to the Pondicherry Government Hospital. Shrikanth reveals that Swathi was kidnapped earlier and confesses that it was he who gave away Anbuselvan's location to Pandiya, for Swathi's safe return. Shrikanth feels extreme remorse over what has happened. Whilst in the hospital, they receive a message from Pandiya to meet him at a particular location. When they go there, they find a package containing Swathi's head. Shrikanth is distraught at seeing his wife's head, and in an agony of grief and guilt at being responsible, he commits suicide by shooting himself. Anbuselvan tracks down Pandiya before he can escape from Tamil Nadu and fights with the gang. Pandiya stabs Maya to distract Anbuselvan, and she dies. An enraged Anbuselvan tracks down Pandiya and brutally finishes him off.

An epilogue shows that Anbuselvan, after the death of Maya, continued his job as an IPS officer some weeks later. An alternative ending was shot and placed in the DVD version with a running commentary by Gautham Menon, in which Maya comes alive and he explains why this ending was not used in the version for cinema release.



The film was initially titled as Paathi (Half) and then as Kalam, before the team opted to change the title to Kaakha Kaakha.[2] Menon revealed that he was inspired to make the film after reading of articles on how encounter specialists shoot gangsters and how their families get threatening calls in return, and initially approached Ajith Kumar for the role without success.[3][4] The lead actress Jyothika asked Menon to consider Suriya for the role, and he was subsequently selected after Menon saw his portrayal in Nandha.[5] He did a rehearsal of the script with the actors, a costume trial with Jyothika and then enrolled Suriya in a commando training school before beginning production, which he described as a "very planned shoot".[5]


The film consequently opened to high positive reviews from critics on the way to becoming another success for Menon, with critics labeling it as a "career high film".[6] Furthermore, the film was described as for "action lovers who believe in logical storylines and deft treatment" with Menon being praised for his linear narrative screenplay.[7][8]


Gautham Menon subsequently remade the film in Telugu for producer Venkata Raju and went on to claim that the new version was better than the previous version.[9][10] In Gharshana (2004), Venkatesh portrayed Suriya's role while Asin portrayed Jyothika's role. In July 2004, Menon also agreed terms to direct and produce another version of Kaakha Kaakha in Hindi with Sunny Deol in the lead role and revealed that the script was written five years ago with Deol in mind, but the film eventually failed to take off.[11] Producer Vipul Shah approached him to direct the Hindi version of the film in 2010 as Force with John Abraham and Genelia D'Souza, and Menon initially agreed before pulling out again.[12] The film was also made in Kannada in 2011 as Dandam Dashagunam with Chiranjeevi Sarja and Divya Spandana in the title roles. Menon and the original producer, Dhanu, also floated an idea of an English version with a Chechnyan backdrop, though talks with a potential collaboration with Ashok Amritraj collapsed.[5] The storyline of the movie was used in the Oriya movie ACP Ranveer.[13]

Character map of remakes[edit]

Kaakha Kaakha
Dandam Dashagunam
ACP Ranveer
Surya Venkatesh John Abraham Chiranjeevi Sarja Anubhav Mohanty
Jyothika Asin Genelia Ramya
Jeevan Salim Baig Vidyut Jamwal P. Ravi Shankar

Awards and nominations[edit]

In addition to the following list of awards and nominations, prominent Indian film websites named Kaakha Kaakha one of the 10 best Tamil films of 2003, with Rediff, Sify and Behindwoods all doing so. The film was, before release, in "most awaited" lists from film websites.

Award Category Nominee Result
2003 Filmfare Awards South Best Actor Suriya Nominated
Best Actress Jyothika Nominated
Best Villain Jeevan Won
Best Director Gautham Menon Nominated
Best Film Kalaipuli S. Dhanu Nominated
Best Choreography Brindha
(Thoodu Varuma & Uyirin Uyire)
Best Music Director Harris Jayaraj Won
Best Cinematographer R. D. Rajasekhar Won
Best Editor Award Anthony Won
2003 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Best Music Director Harris Jayaraj Won
Best Editor Anthony Won
ITFA Awards Best Actor Suriya Won
ITFA Awards Best Actress - Special Jury Jyothika Won
ITFA Awards Best Music Director Harris Jayaraj Won


The film's music was composed by Harris Jayaraj, who reunited with Menon after the successful soundtrack of Minnale.Upon release,the soundtrack received acclaim from critics and became the most commercially successful soundtrack of 2003. Due to its popularity, Harris Jayaraj earned his second Filmfare Award for Best Music Director and his first Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director and ITFA Award for Best Music Director. The song "Ondra Renda" is based on "Dil Ko Tumse Pyar Hua" from the 2001 Hindi film Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein in which Harris himself was the music director.[14]

Kaakha Kaakha
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelNew Music
Classic Audio
ProducerHarris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Kaakha Kaakha

All tracks written by Thamarai.

1."Ennai Konjam"Timmy, Tippu, Pop Shalini4:57
2."Ondra Renda"Bombay Jayashri5:07
3."Oru Ooril"Karthik4:50
4."Thoodhu Varuma"Sunitha Sarathy4:42
5."Uyirin Uyirae"KK, Suchitra5:22
Total length:25:48


  1. ^ "The many faces of success". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 3 September 2005.
  2. ^ "A Tamil entertainment ezine presenting interesting contents and useful services". Nilacharal. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  3. ^ "The story of a cop". The Hindu. 18 July 2003. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  4. ^ Exclusive interview with gautham menon, retrieved 1 January 2017
  5. ^ a b c Rangan, Baradwaj (2006). "Interview: Gautham Menon". Baradwaj Rangan. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  6. ^ Subramaniam, Guru (2003). "A career high film for Surya'". Rediff. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  7. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (2003). "Kaakha Kaakha". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Suriya: Bollywood's hottest six-pack". Mint. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  9. ^ "'Gharshanaa' is far superior to 'Kaakha Kaakha': Gautham". Sify. 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Gharshana - Flying colors in khaki". Indiaglitz.com. 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  11. ^ Adarsh, Taran (2004). "Sunny in `Kaakha Kaakha` remake". Sify. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  12. ^ Daithota, Madhu (2010). "John Abraham loved 'Kaakha Kaakha'". Times of India. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw53S3rRB5c
  14. ^ http://www.suryanfm.in/news/entertainment/best-gautham-menon-movies-romance/

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