Kaal (2005 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySoham Shah
Produced byKaran Johar
Shah Rukh Khan
Screenplay bySoham Shah
Karan Johar
Story bySoham Shah
StarringJohn Abraham
Ajay Devgan
Vivek Oberoi
Lara Dutta
Esha Deol
Music bySalim-Sulaiman
Anand Raj Anand
CinematographySantosh Thundiyil
Edited bySanjay Sankla
Distributed byDharma Productions
Red Chillies Entertainment
Release date
  • 29 April 2005 (2005-04-29)
Running time
127 minutes
Budget10 crore[1]
Box office33.11 crore[2]

Kaal (translation: The Time Of Doom), is an Indian natural horror film directed by Soham Shah, and jointly produced by Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan. The film stars John Abraham, Vivek Oberoi, Esha Deol, Lara Dutta in lead roles with Ajay Devgan in negative role as title role while Vishal Malhotra and Kushal Punjabi play pivotal roles. It released on 29 April 2005.At the box office it performed moderately well, grossing an approx Rs.19 Crores and was declared Semi-Hit.[3] It was also the tenth highest-grossing film of 2005

The story relates the struggle of wildlife expert Krish Thapar (John Abraham), his wife Riya Thapar (Isha Deol) and a group of friends, who battle against a ghost in the fictional Orbit National Park (alluding to the world-famous Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital, Uttarakhand) for their lives. The film sends out the message on protecting the precious wildlife of India.


Two British nationals are killed by a ferocious tiger in Corbett National Park in India. This incident follows several other tiger attacks, and many deaths result, prompting National Geographic to send a correspondent, Krish Thapar (John Abraham) to the national park and ascertain what really happened. Thapar is accompanied by his wife Riya (Esha Deol). A group of youngsters, consisting of Dev Malhotra (Vivek Oberoi), Ishika (Lara Dutta), Sajid (Kushal Punjabi) and Vishal (Vishal Malhotra), are on a hunting trip in the hopes of sighting and shooting some big prey.

Both the Thapars and the youngsters meet and seek the guidance of a local called Kaali (Ajay Devgn) after he saves them from a streak of tigers. On their way out from the national park, some of the members of the group are mysteriously killed. Sajid is secretly murdered for using a pistol, Vishal dies while surviving a car crash, and Riya is found hanged in a well, drowning to death. Kaali tells them about a recent story of how hunting was destroying the jungle. One local guide got very upset by this and started leading tourists astray and getting them killed by tigers. When this started affecting the tourism, other villagers and local guides beat that guide and threw him to the Tigers. The local villagers now believe that his ghost is killing everyone who breaks the jungle's rules.

It is finally understood that Kaali is the spirit of the dead tourist guide and is responsible for the recent deaths. Somehow Krish, Dev, and Ishika manage to escape the national park in the end.



Indranil Gorai (Manchu), the writer-director of Kaal had earlier assisted Karan Johar in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001). 25 Litres of real blood was used in the film.[4] The idea of using computer-generated tigers was dropped because of the lack of its realism.[4] The three tigers shown in Kaal were also used in the Hollywood film Gladiator (2000).[5] Scenes involving tigers were shot in Bangkok, where they used to roam free on sets.[4] Vivek Oberoi earlier wanted to do Devgan's role, but later accepted the one offered.[5] The film was shot at the Jim Corbett National Park.[6]


The film received positive to mixed reviews from critics noting it to be a different type of horror film.[7][8] At the box office it performed moderately well, grossing an approx Rs.19 Crores and was declared Semi-Hit.[3] It was also the tenth highest-grossing film of 2005.


The music is composed by Salim-Sulaiman and Anand Raj Anand. The lyrics are penned by Shabbir Ahmed, Anand Raj Anand and Kailash Kher. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 16,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's seventh highest-selling.[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."Aankhiyan Teriya Ve"Kailash KherKailash Kher, Caralisa Monteiro4:09
2."Dharma Mix"Shabbir AhmedShankar Mahadevan, Ravi Khote, Amitabh Bachchan, Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, Aadesh Shrivastava, Alka Yagnik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Kavita Krishnamurthy7:26
3."Jungle Mix"Shabbir AhmedVijay Prakash, Caralisa Monteiro, Jeanne5:04
4."Kaal Dhamaal"Shabbir AhmedKunal Ganjawala, Ravi Khote, Caralisa Monteiro, Salim Merchant4:41
5."Kaal Dhamaal [The Tiger Mix]"Shabbir AhmedKunal Ganjawala, Ravi Khote, Caralisa Monteiro, Salim Merchant4:44
6."Nassa Nassa"Anand Raj AnandSonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan5:07
7."Tauba Tauba"Shabbir AhmedSonu Nigam, Kunal Ganjawala, Sunidhi Chauhan, Richa Sharma5:05


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  4. ^ a b c Ashraf, Syed Firdaus (2 May 2005). "'I asked for 25 litres of blood!'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b Ashraf, Syed Firdaus (26 April 2005). "I wanted Ajay Devgan's role: Vivek". Rediff.com. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Lara: We had some close calls". Rediff.com. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Kaal (2005) | Movie Review, Trailers, Music Videos, Songs, Wallpapers". Bollywood Hungama. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Kaal movie review". glamsham.com. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.

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