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Directed byDivya Bharathi
Produced byLeft Side Media
Music byBackground Score
Palani Kumar
Edited byDivya Bharathi
M.K. Pagalavan
Release date
  • 14 June 2017 (2017-06-14)
Running time
109 minutes

Kakkoos is a 2017 Tamil documentary directed by activist Divya Bharathi.[1] The film follows the daily lives of people engaged in manual scavenging.,[2] a practice officially abolished since 2013 but which is still a common practice.

This practice has its roots deeply embedded in the Caste System, which is unique to the Indian context. Common notion has it that the caste system is no longer relevant in India but the film shows compelling evidence about society's conscious efforts to perpetuate caste.

The film has received critical acclaim from various quarters. Vijay Sethupathi, a renowned Tamil actor was impressed by the movie and paid for the post production expenses.[1]

The film was embroiled in controversy from the start. It was denied certification by CBFC, India and denied screening, leading to its release in YouTube instead of traditional theaters.[3] Divya has received death threats since the film was released online.[4]


  1. ^ Arasu, Sibi (29 July 2017). "Getting caste out of the closet". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  2. ^ "You cannot walk away from kakkoos!".
  3. ^ "Police prevents screening of a documentary on manual scavengers in Tamil Nadu".
  4. ^ "Case Filed Against Filmmaker Divya Bharathi For Her Documentary 'Kakkoos'".