Kalki (2019 Malayalam film)

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Kalki Malayalam Movie poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPraveen Prabharam
Produced bySuvin K.Varkey
Prashob Krishna
Written byPraveen Prabharam
Sujin Sujathan
StarringTovino Thomas
Shivajith Padmanabhan
Samyuktha Menon
Aparna Nair
Saiju Kurup
Music byJakes Bejoy
CinematographyGautham Sankar
Edited byRanjith Koozhoor
Distributed byCentral Pictures
Release date
August 8, 2019
Running time
152 Minutes

Kalki is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language action film directed by Praveen Prabharam, co-written by Praveen Prabharam and Sujin Sujathan, and produced by Suvin K. Varkey and Prasobh Krishna for their studio Little Big Films.[1] Tovino Thomas plays the leading role of a police officer.Shivajith Padmanabhan,Samyuktha Menon and Vini Vishwa Lal plays the negative leads.


In the prologue session of the film we can see a scene from K's past which is not shown in the film. In a gang territory (Mostly Tamil Nadu),one member reports something to the other goons and they are shown running outside to confront somebody.Then K comes to the picture who is standing turned away from them.A goon is also shown lying on the ground beaten severely.In the hands of K is an iron box which he is now using as a weapon.Here K is completely different from as shown in the film.He is having a long beard and some different clothes.Blood is pouring from his face which indicates that a huge fight had taken place.Seeing the lying goon, the whole gang starts running towards him to attack.When they reaches near ,K suddenly turns around and uses his iron box to hit a goon in the head.Then the scene suddenly ends abruptly.This scene was released as a Prologue Teaser for the promotion of the film.


Nanchenkotta(some place in kerala) is fictional a place in Kerala-Tamilnadu border which is ruled and owned by a party named DYP and it's leader Amarnath(Shivajith Padmanabhan).The party threatens and tortures the people there to make them under their control and the people usually live in fear.Therefore many have left the land and are presently living in neighbouring places.So this place is now filled with goons under the command of Amarnath.The party also have businesses there like gun production.The other known members of the party are Amarnath's brother Appu(Vini Vishwa Lal) and their cousin Dr Sangeetha(Samyuktha Menon).There is another rival party lead by Adv Lakshmanan who also used to participate in election but fails due to the influence of Amarnath.The movie begins with a public address session by Adv Lakshmanan who speaks in favor of the locals and against DYP and asks for the vote of the local people.After the speech and while leaving Lakshmanan is killed by Amarnath's main goon Ummar(Harish Uthaman).The present SI of Nanchenkotta at that time was SI Vysakhan.Even though there is a police station and several policemen in Nanchenkotta ,the law was in the hands of Amarnath alone.So the police are unable to take any action against Ummar or Amarnath.After his daughter critisises him for not taking any action in the murder case of her friend's father and after thinking about his inability,Vyshakan commits suicide heartbrocken.Meanwhile the new leader of the rival party along with his subbordinates starts taking their own descisions without thinking about the people.They conduct a meeting to select the candidate for the upcoming election( against Appu who is DYP ' s candidate).There the new descisions are not welcomed well.A senior party member named Sooraj(Saiju Kurup) and several other members leave the party to work for the people on their own.The same day ,the new leader lends a goon out of town to murder Amarnath but he ends up dying by Amar'e hands.This is the time when a new nameless SI (Tovino Thomas) (simply reffered as "K")arrives at Nanchenkotta.He is completely different from the previous SI.On his arrival he burns a goon alive who had taken over the Police Station.After this he along with other policeman start clearing the city from Amarnath's goons even by using illegal methods such as rolling.Due to the fear of the SI many change their paths.Later he visits the gun manufacturing site owned by Amarnath and orders Appu to stop this activity.In response Ummar arrives at the Police Station and threatens K only to get beaten up by him and K orders him not to work under Amarnath from this day onwards.Under the command of Amarnath,Ummar does various activities to make K leave the town or kill him but fails.In a final attempt he attacks 2 of the policemen and 1 loses his leg in the process.Agitated K tracks down Ummar in a factory and beats him and his allies badly and finally sewers off both his legs with a chainsaw along with his crew.Sooraj meets K and tells him about the people who has left the place,the problems and requests his help in returning the people back.So he starts working for the people against DYP which angers Amarnath more.Amar's goons kill a policeman in response and stabs K badly with knives,but K manages to defeat them all.In the next step Amarnath murders Sooraj which pulls down the confidence of the locals.Angered K kidnaps Appu and beats him badly.Amarnath is forced to kill Appu to end his suffering.After Appu's death Sangeetha becomes the candidate but leaves to Hyderabad after a policeman threatens her.Having lost his brother Amarnath vows to kill K himself and asks him to come for a final battle.In the subsequent fight Amarnath overpowers K at times but the final victory goes for K alone.K drags the body of Amarnath through the streets as the people (who had left) arrives and takes care of the remaining goons themselves lthus establishing peace in Nanchenkotta.As his work in Nanchenkotta is over K leaves the place unnoticed. A few months later, in an unknown place in Tamil Nadu ,a goon threatens the locals.Suddenly he is hit by a Jeep.Inside the Jeep we see K ,in his new get up who has arrived to restore peace at that place too.




Kalki was announced by Tovino Thomas on 16 September 2018 through his Facebook page. The film is produced by Suvin K. Varkey and Prasobh Krishna under their production house Little Big Films. The first-look poster of the film was also released during the film announcement.


Tovino Thomas is portraying the lead role as a police officer, and Samyuktha Menon is playing the female lead.[2] Saiju Kurup playing a supporting role.[3]


Principal photography began on 12 March 2019 with a customary pooja function held at Kochi.[4] Filming took place at Tenkasi, Tamilnadu and Kundara, Kerala. The shooting was completed on 29 May 2019 in a single schedule with 62 days of filming.[5]


Soundtrack album by
Released28 July 2019 (2019-07-28)
StudioMindscore, Chennai
LabelGoodwill Entertainments
Jakes Bejoy chronology
Kakshi: Amminippilla
Porinju Mariam Jose

Composer Jakes Bejoy provided the music for the film.[6] The soundtrack album is distributed by the label Goodwill Entertainments.

Track listing[edit]

Kalki (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
1."Red Blue Black"Joe PaulJakes Bejoy,Niranj Suresh,Ajaey Shravan,Saint TFC,Kesav Vinod1:47
2."Vidavangi"Manu ManjithHarisankar, Sithara Krishnakumar , Alan Joy Mathew4:23


A prologue teaser was released on 28 March 2019 and was shown in theaters along with the Malayalam feature film Lucifer.[7] The first look teaser of the film was released on 31 March 2019 by Tovino Thomas through his Facebook page.[8] The first look poster was released on 14 April 2019.The official teaser of the movie was launched on July 13, 2019 at an event in Lulu Mall,Kochi.Character posters and video introduction of characters started from July 26, 2019 through official movie social media accounts. The official trailer of the film was launched on August 3, 2019 at trailer launch event organised by Radio Mirchi Triavndrum station in Mall of Travancore,Trivandrum and the trailer was released online by Mohanlal through his official facebook page.


Clothing brand North Republic has launched Special Kalki edition shirts as part of Kalki movie promotional campaign.


The movie got released worldwide on 8 August 2019. In Kerala the movie was released across 161 theaters.[9] OutsideIndia the movie was released on same day itself across theaters in UAE,Oman,Kuwait,Singapore,United States and Canada.


Critic Reviews[edit]

Entertainment Portal Sify in its review has termed ‘Kalki’ as a hardcore masala entertainer that celebrates its hero.Kalki is an action flick that is a gripping ride for sure, especially if you have an idea about what you are going to see. It is a delightful Tovino Thomas show that is definitely worth a watch. [10] Anjana George ofTimes of India has rated the film as 3.5/5 and mentioned that “If you love to enjoy an adrenaline rush, Tovino’s looks and action sequences with blood, Kalki is for you.” [11]Litty Simon from news portal Manorama Online in its review mentioned that “ Tovino Thomas fits the bill as fiery cop. This is the first time that Tovino is seen in a complete action avatar and he does justice.” [12] Vidya Nair from Deccan Chronicle has mentioned that larger-than-life portrayal of action has made Kalki an entertaining and one of the fine movies of this year. [13]


  1. ^ "Tovino to play a cop in his new movie 'Kalki'; First look is out". Mathrubhumi. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Samyuktha Menon ,Tovino Thomas team up once again in Kalki". The New Indian Express. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Saiju Kurup reunites with Tovino for Kalki". The New Indian Express. 17 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Tovino Thomas starrer kalki film goes on floors". The New Indian Express. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  5. ^ "It's a wrap: Tovino Thomas and Samyuktha Menon completes filming Kalki". Times of India. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Jakes Bejoy promises a thrilling soundtrack for tovinos kalki". The New Indian Express. 10 January 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Tovino Thomas 'Kalki' prologue teaser is here". Times of India. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Kalki teaser: Tovino Thomas film promises a ton of action". The New Indian Express. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Release Date: August 8 2019 (India)". nowrunning – via nowrunning.com.
  10. ^ "Kalki Review : A hardcore masala entertainer that celebrates its hero". Sify.
  11. ^ "Kalki Review :Times of India". Times of India.
  12. ^ "Kalki:Tovino Thomas fits the bill as fiery cop". Manorama Online.
  13. ^ "Kalki Review : A complete entertainer". Deccan Chronicle.

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