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Malayalam poster
Directed byAbhaya Simha
Written byAbhaya Simha
Produced byK. Manju
Poonam Bajwa
CinematographyDr. Vikram Shrivastava
Edited byChotta Raman
Music byV. Harikrishna
Pritam Chakraborty
K. Manju Films
Release dates
  • 9 March 2012 (2012-03-09) (Kerala)
  • 30 March 2012 (2012-03-30) (Karnataka)

Shikari is a 2012 Indian bilingual film in Kannada and Malayalam. The film written and directed by Abhaya Simha, stars Mammootty[1] and Poonam Bajwa in the lead, with Aditya, Mohan and Innocent in other major roles. The film was the Kannada debut of Mammootty, and Malayalam debut of director Abhay Simha and music director V. Harikrishna. Both Mammooty and Poonam Bajwa play double roles, set in two different timelines.[2]



Software professional Abhijit (Abhilash in Malayalam) and Arun (Karunan in Malayalam) when he delves into the pages of a novel written by Gopinath Shindhe (Gopinatha Pillai in Malayalam). As Abijit evince interest in knowing more about the past history because the pages in the book are missing. He comes to Manjinadka the beautiful place rich in environment. Abijith comes to the place of Gopinath Shinde house that is almost on the verge of sale by his daughter Nanditha . Interesting here is that Abijith visualizes Nanditha as Renuka in the novel and he explains his intentions of knowing what happened further. As the story peddles from past to present the emergence of British rule, the tiger suffocating the people life in the village, the mad man surprises Abijith. The twist in the tale comes when the last clue to the past is cremated. Nanditha then discloses that after she realised that Aruna is herself in the eyes of Abijit it became obvious for her to create the further missing links to the story. The intention of Nanditha is to get Abijith as her life partner because she is alone in her life.





The title role of the film is played by Mammootty. About his casting, he says: "I was drawn to this project by the director's (Abhay Simha) vision to make this concept believable".[3] Poonam Bajwa has been signed in to play the heroine.[4] She will be playing the love interest of character played by Mammootty. Sharmila Mandre was also approached to do this role.[5][6] Aditya, who thinks working with Mammootty is an honour, says about his role: " "I play a dream-seller and my character is required to appear in the movie on and off".[7]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Official audio
Shikari - Full Album on YouTube

The soundtrack of the album was released on 20 March 2012. Shikari consists of five songs composed by V. Harikrishna, V. Nagendra Prasad, Kaviraj and Jayanth Kaikini are the lyricists who have penned the lyrics for the songs.[8]

Track listing
1."Indrajaala Ondu"Vijay Prakash, Chetan Sosca4:37
2."Kannadiye Kannadiye"Vani Harikrishna4:42
3."Ninthu Nodalenu"Chetan Sosca, Suma Shastry4:23
4."Rajakuvari Preethi"Anuradha Bhat4:30
5."Dho Dho Hubbaliraya"Hemanth Kumar4:24
Total length:21:56

Critical reception


Kannada version


The movie received positive reviews.

A critic from The Times of India scored the film at 4 out of 5 stars and says "Mammotty delivers an amazing performance and deserves full marks for dubbing in Kannada, which at times, sounds broken but is impressive. Poonam Bajwa is lively. Mohan Achyuth Kuma and Neenasam Ashwath does justice to their roles. While Vikram Srivastav needs a special mention for his brilliant cinematography, V Harikrishna is equally commendable for his musical numbers".[9] S Viswanath from Deccan Herald wrote "Shikari, which takes off on a very off-putting note, turns out into disappointing hunting expedition with no sting or snarl in its tacky elusive tiger tale. Wishing Abhay comes into his own in next outing, one hopes Shikari finds appreciative audience".[10] A critic from The New Indian Express wrote "Kudos to producer K Manju, who has chosen to make this bilingual film with a good story line, following several commercial films. Verdict: A whiff of fresh air in Kannada film industry after a long time. Go watch, if only to encourage".[11] A critic from Bangalore Mirror wrote "Having been placed graphically, it gets finely blended into the visuals. Poonam Baweja’s lovely presence can easily keep the audience hooked. Simha probably had a very different story to tell, but what he intended is not seen on the screen".[12] A critic from News18 India wrote "Shrivastava's camera work captures the old structures and interiors very well. The art direction by Dinesh Mangalore is also commendable. 'Shikari' is a good attempt despite some major mistakes".[13]

Malayalam version


The movie got mixed reviews.

A critic from The Times of India scored the film at 1.5 out of 5 stars and says "Towards the end of the film, Nanditha, a character played by Poonam Bajwa worryingly looks around and asks herself, “Where is this story heading?” One could almost hear her desperation resonating in the multiple sighs among the audience".[14] Paresh C Palicha from Rediff.com scored the film at 1 out of 5 stars and wrote "The performances are too theatrical. Mammootty and Poonam Bajwa play dual roles, one contemporary and one historical. But both of them look like they have no idea what they are supposed to do. The same is the case with the supporting cast led by Innocent. Final words, Shikaari is shoddy and can be avoided".[15]


  1. ^ "'I am growing as an actor'". Deccan Herald. 30 November 2010.
  2. ^ Megha Shenoy. "Shikari looks out for leading ladies". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 10 April 2011
  3. ^ Prathibha Joy. "Audience acceptance is all I seek: Mammootty". The Times of India. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2011
  4. ^ "Shikari heroine finalised". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 April 2011
  5. ^ Madhu Daithota. "Sharmila's no make-up look". The Times of India. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2011
  6. ^ "Sharmila says no to Mammootty". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 10 April 2011
  7. ^ "It's an honour working with Mammootty: Aditya". The Times of India. 31 May 2010. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012.
  8. ^ "A dedicated effort lauded". Deccan Herald. 22 March 2012.
  9. ^ "SHIKARI MOVIE REVIEW". The Times of India. 16 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Shikari". Deccan Herald. 30 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Shikari". The New Indian Express. 2 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Shikari:Tiger's stripes missing". Bangalore Mirror. 29 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Kannada Review: 'Shikari' has a strong script". News18 India. 1 April 2012.
  14. ^ "SHIKARI MOVIE REVIEW". The Times of India. 19 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Review: Shikaari can be avoided". Rediff.com. 12 March 2012.