Gharshana (transl. 'Friction' or 'Clash') is a 2004 Indian Telugu-language action thriller film produced by G. Sivaraju, C. Venkatraju, and Kalaipuli S. Thanu. It is directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon, in his Telugu debut. It is the remake of the 2003 Tamil blockbuster, Kaakha Kaakha. Venkatesh and Asin played the lead roles in the film, while the music was composed by Harris Jayaraj, who also composed for the original.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byGautham Vasudev Menon
Written byGautham Vasudev Menon
Kula Sekhar (Dialogues)
Screenplay byGautham Vadudev Menon
Story byGautham Vasudev Menon
Based onKaakha Kaakha (Tamil)
Produced byG. Sivaraju
C. Venkataraju
Kalaipuli S. Thanu
Narrated byVenkatesh
CinematographyR. D. Rajasekhar
Edited byAnthony
Music byHarris Jayaraj
Geeta Chitra International
Release date
  • 30 July 2004 (2004-07-30)
Running time
159 minutes


Ramachandra alias Ram, is an honest and daring IPS officer, with the Hyderabad City Police, as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), in the crime branch. As he has no family or relatives, he lives with no fear. Ram and his IPS friends, who include: Srikanth, Rajesh, and Jagan, are recruited into a special unit of police officers, to battle the organized crime in Hyderabad. Violent and laconic, Ram has little time and patience, for his personal life. The special unit is ruthless in its confrontation with criminals, going as far as assassinating gang members; the unit is finally disbanded after 5 encounters in 3 months, by human rights authorities; Ram is posted to Control Room Duties.

One day, a school teacher named, Maya, rebuffs Ram'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, Ram lets them off with a warning. When one of Maya's students has a problem with the local kids, who threatened to throw acid on her face, she asks Ram for help. He resolves this problem and a mutual respect grows between them. They begin seeing one another. When Maya gets into a road accident, Ram helps her recover, and they fall in love. Srikanth and his wife, Sandhya, become good friends with Maya.

Dass, a gangster, who escaped the encounter operations, meets his estranged brother Panda, who returns to Hyderabad after fourteen years of crime life, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Panda has a peculiar tactic: he kills a family member of his opponent, but leaves the opponent alive to rot in failure and depression on the loss of his family member. Dass' gang, aided by Panda's planning, commit major kidnappings in the city and become very powerful in a period of six months.

The 10-year-old son of an influential movie producer is kidnapped and killed, and later his daughter is also kidnapped for ransom. The special unit is reassembled by the commissioner, with all four back in the crime branch. The unit tracks down and kill Dass in a railyard, as the others escape. Panda takes over the gang, promising grave revenge over his brother's death. Panda and his gang members target the families of the men in the special unit, but the police close in, and a badly injured Panda barely escapes Ram. Afterwards, Panda and his men brutally shoot and kill Jagan, the same night, and escape. The entire department is mobilised, and all family members of the remaining three in the unit, are sent into hiding.

Maya and Ram get married in a hurry and leave for Pulicherla, but the next day, Panda and his men enter the cottage that the couple is honeymooning in and shoot Ram into the Nagarjuna Sagar, leaving him for dead, and kidnapping Maya. Drowned and battling for life, Ram only thinks about rescuing Maya. Srikanth and Rajesh arrive at the cottage, discover Ram, and take him to the local hospital. Srikanth reveals that Sandhya was kidnapped earlier at the airport and confesses that it was he who gave away Ram's location to Panda and also emptied the magazine in his gun, for Sandhya's safe return.

Srikanth feels extreme remorse over what has happened. Whilst in the hospital, they receive a call from Panda, to meet him at Zaherabad, 100 kilometers away from Hyderabad, located on the National Highway 9. Ram, Srikanth, and Rajesh leave to meet him, along with Constable Ansari, driving them. When they go there, two packages are thrown to them from an oncoming train, one containing Sandhya's severed head and the other one containing Maya's arm flesh. Ram, along with everybody else, is extremely distraught, with Srikanth being hysterical upon seeing his wife's head. In agony of being responsible for the sudden turn of events, Srikanth shoots himself dead.

Ram and Rajesh track down Panda before he can escape from Andhra Pradesh. They engage in a shoot-out with the entire gang. Ram aims to shoot Panda, but Panda shoots Maya while using her as a shield, and she seemingly dies in Ram's arms after Panda escapes. An enraged Ram, tracks down Panda and the remaining members of his gang, to a dock. He brutally finishes them off, avenging Maya and his friends' deaths.

A few months later, Ram, after the death of his fellow squadmates and friends, still continues his job as an IPS officer. The ending scene features Ram calling out to Maya, who is shown to have survived Panda's attack.



Soundtrack album by
Released16 June 2004
LabelAditya Music
ProducerHarris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Kaakha Kaakha

Music composed by Harris Jayaraj. The music was released by ADITYA Music Company. (The soundtrack of Kaakha Kaakha was retained in the Telugu remake except "Andagaada" and "Ye Chilipi".)

All lyrics are written by Kulasekhar.

Track list
1."Cheliya Cheliya"KK, Suchitra5:19
2."Nanne Nanne"Tippu, Pop Shalini5:53
3."Ye Chilipi"Srinivas5:14
5."Aadatanamaa"Sunitha Sarathy, Febi Mani4:48
6."Theme Music" (Instrumental) 2:17
Total length:30:12


Gautham Menon subsequently remade the film in the Telugu language for producer Venkata Raju. Jyothika was the initial choice for the lead actress role, however the delay of shoot start made Jyothika to opt out and Asin replaced her.[1]


Idlebrain wrote: "The second half starts in an interesting style and it loses the steam as the climax approaches. The plus points of this film are music, Venkatesh, photography and stylish taking. The negative points are slow narration, lack of Telugu commercial elements, dry scenes and lack of substance. This film has got more style and less substance".[2] Indiaglitz wrote: "the film redeems itself due to the technical excellence and masterful craft of Gowtham. In that, he has married the best of Ram Gopal Varma and Manirathnam (urban finesse, short, crisp and natural dialogues and getting the best out of his music director)".[3] Fullhyderabad wrote: "The action fans will love this movie. The encounters are sadistically gory! And that forms half of the movie".[4] Sify wrote: "Speed, style and sparkle are the essence of Gharshana".[5] Despite the mixed reviews from critics the film had completed of running 50 days in 70 centers[6]


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  3. ^ "Gharshana Telugu Movie Review - cinema preview stills gallery trailer video clips showtimes". IndiaGlitz. 31 July 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
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