Kaakha Kaakha

Kaakha Kaakha (transl. To Protect, To Protect), titled The Police in the UK,[1] is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by Gautham Menon. It stars Suriya and Jyothika in the lead roles, with Jeevan playing the main negative role. The film featured music composed by Harris Jayaraj and cinematography by R. D. Rajasekhar. The film released on 1 August 2003 to highly positive reviews and was considered a comeback film for producer Kalaipuli S. Thanu.[2] Owing to the success, the film has been remade in several languages.

Kaakha Kaakha
Kaakha Kaakha poster.jpg
Directed byGautham Menon
Written byGautham Menon
Produced byKalaipuli S. Thanu
Narrated bySuriya
Sathyaraj (Ending Scene)
CinematographyR. D. Rajasekhar
Edited byAnthony
Music byHarris Jayaraj
Release date
  • 1 August 2003 (2003-08-01)
Running time
153 minutes


Anbuselvan is an honest, daring IPS officer with the Chennai police as the ACP in the Crime Branch. As he has no relations in life, he lives with no fear. Anbuselvan and his IPS friends Srikanth, Arul, and Ilamaran are recruited for part of a special unit of police officers who are battling organised crime in Chennai. Violent and laconic, Anbuselvan finds little patience for his personal life. The 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; Anbuselvan is posted to Control Room Duties.

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

Meanwhile, gangster Sethu, who escaped the encounter operations, meets his estranged brother Pandiya, who returns to Chennai after 14 years of crime life in Maharashtra. Pandiya 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. Sethu's gang, aided by Pandiya's planning, commit major kidnappings in the city and become very powerful in 6 months. When 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 kills Sethu in a railyard, as others escape. Pandiya takes over the gang, promising grave revenge over his brother's death. Pandiya and his gang members target the families of the men in the special unit, but the police close in, and a badly injured Pandiya barely escapes Anbuselvan. Pandiya and his men brutally kill Ilamaran the same night, and escape. The entire department is mobilised, and all family members of the remaining three are sent to hiding.

Maya and Anbuselvan get married in a hurry and leave for Pondicherry, but the next day, Pandiya and his thugs enter the cottage that the honeymoon couple are staying in and attack Anbuselvan, leaving him for dead, and kidnapping Maya. Anbuselvan is battling for life but thinking only about rescuing Maya.

Srikanth and Arul arrive at the cottage, discover Anbuselvan, and take him to the Pondicherry Government Hospital. Srikanth reveals that Swathi was kidnapped earlier at the airport and confesses that it was he who gave away Anbuselvan's location to Pandiya, for Swathi's safe return. Srikanth feels extreme remorse over what has happened. Whilst in the hospital, they receive a message from Pandiya to meet him at a particular location in Andhra Pradesh. When they go there, they find two packages, one containing Swathi's severed head and the other one containing a syringe that Pandiya used to sedate Maya. Srikanth and Anbuselvan are distraught, with the former being hysterical upon seeing his wife's head, and in an agony of grief and guilt at being responsible, he shoots himself dead. Anbuselvan and Arul track down Pandiya before he can escape from Tamil Nadu and fights with the gang. Pandiya stabs Maya to distract Anbuselvan, and she dies in Anbu's arms. An enraged Anbuselvan tracks down Pandiya and brutally finishes him off, avenging Maya and his friends' deaths. An epilogue shows that Anbuselvan, after the death of Maya, continues his job as an IPS officer some months later.



The film was initially titled as Paathi (Half) and then as Kalam, before the team opted to change the title to Kaakha Kaakha.[4] Menon revealed that he was inspired to make the film after reading of articles on how encounter specialists shoot gangsters and how their families get threatening calls in return, and initially approached Madhavan, Ajith Kumar and Vikram for the role without success.[5][6] The lead actress Jyothika asked Menon to consider Suriya for the role, and he was subsequently selected after Menon saw his portrayal in Nandha.[7] He did a rehearsal of the script with the actors, a costume trial with Jyothika and then enrolled Suriya in a commando training school before beginning production, which he described as a "very planned shoot".[7] The film had an alternate ending which showed Jyothika's character surviving; it was released only on DVD.[8][9]


The film consequently opened to high positive reviews, with critics labeling it as a "career high film".[10] Furthermore, the film was described as for "action lovers who believe in logical storylines and deft treatment" with Menon being praised for his linear narrative screenplay.[11][12]

Box officeEdit

The film was the first major commercial success for both the Director Gautham Menon and actor Suriya.[13][14]


Gautham Menon remade the film in Telugu as Gharshana (2004) for producer Venkata Raj and it went on to be highly successful as well as being a hit in Telugu theaters. In July 2004, he agreed terms to direct and produce another version of Kaakha Kaakha in Hindi with Sunny Deol in the lead role and revealed that the script was written five years ago with Deol in mind, but the film eventually failed to take off.[15] Producer Vipul Shah approached him to direct the Hindi version of the film in 2010 as Force, and Menon initially agreed before pulling out again.[16] The film was also made in Kannada in 2011 as Dandam Dashagunam. Menon and the original producer, Dhanu, also floated an idea of an English version with a Chechnyan backdrop, though talks with a potential collaboration with Ashok Amritraj collapsed.[7] The storyline of the movie was used in the Oriya film ACP Ranveer.[17]

Awards and nominationsEdit

In addition to the following list of awards and nominations, prominent Indian film websites named Kaakha Kaakha one of the 10 best Tamil films of 2003, with Rediff, Sify and Behindwoods all doing so. The film was, before release, in "most awaited" lists from film websites.

Award Category Nominee Result
2003 Filmfare Awards South Best Actor Suriya Nominated
Best Actress Jyothika Nominated
Best Villain Jeevan Won
Best Director Gautham Menon Nominated
Best Film Kalaipuli S. Dhanu Nominated
Best Choreography Brindha
(Thoodu Varuma & Uyirin Uyire)
Best Music Director Harris Jayaraj Won
Best Cinematographer R. D. Rajasekhar Won
Best Editor Award Anthony Won
2003 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Best Music Director Harris Jayaraj Won
Best Editor Anthony Won
ITFA Awards Best Actor Suriya Won
Best Actress – Special Jury Jyothika Won
Best Music Director Harris Jayaraj Won


The film's music was composed by Harris Jayaraj, who reunited with Menon after the soundtrack of Minnale. Harris Jayaraj earned his second Filmfare Award for Best Music Director and his first Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director and ITFA Award for Best Music Director. The song "Ondra Renda" is based on "Dil Ko Tumse Pyar Hua" from the 2001 Hindi film Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein in which Harris himself was the music director.[18]

Kaakha Kaakha
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelNew Music
Classic Audio
ProducerHarris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Kaakha Kaakha

All tracks are written by Thamarai.

1."Ennai Konjam"Timmy, Tippu, Pop Shalini4:57
2."Ondra Renda"Bombay Jayashri5:07
3."Oru Ooril"Karthik4:50
4."Thoodhu Varuma"Sunitha Sarathy, Febi Mani4:42
5."Uyirin Uyirae"KK, Suchitra5:22
Total length:25:48


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  2. ^ "The many faces of success". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 3 September 2005. Archived from the original on 2 May 2008.
  3. ^ Ramakrishnan, Deepa (14 March 2013). "Cop in!". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 18 March 2013.
  4. ^ "A Tamil entertainment ezine presenting interesting contents and useful services". Nilacharal. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  5. ^ "The story of a cop". The Hindu. 18 July 2003. Archived from the original on 3 January 2004. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  6. ^ Exclusive interview with gautham menon, retrieved 1 January 2017
  7. ^ a b c Rangan, Baradwaj (2006). "Interview: Gautham Menon". Baradwaj Rangan. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  8. ^ https://www.thedigitalfix.com/film/content/12567/kaakha-kaakha/
  9. ^ https://www.cinemaexpress.com/photos/slideshows/2019/aug/20/16-years-of-kaakha-kaakha-20-lesser-known-facts-about-suriyas-breakthrough-movie-486--17.html
  10. ^ Subramaniam, Guru (2003). "A career high film for Surya'". Rediff. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  11. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (2003). "Kaakha Kaakha". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 4 October 2003. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  12. ^ "Suriya: Bollywood's hottest six-pack". Mint. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Gautham Menon excited over National Award". The Hindu. 24 January 2010.
  14. ^ "Suriya: Best performances of the actor". The Times of India. 23 July 2018.
  15. ^ Adarsh, Taran (2004). "Sunny in `Kaakha Kaakha` remake". Sify. Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  16. ^ Daithota, Madhu (2010). "John Abraham loved 'Kaakha Kaakha'". Times of India. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw53S3rRB5c
  18. ^ http://www.suryanfm.in/news/entertainment/best-gautham-menon-movies-romance/

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