Kali (2016 film)

Kali (transl. Rage) is a 2016 Indian Malayalam-language action film directed and co-produced by Sameer Thahir, starring Dulquer Salmaan and Sai Pallavi.[1][2] It is the second collaboration of Thahir and Salmaan, after Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (2013).[3]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySameer Thahir
Written byRajesh Gopinadhan
Produced byAshiq Usman
Shyju Khalid
Sameer Thahir
StarringDulquer Salmaan
Sai Pallavi
CinematographyGireesh Gangadharan
Edited byVivek Harshan
Music byGopi Sundar
Hand Made Films
Distributed byCentral Pictures
Release date
  • 26 March 2016 (2016-03-26)
Running time
116 minutes

The film was shot in Kochi, Vagamon, Athirappilly, Masinagudi, and Gudalur.[4]

Kali was released on 26 March 2016 to critical and commercial success.[5] It has since been remade in Kannada as Kidi.[6] The film was dubbed and released into Telugu as Hey Pillagada in November 2017.[7]


Siddharth is a young man who gets extremely angry, very quickly, as shown in the flashback where when a kid hits his nose with a finger to make fun of his anger issues, the kid gets beaten badly, nose bleeding. Then in college, a student gang from another college hits Sidharth's friend. For this, Sidharth beats all the students of the gang with extra beating for those who hit him. He is married to Anjali by registered marriage. Through his friends, he gets work in a bank in Kochi. Sidharth is always at odds with his house owner's grandson. Sidharth gets angry and shuts off the main electricity switch when a this kid comes to Sidharth's house and puts the TV volume very high in spite of Sidharth's request to reduce the volume of the TV. While leaving the house, the kid questions his behavior. For this, Sidharth tells Anjali how the kid is behaving without respect. Then Anjali tells Sidharth that the kid is right, that he should control his anger for which anger management schools can be attended.

Anjali's parents want them to come for Anjali's brother's engagement. Anjali's mother only calls and speaks to Anjali. Anjali tells her to make her father call Sidharth. The mother agrees. Sidharth keeps a ball for anger management in the workplace by which he concentrates to bring down his anger when he encounters foolish customers.

There are numerous instances where Sidharth's anger takes the better of him. In one such instance where Sidharth hits his colleague at an annual function of his bank and, after reaching home early due to this incident at the function, shouts at Anjali's father, thinking he is a random person calling Anjali on the phone, she leaves mentioning she cannot live with such a person. Siddharth offers to drive her home in Masinagudi in Tamil Nadu. On the way, a trucker named Chakkara, overtakes their car without warning, which almost causes them to crash. A furious Siddharth follows the truck and the incident turns into a road rage. He successfully overtakes the truck, but a shaken Anjali begs him to let it go. He obeys her, and they continue on their way when Anjali informs him that she is hungry. They stop by a roadside hotel which is run by a ruthless gangster, John, and his henchmen. The couple realises that Chakkara is also one of John's henchmen. Sidharth gets in trouble with the hotel staff again for his temper. While eating, Sidharth finds out that Chakkara is interested in Anjali and doesn't take his eyes off her. Sidharth was about to get into a fight with Chakkara, but Anjali stops him. After the food, as both of them realize they don't have the cash to pay, the hotel staff suggest one of them go and fetch cash from the nearby ATM. As Anjali cannot stay back alone, she agrees to go even though she is not good at driving their car.

A while after she leaves, Chakkara too leaves the restaurant while a fearful Siddharth tries to contact Anjali. Anjali, too is unable to contact Siddharth due to network failure, and she fails to find any ATM. Behind her, she notices Chakkara's truck following her and applying horns and irritating in order to scare her so that she cannot drive the car in the middle of the lonely road. She continues driving but is unable to escape as it is a one-way road.

Meanwhile, Siddharth, after waiting for a long time and fearing Anjali's safety, tries to escape the restaurant but is captured by the henchmen and is locked in a room. Anjali keeps on driving with Chakkara right behind her. Another trucker who had noticed them two in the restaurant witnesses this.

Siddharth, now conscious, try to escape from the room, and a young boy who was working in the restaurant opens the locked room to help him out. He steps into the middle of a gang fight. At the same time, Chakkara corners Anjali at a bend when her car gets stuck in the mud. He breaks the windows to rape Anjali, and as he is about to drag her out of the car, the other trucker arrives on the scene with police which enables Anjali to escape from Chakkara's cruel intentions, which leaves that area seeing the light of police jeep at the far.

Anjali, with the help of the police, arrives back at the restaurant to find John critically injured and Siddharth with a knife. Siddharth is arrested, and the police inform Anjali that he will be imprisoned if John dies. But John reports to the police that the previous owner of the hotel came with the rowdy gang to beat John, ending up in a gang fight.

Siddharth and Anjali drive to her house. On the way, she asks him why he had asked her to go alone, and he confesses that he was really scared to leave her with them at the restaurant. He admits that it was his temper that got them into trouble and promises to work hard to control his anger issues, even though it cannot be done overnight. On the way, they see Chakkara and his truck, which has broken down. Anjali stops the car, and Siddharth, as the first step towards controlling his anger, decides to let him go, but a furious Anjali refuses to forgive Chakkara. Siddharth steps out of the car with Anjali's existential approval to vent his anger one more time and runs in fury towards Chakkara. Chakkara takes an iron rod in his hand. But Siddharth runs to him while raising his fist, and the screen cuts to black, signifying the end of the film.


  • Vishnu purushan as Waiter Boy


The music is composed by Gopi Sunder and the soundtrack was released on 11 March 2016 by Satyam Audios.[8][9][10]

1."Chillu Ranthal"B K HarinarayananJob Kurian5:03
2."Vaarthinkalee"B K HarinarayananDivya S. Menon4:33


It has been remade in Kannada as Kidi.[11] The film was dubbed and released into Telugu as Hey Pillagada in November 2017.[12]

Box officeEdit

IBTimes reported that the film collected 2.33 crore (US$330,000) in the opening day from Kerala; breaking the previous record of Loham (2015) to become the highest Malayalam opener. It grossed 5.89 crore after 3 days.[13]

The total earnings of the movie in 27 days from the US box office is 28.84 lakh (US$40,000),[14] and 30.18 lakh (US$42,000) from 3rd weekend from UK box office.[15] The film is reported to have collected ₹16.4 crore at the Kerala box office.[16][17]


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  3. ^ Anu James (16 November 2015). "Shooting of Dulquer Salmaan-Sai Pallavi's upcoming Sameer Thahir film begins".
  4. ^ Sachin Jose (21 October 2015). "Sai Pallavi aka Malar to play lead opposite Dulquer Salmaan in Sameer Thahir film".
  5. ^ Anu James (29 January 2016). "Dulquer Salmaan-Sai Pallavi's 'Kali' to be released in March".
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  8. ^ Anu, James (11 March 2016). "Listen to songs of Dulquer Salmaan-Sai Pallavi's 'Kali' [AUDIO]". IB Times. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  9. ^ Sanjith, Sidhardhan (17 March 2016). "Kali trailer uses Hollywood flick's OST". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Gopi Sunder's devil may care attitude". The Times of India. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kidi-kannada-remake-dulquer-s-kali-65957
  12. ^ "Sekhar Kammula releases logo of Dulquer Sai Pallavi Hey Pillagada - Telugu Movie News - IndiaGlitz". IndiaGlitz.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  13. ^ Anu, James (29 March 2016). "Kerala box office: Dulquer Salmaan's 'Kali' becomes top Malayalam grosser on first day; breaks 'Charlie' records". IB Times. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  14. ^ Anu, James (26 April 2016). "Kerala-US box office: Nivin Pauly's 'Jacobinte Swargarajyam' performs well; Dulquer Salmaan's 'Kali' holds steady". IB Times. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  15. ^ "'Fan' nears 10 million mark in overseas". Bollywood Hungama. 26 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Top 10 highest grossing Mollywood movies of 2016..." Malayala Manorama. 5 December 2016.
  17. ^ Anu, James (30 August 2016). "'Kammatipaadam' box office: Here's the final Kerala collection report of Dulquer Salmaan movie". International Business Times. Retrieved 30 August 2016.

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