Kanaa (film)

Kanaa (transl. The dream) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language sports drama film starring Aishwarya Rajesh, Sathyaraj, and Darshan, with Sivakarthikeyan in a supporting role. The film is written and directed by Arunraja Kamaraj, who is directing for the first time. It was released theatrically on 21 December 2018. The film has music composed by Dhibu Ninan Thomas, cinematography by Dinesh Krishnan, edited by Ruben and produced by Sivakarthikeyan in his newly established Sivakarthikeyan Productions banner.[1] It was remade in Telugu as Kousalya Krishnamurthy, with Aishwarya and Sivakarthikeyan reprising their roles.[2]

Kanaa Movie Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byArunraja Kamaraj
Produced bySivakarthikeyan
Written byArunraja Kamaraj
StarringAishwarya Rajesh
Music byDhibu Ninan Thomas
CinematographyRaviraj gajera
Edited byRuben
Release date
  • 21 December 2018 (2018-12-21)
Running time
145 minutes


Kousalya Murugesan aka Kowsi (Aishwarya Rajesh) is the daughter of Murugesan (Sathyaraj), a farmer. She aspires to become an international cricketer so she can put a smile on her cricket-loving father's face by helping the country win. The reason for this being portrayed in the initial scenes where Murugesan is very eager to see India's matches in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. However, he gets heartbroken on seeing India's crashing defeat to Sri Lanka in the group stages, which sees India getting subsequently knocked out. Murugesan controls his feelings before his daughter, but she witnesses him crying and being heartbroken throughout the whole night. Hence, this aspires a young Kowsi, who was aged 11 then, to take up cricket seriously, represent her country, and win the world cup one day just for her father's sake.

Kowsi joins the local cricket team in the village when she is 14, who were mostly her school seniors. Kowsi's off-spin bowling technique gets her wickets, and everyone starts appreciating her talent. At the same time, she also earns the wrath of many villagers as she plays cricket with boys wearing t-shirts and trousers, which is portrayed to be non-traditional. However, Murugesan does not care for this and he supports his daughter. Kowsi decides to appear for the Tamil Nadu team selection test, but she gets rejected in her first attempt. She does not give up and tries again where she succeeds and starts playing in Tamil Nadu women's team. Her hard work pays off, and she is selected in Indian women's cricket team. Kowsi goes to Bangalore to get trained in a national cricket academy.

Meanwhile, Murugesan faces a tough time with agriculture, as he is unable to repay the debt of Rs. 4 lakhs from a bank, resulting in a rift created between Murugesan and the bank manager. Kowsi faces a hard time in cricket academy due to internal politics where senior players ill-treating her as she cannot speak Hindi. The team's coach also hates Kowsi and demotivates her to a large extent. However, the coach retires, and there comes a new coach named Nelson Dilipkumar (Sivakarthikeyan). Nelson, who was an ex-Indian cricketer, had to retire after his very first International Match as he sustained a terrible eye injury, leaving him partially blinded in the left eye. Nelson develops the team's spirit and gets the players ready for the upcoming T20 world cup. Nelson spots Kowsi's spin bowling capabilities and trains her in the right path. Nelson also locks horns with the team selection committee and ensures that Kowsi is present in the world cup squad. However, Nelson decides to rest Kowsi for the league matches, which makes her feel sad. However, Nelson reveals his strategy, that the intention was to hide Kowsi's talent from the opponents, and her bowling would be a surprise element in the semifinals.

Kowsi is selected in the playing eleven during the semifinal match against the strongest team, Australia. On that day, Murugesan's house is taken away from the bank manager for not repaying the debt. Kowsi hears this and feels bad that she is not with her father. However, Kowsi is motivated by Nelson to make her father proud by playing well in the semifinals. During the match, Kowsi bowls a hat trick and also hits a six while batting, resulting in a tie. During super over, Kowsi again bowls well, leading to India's win. Kowsi is appreciated for her bowling efforts and is awarded Rs. 5 lakhs for "Woman of the Match" award. Receiving the award, Kowsi gives an emotional speech describing the situation of her father and other farmers in the country. Murugesan feels very proud of seeing Kowsi. In the closing credits, it is shown that Indian women won the T20 final against West Indies women and Kowsi was appreciated by the Tamil Nadu Government for her superb bowling tactics.


  • Aishwarya Rajesh as Kousalya Murugesan
  • Sathyaraj as Murugesan
  • Darshan as Murali Krishna
  • Sivakarthikeyan as Nelson Dhilipkumar
  • Rama as Savithri, Kousalya's mother
  • Ilavarasu as Thangarasu
  • Ramdoss as Inspector Patchamuthu
  • Kali Prasad Mukherjee as Patel
  • Namo Narayana as Politician
  • Balaji Venugopal as Bank Manager
  • Blade Shankar as School P. E. T. Master
  • Keerthika as Young Kousalya
  • Baby Monika as Young Kousalya
  • Hello Kandasamy as Kandasamy
  • Seenu Vasan as Old Bank Manager
  • Sethupathy as Loan Officer
  • Savari Muthu as Sachin
  • Antony Bhagyaraj as Tendulkar
  • Ashok Kumar as Anand
  • Guna as Peter
  • Sathya NJ as Sathya
  • Aruvi Balaji as Nambi
  • Pradeep Durairaj as Sekar
  • Sivamaaran as Prakash
  • Fathima Samreen
  • Natasha Parashar as Natasha Parashar
  • Nirali Oza as Gayathri Dixit
  • Shyla Alam as Anjali Sharma
  • Sushree Pradhan as Deepika Patel
  • Ramya Justin as Ramya
  • Sajana Sajeevan as Sajana


One-day Sivakarthikeyan asked me if I knew how to play cricket. I told him that I don’t know anything about cricket. I came to know that he is making a film with Arunraja Kamaraj on women’s cricket. I was honest as my concern was that they were doing it on a budget. In fact, I was asking my friends in the industry if they knew cricket. And the real cricket players were not ready to come on board. I thought why not I give a try and asked Arunraj if I can hear the story. He felt it would be a waste of time narrating the script to someone who does not know anything about cricket. Somehow, I persuaded him and made him narrate the full story. I loved hearing a sports-based subject for the first time. I asked him for seven days time and soon our journey of Kanaa started. He was convinced.

Aishwarya Rajesh on how the film developed[3]

This project was officially launched in February 2018, and actor Sivakarthikeyan is making his debut as the producer of the venture, under his newly established SK Productions banner, with actors Aishwarya Rajesh and Sathyaraj joining the cast, and debut actor Darshan was signed to play the male lead role.[4] Dhibu Ninan Thomas, who earlier composed for Maragadha Naanayam was selected as the music director. Meanwhile, Dinesh Krishnan, Ruben, and Lalgudi N Ilayaraja was signed as a cinematographer, editor and art director for this film.

It was announced that the film would be released on December 21.[5]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony Music India
ProducerDhibu Ninan Thomas
Dhibu Ninan Thomas chronology
Zacharia Pothen Jeevichirippundu
Kousalya Krishnamurthy

The film's soundtrack is composed by Dhibu Ninan Thomas, who happens to be classmates with Sivakarthikeyan and Arunraja Kamaraj on their college days. The album features five songs, of which the song "Vaayadi Petha Pulla" is sung by Sivakarthikeyan and his daughter Aaradhana, alongside Vaikom Vijayalakshmi as well. The audio rights of the film are secured by Sony Music India.

1."Vaayadi Petha Pulla"GKBAaradhana Sivakarthikeyan, Vaikom Vijayalakshmi, Sivakarthikeyan4:07
2."Oonjala Oonjala"Mohan RajanNiranjana Ramanan, Sid Sriram4:12
3."Kanne En Kannazhage"Arunraja KamarajKapil Kapilan4:40
4."Othaiyadi Pathayila"Arunraja KamarajAnirudh Ravichander4:09
5."Savaal"Mohan Rajan, Rabbit MacDhibu Ninan Thomas, Rabbit Mac, Arunraja Kamaraj3:53
Total length:21:03


The movie has finally released on December 21, 2018. M Suganth from Times of India calls the movie a "crowd-pleasing sports movie that also doubles up as a message movie on farmers and their issues", giving the film a 3.5/5 rating.[6] The film was also dubbed and released in Hindi as Not Out on YouTube by Goldmines Telefilms in 2021.[7]


This film was remade in Telugu as Kousalya Krishnamurthy with Aishwarya Rajesh and Sivakarthikeyan reprising their roles from the original[8] and Rajendra Prasad playing Sathyaraj's role.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Date of ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
21 December 2019 66th Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor Sathyaraj Won [9]
Best Actress Aishwarya Rajesh Nominated
Best Actress - Critics Won
4 January 2020 Zee Cine Awards Tamil Best Debut Director Arunraja Kamaraj Won [10][11]
Best Actress Aishwarya Rajesh Won


  1. ^ "Sivakarthikeyan turns producer for friend Arunraja Kamaraj's debut". India Today. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. ^ Kumar, Gabbeta (13 March 2019). "Aishwarya Rajesh's next Telugu film Kowsalya Krishnamurthy Cricketer goes on floors". Retrieved 30 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (20 December 2018). "'I learnt cricket' for Kanaa role". Retrieved 30 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Sivakarthikeyan turns producer for Arunraja Kamaraj's film".
  5. ^ "Release Date Of Sivakarthikeyan's Next Is Here!".
  6. ^ "Kanaa Movie Review". Times of India. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Not Out (Kanaa) 2021 New Released Hindi Dubbed Movie - Aishwarya Rajesh, Sathyaraj, Sivakarthikeyan". Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  8. ^ Kumar, Gabbeta (13 March 2019). "Aishwarya Rajesh's next Telugu film Kowsalya Krishnamurthy Cricketer goes on floors". Retrieved 30 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Winners of the 66th Filmfare Awards (South) 2019". Filmfare. Retrieved 22 December 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Zee Cine Awards Tamil 2020 winners list: Ajith, Kamal Haasan, Dhanush won these honours". International Business Times. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Zee Cine Awards Tamil 2020: Dhanush, Aishwarya Rajesh, Nayanthara win big". Hindustan Times. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.

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