Kandahar (2010 film)

Kandahar is a 2010 Indian Malayalam-language war film written and directed by Major Ravi. It is the third installment in the Major Mahadevan film series, with Mohanlal reprising his role as Major Mahadevan after the 2006 film Keerthi Chakra and 2008 film Kurukshetra. The film also stars Bollywood Actor, Amitabh Bachchan and Tamil Actor, Ganesh Venkatraman in their Malayalam film debut.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMajor Ravi
Written byMajor Ravi
Produced bySunil C. Nair
Amitabh Bachchan
Ganesh Venkatraman
Ragini Dwivedi
CinematographyRavi Varman
Edited byDon Max
Music byShamir Tandon
Vivek V. K.
Distributed byMaxlab Cinemas and Entertainments
Release date
  • 16 December 2010 (2010-12-16)
Running time
142 minutes

The plot is based on the hijacking of the Indian Airlines Flight 814 in 1999.[1] The political situation is portrayed from an Indian perspective in the film. Kandahar was released on 16 December 2010, along with its dubbed versions in Tamil and Hindi languages.

The film's sound design was done by Baylon Fonseca. Kandahar was co-produced by Sunil Nair and Mohanlal. It was marketed online by Shaz Shabeer Strikers and Crew Kochi. The film, unlike the prequels, received negative reviews.[2]


Major Mahadevan and his unit undertake a mission to deal with an international terrorist organisation after a group of hardcore terrorists hijack a plane.


Suryanatha Sharma (Ganesh Venkatraman) is an educated, unemployed man. His father, Lokanatha Sharma (played by Amitabh Bachchan), wants to see his son victorious in life. Things change when he meets Major Mahadevan (Mohanlal). Though, their initial encounter is hostile at first, Suryanath apologizes to Mahadevan for his rudeness, and impressed with Suryanath and seeing potential in him, he suggests him to join the Army. Though he struggles a bit in the beginning, Suryanath is able to pass out of the Indian Military Academy with flying colours.

After graduating, he joins the NSG (National Security Guard) as a commando where he joins Mahadevan's crew. Soon after, an Air India flight becomes hijacked by hardcore terrorists whose objective was to have the Indian government release their leader who was caught by Mahadevan himself. They are then forced to land in New Delhi to refuel. Mahadevan and his crew are able to infiltrate the plane through the wheels, even though their superior ordered them not to.

Once inside the plane they are able to find out the number of terrorists who are inside and quickly kill them and their leader and retake the plane. However a sleeper cell reveals himself and shoot the pilots and Suryanath injuring them. Mahadevan and Suryanath take control of the plane and with the pilot's guidance are able to land plane. But Suryanath unfortunately dies from his injuries. He is given a hero's funeral with honour after which Mahadevan consoles Lokanath, who reveals that he is proud of his son and thanks Major Mahadevan for making his son a hero.




Mohanlal with Amitabh Bachchan

Kandahar is the third film in the "Major Mahadevan series", the previous ones being Kirtichakra (2006) and Kurukshetra (2008). Kirtichakra was a runaway success in Kerala,[citation needed] and Kurukshetra was a superhit.[3] Jeeva played a supporting role in Kirtichakra and Siddique in Kurukshetra. This time Ganesh Venkatraman is playing the supporting role. Surya was supposed to do the role but was replaced by Ganesh when he opted out of the project due to date clashes with 7aam Arivu.


Mohanlal plays the lead role and is the film's producer. Several other artists from Tamil cinema were initially approached to play secondary leads as well, including Suriya and Arun Vijay, who all cited date conflicts. Later, Ganesh Venkatraman was finalized for a role. Amitabh Bachchan was approached for a major role in the film, and he immediately agreed. Even though he did not ask for any remuneration for his appearance, he was offered a whopping 8 crores.[4] His son in Kandahar is played by Ganesh Venkatraman.[5] Later, model and Kannada actress, Ragini Dwivedi was signed up to play a supporting role.[6][7] There were reports that Parvathy Omanakuttan was also cast in the film.[6]


At a press conference, Major Ravi reported that the aeroplane sequences of the film would be shot in Russia. Other locations include Ooty and New Delhi.


The film was released on 16 December 2010 in 111 theatres in Kerala, 9 theatres in Bengaluru, 5 theatres in Chennai, and around 18 theatres in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Hyderabad. Kandahar has collected 5.25 crores revenue from before releasing through selling satellite rights, audio rights, video rights, overseas distribution rights, and theatre advances.[citation needed]


Kandahar received negative reviews upon release.[8] Though it was one of the most-awaited films of the year, it failed to attain a good word-of-mouth.[2][8] A review by Sify, which rated it "below average" said, "There are moments when every Indian would feel proud about being born in this great land, but the shaky script, ordinary action sequences and a faulty climax lets the film down."[9] Rediff published a nearly negative review saying, "A better script would have perhaps made the return of Major Mahadevan more appealing." It rated the film 2.5 in a scale of five.[10] OneIndia gave the movie a 3/5 rating,[11]


Asianet Film Awards


Soundtrack album by
Shamir Tandon
Released27 November 2010 (2010-11-27)
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelSatyam Audios
ProducerSunil C. Nair

The soundtrack features five songs composed by Shamir Tandon, who is known for his compositions in Madhur Bhandarkar's films,[12] with lyrics by Sandeep Nath, Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma, Sudhakar Sharma, and Kaushal Kishor.

1."Aye Janani"Sandeep NathSonu Nigam4:56
2."Pakida Pakida"Vayalar Sarath Chandra VarmaM. G. Sreekumar, Neetha Subhir4:22
3."Ho Chupi He"Kaushal KishorKailash Kher4:23
4."Dheemee Dheemee"Sudhakar SharmaSunidhi Chauhan4:18
5."Aye Janani"Sandeep NathNeetha Subhir5:08
6."Ho Chupi"Kaushal KishorKailash Kher4:39
7."Tigde Tigde"Sandeep NathAmit Kumar, Neetha Subhir4:22


  1. ^ "Big B in 'Kandahaar' along with Sunil Shetty". Indiaglitz.com. 14 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Mohanlal's Kandahar bombs!". Sify. 22 December 2010. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010.
  3. ^ "5 superhits ,and 5 hits in 2008". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Amitabh to forego fee for sharing screen with Mohanlal". Indian Express. 17 April 2010.
  5. ^ "No Space For K-town stars In Kandahar". The Times of India. 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Parvathy Omanakuttan in 'Kandahar'". 27 May 2010.
  7. ^ Srinidhi, Sharadha (3 June 2010). "Lucky Bee bags a Big B film". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011.
  8. ^ a b Kandahar Just average. OneIndia. Retrieved 16 December 2010
  9. ^ Movie review by Sify. Sify. Retrieved 16 December 2010
  10. ^ Meghna George. Big B, Mohanlal shine in Kandahar. Rediff. Retrieved 17 December 2010
  11. ^ "Deepika Padukone Floored By Senior Citizens On Dil Se Naachein Indiawaale". 9 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Shamir Tandon ropes in Sonu Niigaam for a patriotic rendition". 1 July 2010.

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