Kaduva is a Malayalam Movie released in 2022, directed by Shaji Kailas and starred by Prithviraj Sukumaran, Vivek Oberoi, Samyuktha Menon.

Plot of Malayalam Movie Kaduva:

The film is set in the late 90s revolving around the life of a young high range rubber planter from Mundakayam and his rivalry with a high ranking officer in the Kerala Police.

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Who is the director of Malayalam Movie Kaduva?

Kaduva is directed by Shaji Kailas.

Who acted in Malayalam Movie Kaduva?

Main characters of Malayalam Movie Kaduva are acted by Prithviraj Sukumaran, Vivek Oberoi, Samyuktha Menon.

When is Kaduva released?

Malayalam Movie Kaduva was released on 2022-07-07.

How long is Malayalam Movie Kaduva?

The running time of Kaduva is 2h 35min.

Who is the writer of Malayalam Movie Kaduva?

Kaduva is written by Jinu Abraham.

Which Production Company made the Malayalam Movie Kaduva?

The production company behind the making of Kaduva is/are Magic Frames, Prithviraj Productions.

What genre does Malayalam Movie Kaduva fall under?

Kaduva is in the genre of Action, Drama, Thriller.

Full list of actors and characters in Malayalam Movie Kaduva:

Prithviraj Sukumaran as Kaduvakunnel Kuriyachan
Vivek Oberoi as Joseph Chandy I.P.S.
Samyuktha Menon as Elsa
Siddique as D.G.P. Rajasekharan Marar I.P.S.
Vijayaraghavan as M.L.A. Divakara Kurup
Kalabhavan Shajohn as C.I. Dominic Benjamin
Dileesh Pothan as Adv. Paulson Behanan
Aju Varghese as Tehmur Salaam
Sudev Nair as Adv. Vincent Philip
Saikumar as Kuncheria
Seema as Theruthi Chedathi
Arjun Asokan as Victor
Janardanan as Ananthanathan C.M
Rahul Madhav as Fr. Robin Poovampara
Reenu Mathews as Elizabeth Koruthu
Priyanka Nair as Merin Joseph
Meenakshi as Feba
Vridhi Vishal as Eva Kurian (Kuriyachan’s Youngest Daughter)
Jaise Jose as S.I. Chandrababu
Kochu Preman as Ithakk
Sachin Khedekar as Adv. Satya Pal Singhvi
Aangelina Abraham as Tessa Kurian(Kuriyachan’s Eldest Daughter)
Arish Anoop as Chacko
Baiju as Advocate Kora
Shivaji Guruvayoor as Revenue Minister Thomas Poovampara
Rajesh Hebbar as Dr. Paulachan
Innocent as Fr. Vattasseri
Benny John as Rowdy
John Kaippallil as S.I.Rajeevan
Sudheer Karamana as Basheer
Suresh Krishna as Kunji Thomman C.M.
Alencier Ley Lopez as Varkey(Kuriyachan’s Mentor)
Mammootty as Kuriyachan’s Father
Joy Mathew as Bishop
Aneesh Menon as Sunny
Malavika Menon as Mary
Nandu as Manmadhan
Saju Navodaya as Sankaran
Chali Pala as Rarichan
Remya Panickar as Sofiya Sulthan
Renji Panicker as Judge
Kottayam Ramesh as Fr. Bernard Pulikkan
Abu Salim as Benjamin (Dominic’s Father)
Balaji Sarma as Deputy Prison Officer
V.K. Sriraman as Bishop
Sudheesh as Mathai
N.F. Varghese as Joseph’s Father
Vijayakumar as Rajeevan

Producers and other crew members of Malayalam Movie Kaduva:

Produced by: Listin Stephen, Prithviraj Sukumaran
Music by: Jakes Bejoy
Cinematography by: Ravi K. Chandran
Film Editing by: Shameer Muhammed
Art Direction by: Mohandas
Costume Design by: Stephy Zaviour
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director: Prebha Joseph (Chief Associate Director)
Sound Department: Sachin Jose (sound recordist), Babychen Paul (sound effects editor), Karun Prasad (sound effects editor), Vivek S (sound effects assistant), Ousepachan Vazhayil (Foley), Sudeep Viswanath (sound effects assistant)
Visual Effects by: Coconut Bunch (visual effects), Gowtham Chakravarthy (On Set VFX Supervisor: visual effects), Delson David (visual effects business head), Vinoj Vasanthakumar (visual effects producer)
Stunts: Kanal Kannan (stunts)
Camera and Electrical Department: Arun Damodaran (first assistant camera), Nithin Prabhakar (FPV drone), Nihira Priya (assistant camera / second assistant camera), Sinat Savier (still photographer)
Editorial Department: Hari Devaki (on-line editor), Ajas Pukkadan (Action Editor)
Music Department: Swetha Ashok (playback singer), Athul Narukara (playback singer), Sachin Raj (playback singer), Libin Scaria (playback singer), Midhun Suresh (playback singer), Sreehari Tharayil (lyricist), Santhosh Varma (lyricist), Vijay Yesudas (playback singer)
Additional Crew: Anand Rajendran (publicity design), Sarathvinu (Opening Titles)

Videos of Malayalam Movie Kaduva:

Kaduva : Pala Palli Thiruppalli Promo Song | Kaduva | Jakes Bejoy | Shaji Kailas | Prithviraj Sukumaran

Kaduva : Kaduva Official Teaser 2 | Prithviraj Sukumaran | Shaji Kailas | Supriya Menon | Listin Stephen

Kaduva : Kaduva Full Movie HD | Prithviraj Sukumaran, Vivek Oberoi | Kaduva Malayalam Movie Full Facts Review

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Short Synopsis of Malayalam Movie Kaduva:

Kaduva (transl. Tiger) is a 2022 Indian Malayalam-language masala film directed by Shaji Kailas, written by Jinu V. Abraham and produced by Prithviraj Productions and Magic Frames. It stars Prithviraj Sukumaran in the title role with Vivek Oberoi and Samyuktha Menon. Jakes Bejoy composed the film’s original songs and background score. Set in 1990s, the plot revolves around an ego war between a rubber planter named Kaduvakunnel Kuriyachan and I.G. Joseph Chandy / Ousepputty.

Principal photography took place from April 2021 to March 2022 mainly at Pala, Erattupetta, Vandiperiyar, Mundakkayam and Ernakulam. The film was released on 7 July 2022 to mixed reviews from critics, but became one of the highest grossing Malayalam films of 2022 by collecting ₹50 crores at the box office.

Full Synopsis of Malayalam Movie Kaduva:

Kaduva (transl. Tiger) is a 2022 Indian Malayalam-language masala film directed by Shaji Kailas, written by Jinu V. Abraham and produced by Prithviraj Productions and Magic Frames. It stars Prithviraj Sukumaran in the title role with Vivek Oberoi and Samyuktha Menon. Jakes Bejoy composed the film’s original songs and background score. Set in 1990s, the plot revolves around an ego war between a rubber planter named Kaduvakunnel Kuriyachan and I.G. Joseph Chandy / Ousepputty.

Principal photography took place from April 2021 to March 2022 mainly at Pala, Erattupetta, Vandiperiyar, Mundakkayam and Ernakulam. The film was released on 7 July 2022 to mixed reviews from critics, but became one of the highest grossing Malayalam films of 2022 by collecting ₹50 crores at the box office.

Plot

In the late 1990s, Kaduvakunnel Kuriyachan aka Kaduva, a rich planter and businessman in Pala, is brought to district jail in Kottayam where a murder attempt is made on Kaduva by three goons from Kottarakkara sub-jail, under the orders from I.G Joseph Chandy Ouseppukutty, but Kaduva defeats them.

Flashback: Kaduvakunnel Kuriyachan lives a happy life with his wife Elsa Kurian and his son Chacko and daughters Tessa Kurian and Eva Kurian. However, Kaduva happens to have an ego-tussle between him and Joseph Chandy, due to Joseph Chandy’s mother Cheddathi lying that her piano is gifted to the church’s corrupted Fr. Robin Poovampara, instead of the church (breaking her oath to Kaduva), which leads to Kaduva insulting Joseph Chandy’s father Karikandhathil Chandichayan. Due to this, Joseph Chandy swears vengeance against Kaduva, where he transfers all the policeman in Pala and includes S.I Dominic Benjamin, whose father Benjamin, was thrashed by Kaduva earlier. Joseph Chandy also buys a land belonging to an America family, which was sold by Kaduva, and creates a ruckus at his bar. With his influence, Joseph Chandy issues an order to issue a search warrant on Kaduva’s house. On his way to his house, Kaduva is intercepted by S.I Rajeevan, who begins a search at his jeep where he tries to arrest Kaduva in arms licence case, but Kaduva thrashes them and gets arrested, where his bar licence has been revoked by the government, due to his involvement in spirit smuggling.

Present: Two weeks later, Kaduva is released from prison where he learns that his father’s Ambassador car has been seized by Benjamin. He meets Tessa, who suffered from a leg fracture, but learns that Robin was the one behind Tessa’s accident, when he tried to molest Elsa. Tessa makes Kaduva promise to not cause any trouble. Kaduva meets Victor where he learns that Benjamin had thrashed Victor, when he was about to file a petition against the cops to the CM Ananthanathan and DGP. Meanwhile, Ananthanathan is dethroned from the ministry post due to his corrupt activities where it is revealed that Kaduva had met his sister Leena’s classmate Maalam Sunny in prison, where he learns that the evidence linking to the politician’s illegal activities are with Francis Paul and Kunjithomman. After his release and with Sunny’s help, Kaduva makes a deal with Francis and Thomman to provide the video evidence of the party’s corruption, in exchange for money and leadership changes in the party, to which they agree. Due to the deal, Kaduva had sold some of his estate.

After Thomman becomes the CM and Sunny’s release from prison, Kaduva thrashes Robin and dumps him in the church’s well and also issues a temporary stay of Joseph Chandy’s ADGP post, due to multiple accusations and is transferred to metal industries. He also thrashes Dominic, when he was asking a bribe. Kaduva also retrieves his father’s Ambassador car back. Ananthanathan learns that there will be raid in his house by the vigilance department and ask Joseph Chandy to transport the goods to a safe place, When Joseph Chandy attempts to transports the goods to his plantation in Anakkara, Kaduva attacks him, where the goods are found by the department and Joseph Chandy is suspended. Enraged, Joseph Chandy hires a goon in a mental asylum to kill Kaduva at a church festival, but Kaduva manages to kill him and fight Joseph Chandy. Kaduva defeats Joseph Chandy, who is later arrested on charges of unaccounted money. Kaduva also blackmails Thomman and Paul for a lifetime commitment, when he shows a video of the meeting between him and the duo (Paul and Thomman). While leaving for prison, Joseph Chandy tells Kaduva that this is not the end, but a beginning and tells that they will meet soon, to which Kaduva agrees.

Cast

  • Prithviraj Sukumaran as Kaduvakunnel Kurian Korath / Kaduvakunnel Kuriyachan (Kaduva)
  • Vivek Oberoi as I.G. Joseph Chandy IPS/ Ousepputty (voice-over by Vineeth)
  • Samyuktha Menon as Elsa Kurian, Kuriyachan’s wife
  • Arjun Ashokan as Victor, Kuriyachan’s neighbour and friend
  • Alencier Ley Lopez as Varkey, Kuriyachan’s mentor
  • Baiju Santhosh as Advocate Kora, Kuriyachan’s friend
  • Kalabhavan Shajohn as S.I. Dominic Benjamin
  • Janardhanan as Ananthanathan, former Chief Minister of Kerala
  • Innocent as Fr. Vattassheril
  • Rahul Madhav as Fr. Robin Poovampara
  • Suresh Krishna as Kunji Thomman, new Chief Minister of Kerala
  • Seema as Theruthi Chedathi, Joseph’s mother (voice-over by Mallika Sukumaran)
  • Priyanka Nair as Thankam Joseph, Joseph’s wife
  • Aarish Anoop as Charles Kurian, Kuriyachan’s son
  • Aangelina Abraham as Tessa Kurian, Kuriyachan’s eldest daughter
  • Vriddhi Vishal as Eva Kurian / Kunjumol, Kuriyachan’s youngest daughter
  • Nandhu as S.I. Manmadhan, Kuriyachan’s friend
  • Shivaji Guruvayoor as Revenue Minister Thomas Poovampara
  • Vijayakumar as C.I. Rajeevan, Kuriyachan’s friend
  • Aneesh G. Menon as Maalam Sunny, politician
  • Sudheesh as Mathayi
  • Joy Mathew as Pala Bishop, Kottayam
  • V. K. Sreeraman as Wayanad Bishop, Thamarasseri
  • Sudheer Karamana as Basheer, Jail Superintendent, Kottayam
  • John Kaippallil as A.S.I. John Ignatius (voice-over by Arun CM)
  • Kottayam Ramesh as Fr. Gabriel (Kariyattilachan)
  • Chali Pala as Chackochan
  • Saju Navodaya as Sankaran, prisoner
  • Balaji Sharma as Jail Warden Chandran
  • Abu Salim as S.I. Benjamin, Dominic’s father
  • Jaise Jose as Thangassery Lopez, prisoner
  • Malavika Menon as Mary (Cameo)
  • Rajesh Hebbar as Dr. Paulachan
  • Ramya Panicker as Sofiya Sulthan
  • Gouri as Cicily, Victor’s sister
  • Jolly Chirayath as Mariyakkutty, Victor’s mother
  • Bijesh Avanoor as Benny
  • N. F. Varghese as Karinkandathil Chandykkunju, Joseph’s father (photo archive)
  • Renji Panicker as Judge (voice-over)
  • Mammootty as Kaduvakkunnel Korath Mappila, Kuriyachan’s father (photo archive)

Production

Development

Kaduva was officially announced on 16 October 2019 on Prithviraj Sukumaran’s birthday, to be directed by Shaji Kailas and written by Jinu V. Abraham, along with a poster featuring Prithviraj captioned “inspired from a true story”. Jointly produced by Prithviraj’s Prithviraj Productions and Listin Stephen’s Magic Frames. Abraham said, although the film is inspired by a true story, it constitutes only five percent of the film and rest is fictional, which is set in 1990s. He first narrated the screenplay to Prithviraj, who suggested Kailas’ name as director and brought him on board. The film was expected to begin production in March 2020 as soon as Prithviraj completes Aadujeevitham.

Prithviraj plays the character of Kaduvakunnel Kuryachan, a young planter from a Christian family in Pala. Prithviraj said, though he received the screenplay only in early 2019 he had heard about the character even before that. Prithviraj was filming for Driving Licence when he called Kailas for directing the film. It was after Kailas agreed to do the film Prithviraj and Listin decided to produce it. Shooting which was scheduled to begin somewhere in mid-2020 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. In June that year, an untitled film to be directed by Mathews Thomas, produced by Tomichan Mulakuppadam, and starring Suresh Gopi was announced, which bears the same character name Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan. This prompted Abraham to file a case against them at District Court, Ernakulam alleging plagiarism. The court stayed its production and promotional activities as Abraham’s screenplay was registered under copyright law. Beside character name, promotional materials of SG250 (working title) also bears similarity to what is depicted in Kaduva’s poster, said Abraham. The initial title he found for Kaduva was Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan and the screenplay was also registered under that title, it was changed after producer Stephen asked him to choose a shorter title. Abraham said Mathews had worked under him as an assistant director and had known him since 2011, with whom he had discussed stories, including Kaduva.

In October 2020, upholding the order of District Court, the High Court of Kerala gave clearance to Kaduva to proceed with production while restricting SG250 from making a film unless they create a new character and make major changes in the screenplay. A plea challenging the stay order of District Court was filed by the makers of SG250 (officially titled Ottakkomban), but it was dismissed by the Supreme Court of India in April 2022.

A petitioner, Kuruvinakunnel expressed doubt as whether Kaduva and SG250 are based on his life. Clarifying that, Kailas said it was Abraham who came to him with the screenplay which he originally wrote for another director, and Kaduva is not based on Kuruvinakunnel’s life and Abraham’s Kuruvachan is an imaginary character who also happens to be a planter. The District Court s quashed the petition and questioned the intentions of the petitioner in filing a case just before the release of the movie.

Casting

Prithviraj said that they shortlisted several names for the character of Joseph Chandy, and at one times considered Biju Menon for the role, but since both Prithviraj and Menon has done similar roles in Ayyappanum Koshiyum they ruled out Menon and ultimately zeroed in Vivek Oberoi as per majority opinion. There were rumours that Mohanlal was part of the cast, appearing in a cameo role. Addressing it, Kailas clarified that they indeed had planned to cast Mohanlal in a cameo role, but it did not work out.

Filming

Principal photography began on 17 April 2021. However, by the end of that month, filming was suspended after a surge in COVID-19 cases in Kerala. After completing Alone, Kailas began the second schedule of Kaduva on 24 October, which was expected to last for 70 days. Prithviraj joined in the second schedule. Oberoi joined the set in November. Abinandhan Ramanujam was the cinematographer. Filming was completed in March 2022.

The film was mainly shot at locations in Pala and Erattupetta in Kottayam district and Vandiperiyar in Idukki district. Since the film is set in 1990s, they wanted to recreate old District Court, Kottayam, it was created as set in a 4-5 acre land at Ernakulam. While filming in Mundakkayam, there was a 50-person limit pertaining to COVID-19 restrictions set by the government. At Mundakkayam, the crew suffered flood and landslide, the set constructed was damaged. Filming went past three waves of COVID-19 in India. Prithviraj and Kailas was tested COVID-19 positive. Five fight sequences and three songs were filmed for the film. Kalabhavan Shajohn was tested COVID-19 positive while filming in Kochi. The film took two years to complete, overcoming COVID-19 pandemic, flood, and landslide.

Music

The film was announced with Thaman as the music director, making his Malayalam debut. But he left the project and the music of the film is composed by Jakes Bejoy. The first single was released on 19 June 2022.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1.“Paalvarnna Kuthiramel”Santhosh VarmaJakes Bejoy, Libin Scaria, Midhun Suresh, Swetha Ashok4:19
2.“Palappally”Santhosh Varma, Sreehari TharayilAthul Narukara4:35
3.“Kudamattam Palli”Santhosh VarmaVijay Yesudas, Swetha Ashok, Sachin Raj3:03
Total length:11:57

Release

Theatrical

Kaduva was released on 7 July 2022. In addition, the film will be released in dubbed versions of Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, and Telugu languages. It was initially scheduled for a theatrical release on 30 June 2022. The team promoted the film at an event in Bangalore and Chennai.

Home media

The digital streaming rights of the film are sold to Amazon Prime Video. The satellite rights of the film are sold to Surya TV. The film was digitally streamed on Amazon Prime Video from 4 August 2022.

Reception

Box office

On its opening day, the film had grossed around ₹7 crore. On its third day, the film has earned around ₹15 crore at the Kerala box office. On the seventh day of its release, the film has grossed around ₹30.20 crore and became one of profitable ventures in Mollywood after Bheeshma Parvam, Hridayam and Jana Gana Mana. The film grossed over ₹50 crore (US$6.3 million) and became one of the highest grossing Malayalam films of the year.

Critical response

Kaduva received mixed reviews from critics and audience.

Sajin Shrijith of The New Indian Express rated 3.5 out of 5 and stated “We need to see the bad guys do something that would provoke our ire so that when, finally, the hero returns for payback, we take delight in every punch that lands. Thankfully, Kaduva follows this philosophy to a T, and I had quite a blast.” Arjun Menon of Pinkvilla rated the film to be 3.5 out of 5 stars stating that “However, the film is a made-for-theatre watch, aided by a splendidly enjoyable background score from Jakes Bejoy and the thunderous frames that elevate the commonplace plot to new heights of first-rate commercial filmmaking that is meant to be experienced with a bunch of strangers in a dark room. Yes, Kaduva might have just saved Malayalam cinema for all we know or set off a new focus on narrating larger-than-life tales with the grounded, economy of new-age storytelling. Cris of The News Minute gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and stated that “The film starts and ends in the middle of nowhere, extracting a slice of Kuriachan’s life. You do get to taste a bit of nostalgia in seeing land phones, Doordarshan’s intro theme and a single television reporter in front of the CM. But the rest of the film is just a nicely edited long and unexciting script.” Anna Mathews of The Times of India rated the film 3 out of 5 and wrote “If you are in the mood for a Prithviraj mass thriller, you might enjoy the movie, but don’t expect to be wow-ed.” India Today gave 2.5 out of 5 stars and wrote “Kaduva is entertaining despite its predictability. But, a little bit of inventiveness could have elevated Kaduva more.” Jayadeep Jayesh of Deccan Herald gave 2.5 out of 5 and stated “‘Kaduva’ can be appreciated for representing a style of filmmaking that Malayalam cinema has long forgotten. There are many nostalgia-inducing moments and Prithviraj’s charisma is captivating. Apart from these aspects, the film is just average. Vishal Menon of Film Companion after reviewing the film wrote “Yet you have to give it to Jakes Bejoy’s background score and Abhinandan Ramanujam’s camera for working overtime to re-interpret what could have been a 30-year-old film. Not only do they get exactly what the director’s trying to make, but they also give it their own individual tributes to make something old feel new. The result is a balls-out unpretentious action movie that owns every second of its pitch as an ultimate male revenge fantasy.”

Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost rated the film to be 1.75 out of 5 stating that “There is a lot of physical movement in Kaduva – fists and legs swing across the screen, vehicles speed and overturn, bodies spin in mid-air. Shaji Kailas’ storytelling though remains frozen in time, back in the 1990s when he first shot into the limelight, as unmoving as the mundu tucked around Kuriyaachan’s waist.” Manoj Kumar R of The Indian Express after reviewing the film wrote “And this entire movie, which is a celebration of vanity, is so excruciatingly dull. One can’t help but wonder, who still finds slow-motion walks and frequent twirls of moustache a product of big-screen entertainment?” S. R. Praveen of The Hindu stated that “Shaji does manage to deliver that, dipped in more than an ounce of predictability, but for those looking for some novelty, Kaduva might not be it. This is despite it being a notch better than all of the work that Shaji has done post-2000.”