20 years of Kaakha Kaakha: Actor gets nostalgic on 20th anniversary of the film

(This article is authored by Alar)

It’s been two decades since Suriya and Jyothika’s iconic film, Kaakha Kaakha, hit the screens and changed the course of their careers. The action thriller, directed by Gautham Menon, marked their maiden collaboration and also sparked their real-life romance. The film received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for its gripping storyline, stellar performances, and realistic portrayal of police work.

Suriya took to Twitter to share his nostalgia and gratitude for the film that gave him his all. He posted some throwback photos with Jyothika, Gautham Menon, and the team from the sets. He also called the film very close to his heart and thanked everyone involved in it.

He wrote by taking us to Twitter, "A film that gave me my All! Anbuchelvan will always be close to my heart. Wishes to all the “ilamkandrus” of #KaakhaKaakha the technicians, #Jo who first spoke to me about the film & my co-actors, & @menongautham thank you… So many good memories…!".

Kaakha Kaakha tells the story of ACP Anbuselvan, a dedicated police officer who falls in love with Maya, a school teacher. Their relationship is tested when Anbuselvan’s arch-enemy Pandiya, a ruthless gangster, targets them for revenge.

The film showcases Suriya’s transformation from a boy-next-door to a macho action hero. His portrayal of a tough cop torn between his duty and personal life adds depth to the character. Jyothika’s performance as Maya also stands out and adds an emotional dimension to the narrative. The chemistry between the lead pair was appreciated by the fans and also led to their marriage in 2006.

Kaakha Kaakha also features well-executed action sequences that add an adrenaline-pumping element to the film. The intense and well-choreographed action scenes contribute to the overall thrill of the movie. The film also boasts of a memorable soundtrack by Harris Jayaraj, who collaborated with Gautham Menon for the first time. The songs like Uyirin Uyire, Ondra Renda, and Ennai Konjam are still popular among music lovers.

Kaakha Kaakha was a huge turning point in Suriya’s career as it elevated his stardom and recognition in the Tamil film industry. The film also paved the way for his future collaborations with Gautham Menon in films like Vaaranam Aayiram and Dhruva Natchathiram. The film was remade in several languages, including Hindi as Force starring John Abraham and Genelia D’Souza.

On the work front, Suriya is currently shooting for his upcoming pan-Indian film Kanguva, directed by Siva. The highly promising Kanguva glimpse video was released on the actor’s birthday and introduced him as a mighty, ruthless warrior who is on a mission. After this, Suriya will soon be starting to shoot for Vetrimaaran’s period drama Vaadivaasal. The film is based on the backdrop of Jallikattu, the ancient sport practiced in Tamil Nadu.