The Tiger (2005 film)

The Tiger
Directed by Shaji Kailas
Produced by Sasi Ayyanchira
Written by B. Unnikrishnan
Starring Suresh Gopi
Music by Rajamani
Ishaan Dev
Cinematography Shadath Dutt Saravanan
Edited by Don Max
Release dates
  • 16 December 2005 (2005-12-16)
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget 7 Crores
Box office 15 Crores

The Tiger is a 2005 Malayalam thriller film. Directed by Shaji Kailas and starring Suresh Gopi, Siddique, Saikumar and Rajan P. Dev in the lead roles, this film hugely got positive response at box office. The movie was the 4th biggest grosser of that year after Rajamanikyam, Bharathchandran I.P.S. and Naran.


A container packed with fake currency is stopped at the check post by Thomas Kurien, an honest senior customs officer along with Rajath Naidu, the city commissioner of police. But he is shocked to find out that Rajat Naidu himself is a part of the gang, who shoots down Kurien to save himself. A few months later, Gyanashekhara Varma (Murali), DG of Vigilance Department makes a controversial press conference, in which he alleges the role of hawala transactions in the sudden rise in the crimes in the state. His statements were directly pointed at seniors in the state cabinet and police department. Varma is summoned by the chief minister in the presence of John Vargeese (Siddique), Rajya Sabha MP, and is warned of serious actions, unless he gives a proper explanation in the next couple of days. Instead of falling in lines of CM, Varma threatens him of further revelations in coming days. The next morning Varma is found dead in his bedroom. John Vargeese, an MP with strong foreign relations is also involved in several hawala dealings taking place in the state including terror activities. Senior police office Chandrashekhar IPS (Suresh Gopi)is appointed to solve the mystery of Varma's death. Chandrasekhar is assisted by Joseph Pothen (Saikumar) and Sudev Sachidanand. In the mean time, Suhara Ahmed (Gopika), a young journalist along with her friend Kishore is found missing. She is believed to have certain sensational information regarding minister Vakkachan (Rajan P. Dev). Chandrasekhar meets Vivekam Ahmed Sahib (Janardhanan), her father, who leads him to the personal computer of Suhara, which sheds light to certain truths. One day, Suhara is found in midst of a forest, critically wounded. Chandrasekhar gets her hospitalized, but her life is targeted many times. Chandrasekhar finds out shocking information regarding the anti-national activities of Vakachan along with John Vargeese from the video tapes of Suhara. Vakkachan is forced to resign from the cabinet and is arrested by Chandrasekhar, who then follows John Vargeese. He follows Vargeese to the sea port, from where he is planning to escape to Turkey. But, just minutes before he leaves coast, Vargeese is stopped by Chandrasekhar, who also finds out that his subordinate Sudev Sachidanand is none other than Musafir, an ISI agent who is also the murderer of Varma and Kishore, the friend of Suhara. Chandrasekhar shoots down both Musafir and John Vargeese.

Critical reception

This film came after a couple of flops from Shaji Kailas. There were much anticipation among movie goers as it was after a long time Shaji Kailas was joining back with Suresh Gopi. Suresh Gopi, who was almost out of limelight for a couple of year had just then made a massive come back with Bharathchandran I.P.S.. This film was well received by critics and audience, and was appreciated for its fast camera movements and technical aspects. This film also played a big role in the change of story telling in Malayalam cinema and well received at box office


This was second film by B. Unnikrishnan for Shaji Kailas. They had earlier joined for Shivam, starring Biju Menon in 2002, which was just an average hit. The camera was done by Shadutt and editing by Don Max, a newcomer. Senior Congress leader Raj Mohan Unnithan made his debut in acting as chief minister in this film. The performance of Siddique was highly appreciated. This film also marked a come back for Shaji Kailas, who within a few months brought out Chinthamani Kolacase, another mega hit movie with Suresh Gopi.


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