The Tiger (2005 film)

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The Tiger
Directed byShaji Kailas
Produced bySasi Ayyanchira
Written byB. Unnikrishnan
StarringSuresh Gopi
Music byC. Rajamani (score)
Ishaan Dev (songs)
CinematographyShadath Dutt
S. Saravanan
Edited byDon Max
Sree Uthrattaathi Films
Distributed bySree Uthrattaathi Films
Release date
  • 16 December 2005 (2005-12-16)
Running time
139 minutes
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The Tiger is a 2005 Indian Malayalam-language thriller film directed by Shaji Kailas and written by B. Unnikrishnan, starring Suresh Gopi, Siddique, Anand, Saikumar and Rajan P. Dev.[1] The film was one the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year.


A container packed with fake currency is stopped at the check post by Thomas Kurien, an honest senior customs officer along with city commissioner Rajath Naidu, but is shocked to learn that Rajath himself is a part of the gang, who shoots down Kurien to save himself. Few months later, Jnanashekhara Varma, who is the 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. The statements were directly pointed at seniors in the state cabinet and police department.

Varma is summoned by the CM in the presence of Rajya Sabha MP John Varghese, 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 Varghese, an MP with strong foreign relations is also involved in several hawala dealings taking place in the state including terror activities. DIG of Crime Branch Chandrashekhar IPS is appointed to solve the mystery of Varma's death, where he is assisted by Joseph Pothen and Sudev Sachidanand.

In the meantime, Suhara Ahmed, a young journalist along with her friend Kishore is found missing. She is believed to have certain sensational information regarding minister Vakkachan. Chandrasekhar meets her father Vivekam Ahmed Sahib, who leads him to Suhara's personal computer, which sheds light to certain truths. One day, Suhara is found in midst of a forest, critically wounded. Chandrasekhar admits her to the hospital, but her life is targeted many times. Chandrasekhar finds out shocking information regarding the anti-national activities of Vakachan along with John Varghese from Suhara's video tapes.

Vakkachan is forced to resign from the cabinet and is arrested by Chandrasekhar, who follows John Varghese to the sea port and learns about his plan to escape to Turkey. However, Varghese is stopped by Chandrasekhar, who also learns that his subordinate Sudev is none other than Musafir, an ISI agent and Varma and Kishore's killer. When Sudev tries to shoot Chandrashekhar, he finds that the gun Chandrashekhar gave him had no bullets. Chandrashekhar reveals about his suspicion about the presence of a traitor when they were attacked while transporting Suhara to the hospital.

Since Sudev was the only outsider in the team, he enquired about his track record and found that Sudev was present every time in the presence of Musafir was detected. In order to get concrete evidence against Sudev, Chandrashekhar secretly entered his house and managed to decrypt Sudev and Varghese's terrorism plans (which was stored in Sudev's hard disk and CD's) with the help of experts, thus foiling all their plans to turn Kerala into a safe haven for terrorism. Chandrasekhar shoots down Musafir and kills John Varghese with a time bomb.


  • Suresh Gopi as Chandrasekhar IPS, DIG Crime Branch
  • Siddique as John Varghese, MP
  • Anand as Sudev Sachidanand IPS/Musafir
  • Saikumar as DySP Joseph Pothen, Crime Branch
  • Gopika as Suhara Ahamed (Journalist)
  • Rajan P. Dev as Varkkichan Narimattom, Minister
  • Subair as DGP Rajan Manjooran IPS,Crime Branch
  • Rajmohan Unnithan as Chief Minister
  • Murali as Jnanashekhara Varma IPS, Vigilance Director
  • Vijayakumar as Haris C. Khan
  • Vineeth Kumar as Journalist Kishore
  • Kiran Raj as Mathew 'Monayi' Varghese
  • Anil as Stephen
  • Santhosh as Commissioner Rajat Naidu IPS
  • Suvarna Mathew as RDO Subaida Ahamed IAS
  • Janardhanan as 'Vivekam' Ahamed Sahib
  • Balachandran Chullikkadu as a doctor
  • Rajesh Hebbar as a doctor
  • Kundara Johny as Customs Collector Venu IRS
  • Kozhikode Narayanan Nair as Yusuf Khan
  • Ramu as Thomas Kurian IRS (Senior Customs Officer)
  • Sadiq ACP Shakthivel IPS
  • Kollam Thulasi as I.G Cherian Thundiyil IPS, Vigilance
  • Deepika Mohan
  • Biju Pappan as CI
  • Chali Pala as I.G Varghese IPS, Crime Branch


This was second film by B. Unnikrishnan for Shaji Kailas. They had earlier joined for Shivam, starring Biju Menon in 2002. Senior Congress leader Raj Mohan Unnithan made his debut in acting as chief minister in this film.


This film was well received by critics and audience who appreciated its cast performances and technical aspects. This film also played a big role in the change of story telling in Malayalam cinema and was well received at box office.[citation needed]


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