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Thoongaavanam (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller | 13 November 2015 (USA)
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A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld finds his secret life exposed when he and his partner are caught stealing cocaine from a powerful drug dealer, a move that puts his son's life in jeopardy.


Rajesh M. Selva


Kamal Haasan, Frédéric Jardin (based on the film "Nuit blanche") | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamal Haasan ... CK Diwakar IRS
Prakash Raj ... Vital Rao
Trisha Krishnan ... Mallika
Kishore Kumar G. ... Dhiraviyam (as Kishore)
Asha Sharath ... Sujatha
Sampath Raj ... Pedha Babu
Madhu Shalini ... Esther
Yugi Sethu ... Mani
Uma Riyaz Khan ... Bar Girl
Jagan ... Jagan
Santhana Bharathi Santhana Bharathi
Guru Somasundaram ... (as Guru Somasundharam)
Chaams Chaams
Amaan Amaan ... Vasu
Sandeep Sandeep


Narcotics cops Diwakar aka CKD & Mani rob two drug peddlers of 10kgs of cocaine who work for the drug lord Vittal Rao. To gain back his package, Vittal Rao kidnaps Diwakar's son. Just when Diwakar decides to return the stash and free his son, the package goes missing. How Diwakar frees his son by tackling the drug mafia and managing to evade corrupt cops and an honest narcotics agent forms the crux of this edge-of-the-seat thriller. Written by PipingHotViews

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Release Date:

13 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepless Forest See more »

Filming Locations:

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India


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INR500,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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A remake of the French film Nuit Blanche See more »


The car crash after Kamal Haasan calls Trisha clearly shows that it was an empty car. Suddenly in the next scene, everyone are visible inside the car. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the UK release, the distributor chose to remove shots of strong violence and bloodshed (blood spurts, shootings and a scene of suffocation) in order to obtain a 12A classification (after the uncut version was classified 15). See more »


Remade as Sleepless (2017) See more »


Neeye Unakku Raja
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Kamal Haasan hits the bulls eye yet again with a taut and racy action thriller!
10 November 2015 | by sohompramanickSee all my reviews

Every time you see the name 'Kamal Haasan' on big screen, you automatically expect to see something different and class apart from the regular formulaic flicks.

And more often than not, Kamal succeeds in fulfilling his promise of raising the bar of cinema to next level. Irrespective of the box office success, his recent films Vishwaroopam, Uttama Villain and Papanasam, were appreciated unanimously by fans and critics alike. With Thoongaavanam, Kamal Haasan is back with an interesting film this Diwali.

There are plenty of positives in the film, but what I loved the most about Thoongaavanam is that it gets right into the plot without wasting much time. Also, the film avoids the clichéd emotional scenes and unnecessary back stories, which might have diluted the thrill factor and affected the pace of the film. Kamal Haasan is undoubtedly excellent in the film, playing a rather grey character to perfection. Also, the actor manages to beautifully bring out the angst of a clumsy, irresponsible father who loves his son dearly. Even in action sequences, Kamal is swift and impressive. It is almost impossible to take your eyes off the big screen every time when Kamal Haasan enters the frame. Trisha has given a commendable performance as a hardened female cop, who will go the extra mile to do her duty. With no make up on, Trisha looks her part and stands out in her scenes along with Kamal. The duel between Kamal Haasan, Trisha and Kishore at the kitchen of the night club is amazingly shot. The realistic nature of the action stunts makes the struggles of the characters believable. Prakash Raj is terrific as the comic yet dangerous drug lord, as he manages to invoke humour and look menacing at the same time. Sampath has a small role and has done a decent job. Kishore has a meaty role to play and he has done full justice to his role. Amidst racy cat and mouse chase between Kamal Haasan, Prakash Raj and Trisha, there are loads of wry humorous, one liners delivered by the secondary artist that will make you chuckle at times. Full marks to director Rajesh Selva for not deviating from the story to employ clichéd commercial elements. There are no songs in the film to block the smooth and thrilling proceedings. The scene where Kamal kisses a random girl in the club ( Madhu Shalini) time and again, to avoid being caught by Trisha and Kishore is fantastic.

Thoongaavanam is a slick and interesting thriller that has all the elements to keep you hooked. Kamal Haasan and Trisha have come up with fabulous performances, and despite minor flaws, this Hollywood style action thriller is very watchable. Go for it!

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