“Kaadan” drama film
Kaadan (transl. Forester) is an upcoming Indian drama film directed by Prabhu Solomon. It features Rana Daggubati, Vishnu Vishal, Pulkit Samrat, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Zoya Hussain in the lead roles. The film was simultaneously shot in Tamil, in Telugu as Aranya (transl. Jungle), and in Hindi as Haathi Mere Saathi (transl. Elephants are my friends), each with slightly different cast members.
The film was announced on 13 December 2017 with the first look released on 1 January 2018. The film began production when Prabhu Solomon wanted to bring the issue of elephant abuse to the light. Unnikrishnan, an elephant who played a role in Kumki 2, also plays a pivotal role in the film.
The makers initially announced Kalki Koechlin to play a role in the film, however, she was replaced by Shriya Pilgaonkar.The music for the film has been composed by Shantanu Moitra and lyrics written by Swanand Kirkire (Hindi version) and Vanamali.
Initially scheduled for release on 2 April 2020, the film release was then indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, before being rescheduled to be released on 15 January 2021 to coincide with Pongal festival.