Kaadan (transl. Forester) in Tamil, Aranya (transl. Forester) in Telugu, and Haathi Mere Saathi in Hindi (transl. Elephants are my friends), is a 2021 Indian action thriller film written and directed by Prabhu Solomon. Produced by Eros International, the film stars Rana Daggubati, Vishnu Vishal (Tamil and Telugu), Pulkit Samrat (Hindi), Shriya Pilgaonkar, and Zoya Hussain. It was filmed simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi languages, each with slightly different cast members.
Kaadan and Aranya are released on 26 March 2021, delayed from the initial release of 2 April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The theatrical release of Haathi Mere Saathi was put on hold which subsequently opted for a direct-to-video release on Zee Cinema and Eros Now on 18 September 2021. The film was promoted as a comic strip by famous children’s magazine, Tinkle as Little Bandev.
Kaadan is a true-blue animal film signifying a deep and strong bond between humans and animals.
Rana Daggubati as Veerabharathi aka Kaadan (Tamil) / Aranya (Telugu) / Sumitranandan aka Bandev (Hindi), a jungle man who lives with elephants
Vishnu Vishal as Maaran (Tamil) / Singa (Telugu version), a mahout
Pulkit Samrat as Shankar (Hindi version)
Zoya Hussain as Aruvi (Tamil) / Arvi (Telugu/Hindi)
Shriya Pilgaonkar as Arundhati
Nadackal Unnikrishnan as Chottu the elephant
Anant Mahadevan as Kurinjinathan (Tamil) / Kanakamedala Raja Gopalam (Telugu) / Jagannath Sevak (Hindi)
Raghu Babu (Tamil/Telugu versions)
Ankit Sagar (Hindi version)
Bhuvan Arora as Aarav
Abudhar Al Hassan
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