Kabzaa (2023 film)


Theatrical release poster
Directed by R. Chandru
Written by R. Chandru
Produced by
  • Anand Pandit
  • R. Chandru
  • Alankar Pandian
  • Upendra
  • Kiccha Sudeepa
  • Shiva Rajkumar
  • Shriya Saran
  • Dev Gill
  • Sudha
  • Kabir Duhan Singh
  • Kota Srinivasa Rao
  • Suneel Puranik
  • Nawab Shah
  • Murali Sharma
Cinematography A. J. Shetty
Edited by Mahesh S. Reddy
Music by Ravi Basrur
Anand Pandit Motion Pictures
Sri Siddheshwara Enterprises
Invenio Origin
Distributed by Sri Siddheshwara Enterprises (Kannada)
Anand Pandit Motion Pictures (Hindi)
Lyca Productions (Tamil)
Ruchira Entertainments
N Cinemas (Telugu)
E4 Entertainment (Malayalam)
Release date
  • 17 March 2023
Running time
134 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget ₹120 crore
Box office ₹34.5 crore 


  • Upendra as Arkeshwara, a former Air Force pilot-turned-gangster
  • Kiccha Sudeepa as Bhargava Bakshi, a ruthless cop
  • Shriya Saran as Madhumati Bahaddur, Arkeshwara’s wife and Veer Bahadur’s daughter
  • Murali Sharma as CM Veer Bahaddur, Madhumati’s father and king of the Bahaddur dynasty during the British Raj.
  • Nawab Shah as Bagheera, a coastal gangster who wears viking attire.
  • Suneel Puranik as Sankeshwara, Arkeshwara’s brother and a courageous revolutionary opposed to Khaleed.
  • John Kokken as Malik, a North Indian gangster
  • Kota Srinivasa Rao
  • Posani Krishna Murali
  • Sudha as Tulasi Devi, Arkeshwara and Sankeshwara’s mother
  • Dev Gill as DSP Vikram, a cop hired to by Bahaddur to kill Arkeshwara.
  • M. Kamaraj as Khaleed, a bloodthirsty gangster stationed in Amarapuram
  • Danish Akhtar Saifi as Bali, a superhuman hitman who works for Khaleed and is responsible for mass murder.
  • Lakki Lakshman as CM Ghanshyam Pandey, a political opposer to Bahaddur.
  • Pramod Shetty as a corrupt cop
  • Taaha Shah as Saartaj, Khaleed’s son
  • Avinash as a jailer
  • Anoop Revanna as Fayaaz, also known as Target, a vigilante don who opposes Khaleed and sides with Arkeshwara.
  • B Suresh as Varadharaj Mudaliar
  • Prithviraj as Police Officer
  • Dharma as Police officer
  • Chiru as Young Arkeshwara
  • Jnan as Young Sankeshwara
  • Tanya Hope as a bar dancer in the song, “Chum Chum Chali Chali”
  • Shiva Rajkumar in a cameo appearance


Arkeshwara (Upendra), an Indian Air Force Officer, hails from a freedom fighter family. He is head over heels for Madhumathi (Shriya Saran), an affluent girl, and both plan to tie the knot. On the other hand, we get to see a bunch of dreadful gangsters and politicians who are craving power in Amarapura. In a complete turn around of events, Arkeshwara enters the crime world and eventually becomes a king. How did that change Arkeshwara’s life is the crux of the story.



Kabzaa was theatrically released on 17 March 2023 in Kannada alongside Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam languages in 4000 screens in India.

Lyca Productions acquired the theatrical rights for Tamil Nadu. The Hindi distribution rights of the film was acquired by Anand Pandit. Telugu rights were bagged by Sudhakar Reddy Ruchira Entertainments and N Cinemas banner.Chandru himself will distribute the Kannada version. Malayalam rights were bagged by LGF Studios and distributed through E4 Entertainments in Kerala.

Home media

The satellite rights of the film were secured by Colors Kannada, while the digital rights were secured by Amazon Prime Video for ₹140 crore (US$17 million). The film was premiered on Amazon Prime Video from 14 April 2023 in Kannada and dubbed versions of Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam languages.

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