Jaggubhai is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language action drama film written and directed by K. S. Ravikumar, who with collaborates with the lead actor, Sarath Kumar for their ninth film. Also starring Shriya Saran, debutant Srisha and veteran comedian Goundamani; the film is produced by Sarath Kumar’s wife, Radhika and Punit Goenka. The film features music composed by Rafee, whilst cinematography is handled by R. D. Rajesekhar and the film is edited by Don Max.
The film’s plot is a remake of the 2001 French film Wasabi, which follows the journey of a tough Indian police officer, fondly known as “Jaggubhai”, who is sent to Australia on an important mission to deal with anti-social elements there.
The film, originally launched as a Rajinikanth-starrer in May 2004, resurfaced in May 2008 with a new cast with changes to the story. Shooting started months later, and took place in various locations: Melbourne, Australia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bangkok, Thailand and Chennai, India being primary locations. Most scenes portraying Australia were shot in Malaysia.
Jagannathan (Sarath Kumar), fondly known as Jaggubhai, is a tough, upright, straightforward Indian police officer with sharp methods. His way of dealing with the criminals strikes terror in the underground world. Jaggubhai is sent to Australia on an important mission to deal with antisocial elements there. In Australia, he meets Ilavarasi (Srisha), and they fall in love with each other. Jaggubhai fails in his mission for which he came to Australia, and the brief romance with Ilavarasi ends abruptly. Jaggubhai returns to India as a dejected officer, failing in his official duty and personal life. Fate had something in store for him. 20 years later, or as he says it 21 years later, he gets a call from Australia stating Ilavarasi is dead and has left him a will. He reaches Australia and is shocked to know the brief encounter with Ilavarasi had resulted in a daughter Monisha (Shriya Saran), now a teenager. Jaggubhai realizes he has left behind his daughter and her wish that he should protect her. Monisha thinks he is her mother’s friend and tries to act cranky. The threat comes in the form of some antisocial elements who want to eliminate Monisha. These thugs were the same ones who had tricked Jaggubhai 21 years earlier and who had killed Ilavarasi. Now it is Jaggubhai’s duty to save his only daughter and settle old scores with the thugs. He now meets his former colleague Kaaliyappan or MIB (Goundamani). With his help, he kills the thugs and their leader Hamid Ansari (Richard Raj). Monisha accepts Jaggubhai as her father.
Directed by K. S. Ravikumar
Produced by Raadhika & Punit Goenka
Written by K. S. Ravikumar
Story by Kamalesh Kumar
Starring Sarath Kumar, Shriya Saran, Srisha, Goundamani, Richard Raj
Music by Rafee
Cinematography R. D. Rajasekhar
Edited by Don Max
Production Radaan Mediaworks
Distributed by Zee Motion Pictures
Release date 29 January 2010