Naaigal Jaakirathai (English: Beware of Dogs) is a 2014 Indian Tamil comedy-thriller film, written and directed by Shakti Soundar Rajan featuring Sibiraj and a Belgian Shepherd dog named Idoh in the lead, which is an Indian adaptation of the Hollywood comedy-crime film, Turner & Hooch. The film was produced by Sibiraj’s father Sathyaraj under the banner Nathambal Film Factory, which had earlier produced Lee. While the music was composed by Dharan Kumar, cinematography was handled by Nizar Shifi and edited by Praveen K. L. Naaigal Jaakirathai received positive reviews from critics, and was one of the most profitable ventures of 2014.
A gang has kidnapped a girl and several police officers, including Karthik (Sibiraj), attempt to rescue her. During a shootout, one man from the gang and a police officer, a good friend of Karthik, are killed, while Karthik himself gets injured. He is put out of action and also suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder.
Subramani (Idoh) is a trained military dog, which has the potential to nab culprits and to decipher a crime scene. After its owner, an army officer, is shot dead, the dog is returned to the officer’s father in Coimbatore, who is a neighbor of Karthik. The neighbor leaves the town and requests Karthik to provide shelter to the dog during his absence. Karthik denies the request, but provides shelter after seeing the dog being troubled the small kids in the neighborhood. Karthik learns about the dog and become good friends sharing bed and food.
Meanwhile, Karthik’s wife, Renuka (Arundhati), is abducted by Anbu Das (Balaji), the head of the kidnapping ring, and is buried alive inside a coffin. A web camera is attached into the coffin and the live stream is provided to Karthik. Karthik learns that Renuka can breathe for about 6 hours. Renuka speaks to someone and with the help of deaf and dumb teacher Karthik deciphers what Renuka had conveyed. Suddenly, water trickles into the coffin and Karthik concludes that it has to be rainwater. He along with Subramani and his cop friends, travel to Ooty, the only place in Tamil Nadu, where it was raining at the moment.
Directed by Shakti Soundar Rajan
Produced by Sathyaraj & Maheswari Sathyaraj
Written by Shakti Soundar Rajan
Starring Ido (The Dog), Sibiraj, Arundhati
Music by Dharan Kumar
Cinematography Nizar Shafi
Edited by Praveen K. L.
Production Nathambal Film Factory
Release dates 21 November 2014
Running time 114 minutes