The Hitlist

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The Hitlist
The Hitlist film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bala
Screenplay byBala
Dialogue byU. Harish
Subhod Cherthala
Produced byBala
Dhruv Sharma
Aishwarya Devan
Narrated by Mohanlal (Malayalam)
Kiccha Sudeep (Kannada)
Cinematography Madhu Neelakandan
Edited bySamjith Mohammed
Music by Alphons Joseph
Arunachalam Pictures
Distributed byCelebs & Red Carpet
Release date
  • 7 December 2012 (2012-12-07)
Running time
134 minutes

The Hitlist is a 2012 Indian action thriller film written, directed and produced by Bala (in his directorial debut). It was simultaneously shot in Malayalam and Kannada languages. The film stars Bala, Dhruv Sharma, and Aishwarya Devan, while Samudrakani, Thalaivasal Vijay, Riyaz Khan, Tini Tom, and Sasi Kalinga plays supporting roles. The film's music was composed by Alphons Joseph. The plot follows ACP Vikram Rathod, who is assigned to catch a serial killer who has been murdering police officers.


The film completed production in late-June 2012. The Hitlist was released in theatres on 7 December 2012.




The Hitlist marks the directorial debut of actor Bala. [1] Screenplay was also written by him. He also played the lead role, while Kannada actors Dhruv Sharma and Aishwarya Devan portrayed other two principal characters. Filming began in Kochi. Initially, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Unni Mukundan were supposed to make cameo appearances. [2] In the film, Mukundan and Narain appeared in cameo roles. Bala also produced the film. The film was simultaneously shot in Malayalam and Kannada languages. Mohanlal and Kiccha Sudeep did voice-over in Malayalam and Kannada versions, respectively. [3] [4]


The soundtrack features three songs composed by Alphons Joseph . The lyrics were written by Santhosh Varma & Jophy Tharakan.

Track listing
1."Kadhakalumezhuthi"Santhosh Varma Alphons Joseph, San Jaimt 2:53
2."Kannake"Santhosh Varma, Jophy Tharakan Alphons Joseph, Amrutha Suresh 4:52
3."Manathe Vellikinnathil"Jophy tharakan Sayanora Philip 4:48
4."Akalaminnarikilalle"Santhosh Varma Amritha Suresh 4:31
Total length:15:84


The Hitlist was released in theatres on 7 December 2012. [5] A critic rated the film 5.5 in a scale of 10 and wrote that the film is "a hotch-potch of many Hollywood thrillers and more faithful replica of Jason Statham's Blitz , it "may partially satisfy the demands of the die hard fans of action films". While the cinematography and Dhruv's acting was praised, screenplay and Bala's unconvincing portrayal of the lead role was criticised. [6]

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