Abhimanyu (1991 film)

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Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by V.B.K Menon
Written by T. Damodaran
Starring Mohanlal
Ganesh Kumar
Music by Songs:
Background Score:
Cinematography Jeeva
Edited by N. Gopalakrishnan
Anugraha Cine Arts
Distributed by Anugraha Release
Release dates
20 December, 1991
Country India
Language Malayalam

Abhimanyu is a Malayalam romantic action-thriller film released in 1991 directed by Priyadarshan featuring Mohanlal, Geetha, and Shankar in the lead roles. The plot revolved around Mumbai underworld and the transformation of an innocent guy into a criminal, who later becomes a don in the city. The tagline of the movie is Crime Never Pays. Its Tamil dubbed version Arasan was a success. The movie was later dubbed and released in Hindi with the title Satyaghath - Crime Never Pays. The movie was noted for its epic screenplay, direction and background score. It became a cult classic. Art direction was by Thotta Tharani.


Harikrishnan (Mohanlal), an immigrant in Mumbai, who like many thousands of immigrants is busy struggling to make ends meet. He shares a room with a group of Malayali guys, who too have their own personal problems and difficulties. The film begins with Harikrishnan witnessing the murder of a journalist, and is wanted by police to appear at an identification parade, which he does. Hari and his friends stay at a room in Kamathipura, which also homes the largest red lighted area in India. He accidentally meets Kiran (Geetha), a Telugu girl in the brothel, for whom he develops a soft feeling. In a short attempt to make money, Hari and friends starts making local hooch, which is supplied by Manikandan (Jagadish), their friend, who is also a taxi driver. Shekhar (Shankar), one among the guys falls in love with the sister of Mani, without the knowledge of anyone else.

On a fine morning, Mudaliar, the Tamilian don, who was ruling the street is shot dead by Abbas Ali (Rami Reddy), his own henchman, who has shifted his loyalty to Amar Bakia (Mahesh Anand), another cold blooded don. With the death of Mudaliar, Amar Bakia becomes the undisputed don of the city, and Abbas Ali, his lieutenant. Abbas, after coming to know about the small scale smuggling activities of Hari and gang, threatens him and asks him to come and meet him on the day of Vinayak Chathurthi and pay him a large amount as fine. In midst of the celebration, Hari enters the house of Abbas Ali and shoots him down, whereby inviting enmity of Amar Bakhia. Chottu (Cochin Haneefa), a local goon belonging to Bakhia gang attacks Hari and beats him up mercilessly. He is saved by the lady owner of a brothel and she along with Kiran takes care of him. With this incident Hari becomes the local leader and within short span Chottu and other too join his gang. Hari, thus becomes Hari Anna, who also becomes a negotiator in land disputes, financial matters and local business stiffs.

Amar Bakhia is now in serious efforts to end the gang of Hari, but Hari on the other hand is getting stronger day by day. Shekhar, now gets a job at a Marwari business group and ditches the sister of Mani. She, who is pregnant by then, commits suicide. Mani, shocked by this incident is unaware of Shekar's involvement with his sister and indirect cause of her suicide. Hari decides to marry Kiran and with the help of his friends plan to start up a new life outside Mumbai. Amar Bakhia orchestrates attacks on Hari and his gang, leaving many of Hari's friends dead. Hari plots revenge and executes those responsible including Amar, and prepares to escape with Kiran. Meanwhile, Mani gets a letter written by his sister to Hari, which makes him believe that its Hari who is responsible for the death of his sister. Mani informs police about Hari's plan to leave Mumbai by the night. While parting, Hari informs Mani about Shekhar and expresses regret for not being able to save her. On realizing the truth, Mani reveals the ambush plans and asks Hari to escape before police reaches the spot. But it is too late by then, as police surround him and shoot him down.



Box Office[edit]

The film collected a record Gross of Rs.83,19,015 ( Rupees Eighty three lakhs Nineteen thousand and fifteen only ) from 25 centres on its 25th day as per Mathrubhumi daily.[1]


Soundtracks of this film is by noted music director Maestro Raveendran and the lyrics are penned by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri.[2] This consisted of 5 songs:

Song Singer(s) Other notes
1. Classical bit K. S. Chithra
2. Ganapathi M. G. Sreekumar Raagam: Madhyamavati
3. Kandu njan M. G. Sreekumar Raagam: Reethi Gowla
4. Mamala mele vaarmazha megham M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra
5. Ramayanakatte M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra Raagam: Natabhairavi



Kerala State Film Awards


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