Big B (film)
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Promotional poster for Big B
|Directed by||Amal Neerad|
|Produced by||Shahul Hameed Marikar
|Written by||Amal Neerad
Manoj K Jayan
|Music by||Alphons Joseph|
|Edited by||Vivek Harshan|
|Distributed by||Marickar Films|
Big B is a 2007 Malayalam action-thriller film co-written and directed by Amal Neerad, starring Mammootty in the title role. The cinematography was done by Samir Thahir, and the Songs were composed by Alphons Joseph and background score was composed by Gopi Sundar. The movie is an unofficial remake of the American film Four Brothers, which in turn was loosely based on the American western The Sons of Katie Elder, with revised screenplay and action sequences. Even though the movie had an average box office reception in its initial run, it later went on to become a cult classic mainly because of its exceptional cinematography, stylish action sequences and exquisite performance by Mammootty.
The story begins with the cold-blooded murder of Mary John Kurishingal (Nafisa Ali). Her adopted sons arrive for her funeral from various places; Bilal John alias 'Big B' (Mammootty), Eddy (Manoj K Jayan), Murugan (Bala) and Bijo (Sumit Naval). The four brothers take it upon themselves to unearth the mystery behind their mother's murder. Bilal starts meeting his old friends and contacts in the Kochi underworld to get information on the killers. Little by little, they piece the evidence and find out that the murder was committed by two professional 'hitmen' from Mumbai. The ACP Balaji Shakthivel (Pasupathy) who is an upright cop, put in charge of investigations, tries his level best but cannot fetch any evidence to prove anything related. They soon find out that the murder was one of the many meticulously planned operations, aimed to check the teacher's intrusions into unlawful exporting of children from Kochi. As the Mayor (Ramesh Varma) and his henchman, an underworld don called Saiyuppu Tony (Sherveer Vakil) are involved, the brothers decide to take up arms to avenge their mother. How they accomplish their revenge forms the rest of the story.
- Mammootty as Bilal John Kurishingal (big brother)
- The eldest and the most reactive of the four 'brothers'. He was an infamous troublemaker during his time at Kochi. He was forced to flee the city after he got involved in a street fight that resulted in him stabbing another ruffian, which also led to his estrangement from Mary Teacher.
- Nafisa Ali as Mary John Kurishingal
- A social activist who runs an orpahanage in Kochi, better known as Mary 'Teacher'. She has four foster sons, whom she adopted from the city's orphans and gave her surname 'John Kurishingal'.
- Manoj K Jayan as Eddy John Kurishingal
- The second of the brothers, takes care of Mary and struggles to make the ends meet for his wife Celina and his two girls, as his small-time restaurant business is sagging.
- Bala as Murugan John Kurishingal
- The happy-go-lucky fellow of the pack, and tours the country with his assignments as a stunt director in films.
- Sumit Naval as Bijo John Kurishingal
- The youngest of the brothers. He is very sentimental as a result of a troublesome childhood before he was adopted and as a result, is often at the receiving end of the overprotective nature of Bilal. Nevertheless, he is very attached to Bilal.
- Shereveer Vakil as 'Sayippu' Tony, the villain
- Lena as Celina, Eddy's wife
- Mamta Mohandas as Rimi, Murugan's love interest
- Innocent as Tommy Parekkaadan, Rimi's father
- Vijayaraghavan as George, a Circle Inspector of Police
- Manianpilla Raju as Venu, a doctor
- Manasa as Bijo's lover, daughter of Venu
- Pasupathy as Balaji Sakthivel, Assistant Commissioner of Police
- Ramesh Varma as Mayor 
- Vinayakan as Pandi Azi, 'Sayippu' Tony's henchman
- Santhosh Jogi as Felix, Local goon and villain's henchman
Release and reception
The film released on 13 April 2007, to positive reviews and went on to become an average grosser at the box office. The local Kochi topics mentioned in the film was not clearly conceived by the audience during its release. But later on, it attained a cult status among the youth, gaining praise for its action scenes and the dialogues.
|Soundtrack album by Alphons Joseph|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The songs were composed by Alphons Joseph, with lyrics penned by Ophy Tharakan and Santhosh Varma. The background score was composed by Gopi Sundar. The score was well appreciated by the critics and the songs were also well received. Shreya Ghoshal sang her first song in Malayalam through this film.
- Track listing
|1.||"Hip Hop"||Santhosh Varma||Shirdhin Thomas, Shelton Pinheiro||03:23|
|2.||"Muthumazha"||Ophy Tharakan||Vineeth Sreenivasan, Jyotsna||04:29|
|3.||"O January"||Ophy Tharakan||Sayanora||05:17|
|4.||"Oru Vakkum"||Ophy Tharakan||Alphons Joseph, Mridula Warrier||04:02|
|5.||"Vida Parayukayano"||Santhosh Varma||Shreya Ghoshal||04:44|
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