Balram vs. Tharadas
|Balram vs. Tharadas|
|Directed by||I. V. Sasi|
|Produced by||Liberty Basheer|
|Written by||T. Damodaran
S. N. Swamy
|Distributed by||Malayali Cultural Association|
|Budget||₹4 crore (US$620,000)|
Balram vs. Tharadas is a 2006 Malayalam crime thriller directed by I.V. Sasi, written by T. Damodaran and S. N. Swamy, and starring Mammootty and Katrina Kaif. Mammootty plays double role in the film, both as the protagonist, Inspector Balram, as well as the antagonist, underworld don Tharadas. Mammootty reprises his roles from the 1991 film Inspector Balram and 1984's Athirathram. It was I. V. Sasi's 144th film, and Mammootty's 35th. The film was subsequently dubbed into Telugu as Monica and Hindi as Basha: The Boss. The film was one of the most expensive Malayalam films ever made, with a cost of approximately ₹4 crore (US$620,000) including print and publicity.
A large cache of arms is discovered in the land belonging to the local businessman Hussein Sahib (Rizabawa). On investigation, Inspector Varma (Mukesh) finds that Hussein Sahib has no idea about this, but the land was used by someone called Anali Bhaskaran. The Inspector, along with his colleagues Sudhakaran (Jagadeesh) go to arrest Bhaskaran, but they are given a good fight. As the police are being beaten, the screen alternates between a police jeep appearing on the scene and Anali Bhaskaran trying to knife people. Suddenly a hand appears in the scene and beats Bhaskaran.
He is still the same no-nonsense, arrogant person who follows his heterodox ways of investigation. Anali Bhaskaran reveals under interrogation that Hussein Sahib's son Salim is involved in this. Hussein Sahib says that his son left the house sometime back and he has no idea where he is. Then at this point it starts raining characters as if it is the start of monsoon season.
In a span of few minutes we get three villains, MLA Rani (Vani Viswanath), a DGP, Balram's boss (Devan), DYSP George (Siddique), Policewoman Dakshayani (Kalpana), a Chief Minister, a minister called Mustafa, Srini (Srinivasan), the editor of a yellow journal, and a policeman called Ummar (Augustine). Balram concludes that Tharadas was behind all this and the scene switches to Dubai.
After beating his associate, Tharadas meets the minister Mustafa and does some business. He also wants a favor from the minister. He wants a ring to be passed to his girlfriend Supriya (Katrina Kaif) who is an actress. Once the people and linkages are established, the game is set in motion in an even faster pace. Balram concludes that the only way to trap Tharadas is to arrest Supriya. As expected Tharadas lands in Kerala and takes on Balram and tires to stop the actions of Balram. In the end, Tharadas shoots down one of his allies who had turned against him and this is witnessed by Balram, after which Tharadas surrenders to Balram.
- Mammootty as DySp Balram and Tharadas, the smuggler
- Katrina Kaif as Supriya
- Mukesh as Inspector Satheesh Varma
- Siddique as DYSP George
- Vani Viswanath as MLA Rani
- Spadikam George
- Rizabawa as Hussein Sahib
- Jagadeesh as Sudhakaran
- Kalpana as Policewoman Dakshayani
- Prem Prakash as Chief Minister (CM)
- Augustine as Ummar
- Kunchan as Radhakrishnan
- Arun as Saleem Sahib
- Mohan Raj as Anali Bhaskaran
- T. P. Madhavan
- Chandra Lakshman as Shanimol
- Devan as DGP
- Sreenivasan as Srini
- Ponnamma Babu as Hussien Sahib's wife
- Kundara Johny as DySP Alex George
- Sukumari as DySP Alex's mother
- Ambika Mohan as DySP Alex's wife
- Kulappulli Leela as Narayani (guest appearance)
- Afsal as himself in the song "Mathapoove.." (guest appearance)
- Anwar Sadat as himself in the song "Mathapoove.." (guest appearance)
- Rimi as herself in the song "Mathapoove.." (guest appearance)
|Mathaappoove||Jassie Gift||Gireesh Puthenchery||Jassie Gift, Anwar Sadath, Afsal, Girish, Rimi Tomy|
|Neelathadaakangalo (F)||Jassie Gift||Kaithapram||Delsy Ninan|
|Neelathadaakangalo (M)||Jassie Gift||Kaithapram||Dr.K J Yesudas|
The film was one of the most expensive Malayalam films ever made, with a cost of approximately ₹4 crore (US$620,000) including print and publicity.
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