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Chanakyan poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byT. K. Rajeev Kumar
Written bySab John
T. K. Rajeev Kumar
Produced byNavodaya Appachan
CinematographySaroj Padi
Edited byV. N. Raghupathi
Music byMohan Sithara
Release date
1 September 1989

Chanakyan is a 1989 Indian Malayalam-language thriller film produced by Navodaya Appachan under Navodaya Studio and directed by T. K. Rajeev Kumar in his directorial debut. Starring Kamal Haasan, Urmila Matondkar, Jayaram, Madhu, and Thilakan. The film was a critical and commercial success.[1][2][3][4][5]


Johnson is a technically-skilled person, who plots to assassinate CM Madhava Menon by using a radio-operated car, but the plan gets botched due to unforeseen circumstances. Later, Johnson happens to watch Jayaram, a mimicry artist mimicking various celebrity's voices and meets him, where he introduce himself as a government agent and ask him to mimick Madhava Menon's voice by recording a bogus Republic Day message filled with fake promises. Later, Johnson uses the tape and replaces the other tape at All India Radio Station in Thiruvananthapuram, which shocks Madhava Menon where he is faced with severe criticism from the party members. Madhava Menon ask his friend DIG K. Gopalakrishnan Pillai to investigate the case and nab the suspect. While investigating, Pillai suspects foul play while hearing the broadcast. Jayaram confronts Johnson, who reveals his past.

Johnson was in relationship with Renu, who is Madhava Menon's daughter. However, Their relationship enrages Madhava Menon and uses his influence to issue an arrest warrant against Johnson's family under the charges of prostitution, due to which his family commits suicide, including Renu, which devastates Johnson. After learning his past, Jayaram decide to help Johnson in destroying Madhava Menon's political career. They humiliate Madhava Menon's character by intervening the broadcasting a televised message and states outrageous comments regarding the unemployed youngsters (The visuals have been dubbed by Jayaram). The duo also thrust by swindling amount of money from a distress relief fund of Madhava Menon by using Madhava Menon's mimicked voice. Johnson forces Madhava Menon to shoot him, which he does and Johnson dies, but the murder is witnessed by the cops leading to his political career being destroyed.



The film was initially written for Mammootty, who was unable to do the film. The role subsequently went to Kamal Haasan, who was shooting for Apoorva Sagodharargal in Kochi.[6]

The film marked the first of several collaborations between Jayaram and Kamal Haasan, with the pair becoming friends on set.[7]


  1. "Kaalvari Kunnil Kannyasuthan" (Bit)
  2. "Music Of Love"
  3. "Theme Music"


  1. ^ Shivpprasadh, S (10 May 2012). "He cast a 3-D spell". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 5 December 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Kamal's 1989 Chanakyan - A Movie which could be enjoyed even today". behindwoods. 14 June 2016. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  3. ^ "A long wait, but worth it". The Hindu. 15 November 2015. Archived from the original on 4 January 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Kamal Haasan's next a Tamil-Malayalam bilngual". The Times of India. 15 October 2015. Archived from the original on 27 March 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Five films per year". Behindwoods. 15 October 2015. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  6. ^ Sidhardhan, Sanjith (20 February 2020). "'A man in the bar told our hero that he looked like Kamal Haasan and should try acting'". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 23 July 2020. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  7. ^ "'I love watching Kamal Haasan'". Archived from the original on 9 December 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2020.

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