|Directed by||T. K. Rajeev Kumar|
|Written by||Sab John|
T. K. Rajeev Kumar
|Produced by||Navodaya Appachan|
|Edited by||V. N. Raghupathi|
|Music by||Mohan Sithara|
|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.
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.
- Kamal Haasan as Johnson
- Urmila Matondkar as Renu
- Jayaram as Jayaram
- Thilakan as Madhava Menon
- Madhu as DIG K. Gopalakrishna Pillai
- Sithara as Geethu
- Sabitha Anand as Jessy (Johnson's sister)
- Sreeja as Johnson's sister
- Santha Devi as Johnson's mother
- P. C. George as Dy. SP Soman
- Jagadish as Tea Shop Owner
- Jagannathan as Madhava Menon's aide
- Poojappura Radhakrishnan as Security guard
- Zainuddin as Mimicry artist
- M. S. Thripunithura as Achuthan
- Kollam Thulasi as Opposition Leader Anantharaman
- "Kaalvari Kunnil Kannyasuthan" (Bit)
- "Music Of Love"
- "Theme Music"
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