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Chanakyan (film).jpg
Promotional poster designed by RK
Directed byT. K. Rajeev Kumar
Produced byNavodaya Appachan
Written bySab John
T. K. Rajeev Kumar
Music byMohan Sithara
CinematographySaroj Padi
Edited byV. N. Raghupathi
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][6]


The film opens with a high tech person named Johnson (Kamal Hasan) attempting to kill Chief Minister Madhava Menon (Thilakan) using a radio-operated toy car planted with a bomb, but due to unforeseen circumstances, he fails. Later, Johnson happens to watch a Mimicry show of an artist named Jayaram (Jayaram) imitating several celebrity voices. Johnson convinces Jayaram himself as a government employee and makes him to mimic the voice of Madhava Menon reading out false promises through TV and radio to the public and the image of Madhava Menon gets affected in public.

Madhava Menon appoints his friend, DIG, K. Gopalakrishna Pillai (Madhu) to investigate this case and he finds out the foul play.

While hearing the broadcast Jayaram confronts Johnson. The flashback shows Johnson falling in love with Renu, the daughter of Madhava Menon, then a local politician and he does not like the relationship. So he destroys Johnson's family (which included his parents and three sisters), but Johnson survives. While Renu commits suicide. Now Johnson wants to take revenge on the politician. Johnson asks the help of Jayaram for this. At first Jayaram, who does not know Johnson's intentions, but when he knows the real reason behind it, he supports Johnson. They humiliate and assassinate the character of the Chief minister and the public is now against the Chief minister.

In the thrilling and sparking climax, Johnson forces Madhava Menon to shoot him and Johnson dies which was witnessed by the police, thus making the politician a murderer and destroying his political future.



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.[7]

The film marked the first of several collaborations between Jayaram and Kamal Haasan, with the pair becoming friends on set.[8]


  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. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Chaanakyan 1989 Film Climax". youtube. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Kamal's 1989 Chanakyan - A Movie which could be enjoyed even today". behindwoods. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  4. ^ "A long wait, but worth it". The Hindu. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Kamal Haasan's next a Tamil-Malayalam bilngual". The Times of India. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Five films per year". Behindwoods. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  7. ^ 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.
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