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Chanakyan (film).jpg
Promotional Poster designed by RK
Directed byT. K. Rajeev Kumar
Produced byNavodaya
Written byJohn E.
StarringKamal Haasan
Urmila Matondkar
Music byMohan Sithara
CinematographySaroj Padi
Edited byRaghupathi
Release date
1 September, 1989

Chanakyan is a 1989 Malayalam-language Indian feature film, directed by T. K. Rajeev Kumar, starring Kamal Haasan, Urmila Matondkar, Jayaram, Madhu and Thilakan.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Chanakyan was Kamal Haasan's last Malayalam film featuring him in a lead role. The film was the directorial debut of Rajeev Kumar and was a critical and commercial success.[7]


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.

The flashback shows Johnson falling in love with 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 four sisters), but Johnson survives. Now Johnson wants to take revenge on the politician. Johnson takes the help of mimicry artist Jayaram for this. At first, Jayaram 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, thus making the politician a murderer and destroying his political future.


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



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  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. ^ Shivpprasadh, S (10 May 2012). "He cast a 3-D spell". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 March 2019.

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