Friends (1999 film)

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Friends Malayalam.jpg
Directed bySiddique Ismail
Written bySiddique Ismail
Screenplay bySiddique Ismail
Story bySiddique Ismail
Produced byOusepachan Vaalakuzhy
Lal Paul
Narrated bySreenivasan
Edited byT. R. Shekhar
K. R. Gourishankar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Harisree Combines
Distributed byLal Creations
Release date
  • 12 April 1999 (1999-04-12)
Running time
165 minutes
Budget2 crore
Box office10 cr

Friends is a 1999 Indian Malayalam-language comedy-drama film written and directed by Siddique Ismail, produced by Lal Paul and starring Jayaram, Meena, Mukesh, Sreenivasan and Divya Unni. It was the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year, grossing around 11 crore at the box office against a budget of 2 crore.[1] It was later remade into Tamil with the same name (2001) and into Telugu as Snehamante Idera (2001) and Odia as Dosti.[2]


The three people who lend reason to the title are Aravindan (Jayaram), Chandu (Mukesh) and Joey (Sreenivasan). They value friendship over everything else, even family, and for this reason, Chandu resists the advances of Aravindan's sister Uma (Divya Unni). When the trio take up a painter's job at a mansion, Aravindan falls in love with Padmini (Meena), who lives there and Padmini's jealous cousin makes him believe that his overtures are reciprocated. When the truth is revealed and Padmini rejects him outright, Chandu stands up for his friend and speaks ill of her. This makes her swear to separate the friends rest of the story forms the plot.



The film's soundtrack contains six songs, all composed by Ilaiyaraaja and Lyrics by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Kadal Kattin" K. J. Yesudas
2 "Pularikkinnam" M. G. Sreekumar, Chandrasekhar
3 "Panjami Thinkal" M. G. Sreekumar
4 "Thankakkinaponkal" K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chitra
5 "Punnaram Poove" K. S. Chitra
6 "Sivamallippoove" K. S. Chitra
7 "Kadal Kattin" Sujatha Mohan

Box office[edit]

The film was the highest grossing Malayalam movie of 1999 and collected 11 crore at the box office against a budget of 2 crore.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Friends". India Today. 26 June 2000.
  2. ^ "Know about contractor Lasar Elayappan before you #Pray_for_Nesamani". OnManorama. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.

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