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Friends (1999 film)

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Directed bySiddique
Written bySiddique
Produced byOusepachan Vaalakuzhy
Edited byT. R. Shekhar
K. R. Gourishankar
Music byIlayaraja
Harisree Combines
Distributed byLal Creations
Release date
  • 12 April 1999 (1999-04-12)
Running time
165 minutes
Budget2 crore[1]
Box office11 crore[1]

Friends is a 1999 Indian Malayalam-language buddy comedy-drama film written and directed by Siddique, produced by Lal and starring Jayaram, Mukesh, and Sreenivasan with Meena, Divya Unni, Jagathy Sreekumar, V. K. Sreeraman, Janardhanan and Cochin Haneefa in supporting roles. 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]



Friends Aravindan, Chandu and Joey value friendship over everything else, even family, and for this reason, Chandu resists the advances of Aravindan's sister Uma. When the trio take up a painter's job at a mansion, Aravindan falls in love with Padmini, 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. Her actions and their consequences forms the rest of 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


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 c d Radhakrishnan, M G (26 June 2000). "Crippled by failed productions and losses, Malayalam film industry banks on sleaze". India Today. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Know about contractor Lasar Elayappan before you #Pray_for_Nesamani". OnManorama. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2022.