|Directed by||Rafi Mecartin|
|Written by||Rafi Mecartin|
|Produced by||Joy Thomas Shakthikulangara|
|Edited by||Don Max|
|Music by||Alex Paul|
|Distributed by||Marikar Release|
|5 July 2007|
Hallo is a 2007 Indian Malayalam-language comedy thriller film written and directed by the Rafi Mecartin duo. The film stars Mohanlal and Parvathy Melton, with Jagathy Sreekumar, Siddique, K. B. Ganesh Kumar, Madhu, and Samvrutha Sunil in important roles. The music was composed by Alex Paul. The film received positive reviews from critics. Critics praised Mohanlal"s performance. The film was also a major commercial success. It was remade in Telugu as Naa Style Veru (2009) and in Kannada as Manjunatha BA LLB (2012). The plot of the movie was reported to have been partially borrowed from the 2004 movie Cellular.
Sivaraman is a once-brilliant advocate who now seems to be in a self-destructive mode. All the time he is portrayed in a highly intoxicated state. His clients had abandoned him a long time ago. But he has a very devout follower Chandy. Whenever Sivaraman gets into one of his drunken brawls, it is Chandy who rescues him.
Strangely, that doesn't diminish Sivaraman's public relation skills. After one particularly bad fight, he ends up becoming good buddies with three notorious rowdies in the area: Vadakkancherry Vakkachen / 'Vedakku' Vakkan, Bathery Bappu / Kolakolli and Pattambi Ravi / 'Chattambi' Ravi. Soon, they too join his gang of loyalists.
The reason why this once-hotshot advocate had hit the bottle is revealed later: he was in love with a girl named Priya. But, his father and brother weren't happy about it. They come up with a very cruel way of ending the relationship. They lock Sivaraman in a room in the house on the day Sivaraman and Priya decided to elope. Priya, unaware of this happening waits for Sivaraman. A group of gangsters see Priya waiting late into the night, molests her and then kills her. When Sivaraman finds out about it, he is devastated and reacts by becoming an alcoholic.
Then one day, he receives a phone call on his mobile phone from a stranger named Parvathi. She reveals that she is the daughter of a local Marwari banker. On the phone she tells him that her life is in grave danger and begs him to rescue her. The phone call changes his life...
Parvathi is the daughter of Bada Bhai, the owner of a very successful bank - Dalal & Dalal. The bank is jointly owned by him and his brothers and relatives. They want to take control of the bank by killing Parvathi. When Sivaraman finds out that the threat is from her family, he takes her home and pretends to be her husband.
Then begins the battle of wits and muscles with her greedy relatives. Slowly, Parvathi gets impressed by his brilliance and ends up falling in love with him.
- Mohanlal as Advocate Sivaraman Nambiar
- Siddique as Mahesh Bhai, Saab's brother
- Parvati Melton as Parvathi
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Chandykunju, Sivaraman's friend
- Madhu as Bada Saab, Parvathi's father
- K. B. Ganesh Kumar as Sudheesh Nambiar IPS, Sivaraman's brother
- Janardhanan as Advocate M. N. Nambiar, Sivaraman's father
- Spadikam George as Vadakkancherry Vakkachen aka Vedakku Vakkan, Sivaraman's friend
- Bheeman Raghu as Bathery Bappu aka Kolakolli, Sivaraman's friend
- Mohan Raj as Pattambi Ravi aka Chattambi Ravi, Sivaraman's friend
- Kundara Johny as Police Commissioner
- Jagadish as Advocate Thomas Jacob
- Rizabawa as Dinu Bhai / John Samuel
- Suraj Venjaramoodu as Sub Inspector
- Salim Kumar as Chidambaram
- Abu Salim as Goon
- Ajith Kollam as Goon
- Fathima Babu as Sivaraman's Mother
- Saiju Kurup as Praveen
- Madhu Warrier as Susheel Bhai
- Samvrutha Sunil as Priya, Sivaraman's lover
- Ashokan as Sebastian (Cameo)
- Ambika Mohan
- Sruthy John
- Manka Mahesh
- Indulekha as Alice Sebastian
- Bindu Murali
- Mini Arun
- Praseetha Menon
- Maya Vishwanath
|Soundtrack album by|
|Alex Paul chronology|
|1||"Mazhavillin"||Afsal, Manjari, Sangeetha Prabhu||Brindabani Sarang||4:18|
|2||"Kadukittu"||M. G. Sreekumar, Sangeetha Prabhu||4:55|
|3||"Hallo Hallo"||Vidhu Prathap, Swetha||3:53|
|4||"Chellathamare"||K. S. Chithra, Sangeetha Prabhu||Abheri||4.36|
|5||"Bhajan"||Manjari, Akhila, Andriya||1:06|
|6||"Kadukittu"||Cochin Ibrahim, Sangeetha Prabhu||4:55|
The film was released on 1 screen in Kerala. It had the best ever opening day collection for a Malayalam film that year. Hallo was a blockbuster at the box office.It was the second highest grosser of the year behind Mayavi
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