|Edited by||T. R. Shekar
K. R. Gaurishankar
|Distributed by||Pranavam Arts|
Harikrishnans is a 1998 Malayalam detective comedy film written and directed by Fazil. The film was produced and distributed by Mohanlal under the production company Pranavam Arts International and starring himself along with Mammootty, Juhi Chawla, Innocent, Shamili, Nedumudi Venu and Kunchacko Boban. The film received a great pre-release hype due to the combined screen presence of Mammootty and Mohanlal after a gap of several years. Harikrishnans turned out to be a blockbuster at the Kerala box-office, it was the highest grossing Malayalam film of 1998.
The story follows the murder investigation of Guptan (Rajiv Menon) by the famous lawyer duo of Hari (Mammootty) and Krishnan (Mohanlal). The film also is a combination of romantic comedy due to the love triangle between Hari, Krishnan and Guptan's friend Meera (Juhi Chawla).
The Harikrishnans (Mammootty and Mohanlal) are one of the most famous lawyer duos in India. To avoid confusion one is called as Hari (Mammooty) and the other as Krishnan (Mohanlal). They head the organization called Harikrishnan Associates, which consists of around 300 lawyers. They get engaged in a murder case of Guptan, who was allegedly killed by Gabriel. Gabriel is a friend of Hari's sister and Harikrishnans become the defense lawyers upon her request. Harikrishnans begin investigation and come across Meera (Juhi Chawla), a friend of Guptan. Both of them fall in love with her. After some trouble over the matter, they rediscover their friendship and get involved in the case again. They discover that Guptan actually died due to poisoning by his relatives who were doctors. At the end Meera decides to go for a random method of choosing her lover as she liked both Harikrishnans equally. Two different climaxes of the film show either of Harikrishnans winning the toss for being Meera's friend; the losing person presumably becoming Meera's lover.
- Mohanlal as Harikrishnan / Krishnan
- Mammootty as Harikrishnan / Hari
- Juhi Chawla as Meera (Voice dubbed by Sreeja Ravi)
- Kunchako Boban as Sudarsanan
- Innocent as Adv. Sundaran
- Nedumudi Venu as Thampuran
- Shamili as Ammalu
- Rajiv Menon as Guptan
- Cochin Hanifa as Kunjikuttan
- Poojappura Ravi as Ramabhadran
- Venu Nagavalli as Vishwambharan
- Jagadish as Public prosecutor
- Maniyanpilla Raju as Advocate
- Baburaj as Premkumar
- Reena as Meera's mother
- Sajitha Betti as Ammalu's friend
|Soundtrack album by Ouseppachan|
|1||"Ponne Ponnambili"||K. J. Yesudas|
|2||"Ponnambal"||K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra|
|3||"Samayamithapoorva"||K. J. Yesudas|
|4||"Pooja Bimbam"||K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra|
|5||"Ponnambal"||K. S. Chithra|
|6||"Minnal Kaivala"||Sujatha Mohan|
|7||"Samayamithapoorva"||K. J. Yesudas, M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra|
|8||"Samayamithapoorva"||M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra|
|9||"Violin Solo (Minnal Kaivala)"||Ouseppachan|
Harikrishnans had multiple climaxes to appease the fan base of the lead actors Mammootty and Mohanlal. This had also caused some controversy. The scene was when Meera (Juhi Chawla) chooses one of them to be her friend among both the Harikrishnans. She admires both equally and goes for a selection method which her grandmother taught her, whenever she had to make tough decisions. She sets the method so as to choose her friend; the loser of the toss presumably becoming Mira's lover. One of the climax shots shows Hari (Mammootty) winning the toss and the other one Krishnan (Mohanlal) winning it. The first climax was used in regions of higher fan base to Mammootty, in 7 districts and the second was used in other 7 districts in which Mohanlal has the upper hand. A third climax was also planned for release in areas with a neutral fan base featuring Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan. Even promotional stills of the third climax were taken, but the plan was abandoned due to difficulty in introducing a subplot, and it never saw light.
The film's budget was ₹2.5 crore (US$370,000) and recovered its cost within two weeks.
- "Twice tossed gamble". India Today. 5 October 1998.
- "Hari gets Meera, so does Krishnan in Fazil's Harikrishnans". Indian Express. 12 September 1998. Retrieved 15 April 2011.