Japanil Kalyanaraman

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Japanil Kalyanaraman
Japanil Kalyanaraman.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Written byPanchu Arunachalam
Produced by
  • Meena Panchu Arunachalam
  • Sethu Bhaskaran
CinematographyT. S. Vinayagam
Edited byR. Vittal
C. Lancy
Music byIlaiyaraaja
P. A. Art Productions
Release date
  • 11 November 1985 (1985-11-11)

Japanil Kalyanaraman (transl. Kalyanaraman in Japan) is a 1985 Indian Tamil-language comedy film directed by S. P. Muthuraman, starring Kamal Haasan and Radha . A follow up to Kalyanaraman (1979), it is the first sequel film in Tamil cinema. The film was released on 11 November 1985 and performed poorly at the box office.


Raman is a journalist who exposes a smuggling and black money racket, which involves the high-profile and his son Narendran, and is about to go public. The magazine is bought by Narendran overnight.

When Raman reveals that he is about to start his own magazine, he is beaten up by Narendran's men. After surviving miraculously, Raman, his son Arun, and the spirit of the now-dead Kalyanaraman, travel to Japan to buy printing equipment and to show Arun around.

In the comedy side plot, Mayilsamy and Muppaathaa win a lucky draw to visit Japan, guided by Munusamy.

Raman meets Radha, who is a waitress in a restaurant, and they gradually fall in love, with the efforts of Kalyanaraman and Arun. Meanwhile, Narendran also travels to Japan to get rid of Raman before he arrives back in India.

The movie ends with Raman helping to arrest Narendran and getting back together with Radha and Arun.



Japanil Kalyanaraman is a sequel to the 1979 film Kalyanaraman, making that the first Tamil film to have a sequel.[1][2] The film was predominantly shot in Japan.[3] The buck tooth for Master Tinku was designed by Janakiraman, a dentist.[4]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[5][6]

Track listing
1."Appappoi Ammammoi"VaaliKamal Haasan4:23
2."Chinna Poo"VaaliS. Janaki4:42
3."Radhe En Radhe"VaaliM. Ramesh, S. Janaki5:33
4."Vaaya Vaaya"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:32
5."Kadhal Un Leelaiya"VairamuthuIlaiyaraaja4:24
6."Appappa Thithikkum"VairamuthuS. P. Balasubramanyam4:28
7."Theme Music"  2:45
Total length:30:47


Japanil Kalyanaraman was released on 11 November 1985.[7] Kalki wrote the team had forgotten to pick up the screenplay while travelling to Japan.[8] The film failed commercially because, according to the director, "it lacked the freshness the original version had".[9]


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  3. ^ "Vikram to sizzle with Reema & Shriya!". Sify. 21 September 2011. Archived from the original on 29 December 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  4. ^ R, Sujatha (20 November 2003). "Dentist to the stars". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Japanil Kalyanaraman (1985)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Japanil Kalyanaraman Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaja". Macsendisk. Archived from the original on 26 February 2023. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  7. ^ ராம்ஜி, வி. (11 November 2018). "தமிழில் முதல் பார்ட் டூ… ஜப்பானில் கல்யாணராமன்; 33 வருடங்களுக்கு முன்பு… ஓர் ப்ளாஷ்பேக்!". Kamadenu (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 3 June 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  8. ^ "ஜப்பானில் கல்யாணராமன்". Kalki (in Tamil). 24 November 1985. p. 33. Archived from the original on 26 February 2023. Retrieved 25 February 2023.
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