Japanil Kalyanaraman

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Japanil Kalyanaraman
Japanil kalyanaraman.jpg
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Produced byMeena Panchu Arunachalam
Sethu Bhaskaran
Written byPanchu Arunachalam
StarringKamal Haasan
V. K. Ramasamy
Master Tinku
Kovai Sarala
Chitra Lakshmanan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyT. S. Vinayagam
Edited byR. Vittal
C. Lancy
P. A. Art Productions
Distributed byP. A. Art Productions
Release date
  • 11 November 1985 (1985-11-11)

Japanil Kalyanaraman (Kalyanaraman in Japan) is a 1985 Tamil language film starring Kamal Haasan in the lead role of the protagonist. This was the first Tamil movie sequel (of Kalyanaraman). It garnered mixed reviews and performed average business at the box office.


Raman (Kamal Haasan) is a journalist who exposes a smuggling and black money racket, which involves the high-profile (Major Sunderarajan) and his son Narendran (Sathyaraj), 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 (Master Tinku) and the spirit of the now-dead Kalyanaraman (also played by Kamal Haasan), travel to Japan to buy printing equipment and to show Arun around.

In the comedy side plot, Mayilsamy (Goundamani) and Muppaathaa (Kovai Sarala) win a lucky draw to visit Japan, guided by Munusamy (Chitra Lakshmanan).

Raman meets Radha (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.



The film was a sequel to the 1979 film Kalyanaraman and it was the first Tamil film to have a sequel.[1][2] The film was entirely shot in Japan.[3] Buck Tooth for Master Tinku was designed by Dr. Janakiraman.[4]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Appappoi Ammammoi" Kamal Haasan Vaali 04:23
2 "Chinna Poo" S. Janaki 04:42
3 "Radhe En Radhe" M. Ramesh, S. Janaki 05:33
4 "Vaaya Vaaya" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 04:32
5 "Kadhal Un Leelaiya" Ilaiyaraaja Vairamuthu 04:24
6 "Appappa Thithikkum" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 04:28
7 Theme Music Instrumental 02:45


Japanil Kalyanaraman evoked tremendous hype as it was the sequel of the successful Kalyanaraman. It however failed commercially because, according to the director, "it lacked the freshness the original version had".[6]

The film was regarded as a visual treat due to the extensive coverage of Japan as well as the fair held there called Expo '85, which attracted children. Once again Sathyaraj had won appreciation for his role as villain.


  1. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news-1/jun-12-03/kamal-haasan-vishwaroopam-16-06-12.html
  2. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/kollywood-s-franchise-factory-opens-news-tamil-mfzfiKjchchsi.html
  3. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/vikram-to-sizzle-with-reema-shriya-news-tamil-ljtqJXeigahsi.html
  4. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/lf/2003/11/20/stories/2003112009260200.htm
  5. ^ "Japanil Kalyanaram Songs". raaga. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  6. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/sequels-a-reliable-recipe-for-hit-films/articleshow/55992609.cms

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