100 days poster
|Produced by||Antony Perumbavoor|
|Written by||Ranjan Pramod|
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Distributed by||Central Pictures|
|Budget||₹2.55 crore (US$370,000)|
Naran (English: The Man) is a 2005 Malayalam action drama film written by Ranjan Pramod and directed by Joshi. The film tells the story of Mullankolli Velayudhan (Mohanlal), a homeless ruffian with a good heart.
It was one of the Onam releases in 2005. The film received positive reviews from the critics and overwhelming positive response from the audiences. It was one of the highest-grossing movie of that year. The film ran more than 100 days in major centres.
Mullankolli is a rustic remote village in northern Kerala. Velayudhan (Mohanlal) is an orphan who came floating during floods and he was brought up by Valiya Nambiar (Madhu) a do-gooder and a feudal landlord of the area.
Velayudhan grows up into a riff-raff, drunkard and a local rowdy with a good heart. He hates injustice and has set his own rules for the villagers who are scared of him including local moneylender and politician - Member Kurup(Jagathy) and Gopinathan Nambiar (Siddique), son-in-law of Valiya Nambiar who wants to rule over the village in his own way.
When Velayudhan plants a staff, it means that it has his stamp of authority. The only man who he listens to is Valiya Nambiar and to a certain extent Kelappan (Innocent) who looked after him as a child. The villagers including Kurup and Gopinathan regularly bring goons from outside the village to eliminate Velayudhan but they fail. There are three women in his life - a prostitute Kunnummel Shantha (Sona Nair) old flame Janaki(Devayani) and Kelappan's daughter Leela (Bhavana). But things turn bleak for Velayudhan due to the machinations of Gopinathan which leads to the climax.
- Mohanlal as Mullankolli Velayudhan
- Bhavana as Leela
- Rekha as Sunandha
- Madhu as Valiya Nambiar
- Siddique as Gopinathan Nambiar (Cheriya Nambiar)
- Innocent as Kelappan
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Member Kurup
- Devayani as Janaki
- Anju Aravind as Sainabha
- Bindu Panicker as Narayaniyamma
- Mamukoya as Ahammedikka
- Saikumar as Police Inspector
- Salim Kumar as Idimutt Rajappan
- Bheeman Raghu as Keeri Raghavan
- V. K. Sreeraman as Hajiyar
- Maniyanpilla Raju as Krishnan
- Sona Nair as Kunnummel Shantha
- Manikandan Pattambi
- Vijeesh as Gopikuttan
- Thalapathy Dinesh as Gunda
- Baby Niranjana as Janaki's Daughter
- Ottapalam Pappan
- Vijayan Peringode as Tea Shop Owner
|Soundtrack album by |
|Deepak Dev chronology|
|Thumbikinnaram||Dr. K. J. Yesudas, Gayatri|
|Velmuruka||M. G. Sreekumar|
|Naran||K. S. Chithra, Vineeth Sreenivasan|
|Minnedi Minnedi||K. S. Chithra|
|Ponnaaryan||Dr. K. J. Yesudas|
|Thumbikinnaram [Unplugged]||Dr. K. J. Yesudas, Gayatri|
|Velmuruka [Remix]||M. G. Sreekumar|
Naran released during Onam season and became a "super hit", collecting a distributor share of ₹1.69 crore (US$240,000) in two weeks from Kerala. Sify stated that the film as "Paisa Vasool" and wrote "Veteran director and his script writer Ranjan Pramod uses Mohanlal's larger-than-life image and blends it with the milieu, successfully in this action adventure film laced with sentiments. It is old wine in a new tetra pack with hardly any story or twists but the great man simply lights up the screen with his sheer presence." The film was commercial success.
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