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Oru Mexican Aparatha
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Malayalamഒരു മെക്സിക്കൻ അപാരത
Directed byTom Emmatty
Written byTom Emmatty
Produced byAnoop Kannan
Narrated byRanjith
CinematographyPrakash Velayudhan
Edited byShameer Muhammed
Music byManikandan Ayyappa Background music by Gopi Sundar
Anoop Kannan Stories
Distributed byAnoop Kannan Stories Release
Release date
3 March 2017
Budget₹ 4.5 crore
Box office 22 - 26 crore[1]

Oru Mexican Aparatha (English: A Mexican Crime) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language political drama film directed by Tom Emmatty. The film stars Tovino Thomas, Neeraj Madhav and Roopesh Peethambaran. It was released on 3 March 2017 in India.[2][3]


Sakhavu Kochaniyan (Tovino Thomas) is a strong leftist who during The Emergency period, conducted a successful protest and established the SFY party in the famous Maharaja's College, Ernakulam. However, he soon is betrayed by a comrade and killed by the police, shouting the phrase 'Inquilab Zindabad!' to his last breath.

Now, set in mid 2000s, the college is now under the leadership of the KSQ activist Roopesh (Roopesh Peethambaran), Shiyaz (Kalabhavan Shajon) and their fellow activists. Paul (Tovino Thomas) is a student from Thrissur who has come to the college to study. He is a typical student and becomes friends with Subhash (Neeraj Madhav), Joby (Vishnu Govindan) and Krishnan (Manu), and soon starts to fall in love Anu (Gayathri Suresh). Subhash has long hated the KSQ's leadership and their abuse of power in the college, and plans to re-introduce the SFY party in the college before the next election. Subhash is shown as a clever, left-wing ideologist, and tries to bring his friends, including Paul, into the party. Krishnan, who came from Irinjalakuda, is also seen as a strong figure, but not completely absorbed in the leftist ideology. There is eventually a skirmish between Subhash's gang and a bunch of people lead by KSQ activist Kanjan Jino John, but it's stopped safely.

Meanwhile, Paul tells Anu that he loves her, and she tells him, as a joke, that she loves him back. Paul falls under the illusion that it's real love and not friendship. In a local Kalolsavam, Roopesh and his party select the students who are taking part, but they reject a girl who wants to take part in 4 activities. Seeing this, Subhash decides to sign the girl up for the kalotsavam without the others knowing.


Differences from History[edit]

In real life, Jino John, a Kerala Students Union (KSU, which is shown to be KSQ in the film) representative won against the left aligned Students Federation of India (SFI, depicted as SFY in film) candidate in the Maharajas College union elections on 1 October 2010. It was after almost 30 long years that a KSU leader became the chairman of Maharajas college.[4] Jino also have acted in the movie as a KSQ activist. Indian diplomat Venu Rajamony was the last person who was elected as the Chairman from the panel of KSU during 1980-81.[5] Many criticised it as a rewriting of very recent history in favour of left wing politics using the convenience of cinematic liberty.[6][7][8] Even though the convention of creating martyrs by the leftist politicians for political gains is shown in the film, it was twisted to be the plan of a wicked member of the party in the climax, again in favour of leftist agenda.

A leftist leader named Kochaniyan is shown to be studying at the same college at Ernakulam in the flashback of the film. But the real Kochaniyan was a student of Sri C. Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur, who has no relation with the Maharaja's College, Ernakulam.[9]


The film was shot mainly in Maharaja's College, Ernakulam and FACT in Kochi.



Track listing
1."Emanmare Emanmare"Renjith ChittadeRenjith ChittadeShebin Mathew2:06
2."Aakaasha Kuda"Rafeeq AhammedManikandan AyyappaNithin Raj & Sulfiq.L 
3."Ivalaaro"Rafeeq AhammedManikandan AyyappaVijay Yesudas 
4."Munneraan Samayamayi"Anil PanachooranManikandan AyyappaFranko 
5."Kalippu Katta Kalippu"Tom EmmattyManikandan AyyappaArunraja Kamaraj
Manikandan Ayyappan


The film grossed 2.07 crore in the opening day at Kerala box office with a distributor's share of 98 lakh.[11] The film ran over 10 days in theatres.[12][13]


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  12. ^ "Daddy's little girl: Tovino's daughter was the star at 'OMA' 10-day". Malayala Manorama. 16 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Tovino Thomas' daughter Izza steals the show again; photoshoot video goes viral". The International Business Times. 29 September 2017.

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