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Ramaleela
Ramaleela film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Arun Gopy
Produced by Tomichan Mulakuppadam
Written by Sachy
Starring Dileep
Mukesh
Kalabhavan Shajohn
Raadhika Sarathkumar
Prayaga Martin
Vijayaraghavan
Siddique
Music by Gopi Sundar
Cinematography Shaji Kumar
Edited by Vivek Harshan
Production
company
Distributed by Mulakuppadam Release
Release date
  • 28 September 2017 (2017-09-28) (India)
Running time
160 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget est.14 crore[1][2]
Box office est.50 crore[3]

Ramaleela is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language political thriller film written by Sachy and directed by debutante Arun Gopy. It stars Dileep, Mukesh, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Raadhika and Prayaga Martin in lead roles. The film is produced and distributed by Tomichan Mulakuppadam under Mulakuppadam Films. Ramaleela was released in India on 28 September 2017.[4]

Plot[edit]

Advocate Ramanunni is an MLA of Palakkad who after getting expelled from his political communist party, the CDP, because of assaulting the District Secretary Ambady Mohan, joins the rival secularist party, the NSP. Ramanunni, who has been receiving threats from CDP activists, decides to take a gun license for self-protection and this becomes a controversy in the news.

Ramanunni's mother Ragini disapproves of his decision to join the NSP as they come from a communist-oriented family, his father Raghavan, a CDP activist, believed to have been martyred by NSP activists. The NSP decides to appoint Ramanunni as their candidate in the upcoming election. The decision is opposed by Udhyabhanu, a veteran politician of the NSP, but this is overlooked by the others. Ramanunni, along with his sidekick Thomas Chacko, the NSP Youth Wing Secretary, attend an interview where Ambady Mohan assaults Ramanunni. As the promotions for the elections begin, the CDP announces their candidate as Ragini, who they think is the only person who can defeat Ramanunni.

While campaigning at a football match, Ambady Mohan is assassinated and Ramanunni and Chacko become the prime suspects. The Investigation Officer, Paulson Devassy finds out that Ramanunni's gun is missing a bullet, the studies match the bullet that killed Mohan with the bullets in Ramanunni's gun, and the ballistics show that the gun must have been used in the row where Ramanunni and Chacko were sitting. Ramanunni and Chacko escape from police custody and hide in the house of V.G. Madhavan, a journalist and a good friend of Ramanunni's. Madhavan's daughter Helena decides to help them. Now in disguise, they leave for a resort on an island off the coast of Goa.

Unknown to Ramanunni and Chacko, Helena televises all their actions through hidden cameras under the name of 'Hot Pursuit' in order to find the real culprit. With Ramanunni gone, the NSP appoint Sumesh Venjara, a disliked and weak politician, as their new candidate. In Goa, Ramanunni reveals that it was Ambady Mohan and Udhayabhanu were behind his father's death, not the NSP activists. As the videos get televised, Officer Paulson Devassy gathers evidence of Ambady Mohan's death that leads to Udhayabhanu, especially a can of Red Bull that was used as a suppressor, as Udhayabhanu was very fond of the drink. Police later arrest him.

It is revealed that televising Ramanunni's escape was his and Helena's plan to prove his innocence. Ramanunni goes on to win the election as an independent candidate. In a major twist, it turns out that it was actually Ramanunni who had assassinated Ambady Mohan with the help of a fellow CDP comrade Chandran. He accused Udhayabhanu because of his role in his father's death. He explains to his mother that it was his duty to remove all obstacles from the CDP's path. His mother salutes Ramanunni, and he does the same back.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film is produced and distributed by Tomichan Mulakuppadam under the production company Mulakuppadam Films.[5] It was made with a budget of 14 crore.[1] Gopi Sundar composed the music. Through Ramaleela, Raadhika returned to act in Malayalam cinema after a gap of 23 years. Principal photography began on 9 December 2016 in Kochi, Kerala. Filming also held at Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, and in Goa-Maharashtra border.[6][7]

Release[edit]

Ramaleela's release was delayed on account of actor Dileep's arrest for conspiracy to kidnap and attempt to rape of an Indian film actress.[8] Despite calls for a boycott, the film released in India on 28 September 2017.[1] It released across 129 screens in Kerala.[9]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed 2.13 crore on the opening day from the Kerala box office and collected a total of 10.60 crore in the first 4 days.[10] [11]The film grossed approximately 20.66 crore from 10 days run in the Kerala box office.[12] It grossed 33.2 crore from Kerala in 38 days run.[13] The film's grossed 50 crore.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

Music: Gopi Sundar, Lyrics: B. K. Harinarayanan

  • Ivide Ivide Ee Mannil - Madhu Balakrishnan
  • Nenjileri Theeye - Harish Sivaramakrishnan, Gopi Sundar
  • Ramleela - Harish Sivaramakrishnan
  • Sada Kudayana Nethaavu - Madhu Balakrishnan, Afsal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c P. K. Ajith Kumar (8 October 2017). "Despite delay in release, Dileep-starrer ‘Ramaleela’ proves a money spinner". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 October 2017
  2. ^ "Controversies surrounding Dileep won't affect Ramaleela: producer...". Malayala Manorama. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b Soman, Deepa (9 November 2017). "Dileep's 'Ramaleela' enters 50 crores club". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "Dileep starrer Ramaleela to hit the screens on 28 September". The New Indian Express. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Dileep in jail, his new film Ramaleela may hit the screens after Onam". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  6. ^ Sidhardhan, Sanjith (4 December 2016). "Prayaga, Radhika join Dileep in a political thriller". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "രാമലീല തുടങ്ങി". Mathrubhumi (in Malayalam). 9 December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  8. ^ Neethu Reghukumar (23 September 2017). "Actor Dileep's Ex-wife Appeals Against Boycott Call for his Film 'Ramleela'". CNN-News 18. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  9. ^ James, Anu (29 September 2017). "These factors helped Dileep's Ramaleela at Kerala box office even after boycott campaign!". International Business Times. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  10. ^ James, Anu (3 October 2017). "Dileep's Ramaleela scores big on first weekend at box office, crosses Rs 10-cr mark". International Business Times. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Ramaleela Box Office Collection Report". B4blaze. 28 Oct 2017. Retrieved 28 Aug 2018. 
  12. ^ James, Anu (10 October 2017). "Kerala box office: Dileep's Ramaleela crosses Rs 20-cr mark; Dulquer Salmaan's Solo witnesses a drop?". International Business Times. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  13. ^ James, Anu (6 November 2017). "Dileep's Ramaleela enters Rs 50-crore club? Film crosses Rs 30-crore mark at Kerala box office". International Business Times. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 

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