Samrajyam

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Samrajyam
Samrajyam poster.jpg
Poster designed by Gayathri Ashokan
Directed byJomon
Screenplay byShibu Chakravarthy
Story byJacob Jomon K.J
Produced byD. Ajmal Hassan
StarringMammootty
Sonia
Madhu
Srividya
Captain Raju
Vijayaraghavan
CinematographyJayanan Vincent
Edited byK. P. Harihara Puthran
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Production
company
Arifa Productions
Distributed byShyni Films Release
Release date
22 June 1990 (Kerala)
Running time
122 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Samrajyam (transl. Empire) is a 1990 Indian Malayalam-language gangster film directed by Jomon.[1] The film stars Mammootty as Alexander, a powerful underworld don. The film narrates the story of his rise and fall. The film features Madhu, Srividya, Ashokan, Captain Raju and Vijayaraghavan in supporting roles. The film features original music composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while the cinematography was handled by Jaynan Vincent.[2]

The film was a major commercial success and ran for more than 200 days in Kerala box office.[3] The film found greater success in Andhra Pradesh. The film brought by distributor for about 10 prints went on to play in 400 prints due to the huge demand in theatres.[4] The film and its protagonist Alexander has developed a cult following in the years following its release.[citation needed]

A sequel titled Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander starring Unni Mukundan was released in 2015. The sequel tells the story of Alexander's son Jordan, 25 years after the events that take place in Samrajyam.

Premise[edit]

Alexander, a powerful mafia leader, faces several trials and tribulations while trying to juggle his estranged relationship with his policeman father Balakrishnan and rule the underworld.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film was released on 22 June 1990.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from critics and was praised for its direction and effects.[5]

Box office[edit]

The film was a major commercial success at the Kerala and Andhra Pradesh box office.[6][7][8][1] The film ran over 200 days in Kerala and 600 days in Andhra Pradesh box office. The film remains to be the longest running Malayalam film in Andhra Pradesh, It ran for more than 400 days in multiple centers in AP and even crossed the 600 day mark in some theatres.[9]

Legacy[edit]

The film ran for more than 200 days in movie theatres in Kerala. The film ran for more than 400 days in several centers in Andhra Pradesh, the film crossed the 600 day mark in some movie theaters in Andhra. This makes Samrajyam the longest running Malayalam film in Andhra Pradesh , a record that remains unbeaten to this day.

Sequel[edit]

Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander starring Unni Mukundan in the lead was released in 2015. The movie was the debut Malayalam venture of Tamil director Perarasu. Twenty five years from the original, this sequel tells the story of Alexander's son. The film was a box office bomb and received negative reviews from critics [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Prasad, Ayyappa (20 November 1992). "Malayalam films cross boundaries". Indian Express. Madras. p. 7. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b 'Samrajyam 2' to be directed by Perarasu – South Cinema – Malayalam News – ibnlive
  3. ^ "10 Mollywood films that ran for the longest time". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  4. ^ കുമാർ, എഴുത്ത്-ബൈജു പി സെൻ, ചിത്രങ്ങൾ- വി പി പ്രവീൺ. "തീയില്‍ മുളച്ച അലക്‌സാണ്ടര്‍.... സാമ്രാജ്യം പിറന്ന കഥ പങ്കുവെച്ച് സംവിധായകന്‍". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  5. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (17 August 1990). "Samrajyam". The Indian Express. p. 7. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  6. ^ Neelima Menon (7 February 2019). "Mammootty's pan-Indian appeal proves he's a bonafide star regardless of how Yatra performs". Firstpost.
  7. ^ "സാമ്രാജ്യം കണ്ട് ബച്ചന്‍ ബോളിവുഡിലേക്ക് ക്ഷണിച്ചു, പിന്നീട് സംഭവിച്ചത്; ജോമോന്‍ പറയുന്നു". Mathrubhumi. 4 March 2019.
  8. ^ "വാപ്പയെ പോലെ തന്നെ! 'കുറുപ്പി'നെ 'അലക്സാണ്ടറി'നോടുപമിച്ച് സോഷ്യൽമീഡിയ". The Times of India. 4 January 2020.
  9. ^ "10 Mollywood films that ran for the longest time". The Times of India. 31 May 2016.

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