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Chinthamani Kolacase (transl. Chinthamani Murder Case) is a 2006 Indian Malayalam-language legal thriller film directed by Shaji Kailas with Suresh Gopi in the lead role and Bhavana playing the central character, this film narrates the story of a Lal Krishna Viradiyar, a lawyer and his style of law enforcement and criminal verdict for the criminals after the court sessions.
|Directed by||Shaji Kailas|
|Produced by||M. Renjith|
|Screenplay by||A. K. Sajan|
|Story by||A. K. Sajan|
|Music by||Ishaan Dev|
|14 April 2006|
The style of the movie is non-linearity that is maintained throughout the entire film. The basic story-telling style of Shaji Kailas is spun on and off by the writer A. K. Sajan.
The basic premise is of a lawyer doling out his brand of justice on criminals whom he himself had acquitted from the courts.
The story is centered on Lal Krishna Viradiyar (Suresh Gopi), an enigmatic yet renowned criminal lawyer with an even more enigmatic mission. Lal Krishna assists hardened criminals to get away from the courts by efficiently managing the case, and stating authentically (falsified) about the lack of evidence. Post-acquittal, he pursues and takes them out in a bizarre show of vigilante justice.
The film begins with the acquittal of Isra Khureshi (Baburaj), accused of killing Rasiya, his Arabic teacher after raping her. Isra Khureshi invites Lal Krishna - his lawyer - asking him to join for a party at his farmhouse for celebrating the success. Lal Krishna arrives at the spot and kills Khureshi, claiming that it is his duty to wipe out evil forces to maintain the cosmic law. Later, L.K kills David Rajarathnam (Bheeman Raghu), a Tamil businessman, who was accused of raping his own daughter. Jagannivasan (Biju Menon), the Additional Superintendent of Police, is suspicious of Lal Krisnan's moves, and has been closely observing him for a long time. It was then that the case of Mirchi Girls, a band of spoilt, rich NRI girls, reaches him.
They are the main accused in the ragging and murder of Chinthamani (Bhavana), their college mate, an innocent girl from a conservative background. Veeramani Warrier (Thilakan), her father is fighting hard for justice and is represented by Kannayi Parameshwaran (Sai Kumar), the public prosecutor, who is famous for his unique style of argument. After a long court battle, Lal Krishna succeeds in bringing the judgement in favor of Mirchi Girls.
L.K finds out that it was none other than Kannayi Parameshwaran and the college principal Dr. KIM Sudarshan - Kannayi is a silent partner in the private Medical College - who committed the murder of Chinthamani. Chinthamani was sent to Sudarshan's house by her conniving hostel warden. But she was trapped there and was asked to withdraw her admission from the Medical College but she resists to comply. But then Parameshwaran interferes - decides to rape and kill her, and plans to charge Mirchi Girls for the inhumane act. A free reign of vicious lust is unleashed and she is killed by them after raping her for hours.
Kannayi had other major business interests, through selling the Medical seats of the Mirchi Girls (9 Girls) - presumed to be vacated by them during the course of the investigation and trial of the case - to a potential buyer charging an exorbitant sum of Rs.50 Lakhs per seat. Lal Krishna, in his self-styled violent methods murder both Kannayi and Sudarshan to deliver justice to Chinthamani and her old father Veeramani Warrier. Though aware of the entire scenario, Jagannivasan is unable to arrest L.K due to lack of evidence and let's go off him with a small admiration for the latter.
- Suresh Gopi as Adv. Lal Krishna Viradiyar/LK
- Bhavana as Chinthamani Warrier
- Thilakan as Veeramani Warrier
- Biju Menon as ASP Jagannivasan IPS
- Kalabhavan Mani as CI Ayyappadas
- Sai Kumar as Adv. Kannayi Parameswaran
- Vani Viswanath as Adv.Pattammal
- Maniyanpilla Raju as CI Bava
- Vijayakumar as Shulapani Warrier
- Prem Prakash as Dr. Kim Sudarshan
- Baburaj as Isra Khureshi
- Bheeman Raghu as David Rajarathnam
- Balachandran Chullikkadu
- Vinayakan as Uchandi the Beggar
- T. P. Madhavan as Adv. Manishankar Iyer
- Jibin Thomas (achayan)
- Poornima Anand as Volga,
- Caretaker of ladies hostel 'America'
- Aishwarya Ajit
- Deepika Mohan
- Jisna Ali as Thara Shanmugan
- Rekha as LK's sister
- T.P Madhavan
- Biju Pappan
This film was released a few months after the success of Shaji Kailas - Suresh Gopi team's The Tiger. Chinthamani Kolacase went on become one of the biggest money grosser of the year 2006. This film also reaffirmed the chair of Shaji Kailas and Suresh Gopi in Malayalam cinema. The script of this film was done by A. K. Sajan, who had earlier done films like Butterflies, Janathipathyam, Crime File and Stop Violence.
It was remade in Telugu as Sri Mahalakshmi starring Srihari and remade in Tamil as Ellam Avan Seyal with same director. Newcomer RK plays Lal Krishna and actress Bhama plays Chinthamani in the Tamil version and Srihari is L.K. and Shamna plays Sri Mahalakshmi in the Telugu version. The core storyline was also used in the Kannada movie Aptha.