Chotta Mumbai is a 2007 Indian Malayalam-language black comedy mafia action film directed by Anwar Rasheed, written by Benny P. Nayarambalam, and co-produced by Maniyanpilla Raju. The film stars Mohanlal, Siddique, Saikumar, Bhavana, Jagathy Sreekumar, Indrajith Sukumaran, Manikuttan, Bijukuttan, Kalabhavan Mani, and Rajan P. Dev. Rahul Raj composed the score and songs of the film. The plot follows Vasco da Gama (Thala) and his gang of friends, all unemployed and leading a happy-go-lucky life.
|Directed by||Anwar Rasheed|
|Produced by||Maniyanpilla Raju|
|Written by||Benny P. Nayarambalam|
Rajan P. Dev
|Music by||Rahul Raj|
|Edited by||Don Max|
Sree Bhadra Pictures
|Distributed by||Vaishakha Release|
|Box office||₹10 crores|
The film released on 6 April 2007 opened to positive reviews.
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The film starts in a street in Fort Kochi where Vasco da Gama, the son of a wrestler named Michael, lives. Vasco and his gang of five – Chandrappan, Susheelan, Sainu, Basheer and cousin Tomichchan are small-time goondas, involved in petty offences and as the movie progresses, these characters turn out to be more endearing than bad.
Vasco goes by the nickname Thala (head) since he is the gang leader. Though Michael rebukes his son time and again for his lifestyle choices, he loves him and has big dreams for him. The plot progresses when a marriage broker contracts a wedding between Vasco and auto-rickshaw driver Latha, the only daughter of Pambu Chakochan who is a heavy drinker and a longtime friend of Michael.
Vasco likes Latha, but she pleads with him to tell her father that he does not like her, because she plans to elope with her boyfriend. Overjoyed at having discovered a fellow drinker in Vasco, Chakochan does not even let him voice his opinion. Vasco decides to help Latha out, but her plan to elope fails when she discovers that her boyfriend Suni is involved in human trafficking. She returns to Vasco.
Later when Vasco, Michael, Chandrappan and Latha travel in her auto-rickshaw, they clash with a gang that has been on the run after stabbing an honest police officer. Vasco and his father were witnesses to the murder which was committed by Satheesan who is the younger brother of a corrupt circle inspector called Nadesan. This leads to complications.
- Mohanlal as Vasco da Gama a.k.a Thala
- Bhavana as Latha, Thala's love interest
- Kalabhavan Mani as Nadeshan, Circle Inspector of Police
- Saikumar as Fayalwan Michael Ashan, Thala's father
- Siddhique as Mullan Chandrappan, Thala's sidekick
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Padakkam Basheer, Thala's friend and another goon
- Indrajith Sukumaran as Tomichan, Thala's cousin and sidekick
- Manikuttan as Sainu, Thala's sidekick
- Bijukuttan as Susheelan, Thala's sidekick
- Rajan P. Dev as Pambu Chacko, Latha's father and Michae's classmate
- Vinayakan as Satheeshan, Nadeshan's younger brother
- Maniyanpilla Raju as Advocate Pradeep
- Mallika Sukumaran as Tomichan's mother and Thala's aunt
- Suraj Venjaramoodu as Mama Suni
- Cochin Haneefa as Vasuttan, Susheelan's cousin
- Bheeman Raghu as Alex, new Circle Inspector
- Vijayaraghavan as Mohandas, Circle Inspector
- Sanusha as Tomichan's sister
- Thara as Vasco da gama's sister
- Saranya Sasi as Sherin, Vasco da gama's sister
- Geetha Vijayan as Deepa, Pradeep's wife
- Kunchan as Announcer in the carnival
- Narayanankutty as Nanappan, Basheer's rival
- Biju Pappan as a police officer
- Shakeela as Herself (Guest appearance)
- Rachana Maurya as an item girl (Cameo appearance)
|Soundtrack album by|
|Rahul Raj chronology|
Composer Rahul Raj made his feature film debut through this film. The songs Thalaa and Chotta Mumbai became chartbusters.
|Track||Song Title||Singer(s)||Lyricist||Other notes|
|1||"Vasco da Gama"||Rimi Tomy, Vipin Xavier||Sarath Vayalar||Carnival song in the climax|
|2||"Poonila"||Sangeeth, Sangeetha Prabhu||Santhosh Varma||Raga: Kalyani, Sindhu Bhairavi|
|3||"Thala"||Shankar Mahadevan, Sreerag, Sreelakshmi||Sarath Vayalar||Highlighting the lead character Thala|
|4||"Chettikulangara"||M. G. Sreekumar, Sayanora Philip||Sreekumaran Thampi, Sarath Vayalar||Mohanlal's intro song|
Cover version of yesteryear song.
|5||"Chotta Mumbai"||Rahul Raj, Sreelakshmi||Sarath Vayalar||Title song. Showing the life of Chotta Mumbai gang.|
|6||"Chettikulangara (Tell Me Now)"||Sayanora||Sreekumaran Thampi, Sarath Vayalar||Not picturised|
The film was released on 6 April 2007.
The film was well received by critics. Unni R. Nair, in his review for Nowrunning.com said, "An out and out entertainer, it's a film that you would like to just sit back and enjoy, pushing all logical thinking to the background. Chotta Mumbai is a film that cashes in on Mohanlal's superstar image and its aim is merely to entertain and enthrall." ( ) Paresh C Palicha of Rediff.com gave the film a rating and positively reviewed the film's script, Mohanlal's lead performance, Anwar Rasheed's direction as well as the performances of the supporting cast. Sify.com also published an extremely positive review and said: "What makes the film tick is Mohanlal's at the heart of this mad, mad, mad world with his impeccable sense of comic timing. Clearly he is at home playing this type of character- for him it is the equivalent of an old pair of Hawai slippers. If laughter is the best medicine then Anwar Rasheed has earned his stripes yet again."
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