Chotta Mumbai

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.

Chotta Mumbai
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Directed byAnwar Rasheed
Produced byManiyanpilla Raju
Ajayachandran Nair
Raghuchandran Nair
Written byBenny P. Nayarambalam
Jagathy Sreekumar
Indrajith Sukumaran
Kalabhavan Mani
Rajan P. Dev
Maniyanpilla Raju
Music byRahul Raj
CinematographyAlagappan N.
Edited byDon Max
Sree Bhadra Pictures
Distributed byVaishakha Release
Release date
  • 7 April 2007 (2007-04-07)
Running time
137 minutes
Budget3.5 crores[1]
Box office10 crores[2][1]

The film released on 6 April 2007 opened to positive reviews.


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.



Jayasurya was cast in a role, but he had to opt out from the film due to scheduling conflicts with Kangaroo (2007 film).[3]


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Soundtrack album by
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelSatyam Audios
Rahul Raj chronology
Chotta Mumbai

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
Not picturised
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.

Critical receptionEdit

The film was well received by critics. Unni R. Nair, in his review for 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." (     )[4] Paresh C Palicha of 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.[5] 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."[6]

Box officeEdit

The film was a blockbuster at the box office and became one of the top five highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year. It ran for over 101 days in theatres.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b Benny, Jency (25 November 2017). "The one who won Box Office in 2007". FilmiBeat. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  2. ^ Venugopal, Sowmya (2 June 2007). "Big B and Chotta Mumbai becomes profits". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  3. ^ George, Vijay (4 January 2008). "Interview : A positive impact". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 8 January 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Review by"
  5. ^ "Chotta Mumbai is fun"
  6. ^ "Movie Review: Chotta Mumbai"
  7. ^ "Malayalam top ten 2007".
  8. ^ "Chotta Mumbai 75days".

External linksEdit

* Chotta Mumbai on IMDb