In Harihar Nagar

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In Harihar Nagar
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Directed bySiddique-Lal
Produced byKhais-Kuriachan
Written bySiddique-Lal
StarringMukesh
Siddique
Jagadish
Ashokan
Music byS. Balakrishnan
CinematographyVenu
Edited byGaurishekar K. R.
Production
company
Mohsin Priya Combines
Distributed bySwargachitra
Release date
  • 1990 (1990)
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

In Harihar Nagar is a 1990 Indian Malayalam-language comedy thriller film written and directed by Siddique-Lal. It stars Mukesh, Siddique, Jagadish and Ashokan as four easy-go-lucky best friends competing to woo their new neighbour girl. The film's music was composed by S. Balakrishnan.

The film was a commercial success at the box office. It is now recognised as one of the iconic comedy films in Malayalam cinema.[1][2] The film has spawned two sequels—2 Harihar Nagar (2009) and In Ghost House Inn (2010), both directed by Lal. In Harihar Nagar was remade twice in Hindi as Parda Hai Parda and Dhol, in Kannada as Nagaradalli Nayakaru, in Tamil as MGR Nagaril, and in Telugu as Madhuranagarilo.

PlotEdit

Mahadevan (Mukesh), Govindan Kutty (Siddique), Appukuttan (Jagadish) and Thomas Kutty (Ashokan) are four young men who live in the housing colony named 'Harihar Nagar.' The movie starts with an incident that takes place in Bombay, where a burglar,John Honai, takes place for the possession of a briefcase. In the next scene the four young men make appearance with their tricks to impress young girls. A girl, Maya (Geetha Vijayan), along with her grandparents relocate to Harihar Nagar and happen to be Mahadevan's new neighbors. The four try to impress her on many occasions. One day they find her posting a letter. They bribe the postman and manage to get hold of the letter. On reading the contents of the letter, they come to know that Maya has come to Harihar Nagar to learn about the death of her brother - Sethu Madhavan (Suresh Gopi). Asianet 2010 November 28

Maya visits the house of Andrews (Saikumar), a friend of Sethu Madhavan. She requests Andrew's mother, called Ammachi by him and his friends (Kaviyoor Ponnamma) to contact her if she gets any information about her brother. The four men meet Ammachi,pretending to be Sethu's friends. They manage to get Sethu's photograph by telling that they want it for the colony's sports club. Maya gets this information from Ammachi and meets the four young men. She believes them to be Sethu's friends after seeing his photo at their house. The four cook up a story about an affair Sethu had with a girl.

Hearing the news that four are the friends of Sethu, they are kidnapped by John Honai, who wants the briefcase. Maya,in search of her brother's lover,finds details of Annie Philip (Rekha), who was close to her brother from the library. Annie is now a nun in a church and adopted the name Sister Josephine. Josephine narrates about her history with Sethu when questioned by Maya. Andrew's father was a businessman who was murdered by John Honai's father and he built a business empire with the money taken from Andrew's father. Andrews creates trouble in that business to take revenge. Honai's father then sells all his assets and tries to run away with the money in the briefcase, but gets murdered by Andrews on the way.Later,Andrews is seen murdered on a beach.

Sethu arrives at Harihar Nagar to give this money to Ammachi, but when he gets to know that Ammachi is ignorant of Andrews's death and is still waiting for him, he gives it to Annie, who was Andrews's girlfriend. After returning to Bombay, Sethu gives John Honai a briefcase similar to the one given to Annie,but when Honai opens it,he finds it full of bricks and stones.Angered,he murders Sethu.

The four young men who were captured by Honai manage to escape and are chased by Honai and his associates. Soon,Maya and her grandparents are kidnapped by Honai but the four young men rescue them. Ammachi comes to know about Andrew's death from Sister Josephine,who gives her the briefcase. While Ammachi is cooking dinner, Honai comes to her house to get the briefcase. Ammachi removes the fuse lights are switched off.After trying to find Ammachi,Honai lights a lighter near the gas stove which was switched on,and burns himself to death.

In the end,Maya and her grandparents are shown moving out.Maya gives the four young men the briefcase,which they open,only to see it is full of treasure.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack features two super hit songs composed by S. Balakrishnan and lyrics penned by Bichu Thirumala. The songs were remixed and used by Alex Paul for 2 Harihar Nagar, the first sequel of this film.

  1. "Ekantha Chandrike" - M. G. Sreekumar, Unni Menon
  2. "Unnam Marannu" - M. G. Sreekumar, Chorus

SequelsEdit

19 years after the release of the original, In Harihar Nagar had a sequel 2 Harihar Nagar directed by Lal of the director-duo Siddique-Lal. It was released on 1 April 2009. After its success, Lal planned another sequel, named In Ghost House Inn. It was released on 25 March 2010.

Remake versionsEdit

Year Film Language Cast Director Ref
1991 MGR Nagaril Tamil Anand Babu, Sukanya, Vivek, Charle, Shankar, Napoleon Alleppy Ashraf [3]
1991 Madhuranagarilo Telugu Srikanth, Nirosha Kodi Ramakrishna
1992 Nagaradalli Nayakaru Kannada Malashri, Chi. Guru Dutt, Sunil, Balaraj, Sudhakar Om Sai Prakash
1992 Parda Hai Parda Hindi Chunky Pandey, Meena, Laxmikant Berde, Kiran Kumar K. Bapaiah
2007 Dhol Hindi Sharman Joshi, Kunal Khemu, Rajpal Yadav, Tusshar Kapoor, Tanushree Dutta, Arbaaz Khan Priyadarshan [4]
  • Another Tamil version of the film, titled Idhu MGR Illam, was under production.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vijay George (2 January 2009). "Return to Harihar Nagar". The Hindu.
  2. ^ "In Harihar Nagar-2". Oneindia.in. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  3. ^ National Film Development Corporation of India (1991). Cinema in India: Volume 2. Cinema in India. India. p. 85. ISBN 0-333-93410-5.
  4. ^ Sreedhar Pillai (22 September 2007). "Fun and frolic". The Hindu.
  5. ^ "Raj Kiran's 'Idhu MGR Illam'". Cinesouth.com. 24 February 2006.

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