In Harihar Nagar

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

In Harihar Nagar
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Directed bySiddique-Lal
Produced byKhais-Kuriachan
Written bySiddique-Lal
Music byS. Balakrishnan
Edited byGaurishekar K. R.
Mohsin Priya Combines
Distributed bySwargachitra
Release date
  • 1990 (1990)

The movie was a commercial success at the box office. It has been recognised as one of the iconic comedy movies in the 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.


Mahadevan (Mukesh), Govindan Kutty (Siddique), Appukuttan (Jagadish), and Thomas Kutty (Ashokan) are four young men who live in a housing colony named "Harihar Nagar". The movie starts with an incident that takes place in Bombay, where burglar John Honai breaks into a house to look for a briefcase. In the next scene, four young men appear and use their wits to impress young neighbourhood girls. Maya, a local girl (Geetha Vijayan), and her grandparents relocate to Harihar Nagar, and happen to be Mahadevan's new neighbours. The four men try to win Maya over on many occasions. One day, they bribe the postman to get hold of the letter she sent. They learn that Maya has come to Harihar Nagar to learn about the death of her brother, Sethu Madhavan (Suresh Gopi).

Maya visits a friend of her brother's, Andrew (Sai Kumar) at his home . She asks Ammachi, Andrew's mother (Kaviyoor Ponnamma), to contact her if she gets any information about her brother. The four men approach Andrew and pretend to be Sethu's friends. They manage to get Sethu's photograph by telling him they wanted 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 fabricate a story about how Sethu had an affair with a girl.

Hearing that the four men are friends of Sethu, the burglar kidnaps them to retrieve the briefcase. Maya, in search of her brother's former lover, learns of Annie Philip (Rekha), a friend of her brother's whom he knew from the library. Annie is now a nun in a convent, and has adopted the name Sister Josephine. Josephine reveals her history with Sethu after Maya questions her: she tells her that Andrew's father was a businessman who was murdered by John Honai's father, who had built a business empire with the money taken from Andrew's father. Andrew sought to cause trouble in the business to take revenge. Honai's father sold all of his assets and tried to run away with the money in the briefcase, but was murdered by Andrew on the way. Later, Andrew is seen dead on a beach.

After returning to Bombay, Sethu gives Honai a briefcase similar to the one given to Annie; when Honai opens it, he finds it is full of bricks. Furious, he murdered Sethu.

The four young men who were kidnapped by Honai manage to escape, but are chased by him and his associates. Maya and her grandparents are also kidnapped by Honai but the four young men rescue them. Ammachi finds out 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 a fuse and the lights go out. After trying to find Ammachi, Honai unknowingly lights a lighter near the lit gas stove and he quickly burns to death.

In the end, Maya and her grandparents are shown moving out. Maya gives the four young men the briefcase, which they open, finding it full of riches.



The film was a big success in the box office following release.


The soundtrack features two songs composed by S. Balakrishnan, with 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


Nineteen 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, its sequel, named In Ghost House Inn, was released on 25 March 2010.


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]


  1. ^ Vijay George (2 January 2009). "Return to Harihar Nagar". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009.
  2. ^ "In Harihar Nagar-2". 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. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Raj Kiran's 'Idhu MGR Illam'". 24 February 2006.

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