Irupatham Noottandu

Irupatham Noottandu (transl. Twentieth Century) is a 1987 Indian Malayalam-language gangster film directed by K. Madhu, written by S. N. Swamy and produced by M. Mani. It stars Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, and Ambika. The film's music was composed by Shyam. The plot follows Sagar Alias Jacky (Mohanlal), a maverick youth who runs a gold smuggling racket for Sekharankutty (Suresh Gopi), the son of the Chief Minister of Kerala. Their relationship stains after the latter brings narcotics into the business.

Irupatham Noottandu
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Madhu
Written byS. N. Swami
Produced byM. Mani
Suresh Gopi
Edited byV. P. Krishnan
Music byShyam
Distributed byAaroma Release
Release date
  • May 14, 1987 (1987-05-14) (India)
Running time
150 minutes
Budget₹ 3.5 Million
Box office₹20 Million[1]

The film was released on 14 May 1987. It was the highest grossing Malayalam film at that time and now enjoys a cult following in Malayalam cinema.[2][1] It was remade in Kannada as Jackey (1989) and in Telugu as 20va Sathabdam (1990). Devaraj portrayed Shekarankutty in both films. The film also has a spiritual sequel, Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded, released in 2009 and directed by Amal Neerad with Mohanlal reprising his role.


The story is about Sagar Alias Jacky(Mohanlal) a maverick youth who turned to smuggling gold due to his bad financial situation and inspiration from the media glorifying the Bombay underworld and its gangsters. He is partnered with Shekharankutty (Suresh Gopi), the Son of the ruling chief minister of Kerala.The film starts with the Customs Authority getting information that one of the cars among the rally race cars : A blue Maruti car is being used to smuggle gold. Suddenly, the car sways from the pack and the people in it are none other than Jacky and his aide Lawrence. They hide the gold in the car's spare wheel. They pass the customs checking and reach Shekharankutty's house. While leaving from there, Jacky smiles at one of the customs officers. The next scene shows Jacky, Shekkarankutty and their aides: Qasim, Tony and Chanakya (Ashokan) relaxing in a room at Chanakya's hotel. Qasim and Tony are about to smuggle some more gold tonight. Shekarankutty warns Qasim that there is a traitor among them. Unfortunately, Qasim turns out to be the traitor and he escapes with the gold after killing Tony. He is then caught by Sagar and is drowned to death. The next day, Qasim's body is recovered by the police and Chanakya is sent to investigate. There, he meets Ashwathy who is a reporter for a news magazine looking to investigate the connection between politics and crime in Kerala. At the scene, she meets Jeevan, the current investigating officer whom she studied with. Sagar visits Kayikka, a fellow smuggler and reveals that they killed Qasim. Kayikka reveals that his eldest son Shahul has turned to selling weed. Sagar turns him away from it for the better and then sees the mother of his lover Jyoti who is in prison for murder. Ashwathy is drawn to the life of Sagar Alias Jacky and tries to get his attention by releasing an article stating that the CM is connected with Sagar. Shekharankutty with his influence bails others. He gets to know that Jacky had informed the police. The Chief Minister demolishes Sagar's lovers place. But Jacky threatens him and demands to build those houses. Shekarankutty gets angry and kills Lawrence and then hits the car which had Sagar and his mother. Sagar's mother dies. The Chief Minister asks Shekharankutty to go to Dubai with full police protection. Still, Jacky finds a way to sneak into the airport disguised as a pilot and chases Shekharankutty and shoots him. Jacky gets arrested and is jailed the day his lover gets released.



Writer S. N. Swamy got the idea for the film from a photograph featured in an English-language Sunday magazine published from Calcutta. Swami recalled in an interview that it was the time when mafia bosses had a glorified image in the country after the national emergency period in India (1975–1977). That was the time when public began to learn about Bombay-based mafia leaders such as Haji Mastan, Yusuf Patel, Varadarajan Mudaliar among others. The magazine had an article on Mastan and a photograph featuring much respected actor Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Banu touching Mastan's feet for giving pranāma. It was shocking for Swami, he never imagined a mafia leader would be respected as such. It inspired the plot for Irupatham Noottandu and the character Sagar Alias Jacky.[3] The lengthy climax of the film was shot in a single day. Vipindas was the cinematographer.[4]


The music was composed by Shyam and the lyrics were written by Chunakkara Ramankutty.

1."Ambarappoo Veedhiyilu"Chunakkara RamankuttyK. J. Yesudas 

Box officeEdit

The film was released on 14 May 1987. It performed well at the box office. It was highest grossing malayalam film of 1987 at the time of its release.[1]


A spiritual successor sequel titled Sagar Alias Jacky directed by Amal Neerad was released on 26 March 2009.


  1. ^ a b c Sreedhar Pillai (31 December 1988). "Mammootty and Mohan Lal emerge as unprecedented superstars of Malayalam films". India Today. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  2. ^ Narayanan, Nirmal (12 February 2021). "Irupatham Noottandu to Oppam: Five thrillers of Mohanlal to watch before Drishyam 2". Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  3. ^ Antony, Seena (8 July 2020). "മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയുടെ ഓഫിസിലെ സ്വർണക്കടത്തും ജാക്കിയും: എസ്‍.എൻ. സ്വാമി അഭിമുഖം". Manorama Online (in Malayalam). Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  4. ^ Express News Service (13 February 2011). "Equally at ease with art and commercial". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2 January 2016.

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