Minnaram (lit.'Lighthouse / Beacon') is a 1994 Indian Malayalam-language romantic tragedy film written and directed by Priyadarshan from a story by Cheriyan Kalpakavadi.[1] The film stars Mohanlal, Shobana, and Thilakan, in main lead roles, with Sankaradi, K. P. Ummer, Jagathy Sreekumar, Geetha Vijayan, Venu Nagavally, and Lalu Alex in supporting roles.[2] It was produced by R. Mohan through Goodknight Films. The film was a commercial success at box office.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byPriyadarshan
Screenplay byPriyadarshan
Story byCheriyan Kalpakavadi
Produced byR. Mohan
CinematographyK. V. Anand
Edited byN. Gopalakrishnan
Music byS. P. Venkatesh
Distributed byManorajyam Release
Release date
16 September 1994
Running time
150 minutes

Plot edit

Bobby, who was orphaned at an early age, is raised by his uncle, Retd. I.G Matthews, as his son. Everyone adores him, particularly his cousin Baby's pre-teen children. He is engaged to Tina, Chackochan's daughter. Nina, his college sweetheart, unexpectedly appears with an infant who was purportedly fathered by Bobby. He vigorously refutes her accusations and goes to considerable lengths to show that she is mistaken. Bobby is also exposed as a liar when Nina manipulates Matthews into believing her story.

Bobby's family is forced to take on the duty of keeping the new information hidden from Chackochan since they are unable to make an immediate decision. As a result, Nina is introduced to others as a home instructor for Baby's children. Bobby is unable to verify his claims that the child is not the consequence of his previous relationship with Nina. This leads to a series of humorous occurrences involving Unnunni, who becomes anxious about Bobby having an illicit affair with his wife, Daisy. Bobby tells Daisy, who has been his best friend since childhood, about how his relationship with Nina began, evolved, and ended. In the interim, Nina proves to be a skilled tutor and gradually forges close relationships with every member of Bobby's family except for Bobby.

When Chackochan finally learns that Nina has already been married to Bobby, he calls off the ceremony and publicly shames Matthews for being dishonest. Bobby, with nothing to lose, demands Nina to be his wife for real, but Nina flatly refuses. Nina, unable to deal with Bobby's intimidation, breaks down and tells him the truth.

Baby learns the truth from Nina about the child and is informed that Bobby has been telling the truth about everything. During his troubled marriage, Baby had an affair with Nina's sister, who ultimately died during labor, leaving Nina in a precarious position to deliver the child in Baby's care. Baby first declines, fearing that the scandal will destroy his marriage. But Matthews overhears the talk and slaps Baby. He also feels sad for Bobby, who had already suffered plenty.

However, fate has a cruel twist in store for Nina when she faints shortly after rejecting Bobby's proposal to marry her. Bobby and his family are then informed by Nina's brother, Dr. Romy, that she shares the same deadly illness as her sister, polycythemia vera. He worries that she must have accidentally missed one or two doses, resulting in her collapse. He recalls Nina's adamant desire to guarantee that her niece was not orphaned, and her pledge that she would die only in her brother's arms. Along with a group of medical professionals, Bobby's family is fighting against the odds for Nina's health. Nina is relieved to see that her niece has been happily welcomed into her extended family. However, her emotional outburst puts her in critical condition, leaving the family in mental anguish.

Bobby works against the clock to get the radioactive phosphorus medication (Phosphorus-32) in time to prevent his loved one from having an acute relapse, as per the predetermined timeline. Despite his best efforts and everyone's prayers, he is unable to arrive in time to save her. Both Dr. Romy and Bobby are devastated. With the family now silently grieving, the movie concludes with Bobby seemingly by himself as well.

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Music edit

All lyrics are written by Shibu Chakravarthy and Gireesh Puthenchery; all music is composed by S. P. Venkatesh[4]

1."Chinkarakinnaram"M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra 
2."Darlings of Mine"Dr. Kalyan, Anupama 
3."Kunjoonjaal"M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra 
4."Manjakunjikkalulla"M. G. Sreekumar, Sujatha Mohan 
5."Nilaave Maayumoo" (Male)M. G. Sreekumar 
6."Nilaave Maayumo" (Female)K. S. Chithra 
7."Oru Vallam Ponnum"M. G. Sreekumar, Sujatha Mohan 
8."Thaliraninjoru"M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra 

Remake edit

Minnaram is the remake of 1972 Malayalam movie Brahmachari starring Premnazir and Sharadha. It was remade in Tamil as Azhagana Naatkal in 2001.[5] Priyadarshan himself loosely remade the film in Hindi as Hungama 2 (2021).[6] However, a dog explosion comedy sequence from this movie had been earlier used by Priyadarshan in another Hindi movie Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ "List of Malayalam films released during the year 1994". Department of Information and Public Relations (Kerala). Archived from the original on 22 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Mohanlal's Filmy Adventure – Head to Toe". Asianet Satellite Communications. Archived from the original on 12 August 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Singing Sensation Thara aims for the stars". The Hindu. 4 December 2004. Archived from the original on 8 February 2005. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Minnaram (1994) - MSIDb". Malayalasangeetham.info.
  5. ^ "மோகன்லாலும், பின்னே தமிழ் ரீமேக்கும்..." [Mohanlal films and their Tamil remakes]. Dinamalar (in Tamil). 5 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Hungama 2 is a remake of Priyadarshan and Mohanlal's 1994 Malayalam film Minnaram". Bollywood Hungama. 1 July 2021. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Hungama 2 Movie Review: Dear Mohanlal Fans, Stay Away from This Outdated Minnaram Remake, Starring Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Meezaan Jafri (LatestLY Exclusive) | 🎥 LatestLY".

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