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Moonnam Mura (transl. The Third Degree) is a 1988 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film directed by K. Madhu and written by S. N. Swamy. Starring Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Lalu Alex, Revathi, and Mukesh. The plot deals with a terrorist group kidnapping a group of political individuals who were vacationing, and the followed up rescue operation of the police led by Ali Imran.
|Directed by||K. Madhu|
|Screenplay by||S. N. Swamy|
|Produced by||G. P. Vijayakumar|
|Edited by||V. P. Krishnan|
|Music by||Shyam (Score)|
|Distributed by||Seven Arts Release|
The film was one of the highest-grossing film of the 1988, and had a record opening day collection. It also did good business in the neighboring states Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, running for over 150 and 100 days respectively. Moonnam Mura was remade in Telugu as Magadu (1990), starring Rajasekhar.
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A group of high-ranking political officials are on a trip when their bus is hijacked by a group of terrorists headed by Charles (Lalu Alex). They demand the release of their old colleagues languishing in prison in exchange for safe release of the politicians. DIG Menon (Sukumaran) is handling the negotiations. Soon things start getting out of control and couple of hostages are killed.
That's when Menon decides to enlist the help of Ali Imran (Mohanlal) in rescuing the hostages. Ali is an ex cop who quit the police force out of disgust due to the unfair treatment meted out to him while he was in the force. This decision is met with some opposition from the Chief of police (Janardhanan) and his son in law (Sreenath) as their politics and attitude prompted Ali to leave the force.
Though unwilling at first but after persuaded by DIG Menon, Ali decides to go ahead with the rescue mission. After careful surveillance Ali along with a couple of his friends is able to sneak into the palace where the hostages are bundled up and manages to rescue them and finish off Charles in the end.
- Mohanlal as Ali Imran
- Suresh Gopi as Vaishakhan
- Lalu Alex as Charles
- Sukumaran as D.I.G. Menon
- Revathi as Mini Johnson
- Mukesh as Vinod
- Murali as Jayan
- Janardhanan as I. G. Mathews
- Sreenath as DySP Raju
- Prathapachandran as Bharathan Menon
- Vijayaraghavan as Karunan
- Babu Antony as Antony
- Innocent as Kisan Jacob
- C. I. Paul as Home Minister
- Babu Namboothiri as Mohan
- Paravoor Bharathan as Balakrishnan
- Mala Aravindan as Driver
- Kollam Thulasi as Home Secretary
- Jose as Doctor
- M. S. Thripunithura as Namboothiri
- T. P. Madhavan as Panicker
- Ponnambalam as Peter
- Mohan Raj as Goonda
- V. K. Sreeraman as Simon
- Priya as Ali Imran's Sister
- Shyama as Bharathan Menon's Daughter
- Valsala Menon as Bharathan Menon's Wife
- Lalithasree as Panicker's Wife
- Suma Jayaram as Bharathan Menon's Daughter
- K. Madhu as Ship Roomboy (Cameo Appearance)
- Mafia Sasi as Sasi (Goonda)
Moonnam Mura was one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year. The film had a large pre-release hype, that resulted in a large crowd on the opening day. On the release day at Jose theatre, Thrissur, 15 people were injured and one died due to mass rush for the film.
|1989||Magadu||Telugu||Rajasekhar, Lizy, Thyagarajan, Murali Mohan||K. Madhu|
- Sreedhar Pillai (31 December 1988). "Mammootty and Mohan Lal emerge as unprecedented superstars of Malayalam films". India Today. Retrieved 2 January 2016.