New Delhi (1987 film)

New Delhi is a 1987 Malayalam language neo-noir crime thriller film written by Dennis Joseph and directed by Joshiy and produced by Joy Thomas. It stars Mammootty, Sumalatha, Suresh Gopi, Urvashi, B. Thiagarajan, Siddique, Vijayaraghavan, Mohan Jose, Devan, and Jagannatha Varma.[2]

New Delhi
Poster designed by Gayathri Ashokan
Directed byJoshiy
Written byDennis Joseph
Produced byJoy Thomas and G. Thyagarajan
Suresh Gopi
Mohan Jose
CinematographyJayanan Vincent
Edited byK. Sankunni
Music byShyam
Distributed byJubilee Productions
Release date
  • 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24)
Running time
143 minutes
Box office₹ 2.5 crore[1]

New Delhi became the highest-grossing Malayalam film at that time. Making a box office collection of ₹ 2.5 crores, New Delhi broke all previous years' records.[3] The film was remade and released in Telugu as Anthima Theerpu, which was directed by Joshiy himself. Joshiy also directed the Hindi and Kannada versions titled New Delhi. Lead roles were played by Jeetendra in its Hindi version and Ambareesh in the Kannada version, respectively, Gopi made his debuts in the Telugu, Kannada and Hindi film Industries through the remakes in those languages but he played different roles. The story is loosely based on the novel The Almighty by Irving Wallace.[4]

Thiagarajan, who played the role of Salem Vishnu in New Delhi, later produced and directed a Tamil film titled Salem Vishnu which showcased the prequel story of his character. The film rose Mammootty to Mega Star status after consecutive failures in 1986.[5][6] The film was a critical and commercial success and the highest-grossing Malayalam film at that time. It earned cult status and is considered as one of the best film made ever in India.[7][8][9][10]


G. Krishnamoorthy, aka G.K., is a cartoonist and investigative journalist working in New Delhi. Urvashi plays the role of his sister, Uma, who is also a journalist. G.K. falls in love with a New Delhi dancer Maria Fernandes. C. R. Panikkar and Shankar, two political bigwigs, book a show with Maria on the eve of Republic Day and brutally rape her in a hotel room.

G.K. attempts to report the incident in the newspaper, but the effort is foiled by his chief editor, who notifies the villains. After being arrested on fake charges, G.K. is brought to trial to face many false witnesses including Fernandes, her father, who claims nobody harmed his daughter. G.K. is deemed mentally unfit and sentenced to one and a half years in a mental asylum, as well as five years in prison. Here, he is mercilessly tortured, subjected to electric shock, and beaten up to the point where his right limbs become useless, under Shankar's orders to "make sure this man will never write or walk properly again". G.K. meets Ananthan, Siddiq and Appu, whom he acquainted at the jail. He was once selected to be set free from prison on Republic day, but he was denied the chance by Shankar.

Nataraj Vishnu is a murderer who was sentenced to death by the court. G.K., who already has a plan of revenge, meets Vishnu and offers to help him break out of jail. After completing the five-year period, G.K. is free. Maria is all set, ready with a new newspaper, the New Delhi Diary, which she dedicates to G.K. He arranged help for Vishnu, Ananthan, Siddiq, and Appu to break out of jail. G.K. delays the issuing of his newspaper even though the newspaper had all the facilities and trained journalists, including Uma and Suresh, Uma's fiancée. He wants his newspaper to release only after getting sensational news. He also informs that he has appointed a reporter named Viswanath who will provide sensational news to him, if available.

When the team breaks out of jail, they head towards the residence of former judge and newly appointed ambassador to USA, Mr Aggarwal who had sentenced G.K. to prison, and kill him according to G.K.'s instructions. The newspaper is released immediately and has a grand reception by the people since this sensational news. G.K.'s newspaper soon becomes the leading newspaper in India.

Uma and Suresh have doubts about how the news being published in their newspaper so early by the "unknown" reporter Viswanath. G.K. instructs the team of four to kill C. R. Panikkar. He is electrocuted and killed, the torturing method G.K. faced in the mental asylum. The killing is witnessed by Suresh and team notices it. G.K. instructs the team to kill Suresh who has some evidences and photos about this. G.K., who later came to know about the affair between Uma and Suresh, tries to rescue Suresh but could not. Siddiq gets killed while Appu gets caught by the police.

The last prey of G.K.'s series of killings was Shankar, who is a central minister. G.K., as usual, instructs the team ( now limited to Ananthan and Vishnu) to kill Shankar, and he publishes a news about Minister Shankar's murder. But the team could not cross the tight security to kill him. They both were killed in an encounter with police. G.K., who was all set to release his next day's newspaper, is arrested by the police for conspiring to attack Shankar. Shankar comes to the office of G.K. to harass him. Soon, Maria Fernandes shoots Shankar with the pistol as a revenge for rape. The police try to lock her, but she succeeds in killing him. In the end both Maria and G.K. are arrested by the police.



The film was shot in New Delhi.


The movie was remade into different Languages such as Telugu, Hindi & Kannada.

Year Film Language Cast Director
1988 Antima Teerpu Telugu Krishnamraju, Thiagarajan, Sumalatha, Urvashi, Prabhakar Reddy, Ranganath Joshiy
1988 New Delhi Hindi Jeetendra, Sumalatha, Urvashi, Raza Murad, Thiagarajan Joshiy
1988 New Delhi Kannada Ambareesh, Sumalatha, Urvashi, Thiagarajan Joshiy


The film released on 24 July 1987.

Box officeEdit

The film was a commercial success at the box office.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19] New Delhi, starring Mammootty became the highest-grossing Malayalam film at that time.[20] New Delhi making a box office collection of ₹ 2.5 crores and broke all previous years' records.[21][22] The film ran over 200 days in Kerala box office[23] and also was the first Malayalam film to ran over 100 days in 2 centres in Tamil Nadu box office.[24]


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