Rajavinte Makan (transl. Son of the king) is a 1986 Indian Malayalam-language crime drama film directed and produced by Thampi Kannanthanam and written by Dennis Joseph. It stars Mohanlal as crime boss Vincent Gomes, and also features Ratheesh, Ambika, Suresh Gopi and Mohan Jose in supporting roles. The plot follows Vincent Gomes and his rivalry against Kerala Home minister N. Krishnadas (Ratheesh). The music was composed by S. P. Venkatesh.
|Directed by||Thambi Kannanthanam|
|Produced by||Thambi Kannanthanam|
|Screenplay by||Dennis Joseph|
|Music by||S. P. Venkatesh|
|Edited by||K. Sankunni|
|Distributed by||Jubilee Productions|
|Budget||₹14 -40 lakhs,|
|Box office||₹0.8–1.4 crores |
Rajavinte Makan was one of the five big Malayalam hits of the year 1986.The film was a milestone in Malayalam film industry, achieving a cult status in Kerala. The film was significant in heightening the stardom of Mohanlal. The character became a cult figure and his dialogues became popular among the youth. Rajavinte Makan was a large commercial success.
It was remade in Tamil as Makkal En Pakkam, and in Kannada as Athiratha Maharatha, with Ambika reprising her role in both the versions. It was also remade in Telugu as Ahuthi and in Hindi as Kanwarlal. Some critics consider the story to be a loose adaptation of the 1980 novel Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon.
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The story begins with Krishnadas becoming the Kerala Minister of Home Affairs. After college graduation, Krishnadas started working for a crime boss Vincent Gomes. Gomes helps Krishnadas reach great heights and subsequently enter politics. With his help, Krishnadas makes himself a good political career.
But soon, he cheats Gomes to gain favour among the people as well as the party. Thus, Krishnadas becomes the Home Affairs Minister of the state and becomes an enemy of Gomes. Gomes plans a payback and he successfully manages to do so by manipulating Nancy, an advocate who carries the case of his file which if submitted to court may lead to imprisonment for several years.
Gomes realises that Nancy has struggled a lot in life as an orphan and later, a single mother. However, because of Gomes's plan, Nancy loses her job. Gomes, now remorseful of his actions, makes amends to Nancy and become friends. He confess to Nancy, and tells that he wants to halt all his activities, and asks for her hand. However Nancy denies telling that she cannot accept anyone else as her husband.
Krishnadas goes after Gomes with his political power and Gomes ends up losing all his wealth. Gomes plans to kill Krishnadas and entrusts the duty to Kumar and Peter, the trusted gangsters of Gomes. But Kumar and Peter get killed during the assassination attempt against Krishnadas.
The loss of his trusted friends makes Gomes extremely violent and vengeful. He alone drives towards the guest house where Krishnadas resides, opens fire and kills many policemen and Krishnadas's political aides. When he was about to kills Krishnadas, Nancy begs for Krishnadas's life, and proclaims that Krishnadas is the father of her child. While Vincent stands stunned, cops reach the site and shoot Gomes. He dies before Nancy could do anything. The story ends as Nancy stares at a picture of Vincent Gomes.
- Mohanlal as Vincent Gomes, a crime boss
- Ambika as Nancy, an advocate
- Ratheesh as Krishnadas C. K., Democratic Party member who becomes Minister of Home Affairs
- Suresh Gopi as Kumar, loyal accomplice to Vincent Gomes
- Mohan Jose as Peter, loyal accomplice to Vincent Gomes
- K. P. A. C. Azeez as Panicker, Advocate of Vincent Gomes
- Adoor Bhasi as the priest / warden of the orphanage
- Kundara Johnny as a gangster
- K. P. A. C. Sunny as K. Venkitachalam, Public Prosecutor
- Alex Mathew as Student leader
- Jose Prakash as Chief Minister
- Kunchan as Krishnankutty
|Soundtrack album by|
|Producer||S. P. Venkatesh|
|S. P. Venkatesh chronology|
|1.||"Vinnile Gandharva"||Unni Menon||03:52|
|2.||"Paadam Njan Aa Ganam"||Lathika||04:30|
|3.||"Devangane"||Unni Menon, Lathika||04:12|
The film was released on 17 July 1986. Some observers call Rajavinte Makan as one of the best action films in Indian cinema. The film was a box office success and was remade in other languages, including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. Rajavinte Makan is also said to be a landmark film in Mohanlal's career as it heightened his stardom in Malayalam cinema. According to a trade analysis written by Sridhar Pillai and published in India Today Magazine on February 28, 1987,Rajavinte Makan had a production cost of ₹16 lakhs and was expected to collect ₹75 lakhs by the end of its run. A second article published by Malayala Manorama much later on 2 October 2018, on the event of Kannanthanam's passing, cites the production and distribution budget as ₹40 lakhs, with a final gross of ₹80-85 lakhs at the box office.
- ഒറ്റ ദിവസം കൊണ്ട് മോഹൻലാലിനെ സൂപ്പർസ്റ്റാറാക്കിയ തമ്പി കണ്ണന്താനം. Malayala Manorama (in Malayalam). 2 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
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