Ramaleela is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language political thriller film written by Sachy and directed by debutant Arun Gopy. It stars Dileep, Raadhika Sarathkumar, Mukesh, Kalabhavan Shajohn, and Prayaga Martin in lead roles. The film is produced and distributed by Tomichan Mulakuppadam under Mulakuppadam Films. Ramaleela was released in India on 28 September 2017.
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|Directed by||Arun Gopy|
|Produced by||Tomichan Mulakuppadam|
|Music by||Gopi Sundar|
|Edited by||Vivek Harshan|
|Distributed by||Mulakuppadam Release|
|Box office||est.₹50 crore|
Advocate Ramanunni (Dileep) is an MLA of Palakkad who gets expelled from his political communist party, the CDP for assaulting the District Secretary Ambadi Mohanan (Vijayaraghavan) and joins the rival secularist party, the NSP. Ramanunni, who has been receiving threats from CDP activists, decides to take a gun license for self-protection and this becomes a controversy in the news.
Ramanunni's mother Ragini(Radhika Sarathkumar) disapproves of his decision to join the NSP as they come from a communist-oriented family and his father Raghavan (Murali), a CDP activist who is believed to have been martyred by NSP activists. The NSP decides to appoint Ramanunni as their candidate in the upcoming election. The decision is opposed by Udayabhanu (Siddique), a veteran politician of the NSP but this is overlooked by the others. Ramanunni, along with his sidekick Thomas Chacko (Kalabhavan Shajohn), the NSP Youth Wing Secretary, attend an interview where Mohanan assaults Ramanunni. As the promotions for the elections begin, the CDP announces their candidate as Ragini, who they think is the only person who can defeat Ramanunni.
While campaigning at a football match, Mohanan is shot dead and Ramanunni and Chacko become the prime suspects. The Investigation Officer, Paulson Devassy (Mukesh), who is also present at the assassination point, finds out that Ramanunni's gun is missing a bullet. Ballistics match the bullet that killed Mohanan with the bullets in Ramanunni's gun, and shows that the gun must have been fired from the row where Ramanunni and Chacko were sitting. Ramanunni and Chacko escape police custody and hide in the house of V.G. Madhavan (Renji Panicker), a journalist and a good friend of Ramanunni. Madhavan's daughter Helena (Prayaga Martin) decides to help them. Now in disguise, they leave for a resort on an island off the coast of Goa.
Unknown to Ramanunni and Chacko, Helena televises all their actions through hidden cameras under the name of 'Hot Pursuit' in order to find the real culprit. With Ramanunni gone, the NSP appoints Sumesh Venjara (Salim Kumar), a disliked and weak politician as their new candidate. In Goa, Ramanunni reveals that it was Ambadi Mohanan and Udayabhanu who were behind his father's death and not the NSP activists. As the videos get televised, Officer Paulson Devassy gathers evidence of Mohanan's death that leads to Udayabhanu; especially a can of Red Bull that was used as a suppressor since Udayabhanu was very fond of the drink. Police later arrests him.
It is revealed that televising Ramanunni's escape was his and Helena's plan to prove his innocence. Ramanunni goes on to win the election as an independent candidate. In a major twist, it turns out that it was actually Ramanunni who had assassinated Ambadi Mohanan with the help of a fellow CDP comrade Chandran (Suresh Krishna). He accused Udayabhanu because of his role in his father's death. He explains to his mother that it was his duty to remove all obstacles from the CDP's path. His mother salutes Ramanunni, and he does the same back.
- Dileep as Adv. K. R. Ramanunni MLA
- Raadhika Sarathkumar as Ragini Raghavan
- Mukesh as DYSP Paulson Devassy
- Kalabhavan Shajohn as Thomas Chacko
- Prayaga Martin as Helena Madhavan
- Vijayaraghavan as Ambadi Mohanan
- Siddique as Udayabhanu
- Suresh Krishna as Theekuni Chandran
- Renji Panicker as V. G. Madhavan
- Ashokan as I.G. Balachandran
- Saikumar as Sakhavu P. Sugathan
- G. Suresh Kumar as Sagar Nagambadam
- Lena as Olga John
- Sadiq as Saghavu Rajendran
- Kalabhavan Shaju as Prakashan
- Anil Murali as Sudhi
- Ameer Niyas as CI Deepak
- Salim Kumar as Sumesh Venjara
- Sreejith Ravi as Siby Chacko
- Chali Pala as SI Soman
- Manju Satheesh as a CDP Member
- Tomichan Mulakuppadam as Himself (Cameo Appearance)
- Romin Anthony as Ajay
- Diya Parveen as Journalist
- Murali as Sakhavu Raghavan (Photo Archive)
- Vinod Kedamangalam as Driver Pushpan
The film is produced and distributed by Tomichan Mulakuppadam under the production company Mulakuppadam Films. It was made with a budget of ₹14 crore. Gopi Sundar composed the music. Through Ramaleela, Raadhika returned to act in Malayalam cinema after a gap of 23 years. Principal photography began on 9 December 2016 in Kochi, Kerala. Filming also held at Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, and in Goa-Maharashtra border.
Ramaleela's release was delayed on account of actor Dileep's arrest for conspiracy to kidnap and attempt to rape of an Indian film actress. Despite calls for a boycott, the film released in India on 28 September 2017. It released across 129 screens in Kerala.
The film grossed ₹2.13 crore on the opening day from the Kerala box office and collected a total of ₹10.60 crore in the first 4 days. The film grossed approximately ₹20.66 crore from 10 days run in the Kerala box office. It grossed ₹33.2 crore from Kerala in 38 days run. The film grossed ₹50 crore.
Music: Gopi Sundar, Lyrics: B. K. Harinarayanan
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