Red Chillies (film)

Red Chillies is a 2009 Indian Malayalam-language crime thriller film directed by Shaji Kailas and written by A. K. Sajan, starring Mohanlal in the lead role. It was produced by M. Renjith under Rajaputhra Visual Media and distributed by Vaishaka Release. The film also stars Thilakan, Siddique, Biju Menon, and Hareesh Peradi. Red Chillies was released in India on 14 February 2009 on Valentine's Day. The film was a moderate success at the box office.[1]

Red Chillies
Red Chillies Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byShaji Kailas
Produced byM. Renjith
Written byA. K. Sajan
Biju Menon
Hareesh Peradi
Music byM. Jayachandran
Rajamani (Score)
Edited bySamjith
Rajaputhra Visual Media
Distributed byVaishaka Release
Release date
  • 14 February 2009 (2009-02-14) (India)


As part of the disinvestment policy of the Union Cabinet, Hindustan Artillery Limited, a public sector undertaking which manufacturers pistols and rifles for the Indian Armed Forces starts to float their shares. O.M.R Group, an oil business conglomerate based in Singapore owned by O.M.R (Mohanlal) purchases 40% of the shares. Citing threat to national security a mass and indefinite strike is organised by the labourers of H.A.L against the deal. The strike is lead by veteran Communist leader Comrade Maani Varghese (Thilakan) who is greatly admired and has a huge following. Though labelled as a nemesis of innovative developmental projects, Com.Maani is aware about the interests, intentions and unscrupulous nature of corporate houses.

Another business group in Kochi led by Franco Aalangadan (Hareesh Peradi), in partnership with an unknown powerful individual plans strategies to thwart the deal by any means. On New Year's Eve, Com.Maani instructs Com.Surendran (Jagadeesh) to post a confidential letter and goes to the make shift strike shed in order to sleep with the aggrieved labourers. Things take a violent turn when radio jockeys of O.M.R F.M are suspected of murdering Ricky and a brutal hit and run on the labourers striking in front of the H.A.L company at midnight. Com.Maani and several other labourers are killed in the accident. Investigation is handled by Vyasan (Siddique) and Stalin Maani (Biju Menon), son of Maani Varghese. And, he is at the verge of an emotional outburst. Stalin contends that O.M.R arranged for the killings and nabs the evading radio jockeys from Tamil Nadu.

O.M.R being an advocate himself, appears for the radio jockeys and proves their innocence at the Court. After further developments and the interrogation of Franco, O.M.R realises that Stalin is the main conspirator. In spite of being an I.P.S officer, Stalin amassed wealth through illegal land deals and he is revealed to be the secret business partner of Franco. Com.Maani was aware of his son's corrupted nature and had gathered incriminating evidences him. Com.Maani had confronted his son and informed him about the initiation of a vigilance investigation and his decision to notify his misdeeds to his close friend, the Chief Minister. The letter handed over to Com.Surendran contained a request by Com.Maani to the Chief Minister to dismiss Stalin from service and to take stern action against him. After the revelations, Stalin is disavowed by his mother (Sukumari) and arrested by Vyasan and team.



The film introduced several newcomers in the cast.[2] Singer Renjini Jose debuted as an actress, beside singing two songs in the film with one featuring herself.[3]


The film features two songs composed by M. Jayachandran, with lyrics by Gireesh Puthenchery. The background score was composed by C. Rajamani.

1."Chendeloru Vandu"Reetha, Rasmi Vijayan, Sayanora Philip, Renjini Jose4:36
2."Mazha Peyyanu"Reetha, Renjini Jose4:56


Red Chillies was released in Kerala on 14 February 2009 on Valentine's Day.[4] It opened in 80 screens across Kerala.[5] The Indian Express critic described the film as "stylish and slick".[6] The film was a moderate success at the box office with highest opening at that time.[7]


  1. ^ "Mohanlal's 'Red Chillies' to be remade in Tamil". The New Indian Express. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. ^ The New Indian Express (7 January 2009). "Stars in the making". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  3. ^ Nayar, Parvathy (21 January 2009). "Mirch masala". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  4. ^ Moviebuzz (9 February 2009). "Mohanlal's Red Chillies on Valentine day!". Sify. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  5. ^ Moviebuzz (18 February 2009). "Valentine weekend- Kunchacko v/s Red Chillies". Sify. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  6. ^ Nair, Unni R. (6 March 2009). "Red Chillies: Stylish and slick". The Indian Express. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Kerala Box Office (March 2009)". Sify. 6 April 2009. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2019.

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