In Harihar Nagar

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In Harihar Nagar
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Directed by Siddique-Lal
Written bySiddique-Lal
Produced byKhais-Kuriachan
Starring Mukesh
Siddique
Jagadish
Ashokan
Cinematography Venu
Edited byGaurishekar K. R.
Music by S. Balakrishnan
Production
company
Mohsin Priya Combines
Distributed bySwargachitra
Release date
  • 1990 (1990)
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

In Harihar Nagar is a 1990 Indian Malayalam-language comedy thriller movie written and directed by Siddique-Lal. It stars Mukesh, Siddique, Jagadish and Ashokan. Widely celebrated as one of the most popular Malayalam comedy films ever, [1] [2] the film was a success at the box office, spawning two sequels — 2009's 2 Harihar Nagar , and 2010's In Ghost House Inn — and remakes in Hindi ( Parda Hai Parda and Dhol ), Kannada ( Nagaradalli Nayakaru ), Tamil ( MGR Nagaril ), and Telugu (Madhura Nagarilo). Its success also spawned a series of unrelated comedy films featuring the principal cast, in the years that followed.

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Plot

Mahadevan, Govindan Kutty, Appukuttan, and Thomas Kutty are four young men who live in a housing colony in Kochi named "Harihar Nagar". The movie starts with an incident that takes place in Bombay, where burglar John Honai breaks into a house to look for a briefcase. In the next scene, the four young men appear and use their wits to impress young neighbourhood girls. Maya, a girl from Kannur, and her grandparents relocate to Harihar Nagar, and happen to be Mahadevan's new neighbours. The four men try to win Maya over on many occasions. Mahadevan and Appukuttan fail to watch her bathing when her grandmother screams on suspicion of theft. She attempts to murder Govindan Kutty the next day, and Appukuttan's plan fails when Maya's grandfather is injured. They assault a bike owner and force him to blow air into it to get Maya's attention, but fail. One day, they bribe the postman to get hold of the letter she sent. They learn that Maya has come to Harihar Nagar to learn about the death of her brother, a boxer named Sethu Madhavan, which she thinks was a suicide.

Maya visits the mother a friend of her brother's whose name is Andrew at his home . She asks Ammachi, Andrew's mother, to contact her if she gets any information about her brother. The four men approach Andrew's mother and pretend to be Sethu's friends. They manage to get Sethu's photograph by telling him they wanted it for the colony's sports club. Maya gets this information from Ammachi and meets the four young men. She believes them to be Sethu's friends after seeing his photo at their house. Thomas Kutty meets her at the boxing club, faking that he is a boxer after knocking down the other three men who now fear Maya's grandparents because they suspect them. Thomas Kutty almost tells her the truth about Mahadevan, Appukuttan and Govindan Kutty, and only did not name them them(calling them pickpockets and snatchers). They get angry. The four fabricate a story about how Sethu had an affair with a girl, and make her believe it by saying that the bike owner's henchmen who assault them are those of the parents of the girl, who opposed to the affair. They fight back the henchmen after letting Thomas Kutty get beaten up for a while because of his betrayal of them, and Maya believes them because they fake tears and sadness.

Hearing that the four men are friends of Sethu, John Honai kidnaps them to retrieve the briefcase on the pretext that he would let them leave in ten minutes. Maya, in search of her brother's former lover, learns of Annie Philip, a friend of her brother's whom he knew from the library. Annie is now a nun in a convent, and has adopted the name Sister Josephine. Annie reveals her history with Sethu. She tells her that Andrew's father was a businessman who was murdered by John Honai's father, and had built a business empire with the money stolen from Andrew's father. Andrew sought to cause trouble in the business to take revenge. Honai's father sold all of his assets and tried to run away with the money in the briefcase, but was murdered by Andrew on the way. Later, Andrew is seen dead on a beach, and Sethu leaves to Andrew's house, keeping Ammachi ignorant of his death. He gives Annie the briefcase. After returning to Bombay, Sethu gives Honai a briefcase similar to the one given to Annie; when Honai opens it, he finds it is full of bricks. Furious, he murdered Sethu. However, Annie is ignorant of the innocence of the four men, and tells Maya that they are Honai's gangsters.

The four young men who were kidnapped by Honai manage to escape, but are chased by him and his associates. Maya and her grandparents call the police because of the false information given by Annie about them. Maya and her grandparents are also kidnapped by Honai but the four young men rescue them. Ammachi finds out about Andrew's death from Annie, who gives her the briefcase. While Ammachi is cooking dinner, Honai comes to her house to get the briefcase. Ammachi removes a fuse and the lights go out. After trying to find Ammachi, Honai unknowingly lights a lighter near the lit gas stove and he quickly burns to death.

In the end, Maya and her grandparents are returning to Kannur. Maya gives the four young men the briefcase, which they open, finding it full of riches.

Cast

Reception

The film got positive reviews and was commercial success. [3] [4]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack features two songs composed by S. Balakrishnan, with lyrics penned by Bichu Thirumala. The songs were remixed and used by Alex Paul for 2 Harihar Nagar, the first sequel of this film.

  1. "Ekantha Chandrike" - M. G. Sreekumar, Unni Menon
  2. "Unnam Marannu" - M. G. Sreekumar, Chorus

Sequels

Nineteen years after the release of the original, In Harihar Nagar had a sequel 2 Harihar Nagar directed by Lal of the director-duo Siddique-Lal. It was released on 1 April 2009. After its success, its sequel, named In Ghost House Inn , was released on 25 March 2010.

Remakes

YearFilmLanguageCastDirectorRef
1991 MGR Nagaril Tamil Anand Babu, Sukanya, Vivek, Charle, Shankar, Napoleon Alleppy Ashraf [5]
1991Madhuranagarilo Telugu Srikanth, Nirosha Kodi Ramakrishna
1992 Nagaradalli Nayakaru Kannada Malashri, Chi. Guru Dutt, Sunil, Balaraj, Sudhakar Om Sai Prakash
1992 Parda Hai Parda Hindi Chunky Pandey, Meena, Laxmikant Berde, Kiran Kumar K. Bapaiah
2007 Dhol Hindi Sharman Joshi, Kunal Khemu, Rajpal Yadav, Tusshar Kapoor, Tanushree Dutta, Arbaaz Khan Priyadarshan [6]

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