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Directed by Boban Samuel
Written byKrishna Poojapura
Produced byMammen John
Reena M John
Starring Jayasurya
Manoj K. Jayan
Lalu Alex
CinematographyPradeep Nair
Edited byV. T. Sreejith
Music byRinil Gowtham
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Distributed by Kalasangham Films
Release date
  • 20 May 2011 (2011-05-20)
Running time
120 minutes

Janapriyan (transl.Popular Among People) is a 2011 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by Boban Samuel, starring Jayasurya and Bhama. [1] The film was released on 20 May 2011.



The film starts off with Vaishakan a man aspiring to be a film director, telling his dreadful story to a film producer named Achayan. He gets told from Achayan that Vaishakan's story is not worthy of being a film produced by him.

Then he goes to his full-time job as an office worker in a subdivision of a revenue district, where he gets informed by the head of the complaints of him not submitting files said by the collector. Vasishakan gets told that he will receive a memo by the head, in which he insists to get laid off so he can get more time focusing on his direction and films. Also, that he is only in the office because of his father who told him to take up his job in the office and died. There on everyone refuses to hear his film script, they taunt him for not being able for his lack of sincerity in his office job and his failure in getting towards his ambition as a director. People even protest in front of the office, for him to be laid off. To make a fair decision, the head announces to him and the impacted people, that he shall take a five-year leave without allowance for better employment within the country. After this, it shows the jovial life Priyadarshan, a village simpleton, whose daily work consists of doing all the work around the rubber farm, fruits and vegetables farm and giving the load of fruits and vegetables to local stores. He also teaches in a nearby high school, tuitions two elementary school-goers and supplies his family's basic needs. After coming home from his works, Priyadarshan is disappointed in hearing from his mother that there are problems marrying his younger sister, due to his father committing suicide because he couldn't pay back his loans and tells his mother that he will pay off all those loans. He then receives the employment letter on being temporarily appointed at the Taluk Office replacing Vaishakan on a leave vacancy and is overjoyed. Priyadarshan does his good deeds from the start like cleaning the office, which is rather dirty and shows the whole office that he is nothing but an optimistic merry man, who does all of his work sincerely. Priyadarshan merges into the city landscape in no time, and its busy inhabitants find his ways amusing. He then meets his humorous roommate in his lodge Kannappan. Priyadarsan talks a lot that too in a peculiar slang, is highly idealistic and falls in love with Meera, who lives in a house next to his room in a lodge where he is staying in the city. He loves her as he thinks that Meera is the maid there, but actually she is the daughter of a wealthy businessman. At the office one day Vaishakan comes in saying he wants to cancel his dreams of being a director and resume his job there. Priyadarshan becomes upset and goes to see Vaishakan and helps him get a producer. Priyadarshan is recommended by Meera, who is in love with him and his innocence. He makes changes in Vaishakan's script by making it heart touching about a father and son who live in a poor household. Vaishakan quickly befriends Priyadarshan because with his help he got Achayan to sign the film to produce it. There on Priyadarshan and Meera fall deeply in love and meet quite often. One evening Meera's father come home buying Revathy his friends daughter and Meera some dresses and she comes across a Saree. Meera's father informs her that his friend's son and family is coming over to see Meera for a proposal. Meera gets worried and refuses to get married, then Revathy tells Meera's father about Priyadarshan, in which he is not happy about. There becomes a conflict between Priyadarshan and Meera's father.

Priyadarshan gets upset and goes to his office asking some of them to come to Meera's house and show Meera's father that he has people who cares for him too. (Priyadarshan still believes Meera is a poor maid at that house.) There the head and Kannappan go to Meera's house, the head compliments about Priyadarshan to Meera's father believing that he is the house owner (not her father). The head says that it isn't right to marry off the maid to a wealthier man to Meera's father, Here Meera's father says that Meera is her daughter not the maid, and Priyadarshan didn't believe it at first thinking it was a drama to not give her to him until Meera admits it. Priyadarshan hearing this tears up then says "you were cheating me, weren't you?" and then apologizes to Meera's father. While Priyadarshan is about leave he says in tears that he has never lied to anyone and that he doesn't have many dreams but marrying Meera was the only dream in his life, which has been destroyed to the head. He leaves saying that he won't come to disrupt you again to Meera's father. There is a confusion drama in the end happening with Vysakhan falling for Revathy, who is actually from a poor household. Vaishakan comes to Meera's house believing that Meera's father was actually Revathy's father, but realizing she isn't he leaves and meets Achayan. Vaishakan questions Achayan about if he asked Priyadarshan to direct the film, Achayan replies saying the yes that was true. There shows a flashback With Priyadarshan and Achayan, in which Achayan says that he knew that the script that was presented to him was Priyadarshan's story and Achayan offers some money in advance for Priyadarshan to do the film. Also, Achayan says that Malayalam Cinema needs directors with good will, Priyadarshan replies if he takes this money and do this film. He'll have the money to pay back his father's loan but he wouldn't be a person with good will if he takes away the film Vaishakan intended on doing. Vaishakan realizes Priyadarshan's pure heart and tears up for thinking that he would take the film. There it shows Priyadarshan leaving to his home in Thonakkad. While there he gets annoyed by comments hinting that he cheated the girl by the local people there. While reaching home he sees Revathy, was the one saying that she is his girl. He then tells everyone this is not his girl, then he realizes that he didn't fall in love with Meera the poor maid, but Meera the person within. He sees a crowd of people and one man says that we all know that she isn't your girl, and they make way for Meera, her father, Vaishakan, the Head and Achayan. The head says that you fell in love with her thinking that she was poor but she loved you knowing that your poor, so that shows she is in love with you more than you are in with her. Then Priyadarshan and Meera are seen going back to the city (showing that they got married) and there Vaishakan's car and production crew passes by, Vaishakan and Achayan wave at them and they wave back as the film ends.



Boban Samuel directed the film, that was produced Mammen John, Reena M John, which had the story, screenplay, dialogues by Krishna Poojapura, with music by R. Gautham, Pradeep Nair did the cinematography, editing was by V. T. Sreejith, Manu Jagadh did the art direction, designs by Jissen Paul and stills by Mahadevan Thampy. The film was distributed by Kalasangham Release.

Shoot started on 26 January 2011 at Kochi and Thodupuzha.


The film was released on 20 May 2011.

Box office

The film was commercial success. [2]


Soundtrack album by
R. Gautham
12 May 2011 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Producer Mammen John, Reena M John

The soundtrack of the film was released on 12 May 2011. It had music scored by R. Gautham. Lyrics were provided by Santhosh Varma, Manju Vellayani. There was no special launch for the audio release and the music were given straight through the audio sellers.

"Erivenal "Sudeep Kumar, Jyothsna 4.35Santhosh Varma, Manju Vellayani
"Nanmakalerum " K. J. Yesudas 4.33Santhosh Varma, Manju Vellayani
"Pookkaithe " Madhu Balakrishnan 4.29Santhosh Varma, Manju Vellayani

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