Kalyanaraman (2002 film)

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Directed by Shafi
Written by Benny P. Nayarambalam
Produced by Lal
Starring Dileep
Navya Nair
Kunchacko Boban
Cinematography P. Sukumar
Edited by K. P. Hariharaputhran
Music by Berny-Ignatius
Release date
  • 20 December 2002 (2002-12-20)

Kalyanaraman (transl.Wedding Raman) is a 2002 Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy film directed by Shafi and written by Benny P. Nayarambalam, starring Dileep, Navya Nair and Kunchacko Boban. The plot follows Ramankutty and family who runs a catering service and the events that follows after they take the work of Ambattu Thampi's daughter's wedding. The music was composed by Berny-Ignatius. The film was a blockbuster and developed a cult fan following, especially the character Ponjikkara played by Innocent. The film was remade in Telugu as Kalyana Ramudu (2003). [1]



Thekkedathu Ramankutty is an event organizer. He meets Gauri while doing the preparations for the wedding of her sister Radhika, both daughters of a family friend Ambattu Madhavan Thampi. However, Radhika's fiancée does not turn up for the wedding and Radhika passes out upon learning the news. Ramankutty suggests that his brother Dr. Sivadas marry Radhika and it takes place very gracefully. In a hilarious turn of events, Ramankutty and Gauri realize their love for each other which also rejoices their families, and they start arrangements for their wedding. But on the day of their engagement, Radhika dies in a kitchen fire accident.

After a long time from Radhika's demise, the family finally fixes Ramankutty's and Gauri's wedding. On the eve of the wedding, Gauri gets an electric shock. Deeply disturbed by this, Thampi visits an astrologer Meppattu Thirumeni to see the horoscope match, where he tells them that women married into the Thekkedathu family are fated to die young. He referred to the family's history. Ramankutty's grandmother died from her first pregnancy. Ramankutty's mother died shortly after giving birth to him. Ramankutty's eldest brother Achuthankutty's wife died one month after their wedding, due to a snake bite. And now Thampi's daughter has also died as she was married into Thekkedathu. Thampi, scared for his only remaining daughter's life, requests Ramankutty to back out of the marriage without the knowledge of Gauri.

Saddened and yet wanting to do the right thing, Ramankutty calls off the wedding on the pretense of not being comfortable with Gauri's close relations with her cousin Unni. Devastated by this allegation, Gauri backs out of the marriage, only to find the truth later. She runs out in search of Ramankutty, but gets into a road accident on the way. She is rushed to the hospital and while still battling for life, she wishes that Ramankutty tie the wedding knot before her surgery. Ramankutty ties the knot, fearing the worst. Miraculously, Gauri survives the surgery.

The story is unwound in a flashback by an aged Ramankutty who bids farewell to his spellbound teenage audience at a temple in a beautiful location. Towards the end he joins his wife Gauri in lighting the lamp.



Critical response

K. T. Thomas of Now Running called the film "a hilarious laugh riot" and wrote, "The story is wafer thin and has been made keeping Dileep's current image in mind. Anyways the film is all fun 'n' frolic as director Shafi and script writer Benny P. Nairambalam could have made it a whole lot more cherishable as simplicity is forsaken for chaos. Dileep is superb and Navya Nair is improving with every film." [2] Nettv4u wrote, "Kalyanaraman is a fun movie and the wedding celebration scenes add to the feel good factor. It has a few elements which make it enjoyable. Audiences can relish a simple, sweet love story." However, criticized the film's "predictable storyline" and felt that the script coldve been "better." [3] The Times of India wrote, "Kalyanaraman is a movie perfect for Friday evenings. From hilarious catchphrases to goofy comedy, the film will make you laugh till your jaws hurt. Laced with comedy, the film is also rich with emotions and will leave you glued to the screen." [4] Indiainfo wrote, "It is a pure entertainer. Dileep as Kalyanaraman with his usual humorous numbers is holding on to the position as the dearest actor of the viewers." [5] A critic from entertainment portal Sify wrote, "Making a film with a superstar and meeting the audience's stratospheric expectations is a challenge. Fortunately, director Shafi and producer Lal have passed the tough test with the Christmas release Kalyanaraman, a hilarious laugh riot." [6]

Box office

The film was a major commercial success. [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] It was released in the Christmas holiday period and took one of biggest openings of the year and emerged the Christmas winner. [5] Two other successful Dileep-starrers, Meesha Madhavan and Kunjikkoonan were shifted to B class theatres for the release of Kalyanaraman. [5]


All lyrics are written by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri except where noted; all music is composed by Berny–Ignatius

1."Kadhayile Rajakumariyum" K. J. Yesudas  
2."Thinkale Poothinkale" Afsal, M. G. Sreekumar  
3."Kaithudi Thaalam Thatti" Afsal  
4."Raakadal Kadanjedutha" Sujatha Mohan  
5."Thumbi Kalyanathinu Vannethiya" M. G. Sreekumar, Sujatha Mohan  
6."Kadhayile Rajakumariyum (F)" Gayatri Asokan  
7."Onnam Malakeri" Lalu Alex, Dileep, Lal, Innocent, Narayanankutty, Kochu Preman, T. P. Madhavan, Boban Alummoodan, Salim Kumar, Choir  

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