Kunjikoonan (2002 film)

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Directed by Sasi Shanker
Written by Benny P. Nayarambalam
Produced by Milan Jaleel
Starring Dileep
Navya Nair
Cinematography Saloo George
Music by Mohan Sitara
Release date
  • 11 October 2002 (2002-10-11)
Running time
155 minutes
Budget₹1.9 crore [1]

Kunju (transl.The little) is a 2002 Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy film directed by Sasi Shanker, written by Benny P. Nayarambalam, and produced by Milan Jaleel. Starring Dileep, Navya Nair and Manya with Saikumar, Cochin Haneefa, Salim Kumar, Spadikam George, Nedumudi Venu and Bindu Panicker. Dileep played dual roles in this movie. Dileep won Asianet Film Awards for Best Actor. The film was later remade into different indian Languages such as Odia as Rasika Naagara (2003), Tamil as Perazhagan (2004), in Kannada as Manmatha (2006). [2] [3]



The story revolves around Kunjan alias Vimal Kumar, a village youth who is sympathized for his hunchback looks but is lauded for selfless service to others. He covers up his handicap with humor. Unmindful of his looks, Kunjan goes around seeking a suitable bride, with the help of his friend Thoma. Brushing aside many an insult hurled at him, he carries on. He carried the hardships of his life on his back, the pain of others too. He was of peak human moral, a man of great virtue

In contrast to him is Prasad, a violent college student, who loves his classmate Lakshmi. She comes across Kunjan, who assures her that he would get her married to the man of her heart, but she is killed in a fracas involving a gangster named Vasu. Meanwhile, the hunchback Kunjan comes across an orphaned poor blind girl, Chembagam. He wins her heart by helping her out.

Thanks to his efforts, Chembagam regains her vision (the eyes of deceased Lakshmi are transplanted to her). This results in a tussle between Kunjan and Prasad, as to whom Chembagam belongs to now. However, fearing his looks, the hunchback, Kunjan, decides to leave way for the other. But fate has different things for him, where Vasu returns to avenge Kunjan. Prasad remembers Lakshmi and avenges her death by killing Vasu. Prasad approves Kunjan and Chembagam's wedding before being sent to jail.




The film was mainly shot at various locations in Thodupuzha. It was filmed in 83 days.


Soundtrack album by
Language Malayalam
Label Satyam Audios
Mohan Sithara chronology
Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan

The songs of this movie was composed by Mohan Sithara and penned by Yusufali Kechery. [4] In 2002 Radhika Thilak received best female playback singer award from Kerala film critics association for the song Omanamalare ninmaran.

All lyrics are written by Yusufali Kechery.

1."Azhake Varu Nee"Mahadevan4:23
2."Katte Poonkatte" P. Jayachandran 5:00
3."Kadanja Chandanamo" K. J. Yesudas 4:25
4."Kanne Unaru Nee (Male Version)"K. J. Yesudas5:18
5."Kanne Unaru Nee (Female Version)" Sujatha Mohan 5:16
6."Kunjante Penninu (Male Version)" Vidhu Prathap 4:46
7."Kunjante Penninu (Female Version)" Jyotsna Radhakrishnan, Hridya Suresh 
8."Omana Malare" Radhika Thilak 5:01
Total length:39:12

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