Pokkiri Raja (2010 film)

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Pokkiri Raja
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Promotional poster
Directed by Vysakh
Written by Udaykrishna
Sibi K. Thomas
Produced by Tomichan Mulakupadam
Starring Mammootty
Prithviraj Sukumaran
Shriya Saran
Cinematography Shaji Kumar
Edited by Mahesh Narayanan
Music by
Distributed by Mulakuppadam Release
Release date
  • 7 May 2010 (2010-05-07)(India)
Running time
165 minutes

Pokkiri Raja (transl.Rogue King) is a 2010 Indian Malayalam-language masala film written by Udaykrishna–Sibi K. Thomas and directed by Vysakh. The film stars Mammootty in the titular role, alongside Prithviraj Sukumaran, Shriya Saran, Siddique, Nedumudi Venu, Vijayaraghavan, Salim Kumar, Suraj Venjaramoodu and Riyaz Khan. The film marks the debut of Shriya Saran in Malayalam cinema and Vysakh's directorial debut. [1] [2] [3]


Pokkiri Raja was released worldwide on 7 May 2010 to positive reviews from critics and became the highest grossing Malayalam film of 2010. [4] It was remade in Hindi as Boss and partially in Telugu as Bhai . The film was dubbed and released in Tamil as Raja Pokkiri Raja. A spin-off titled Madhura Raja was released on 12 April 2019. [5]


Kunnath Madhavan Nair, a teacher living happily with his two sons Raja and Surya Narayanan, accidentally kills a boy Gopi, who belongs to their rival family. Raja takes the blame to save Madhavan. Despite Raja getting released from prison, Madhavan refuses to accept him not knowing about his innocence. Raja leaves for Madurai and saves the son of the village landlord Maniannan. Due to this, Raja turns into his right-hand and was named as Madurai Raja.

Years later, Raja becomes a fearsome kingpin called Pokkiri Raja, while Surya is an educated person and is also well known for getting involved in fights. To change his character, Surya is sent to Ernakulam to his brother-in-law SI Sugunan. At Ernakulam, Surya falls in love with Aswathy, the daughter of city commissioner Rajendra Babu. Sugunan takes advantage of Surya's character and sends him in his uniform to take care of severe police cases.

Meanwhile, Surya follows Aswathy, but is unaware that Home Minister Kumaran's son Mahendran is also in love with Aswathy. Aswathy hates Surya as she assumes that he is a cop, but she tells him that Rajendra Babu is her step-father and was the person behind her mother's death. Rajendra Babu have left her alive because Mahendran was in love with her. Rajendra Babu and Mahendran learns of Surya and Aswathy's relationship, where they arrests Surya on false charges of smuggling narcotics.

Rajendra Babu and Mahendran also plan to kill Surya and gives the contract to Raja. At this point, Madhavan leaves for Madurai in search of Raja and asks for his help to rescue Surya. Realizing that Surya is his brother, Raja rescues Surya and warns Rajendra Babu. Raja and Surya crosses many hurdles and manages to defeat Rajendra Babu and Mahendran, but they spare them. Surya reunites with Aswathy and the two get married.



The film was launched by Mammootty with the absence of Prithviraj and Shriya Saran at Changanassery on 30 December 2009. Veteran director Joshiy lighted the ceremonial lamp at the function. [7] Shooting of the film began on 11 January 2010 at various locations in Pollachi and Ernakulam. [8] Prithviraj's song 'Manikyakallin Mukkuticharhtum' song was first shot. The shooting completed within 50 days with a production cost around 5 crores and distribution works started in April. Audio was launched in April at Ernakulam. The dubbing of the film was happen at Kochi. [9] A song was planned to shoot at London featuring the lead pair Prithviraj and Saran but had to cancelled because of volcanic ash from london has stopped the airport from fly in or out any flight. [10] Saran was stranded with Arya at London while shooting for their film Chikku Bukku . [11]


The music is composed by Jassie Gift and Theme music by Rajamani. The album contains 6 songs. The songs will be featured throughout the film except the other version of Ketile Kettile song. Kaithapram contributed the lyrics. This audio was released on 8 April 2010. [12]

All lyrics are written by Kaithapram

Track listing
1."Manikinavain" K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan 3:12
2."Kettille, Kettille" Vijay Yesudas,Prithviraj Sukumaran,Rijiya Riyas, Anwar Sadat3:25
3."Manickya Kallil" Jassie Gift, Malathy, Ananthu 4:00
4."Chenthengil Ponnilaneeru" Ranjith, Anwar Sadat, Suchitra 3:50
5."Pokkiri Raja Theme"  
6.UntitledRajamani, Chorus 


The film was released in 110 screens in India.


Box office

The film was made on a budget of ₹10 crore and collected around ₹16 crore and at the UAE box office. [13] [14] The film became a major commercial success and was declared as the highest grossing Malayalam film of 2010. [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22]

Critical response

Indiaglitz.com reviewed it as a "masala fiesta" and commented that the cinematography and editing are the main highlights of the film, also said "Vysakh as a debutant director has made a decent entertainer and the young man is definitely destined to go places in mainstream Malayalam cinema". [23] Paresh C. Palicha of Rediff gave 2 out of 5 stars and wrote "Finally, Pokkiriraja may supposedly achieve the super hit status with the help of the fans. But, for the genuine viewer, it is a disappointment". [24] Sify called it "mass masala" and commented as it doesn't have a decent storyline but appreciating the visuals. And said the writers have succeeded in allotting equal importance to both the lead actors. But criticized the lack of logic in the script. [25] Veeyen of Nowrunning rated 2 out of 5 stars and wrote "After watching two brothers who have had to tackle with the twists of fate for God-alone-knows-what time, I just have one question to ask. Is it too much to ask for a simple, good story in films?". [26] Gayathry V. Pillai of One India wrote "The movie is somewhat similar to a Tamil film with lots of actions, songs and punch dialogues". [27]


A spin-off titled Madhura Raja was released on 12 April 2019, which grossed over 100 crore at the box office. [28] The third installment of the film has been announced and titled as Minister Raja. [29]


The film was later remade into Hindi as Boss and partially in Telugu as Bhai . [30]

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