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No: 20 Madras Mail (1990)

Enroute Madras via train, when three friends get falsely accused of a mysterious homicide, they escape and desperately search for the real killer.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Kurishingal
R.K. Nair
Devi R. Nair
Hitchcock Kanjikuzhi
Kumbalam Hari
Narayanan Nadar (as Innocent)
Sr. Gloria
Adv. Thomas Mathew
Mother Superior
Sridhara Menon
Kurisinkal Kariyachan


Abroad the No. 20 Madras Mail to try and meet Mammootty, Tony Kurushingal (Mohanlal), Hitchcock Kanjikuzhyi (Manian Pillai Raju) and Kumbalam Hari (Jagadish), consume alcohol, and Tony flirts with an attractive female passenger, Devi Nair (Suchitra). He wants to sit next to her, but the passenger occupying that seat, as well as her father, R.K. Nair, objects, leading to a physical altercation, which results in Tony being asked to return to his seat. After a scheduled stop, the train resumes, and Mr. Nair finds his daughter's dead body in the toilet. The Police are summoned, begin an investigation, and conclude that one of three people may have have responsible for this homicide, namely: The passenger seated next Devi - a male who is not who he claims to be; Tony; and a third unknown male/female suspect. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Laugh riot and suspense
19 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

One of those movies aimed solely at entertaining the viewers. No. 20 not only has a fair share of comedy but also sustains the suspense through.

Mohanlal and two friends are a group of moneyed vagabonds who get trapped in a murder that takes place on the train from Trivandrum to Madras. How they manage to prove themselves innocent and also identify the murderer forms the crux of this movie. Mammooty makes an appearance as himself (the star) and helps the three prove their innocence. Mammooty's role is a highlight of the movie along with Lal's effortless comedy track. Watch out for the scene where Lal tells an enraged Soman that he was only asking Soman's daughter what brand of soap she uses.

Acting-wise there is nothing extraordinary in the film, since it relies on slapstick humor and a fast paced story. The music is also regular stuff and nothing special. Commercially the movie was very successful and added to Lal's start value.

Watch it when you are in the mood for entertainment.

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