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Chithram (1988)

A woman hires a stranger to pose as her husband because she doesn't want her ailing father to know that her fiance broke their engagement.




Priyadarshan, Sreenivasan (story) (as Sreenivasen)
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Credited cast:
Mohanlal ... Vishnu
Nedumudi Venu ... Kaimal
Renjini ... Kalyani
Poornam Vishwanathan Poornam Vishwanathan ... Ramendra Menon
Sreenivasan ... Baskaran Nambiar (as Sreenivasen)
M.G. Soman ... Jail Superintendent
Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair ... Revathy's father
Maniyanpilla Raju ... Murugan
Sukumari ... Bhaskaran's mother
Lizy ... Revathy
Ganesh Kumar ... Revathy's brother
Shanawas ... Ravi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bhagyalakshmi ... Kalyani (voice)


Kalyani (Renjini) decides to marry her boyfriend against her father's (Poornam Vishwanathan) wish. But her boyfriend ditches her when he comes to know that she would be disinherited. Kalyani's father Ramachandra Menon, who stays in US, is unaware of the broken engagement and comes to India to spend his vacation with his newlywed daughter and son in law. This prompts Kaimail (Nedumudi Venu), who takes care of Kalyani, to hire a stranger named Vishnu (Mohanlal) to play the role of Kalyani's husband. But Kalyani's cousin Bhaskaran (Sreenivasan) is aware that Vishnu is not Kalyani's husband and tries to inform Menon about the truth with proof so that he can inherit Menon's wealth. Meanwhile Vishnu and Kalyani never get on well and keep on fighting. But later she develops an affection for him and wishes that she could marry him. But the arrival of a mysterious stranger (M. G. Soman) gives the story a twist as it unfolds Vishnu's past. Written by Dhanya

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Comedy | Drama | Musical


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Mohanlal won the Special Jury Award at the Kerala State Film Awards for his performance in the film. See more »


Featured in Vadakkunokkiyantram (1989) See more »

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A good movie that stands out and is still in the mind
3 January 2018 | by arun_mrSee all my reviews

The movie is an all-time hit in Malayalam. The movie directed by Priyadarshan came to theater in 1988. Soon comes Mohanlal's uncle Vishnu to arrest 3 prisoners. Mohanlal is the culprit who was sentenced to death. In the meanwhile, the Malayalees saw the new life of Vishnu asking to say, "Sir, why not?" The background score of the movie is still Malayali's favorite ring tone. In the climax, Vishnu goes to jail. If the film ends with Vishnu in the movie, it will not be for anyone who does not want to do something

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23 December 1988 (India) See more »

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Shirdi Sai Productions See more »
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