Chithram (1988)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 51 mins

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This upbeat romantic comedy delves into the life of Kalyani (Played by Renjini), a wealthy heiress who decides to marry her boyfriend against her father's (Poornam Vishwanathan) wishes. But her boyfriend ditches her when she comes to know that she would be disinherited. Kalyani's father, Ramachandra Menon, who stays in US, is unaware of the ditching and comes to spend his vacation with his daughter and son in law. This prompts Kaimail (Nedumudi Venu), who takes care of Kalyani to hire 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 are constantly at conflict with each other, getting into ego battles all the time. However, there fiery relationship mellows into love; isshe develops an affection for him and wishes that she could marry him. But the arrival of a mysterious stranger (played by M G Soman) takes the story to a different turn as it unfolds Vishnu's past.
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Cast: Mohanlal Nair, Ranjini Selvaraj

Crew: Priyadarshan Nair (Director), S Kumar (Director of Photography), Kannur Rajan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Release Dates: 23 Dec 1988 (India)

Malayalam Name: ചിത്രം

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Did you know? It was remade in Tamil as Engirundho Vandhan (1995), starring Sathyaraj, Roja, Aamani, directed by Santhana Bharathi. Read More
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as Vishnu
as Kalyani
as Bhaskaran Nambiar's Sister
Supporting Actor
as Revathy's Brother
as Jail Superintendent
as Murugan
as Kaimal
as Ramendra Menon
as Baskaran Nambiar
as Revathy's Father
as Bhaskaran Nambiar's Mother

Direction

Writers

Screenplay Writer
Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Editorial

Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Malayalam
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
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Music Director: Kannur Rajan
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar
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Music Director: Kannur Rajan
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar
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Music Director: Kannur Rajan
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Music Director: Kannur Rajan
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar, Sujatha Mohan
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Music Director: Kannur Rajan
Playback Singer: Mohanlal Nair
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Music Director: Kannur Rajan
Playback Singer: Sujatha Mohan
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Music Director: Kannur Rajan
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar
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Music Director: Kannur Rajan
Playback Singer: Mohanlal Nair, Sujatha Mohan
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Music Director: Kannur Rajan
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar
Trivia:
It was remade in Hindi as Pyar Hua Chori Chori (1991), Mithun Chakraborty, Gouthami, Shikha Swaroop, Shafi Inamdar, Anupam Kher, directed by K Bapayya.

It was remade in Kannada as Rayaru Bandaru Mavana Manege (1993), starring Vishnuvardhan, Dolly[disambiguation needed], Bindiya, Vajramuni, C R Simha, Dwarakish, Sihi Kahi Chandru, directed by BS Dwarakish.

It was remade in Tamil as Engirundho Vandhan (1995), starring Sathyaraj, Roja, Aamani, directed by Santhana Bharathi.

It was remade in Telugu as Alludugaru (1990), starring Mohan Babu, Shobana, Ramya Krishna, Kongara Jaggaiah, directed by K Raghavendra Rao.

PKR Pillai of Shirdi Sai Creations started 2 films together, "Chithram" and "Nair Saab", but as he faced financial issues, he sold "Nair Saab" to Basheer of Liberty Productions and completed this movie.

The scene in which "Mohanlal" asks MG Soman to spare his life was shot a year after everything else.

This movie was a phenomenal success, becoming one of the highest grossing Malayalam films, and breaking several records as it ran in theaters for over a year.
Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: Engirundho Vandhan (Tamil)
Remade as: Pyar Hua Chori Chori (Hindi)
Remade as: Alludugaru (Telugu)
Featured in: Second Show (Malayalam)
Featured in: Vadakkunokki Yanthram (Malayalam)