One-Man Show (2001)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 10 mins

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This multi-layered drama unfurls itself in the course of a TV game show, much akin to Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Jayakrishnan (Jayaram), the protagonist, comes to take part in the show, hosted by popular filmstar Mukesh. In the course of the show, the host pries into Jayakrishnan’s past and the whole story is unfurled in flashback. Jayakrishnan, his uncle K. R. Menon (Narendra Prasad) and his cousin, Menon’s daughter Radhika (Samyuktha Varma), who is Jayakrishnan’s sweetheart too, lived together. All of them were lawyers and their house was nicknamed "Kodathi veedu" (Court house). Among the lawyers of Kodathi Veedu, Jayakrishnan and his Junior Ponnappan (Kalabhavan Mani) were the only utter. No client ever came in search of Jayakrishnan and he never earned anything. However, with firm belief and determination that he'd marry Radhika only after he had fought and won a legal battle, Jayakrishnan, along with Ponnappan, decides to reopen the case of Hari Narayanan (Lal), who is locked up in a mental asylum for the past few years. Jayakrishnan, with timely help from Doctor Raziya (Manya), his friend, proves in court that Hari Narayanan is not insane and that he was dubbed a mad man by his own brother Raveendran (Janardhanan), who wanted to wrest Hari's property too. It’s uncle Menon who fights the suit from the other side. Jayakrishnan wins the case. Hari Narayanan is released from the mental asylum. Jayakrishnan is married to Radhika. However, in an unexpected twist, Jayakrishnan discovers that Hari Narayanan was actually insane. Jayakrishnan is helpless as he was ashamed to expose Hari Narayanan's insanity. Meanwhile, the insane Hari Narayanan thinks that it was him who married Radhika. Then starts a series of strange happenings after which everybody believes that it is Jayakrishnan who is insane. Meanwhile, Hari Narayanan begins to seek revenge on his brother. He explodes his brother's factory, which causes a huge financial loss. It was Radhika, who legally offered bail for Hari Narayanan, responsible to repay this amount. Obviously, they were not able to pay and Radhika is in prison for this. It was for her release that Jayakrishnan has come for the TV game show. Can Jayakrishnan succeed in winning the contest, thereby pay back the dues and ensured his beloved is safe and secure?

Cast: Jayaram Subramaniam, Paul Michael

Crew: Shafi (Director), Ananda Kuttan (Director of Photography), Rajamani (Music Director), Suresh Peters (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 01 Dec 2001 (India)

Malayalam Name: ഓനെ-മാൻ ഷോ

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Did you know? This movie was remade in Tamil under the title Kalakkura Chandru (2007), with popular actor, Karthik playing the lead role. Read More
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as Jayakrishnan
Supporting Actor
as Ponnappan
as Pankajakshan
as Dr. Nambyar
as K. R. Menon
as Bhaskaran
as Radhika Menon
Supporting Actor




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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
This film marks the directorial debut of Shafi.

This movie was remade in Tamil under the title Kalakkura Chandru (2007), with popular actor, Karthik playing the lead role.