#FilmyFriday: Chandralekha: The Twisted Triangle Love Story with Mohanlal | Malayalam Movie News

The excitement of watching a movie with family and friends on a Friday night is indescribable. And revisiting a movie you love from the comfort of your home is a double pleasure. We know that surfing the internet for a movie may take longer than watching a movie, and we’ve sorted it out for you.

ETimes presents – #FilmyFriday, in which we recommend one film in Malayalam to our readers, each week. And for this week, we have chosen the director ‘Chandralekha’ from Priyadrashan.

Director: Priyadarshan

To throw: Mohanlal, Sukanya, Pooja Batra, Nedumudi Venu, Sreenivasan, MG Soman, Sukumari, Cochin Haneefa, TP Madhavan, Reena, Augustine, Sadiq, Mamukkoya, Kuthiravattam Pappu, Maniyanpillai Raju, Anil Kapoor, Mink Brar

Release year: 1997

At the start of the film, we can see a crowded train station in Mumbai. Looks like a prominent personality is coming. And in the middle of it all is Appukuttan (Mohanlal), trying to go in a different direction, calling his friend Noor (Sreenivasan).

Appukuttan arrives at his sister’s house. Brother-in-law Ravindran Nair (Augustine) is not happy to meet him. Appu arrived to ask his sister to donate her share of the property, to bail out their father from prison. Their father who worked in a bank was apparently cheated by someone and taxed as a thief for stealing a huge amount of money. And Appu needs money to bail out his father, however, Ravindran Nair refuses it.

Appukuttan leaves the house, disappointed, but swears to his brother-in-law that he won’t come back for help, but will somehow find the money for his father’s bail.

Appukuttan sets out to find his childhood friend Noor, who is currently working as a helper for his pinched uncle Beeran (Mamukkoya) at the latter’s juice stand. Upon meeting Nooru, Appu discovers that he, too, is in a miserable state. Nooru works with his uncle so that he doesn’t wander away from his beloved Maimuna, who is Beeran’s daughter.

Noor offers shelter for Appu. Well, don’t be fooled by the “refuge”, Noor is sleeping on a bench and Appu has agreed to take sides! Appu comes across an advertisement; a paint shop needs an employee, but for that you have to have a two-wheeler. Noor asks his girlfriend to lend him two bracelets for a few days so that Appu can rent a bike. He also rents a small apartment, however, Appu soon realizes that his current job is not enough to pay his bills or will help bail out his father. He is therefore considering taking out a loan to open a retail paint store and the bank manager, Mr. Singh, has agreed to lend him rupees. 4 lakhs. Appu also offers Noor Rs. 22,000, so he can open his own juice store. However, there is a slight obstacle to overcome, before this dream. To get the loan he has to show the bank the space he has rented to start the business and for this he needs Rs. 1.5 lakh, which he can easily repay in just 5 days ( at least according to Appu), because the loan would be sanctioned by then. Appu convinces Noor to borrow it from his uncle Beeran. Appu poses as his brother-in-law, bank manager Ravindran, and borrows the money. Things take an unexpected turn when Mr. Singh, the manager, gets a transfer, and Varghese (Maniyanpillai Raju) takes over instead.

Appu is refused the loan and finds himself alone in the street with Noor. As the sun sets, the duo drive a car home and along the way, they see a woman who has been in an accident. The roadside public forces Appu to take her to the hospital and once at the hospital, the hospital authorities ask her to sign the patient’s papers, and they misunderstand him like her husband Alphie. . The woman who had the accident – Chandrika (Sukanya), is the daughter of a millionaire and married her lover Alphie, four days ago, without the consent of her family. Chandra’s father Varma (Nedumudi Venu) also collapses on the feet of Alphie, aka Appu (Mohanlal), asking for an apology as they first meet in the hospital. Appu returns home confused and irritated and accidentally discovers the money and the check from Chandra’s suitcase. And that’s when Noor offers Appu to pretend to be Alphie for a few days. Interestingly, Chandra is the CEO of the bank, where Appu applied for the loan.

Since Chandra is also unconscious and no family member has seen Alphie, they may one day survive on the money. Although after a few days Appu decides to tell the truth, Iravi (Innocent), Varma’s friend asks not to, as Varma will not be able to survive a second stroke.

Once Chandra comes to her senses, she too decides not to reveal the truth because her true lover, Alphie, who she was supposed to marry, turned out to be an impostor, who already has a wife and family and the accident was a suicide attempt. , which she doesn’t want her father and family to know. She asks him to stay as Alphie for a while, and during that, she falls in love with him. However, Iravi’s daughter Lekha (Pooja Batra) returns from the United States and has doubts about the new Alphie. Appu and Lekha, who started out as enemies, fall in love with each other, only to realize that Chandra has feelings for the new Alphie. How will the love triangle work? Will relatives who are suspicious of Alphie find out that he is Appukuttan? Well, you will have to watch the movie to find out more.

“Chandralekha” is a peerless artist, meticulously crafted by Priyadarshan and rich in impeccable performances. From Mohanlal’s exceptional talent for delivering lengthy dialogues to Appu’s cat-and-mouse game – Noor and Beeran to the countless doubts of silly accountant Sankara Kurup (Kuthiravattam Pappu), the film will have you laughing at the top of your lungs! The film also has heartwarming moments and colorful songs and is an engaging watch, even 24 years after its release.


  • Bollywood star Anil Kapoor made a cameo appearance in the film.
  • The film was remade in Telugu in 1998 under the same name and Nagarjuna took over the role of Mohanlal.
  • The film was remade in Hindi in 2000. Entitled “Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega”, the film starred Salman Khan in the lead role.
  • In Tamil the movie was remade as “Summa Nachunu Irukku” and in Kannada it was remade as “Hey Sarasu”.

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