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2 Harihar Nagar
Harihar Nagar 2.jpg
Directed byLal
Written byLal
Produced byP. N. Venugopal
StarringMukesh
Siddique
Jagadish
Ashokan
CinematographyVenu
Edited byV. Sajan
Music byAlex Paul
Distributed byLal Releases (India)
PJ Entertainments (Europe)
Release date
  • 1 April 2009 (2009-04-01)
Running time
136 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

2 Harihar Nagar is a 2009 Indian Malayalam-language comedy thriller film written and directed by Lal and produced by P. N. Venugopal starring Mukesh, Siddique, Jagadish and Ashokan. It is the sequel to In Harihar Nagar (1990).The film chronicle the story of four very close friends Mahadevan (Mukesh), Govindan Kutty(Siddique), Appukuttan (Jagadish) and Thomas Kutty (Ashokan). The film was a blockbuster at the box office.[1] The final sequel and third movie in the trilogy, In Ghost House Inn was released in 2010.

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Malayalam

Malayalam

Malayalam is a Dravidian language spoken in the Indian state of Kerala and the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry by the Malayali people. It is one of 22 scheduled languages of India. Malayalam was designated a "Classical Language of India" in 2013. Malayalam has official language status in Kerala, and Puducherry (Mahé), and is also the primary spoken language of Lakshadweep, and is spoken by 34 million people in India. Malayalam is also spoken by linguistic minorities in the neighbouring states; with significant number of speakers in the Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka, and Kanyakumari, district of Tamil Nadu. It is also spoken by the Malayali Diaspora worldwide, especially in the Persian Gulf countries, due to large populations of Malayali expatriates there. There are significant population in each cities in India including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune etc.

Comedy thriller

Comedy thriller

Comedy thrillers are a hybrid genre that draw subject matter generally from comedy and thrillers.

Lal (actor)

Lal (actor)

M. P. Michael, better known by his stage name Lal, is an Indian actor, director, screenwriter, producer and distributor who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema. He has also appeared in Tamil films and in a few Telugu films. Lal has won several awards, including a National Film Award – Special Mention for acting (2012), two Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor, and a Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam (2008). He is the owner of Lal Media Arts, a post-production studio.

Mukesh (actor)

Mukesh (actor)

Mukesh Madhavan, known mononymously as Mukesh, is an Indian actor, film producer, television presenter, and politician who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema besides also having sporadically appeared in Tamil-language films. In a film career spanning four decades, he has acted in over 260 Malayalam films. His 1996 film Kaanaakkinaavu premiered at the IFFI and won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. He co-produced Kadha Parayumbol (2007), which won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value. He also produced the 2012 film Thattathin Marayathu, which is considered one of the defining films of the Malayalam New Wave.

Siddique (actor)

Siddique (actor)

Siddique is an Indian actor and producer, who works mainly in Malayalam cinema. Along with appearing in over 350 Malayalam films, he has also acted in a few Tamil, Telugu and Hindi language films. He is known for having played a wide range of starring and supporting roles, including comic characters, romantic leads, anti-heroes and villains.

Ashokan (actor)

Ashokan (actor)

Ashokan is an Indian actor known for his roles in Malayalam films. He made his film debut with Peruvazhiyambalam the film won the 1979 National film award for best feature film. He is best known for his roles in Yavanika (1982), Yuvajanotsavam (1986), Thoovanathumbikal (1987), Moonnam Pakkam (1988), In Harihar Nagar (1990), Amaram (1990) and 2 Harihar Nagar (2009).

In Harihar Nagar

In Harihar Nagar

In Harihar Nagar is a 1990 Indian Malayalam-language comedy thriller film written and directed by Siddique-Lal. The film, set in the fictional locality of Harihar Nagar follows four unemployed bachelors: Mahadevan (Mukesh), Govindan Kutty (Siddique), Appukuttan (Jagadeesh) and Thomas Kutty (Ashokan) and their attempts to woo their new neighbour. It also stars Rizabawa, Kaviyoor Ponnamma and Rekha, with Suresh Gopi and Sai Kumar making cameo appearances. The music was composed by S. Balakrishnan. In Harihar Nagar was released on 20 June 1990. The film was the fourth highest grossing film of the year and ran for more than 100 days in theatres. The film is widely celebrated as one of the most popular Malayalam comedy films ever and has over the years gained a cult following, spawning two sequels — 2009's 2 Harihar Nagar, and 2010's In Ghost House Inn — and remakes in Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu. Its success also spawned a series of unrelated low budget comedy films featuring the principal cast, in the years that followed.

In Ghost House Inn

In Ghost House Inn

In Ghost House Inn is a 2010 Indian Malayalam-language comedy horror film written, directed, and co-produced by Lal,. Starring Siddique, Mukesh, Jagadish and Ashokan in the lead roles, the movie is a sequel to 2 Harihar Nagar (2009) and In Harihar Nagar (1990). It was produced by P. N. Venugopal under the banner of PNV Associates. The movie was a boxoffice success.

Plot

The movie starts with a flashback, in front of a church, in 1980 when the four main characters were children. This scene shows the beginning of their friendship. Thomas Philip (a.k.a. Thomas Kutty) loses money to a scam artist, who responds to his complaints with violence. He is rescued by the other three who respond to his calls of distress.

They then invite Thomas Kutty to join their group who, above all, vow never to cheat on one another. The scene is transitioned by the quote "Thomas Kutty Vittodaa!" (Thomas kutty, run!) once the scam artist brings his friends to return the beating he got.

The movie transitions to the current time: Each of them are introduced again, 20 years later. Mahadevan is a Psychologist and an unhappily married father in the Middle East. Govindan Kutty is a Civil Engineer-CEO who's happily married Parvathi (Lena) and settled in Kochi. Appukuttan (now Dr. Appukuttan Nair) is a dental specialist, living in Mumbai who often fights with his wife and twins.

The prologue show them preparing to travel back to Harihar Nagar to attend Thomas Kutty's wedding; he, after years of "enjoying" his bachelor life, has decided to settle down and marry an orphan who belonged to the same church as him. The prologue also highlights that none of them have really changed from their flirtatious ways, despite being married.

After arriving at Harihar Nagar, they settle into Govindan Kutty's old house at Harihar Nagar. Disappointed at how life has become sombre after growing up, they decide to revert to their younger selves for the rest of the trip. To jump start their "trip back to youthfulness," Mahadevan suggests that they should create problems in the neighbourhood: According to him, its only with problems that one becomes youthfully energetic.

While staying at Govindan Kutty's house, they are greeted with flowers left at the doorstep with a tag reading "Maya." Immediately thinking that this is their old Maya, they go to meet her in a café. They barely miss her, but Appukuttan throws a rock and breaks her car's rear window. An anonymous woman steps out of the car. But it is not "their" Maya. They are immediately arrested. Later, "Maya" comes and gets them out of jail saying that they are her friends and didn't recognise it because she hadn't seen them in a long time. Once out, she says not to bother her any more because of this. Maya lives right across from Govindan Kutty's house. Trying to find the weakness that will draw her attention, one night Appukuttan looks to the window and is frightened by the sight of a ghostly figure with a "burned" face.

Thomas Kutty is not staying with the other three on that night, but he arrives the next morning. Mahadevan says a sentimental story to make Maya believe that they're not here for wrong reasons. She later comes and visits them and becomes their friend. A hilarious sequence follows.

It is revealed that Maya is John Honai's daughter, in cahoots with her evil brother (John was the villain in the first part). Thomas Kutty gets kidnapped days before his wedding and his three friends are suspected. They are followed by the police. Meanwhile, Freddy Honai, son of John Honai reveals that he has Thomas kutty. When the threesome (with great difficulty) enters Freddy Honai's hiding place they find Thomas Kutty. Freddy Honai demands the box filled with money which the old Maya had given them. The 3 friends say to Freddy that they will give the box when the original owner comes in front of them. Freddy calls them to a room where a face covered man with his wheelchair by halfly burned face is sitting. Appukkuttan remembers the face that he seen the face earlier at Christina's their known Maya's house. Freddy reveals it is the person the foursome knows as John Honai, his father. The box is now in a bank with each of the foursome knowing two digits of the password. The four escape, but now Appukuttan is missing. Maya is found and chided. But she tells her story full of dire circumstances. The correct code for the box sounds faulty. It seems that Appukuttan who is in the hands of Honai has forgotten his two digits.

After a lot of twists and turns they confround Honai who has a time bomb attached to his pet Lousie, a clinging lizard. The time bomb comically gets caught over each person. But then things get serious. The time bomb gets caught on Thomas kutty while Honai presses the ignition to burst in 30 seconds. Thomas Kutty runs to Honai in the last few seconds and pushes Honai and himself into the next room. The bomb explodes killing them both.

In the end, the other three friends eventually find out that Thomas Kutty is alive and was cheating them the whole time. Everything that happened thus far was a plan made by Thomas Kutty to get the money to pay a debt he had while gambling. They beats him up in pain and anger and leaves him at the same church where they started their friendship. But he apologises for everything he did and they all reconcile at his wedding and becomes best friends again.

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Middle East

Middle East

The Middle East is a geopolitical region commonly encompassing Arabia, Asia Minor, East Thrace, Egypt, Iran, the Levant, Mesopotamia, and the Socotra Archipelago. The term came into widespread usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century. The term "Middle East" has led to some confusion over its changing definitions, and has been viewed by some to be discriminatory or too Eurocentric. The region includes the vast majority of the territories included in the closely associated definition of Western Asia, but without the South Caucasus, and additionally includes all of Egypt and all of Turkey.

Lena (actress)

Lena (actress)

Lenaa is an Indian actress and scriptwriter who appears predominantly in Malayalam cinema.

Kochi

Kochi

Kochi, also known as Cochin is a major port city on the Malabar Coast of India bordering the Laccadive Sea, which is a part of the Arabian Sea. It is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala and is commonly referred to as Ernakulam. Kochi is the most densely populated city in Kerala. As of 2011, it has a corporation limit population of 677,381 within an area of 94.88 km2 and a total urban population of more than of 2.1 million within an area of 440 km2, making it the largest and the most populous metropolitan area in Kerala. Kochi city is also part of the Greater Cochin region and is classified as a Tier-II city by the Government of India. The civic body that governs the city is the Kochi Municipal Corporation, which was constituted in the year 1967, and the statutory bodies that oversee its development are the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) and the Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA). The current metropolitan limits of Kochi include the mainland Ernakulam, Fort Kochi, the suburbs of Edapally, Kalamassery, Aluva and Kakkanad to the northeast; Tripunithura to the southeast; and a group of islands closely scattered in the Vembanad Lake.

Mumbai

Mumbai

Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the de facto financial centre of India. According to the United Nations, as of 2018, Mumbai is the second-most populous city in India after Delhi and the eighth-most populous city in the world with a population of roughly 20 million. As per the Indian government population census of 2011, Mumbai was the most populous city in India with an estimated city proper population of 12.5 million (1.25 crore) living under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Mumbai is the centre of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, the sixth most populous metropolitan area in the world with a population of over 23 million. Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India.

Cast

Actor Anoop Chandran provides the voice for Sudipto balav's character Freddy Honai(fake).

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Mukesh (actor)

Mukesh (actor)

Mukesh Madhavan, known mononymously as Mukesh, is an Indian actor, film producer, television presenter, and politician who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema besides also having sporadically appeared in Tamil-language films. In a film career spanning four decades, he has acted in over 260 Malayalam films. His 1996 film Kaanaakkinaavu premiered at the IFFI and won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. He co-produced Kadha Parayumbol (2007), which won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value. He also produced the 2012 film Thattathin Marayathu, which is considered one of the defining films of the Malayalam New Wave.

Ashokan (actor)

Ashokan (actor)

Ashokan is an Indian actor known for his roles in Malayalam films. He made his film debut with Peruvazhiyambalam the film won the 1979 National film award for best feature film. He is best known for his roles in Yavanika (1982), Yuvajanotsavam (1986), Thoovanathumbikal (1987), Moonnam Pakkam (1988), In Harihar Nagar (1990), Amaram (1990) and 2 Harihar Nagar (2009).

Rohini (actress)

Rohini (actress)

Rohini Molleti, known professionally as Rohini, is an Indian actress, screenwriter, and lyricist. She has mainly acted in Malayalam,Telugu, Tamil films along with few Kannada films. Having started her acting career at five, she has about 130 south Indian films to her credit. She received National Award of Special Mention and Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Special Jury Award for Best Performance in 1995 for the film Stri.

Lena (actress)

Lena (actress)

Lenaa is an Indian actress and scriptwriter who appears predominantly in Malayalam cinema.

Reena Basheer

Reena Basheer

Reena Basheer is an Indian actress and dancer. She works in the Malayalam film industry and television.

Janardhanan (actor)

Janardhanan (actor)

Janardhanan Nair is an Indian actor, producer and a former Indian Airforce personnel who predominantly acts in Malayalam films. He acted in his first feature film Adyathe Kadha, directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan in 1971, he acted in more than 700 films. He started his career when Malayalam films were made in black and white. He is known for his style of handling humour and his iconic voice. He started his career playing brusque villains and sub hero roles in the 1970s and early 1980s, acting along with Prem Nazir and Jayan, but later established himself as a highly sought-after comedian.

Kochu Preman

Kochu Preman

K. S. Premkumar, better known by his stage name Kochu Preman, is an Indian actor who works in Malayalam film industry . He has acted in more than 100 films, mainly in supporting comedy roles. He also appears in television.

Narayanankutty

Narayanankutty

Narayanan Kutty or Kalabhavan Narayanankutty is a Malayalam film actor. He has acted in more than 300 films. He handles mainly comedy roles.

Chali Pala

Chali Pala

Chalil Baby better known as Chali Pala is an Indian actor who appears in Malayalam movies. He handles character roles and supporting roles in Malayalam films.

Kunchan

Kunchan

Kunchan is a given name. Notable people with the name include:Kunchan Nambiar (1705–1770), 18th-century satirist from Kerala who was the originator of Ottamthullal Kunchan, Indian actor appearing primarily in Malayalam films

Geetha Vijayan

Geetha Vijayan

Geetha Vijayan is an Indian actress who appears in Malayalam movies, a few Tamil and Hindi movies. She debuted in the 1990 Malayalam comedy-thriller film In Harihar Nagar. She has since acted in more than 150 Malayalam movies and in some Tamil and Hindi films. She has also acted in about 10 Malayalam television serials and two Tamil serials.

Kaviyoor Ponnamma

Kaviyoor Ponnamma

Kaviyoor Ponnamma is an Indian actress who appears in Malayalam films and television. She began her career performing in theatre dramas before foraying into cinema. She has also acted in TV serials and commercials and has playback singing credits in few films. Ponnamma is a four-time Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress winner. Her sister Kaviyoor Renuka was also an actress. Often called as the Mother to all actors, she has acted as mother of almost all actors in her career panning over decades. At the age of 20, she played the mother of Sathyan and Madhu in the 1965 movie Thommente Makkal. She gained critical acclaim for acting as the mother of the actor Mohanlal.

Release

Box office

The film was released in 65 screens all over Kerala and had a successful opening, owing to the cult following of its prequel.[2] The film was highly successful which ran over 100 days in theatres,[1] and was the third biggest grossing film of the year 2009.. The satellite rights of the film was sold for an amount of 1.2 crores.[3]

The film was commercial success.[4][5] The film grossed 3.6 crore in 9 days in Kerala box office. It collected around ₹20 crore from Worldwide box office.[6]

Critical reception

The film mostly opened to high positive reviews from the critics. Sify wrote " 2 Harihar Nagar is just what intelligent filmmaking is all about and, no wonder, this delightful comedy is a winner from the word go."[7] Rediff wrote "The main reason 2 Harihar Nagar works is because the performance of the foursome that Lal is able to extract, giving us a sense of deja vu" and gave it 3 stars out of 5.[8] Indiaglitz wrote "To Harihar Nagar definitely offers rib tickling comedy and delightful watch from the word goes, with apt mixing up of inexhaustible laughter and few moods of seriousness at intervals."[9]

Source: "2 Harihar Nagar", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_Harihar_Nagar.

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References
  1. ^ a b "KBO- Summer Box- Office ( May 1 to June 11)". Sify. 24 June 2009. Archived from the original on 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ "2 Harihar Nagar is a super hit!". Sify. 3 April 2009. Archived from the original on 6 April 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Comedy riot To Harihar Nagar releases". Oneindia. 1 April 2009. Archived from the original on 28 April 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
  4. ^ Moviebuzz (2 January 2010). "2009– A Flashback!". Sify. Archived from the original on 22 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Half-yearly Malayalam BO: Pokkiri Raja rules". Rediff.com. India. 22 June 2010.
  6. ^ Moviebuzz (20 April 2009). "All roads lead 2 Harihar Nagar!". Sify. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018.
  7. ^ "2 Harihar Nagar : Simply Rocking". Sify. 1 April 2009. Archived from the original on 5 April 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
  8. ^ "Enjoy 2 Harihar Nagar!". Rediff. 1 April 2009. Archived from the original on 5 April 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  9. ^ "To Harihar Nagar – It's a fun train 'To Harihar Nagar'". Indiaglitz. 3 April 2009. Archived from the original on 5 April 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
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