Abhimanyu (1991)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 27 mins

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Realistic and riveting, this hard-hitting gangster drama traces the transformation of Hari (Mohanlal), a welder in a small factory, from an ordinary man seeking a livelihood in Mumbai, like millions of others, into a violent gang leader. Hari witnesses a gang-related murder and gets inadvertently involved with the underworld. The murder of a benevolent local boss complicates life in the slum where Hari lives, causing his slow transformation to a life of crime. Leading the dangerous lifestyle of a mafia leader, Hari, thus becomes Hari Anna, who also becomes a Judge in land disputes, financial matters and local business tiffs. However, after the suicide of his pregnant sister, Hari decides to marry Kiran, a sex worker, and with the help of his friends, formulates a plan to start up a new life outside Mumbai. In the meantime, his arch enemy Amar Bakhia orchestrates attacks on Hari and his gang, leaving many of Hari's friends dead. Hari plots revenge and executes those responsible including Amar, and prepares to escape with Kiran. Will Hari succeed in leaving behind a life of crime, and settling down to a quiet and peaceful family life with Kiran?
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Cast: Geetha Vasan, Mohanlal, Shankar Panicker

Crew: Priyadarshan Nair (Director), Jeeva (Director of Photography), M Raveendran (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Musical

Release Dates: 20 Dec 1991 (India)

Tagline: Crime Never Pays.

Malayalam Name: അഭിമന്യു

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Did you know? This movie was later dubbed and released in Hindi with the title 'Satyaghath - Crime Never Pays'. Read More
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as Kiran
as Harikrishnan/Hari Annan
as Shekhar
as Chottu
Supporting Actor
as Amar Bakhia
Supporting Actress
as Manikandan
as Abbas
Supporting Actress



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Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Playback Singer


Art Director


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Crime Never Pays.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Goonda Nayakudu (Telugu)
This movie was phenomenally successful, winning several awards including Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actor - Mohanlal, Best Editor - N. Gopalakrishnan, and Best Sound Editor - Deepan Chetterji.

This movie was later dubbed and released in Hindi with the title 'Satyaghath - Crime Never Pays'.

The film's Tamil dubbed version "Arasan" was a success.