Pokkiri Raja (2010 film)
Siby K. Thomas
|Produced by||Tomichan Mulakupadam|
|Edited by||Mahesh Narayanan|
|Distributed by||Mulakuppadam Release|
|Box office||est. ₹28 crore|
Pokkiri Raja (transl. Rogue king) is a 2010 Indian Malayalam-language action film written by the duo Udayakrishna-Siby K. Thomas, directed by debutante Vysakh and starring Mammootty and Prithviraj Sukumaran. The supporting cast include Shriya Saran, Siddique, Nedumudi Venu, Vijayaraghavan, Salim Kumar, Suraj Venjaramoodu and Riyaz Khan. The score was composed by C. Rajamani with songs composed by Jassie Gift. Despite getting mixed reviews from critics this film was commercial success at box office. The film marked the debut of Shriya Saran in Malayalam cinema.
The film was released on 7 May 2010 in Kerala. It was remade in Hindi as Boss & Telugu film Bhai was loosely based on this film. The film was dubbed and released in Tamil as Raja Pokkiri Raja. A spin-off named Madhura Raja released on 12 April 2019. The film was a major commercial success and the highest grossing malayalam film of the year 2010.
The film revolves around the life of Madhavan. The film begins with Madhavan's elder son Raja being arrested for killing a boy belonging to their opposite family, but it is also shown that the murder was by mistakenly done by Madhavan himself, but Raja had taken up the blame. Even after he comes out of the jail, Madhavan refuses to accept him not knowing that Raja was innocent. Raja then reaches Madurai and there, he saves the life of the son of Maniannan), the village landlord. Then Raja turns into his right hand and was names as Madurai Raja. Years later, a grown up Raja is now being called as Pokkiri Raja, a fearsome kingpin. Meanwhile, Surya, Madhavan's younger son is a young, energetic, educated guy well known for his rowdyism in the village. To change his character, he is sent to Ernakulam to his brother-in-law S.I Sugunan, who is a scaredy-cat. There, he falls in love with Aswathy, the daughter of Rajendra Babu, the City Police Commisioner. Sugunan takes advantage of Surya's character and sends him in his uniform to take care of some severe police cases. Meanwhile, Home Minister's son Mahendran is also behind Aswathy. First Aswathy shows hatred for Surya, thinking he is a police officer. Later she tells to him that Rajendra Babu is not her real father but her step-father. And he killed her mother, and have left her alive because Mahendran is having a liking to her. Rajendran and Mahendran comes to know about Surya's and Aswathy's relationship and arrests him for false drug cases. He plan to kill Surya and gives the contract to Raja. At this point, Madhavan goes to Madurai in search of his elder son (which is again Raja) who left for Madurai 10 years back, and asks for his help to rescue his younger son Surya. After realising that Surya is his brother, Raja rescues Surya and opens up to Rajendran that Surya is his brother. The rest of the story is how Raja will defeat Rajendran and Mahendran but spare their life and Surya unite with Aswathy.
- Mammootty as Madhura Raja/Pokkiri Raja
- Prithviraj Sukumaran as Surya Narayanan
- Shriya Saran as Aswathy (voiceover by Sreeja Ravi)
- Nedumudi Venu as Kunnath Madhavan Nair
- Vijayaraghavan as Krishnan
- Siddique as City Police Commissioner Rajendra Babu IPS
- Suraj Venjaramoodu as SI 'Idivettu' Sugunan
- Salim Kumar as Novelist Manoharan Mangalodayam
- Charan Raj as Maniyannan
- Bindu Panicker as Rugmini, 'Idivettu' Suganan's Wife, and Raja's & Surya's Sister
- Thesni Khan as Ramani, Manoharan's Wife
- Ambika Mohan as Raja's and Surya's Mother
- Delhi Ganesh as Velu, Raja's assistant
- Santhosh Jogi as Raja'a assistant
- Riyaz Khan as Mahendran, Aswathy's Fiancée and Home Minister Kumaran's Son
- Rizabawa as Home Minister Kumaran
- Ponnamma Babu as Home Minister's Wife
- Anil Murali as CI Dinesh
- Sadiq as SI Raveendranath
- Urmila Unni as Aswathy's Mother
- Arun as Varun
- Kalabhavan Shajohn as SI Thomas
- Joemon Joshy as Gopi
- Jagannatha Varma as Thirumeni
- Kozhikode Narayanan Nair as Poojari
- T. P. Madhavan as Temple Committee Member
- Dhandapani as Parthasarathy
- Abu Salim
- Kalashala Babu as Achuthan Nair
- Kundara Johny as Achuthan's sin
- Santhosh as Achuthan's son
- Paravai Muniyamma
- Karate Raja
- Baburaj as Unnithan
- Kanya Bharathias Rajendra Babu's wife
- Sasi Kalinga as Police officer
- Shweta Menon in a guest appearance in a song
- Rachana Maurya in a guest appearance in a song
The film was launched by Mammootty with the absence of Prithviraj and Shriya Saran at Changanassery on 30 December 2009. Veteran director Joshi lighted the ceremonial lamp at the function. Shooting of the film began on 11 January 2010 at various locations in Pollachi and Ernakulam. Prithviraj's song 'Manikyakallin Mukkuticharhtum' song was first shot. The shooting completed within 50 days with a production cost around 5 crores and distribution works started in April. Audio was launched in April at Ernakulam. The dubbing of the film was happen at Kochi. A song was planned to shoot at London featuring the lead pair Prithviraj and Shriya Saran but had to canceled because of volcanic ash from london has stopped the airport from fly in or out any flight. While actress Shriya Saran get stranded with Tamil actor Arya at London while shooting for their film Chikku Bukku.
Indiaglitz.com reviewed it as a "masala fiesta" and commented that the cinematography and editing are the main highlights of the film, also said "Vysakh as a debutant director has made a decent entertainer and the young man is definitely destined to go places in mainstream Malayalam cinema". Paresh C. Palicha of Rediff.com onelined as "Pokkiriraja disappoints" and rated 2/5 stars, he criticize the script does not care for logic or storytelling. But Prithviraj packaged as a wholesome entertainer does not disappoint. And concluded "Pokkiriraja may supposedly achieve the super hit status with the help of the fans. But, for the genuine viewer, it is a disappointment". Sify.com called it "mass masala" and commented as it doesn't have a decent storyline but appreciating the visuals. And said the writers have succeeded in allotting equal importance to both the lead actors. But criticized the lack of logic in the script. Veeyen of Nowrunning.com rated 2/5 stars and heavily criticized the script saying "I just have one simple question to ask. Is it too much to ask for a simple, good story in films?", also said "Pokkiri Raja" is like a fusion of Tamil and Telugu cinema, but sadly of the 80's. Gayathry V. Pillai of One India stated "The movie is somewhat similar to a Tamil film with lots of actions, songs and punch dialogues" and called it a "mass masala entertainer", and criticized the length.
The film was made on a budget of ₹4.25 crore, and as of 24 June 2010, the film grossed ₹17 crore at the Kerala box office.  The film collected around ₹5 crore and was successful at the UAE box office. The film was major commercial success, and highest grossing Malayalam film of the year 2010. The film ran 175 days in theatres.
The music is composed by Jassie Gift and Theme music by Rajamani. The album contains 6 songs. The songs will be featured throughout the film except the other version of Ketile Kettile song. Kaithapram contributed the lyrics. This audio was released on 8 April 2010.
All lyrics are written by Kaithapram.
|1.||"Manikinavain"||K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan||3:12|
|2.||"Kettille, Kettille"||Vijay Yesudas, Rijiya, Anwar Sadat||3:25|
|3.||"Manickya Kallil"||Jassie Gift, Malathy, Ananthu||4:00|
|4.||"Chenthengil Ponnilaneeru"||Ranjith, Anwar Sadat, Suchitra, Rijiya||3:50|
|5.||"Pokkiri Raja Theme"|
A spin-off named Madhura Raja was released on April 12, 2019 which grossed over ₹ 104 crore from worldwide box office in its final run. The third one of the Raja series has been announced and titled as Minister Raja.
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