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Vishu 2007 Preview : Chotta Mumbai


Anwar Rasheed shot from relative obscurity to super director status with Raja Manickyam. He took over the reins of that movie when Renjith abandoned it. Not to be left behind, Mohanlal immediately signed up to act in the directors next movie.

He is called Vasco by his friends. For more close pals he is Thalaai. And his actual name is Vasco Da Gama. He is the son of Pathrosassan who aspired to make him a historian by naming him so.

But today he is the gang leader of Chotta Mumbai- a group who are small time conmen based in Kochi. The gang which consists of Basheer, Tomychan, Chandrappam, Sainu and Susheelan aims only to make enough money each day doing a little bit of swindling, cheating and embezzlement.

They are always in colorful outfits, stylish and enjoying the life to the core. And by the end of the day they will be there to blow it all that they have managed to make. Their main victims are the hordes of foreign tourists who come flocking to the city Chotta Mumbai – [A fun fiesta for Vishu]

Story is by director himself and screenplay is by Benny Nayarambalam. Mohanlal’s heroine is Bhavana, who is a quarter century younger than him. Rest of the cast includes Siddique (with a new wig), Jagathy Sreekumar, Saikumar, Rajan P Dev, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Ramu, Narayanankutty, Kochupreman, Indrajith, Manikuttan, Bheeman Raghu, Santhosh Jogi, Vinayakan, Sanusha, Mallika Sukumaran, Rani , Manianpilla Raju, and Kalabhavan Mani. This movie gives a break to debutant music director Rahul Raj who has a remixed version of Chettikulangara Bharani Naalil in the movie.

Rajamanikyam became a popular film and one of the factors which was entertaining was the south Kerala accent by Mammotty. For Chotta Mumbai, Anwar Rasheed is not going to use the same formula. He says it is going to be a fun film which will have you in splits but Kilukkam Kilukilukkam was also promised as a fun film, so we are a bit wary of this label.

This movie has the right set of people working on the script and in the directors chair and if Anwar Rasheed is able to pull of the bunny from the hat once more this could be a winner.

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  1. Chottamumbai is a filim of anwarrasheed.I had seen his previous filim “rajamanikam” it was a variety filim of mamotty,which he rise up the Trivandrum language “Thalle pille,yevan puliyannu” and all which makes audience funny and intresting dialouges.I hope his new filim chottmumbai will be another vriety filim which will be an entertainment one to all peoples.

  2. In Chota Mumbai Lal is the leader of a Youngsters Gang. Too young to be young.

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