Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans

Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans
Directed by Shaji Kailas
Produced by Joemon
Ramdan Poyyeri
Written by Renji Panicker
Starring Jagadish
Narendra Prasad
Suresh Gopi (Cameo)
Music by Rajamani
Cinematography Anandakuttan
Edited by Bhoominathan
Release dates
  • 1993 (1993)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans is 1993 Malayalam political film by Shaji Kailas. Written by Renji Panicker, this film revolved around the current affairs of Kerala in those days and was a huge sensational hit. It severely criticized the political establishments and exposed the unholy equations of politics, where by inviting strong opposition from different political quarters. Jagadish did the main role of the common man who accidentally ends up being the home minister of the state. This film is considered as a turning point in the career of Jagadish, who was until then hooked up in senseless comedy roles.


Hindustan Colony, lying on the suburbs of the city, is a typical Indian city side colony, populated mainly with middle-class and lower-class people who are busy with their own day-to-day issues. The problem of drinking water had been a serious cause, which had been neglected by the ruling class for several years. Goplakrishnan (Jagadish), a resident of the colony is an educated youth, who works as a newspaper boy. Along with his bunch of friends Gopalakrishnan is active in all cultural activities. He is in love with Gowri, daughter of Poomukhath Kurup (Oduvil Unnikrishnan), a corrupted business contractor, who is also his uncle. It was the callousness of Kurup that led to the death of the father of Gopalakrishnan, which has made him a bitter enemy of Kurupp. In the mean time, politics is in turmoil in the state.

The chief minister (Janardhanan) is in all efforts to retain power, in spite of strong opposition from within his own party. Kunjikannan Nambiar (Narendra Prasad), a seasoned shrewd politician is all set to take up the power by usurping the chief minister. The sudden death of Marukandam Madhavan, a minister, demands a re-election, which is crucial for the ministry to survive. Kunjikanan Nambiar takes out his political clout and demands the seat for one of his loyalists. The chief minister lets Nambiar the power to choose a candidate, but a fresher with some one with winnable factor. Nambiar, then decides to field Gopalakrishnan, on request of the party workers from Hindustan Colony, who enjoys a strong influence among the people. Gopalakrishnan, who has no political experience thus becomes a candidate with the support of his friends and wins the election with stunning majority. But Nambiar doesn't ends his game with this. In the party meeting, Nambiar argues for a ministry and makes Gopalakrishnan the home minister of the state. Nambiar, a politician with lethal mindset and mysterious underworld connections wanted the home ministry in his hands to ensure easy flow of weapons through the state.

But shocking him, Gopalakrishnan starts performing in his own capacity, thereby scattering the plans of Nambiar. Gopalakrishnan wins the heart of the chief minister, when he announces free policing system and cleansing the law and order. Mohammed Iqbal (Siddique), a young dynamic police officer is assigned the task of cleaning up the capital city, who arrests the goons of Nambiar, annoying him to the best. His order to release the goons is ignored by the Minister, who also prevents the plans to ignite communal violence in the city. But Nambiar decides to start a revolt from Hindustan Colony itself. His plan to divide the people of Hindustan Colony on communal lines shows results, which creates minor scuffles in the peaceful colony. Subair (Suresh Gopi), the childhood friend of Gopalakrishnan, who is on leave from army tries to mediate and settle issues. Several temples and mosques are now raided by police on special order from home minister, where by several deadly weapons including guns and bombs are found by police. This issue rocks the state.

Nambiar masterminds a huge communal violence in the city, mainly at Hindustan Colony. In the riots, the goons of Nambiar set fire to several houses, and rape several women, including Subair's sister. Subair, in an attempt to save her, is killed. The next morning, during his visit to the colony, Gopalakrishnan faces severe protest from the people, including his dear ones, who accuse him of being a mass murderer. Gopalakrishnan resigns, but the chief minister does not approve his resignation. He asks Gopalakrishnan to show his power at this moment by exposing the real culprits in front of the society. Gopalakrishnan, along a mob, raids the stores and garages of Nambiar, seizing several explosives. The mob goes violent and attacks Nambiar and sets him on fire along with his criminal partners.


Theatrical response

Upon release, Sthalathe Pradhan Payyans broke several records in collections and completed 150 days in major centers. This film took both Shaji Kailas and Renji Panicker to new heights.This film got released within weeks after the Ayodhya issue and Mumbai communal riots and the similar scenes when shown on screen, created a sensation in the state.

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