Naran (film)

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Directed byJoshiy
Produced byAntony Perumbavoor
Written byRanjan Pramod
Music byDeepak Dev
Ouseppachan (Score)
CinematographyShaji Kumar
Edited byRanjan Abraham
Distributed byCentral Pictures
Release date
  • 3 September 2005 (2005-09-03)
Running time
165 minutes
Budget₹2.55 crore[1]

Naran (lit. Man) is a 2005 Indian Malayalam-language action drama film directed by Joshiy and written by Ranjan Pramod. The film tells the story of Mullankolli Velayudhan (Mohanlal), an innocent homeless ruffian who exercise control over the Mullankolli village to maintain the place's order with his code of conduct. Produced by Antony Perumbavoor through Aashirvad Cinemas, it also stars Innocent, Bhavana, Madhu, Siddique, Jagathy Sreekumar, Devayani, Mamukoya, and Maniyanpilla Raju in other important roles.

The film features original songs composed by Deepak Dev and background score by Ouseppachan. Naran was released in Kerala on 3 September 2005 prior to Onam; the film received positive reviews from critics and also performed well at the box office, becoming one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year. It ran for more than 100 days in major releasing centres.


Mullankolli is a rustic remote village in northern Kerala. Velayudhan (Mohanlal) is an orphan who came floating during floods and he was brought up by Valiya Nambiar (Madhu) a do-gooder and a feudal landlord of the area.

Velayudhan grows up into a riff-raff, drunkard and a local rowdy with a good heart, he hates injustice and has set his own rules for the villagers who are scared of him including local moneylender and politician - Member Kurup (Jagathy) and Gopinathan Nambiar (Siddique), son-in-law of Valiya Nambiar who wants to rule over the village in his own way.

When Velayudhan plants a staff, it means that it has his stamp of authority; the only man who he listens to is Valiya Nambiar and to a certain extent Kelappan (Innocent) who looked after him as a child. The villagers including Kurup and Gopinathan regularly bring goons from outside the village to eliminate Velayudhan but they fail. There are three women in his life - a prostitute Kunnummel Shantha (Sona Nair) old flame Janaki (Devayani) and Kelappan's daughter Leela (Bhavana), but things turn bleak for Velayudhan due to the machinations of Gopinathan which leads to the climax.



Naran was initially the title given for a project starring Mohanlal, directed by Joshiy and written by Renji Panicker and a pooja ceremony was held for the film but was cancelled before beginning filming. Joshiy adapted the title of that film; the film is set in a village in a hilly area. It was shot at Hogenakkal village in Tamil Nadu. Mohanlal performed stunt scenes in the river in Hogenekkal.[2] One day, Mohanlal spend an entire day in the river, it was after filming that the crew was informed that there was a crocodile in it.[3]


Soundtrack album by
Released1 July 2007
LabelManorama Music
ProducerAashirvad Cinemas
Deepak Dev chronology
Naa Oopiri Naran Ben Johnson
Singles from Ponnaryan
  1. "Ponnaryan"
    Released: 1 January 2005

The film features original songs composed by Deepak Dev, lyrics were by Kaithapram Damodaran; the soundtrack album was released on 1 July 2007 by Manorama Music.[4] Before that, a single, Ponnaryan, was released on 1 January 2005, composed by Sunny Joseph, written by O. N. V. Kurup and sung by K. J. Yesudas. The film was scored by Ouseppachan.

Naran (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
1."Thumbikkinnaram"K. J. Yesudas, Gayatri Asokan5:06
2."Velmuruka"M. G. Sreekumar5:26
3."Naran"K. S. Chithra, Vineeth Sreenivasan3:19
4."Minnadi Minnadi"K. S. Chithra3:54
5."Velmuruka" (Remix)M. G. Sreekumar4:36
6."Thumbikkinnaram" (Unplugged) 5:12
7."Minnadi Minnadi" (Karaoke) 3:52


Naran was released on 3 September 2005 prior to the Onam festival week in Kerala.

Box office[edit]

Naran performed well at the box office, it became the top grosser among the Onam releases at Kerala box office, outperforming Chanthupottu and Nerariyan CBI. Including print and publicity, the film was reportedly made on a budget of ₹2.55 crore. From the first two weeks itself, it collected a distributor's share of ₹1.69 crore from Kerala.[1][2] Naran was one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year,[5] it ran for more than 100 days in major releasing centres.[6][2]

Critical reception[edit]

Sify stated the film is a "paisa vasool" and wrote that "veteran director and his script writer Ranjan Pramod uses Mohanlal's larger-than-life image and blends it with the milieu, successfully in this action adventure film laced with sentiments, it is old wine in a new tetra pack with hardly any story or twists but the great man simply lights up the screen with his sheer presence."[7][8][9]


  1. ^ a b Moviebuzz (17 September 2005). "'Naran' — The clear winner!". Sify.
  2. ^ a b c ശങ്കർ, അനൂപ് (1 March 2018). "മുള്ളങ്കൊല്ലിയിലെ വേലാ‍യുധന്‍റെ കഥ : Superhit Movies". Deepika (in Malayalam). Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  3. ^ Warrier, Unni K. (14 December 2018). "When Mohanlal narrowly escaped from a crocodile during 'Naran' shoot". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Naran (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Deepak Dev". iTunes. 1 July 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  5. ^ "2005- An analysis". Sify. 22 December 2005.
  6. ^ IndiaGlitz (18 May 2006). "Mohanlal makes a hatrick". Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  7. ^ Moviebuzz. "Movie Review : Naran". Sify. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Naran". Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Naran review". Retrieved 29 March 2014.

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