Ekalavyan is a 1993 Malayalam crime thriller film starring Suresh Gopi, Geetha, Narendra Prasad, Siddique, Vijayaraghavan, Ganesh Kumar, Janardanan, Madhu, Maathu, Jagathy Sreekumar, Pappu, and Devan. Directed by Shaji Kailas and written by Renji Panicker, this film broke many records in collection and successfully completed 150 days in theaters. With the success of this film Suresh Gopi established himself as a superstar in Malayalam cinema. Bollywood movie Singham Returns (2014) is an inspired remake of this movie.
Swami Amoorthananda (Narendra Prasad), a holy godman with strong international connections also runs a powerful narcotic drug mafia in the state. He also has several connections with in political circles. A good orator, Swami also draws a large number of devotees from abroad and many are slowly turned into addicts. A series of murders at Kovalam beach invites sharp criticism of the govt and the chief minister (Madhu) decides to bring a new head to the state narcotics wing. Madhavan IPS (Suresh Gopi), thus arrives in Kerala from New Delhi, and is assisted by Sharath Chandran (Siddique), a smart CI of Kerala police. Madhavan's aggressive way of investigation leads him to the ashram or Swami Amoorthananda, which creates a panic in the state. Swami decides to eliminate Madhavan and also plans to topple the CM by appointing his aide, Velayudhan (Rajan P. Dev) as the new CM. Mahesh Nair (Devan) arrives in Kerala upon the order of Swami. He kills Sarath Chandran, which forces Madhavan to react violently. Madhavan raids the ashram and spoils Swami's plot to cause a series of bomb blasts in the state. In the climax, Madhavan kills Swami and Mahesh Nair, thus saving the state from a series of blasts and communal riots.
Suresh Gopi as Madhavan I.P.S.
Siddique as CI Sharath Chandran
Narendra Prasad as Swami Amoorthananda
Vijayaraghavan as Cheradi Skariah
K. B. Ganesh Kumar as Unni Joseph Mulaveedan
Geetha as Maya Menon
Maathu as Malu
Janardhanan as Krishnan
Madhu as Sreedharan, the Chief Minister of Kerala
Jagathi Sreekumar as Achuthan Nair
Kuthiravattam Pappu as Govindan Kutty
Devan as Mahesh Nair
Chithra as Hemambaram
Rajan P. Dev as Velayudhan
Azeez as IG Devadas
Maniyanpilla Raju as Vallapuzha Chandran, chief reporter of Manasa Meena weekly.
The film, when released, became one of the most controversial films for portraying a godman as villain. The houses of director and script writer were attacked and there were attempts to block the screenings.
Shaji Kailas, later in an interview had revealed that he had plans of casting Mammooty as the hero in the film. Suresh Gopi was supposed to play the role of Sarath Chandran. But when Renji Panicker, the script writer, approached Mammooty to explain the script, Mammooty's response was not positive. So Suresh Gopi was cast as the hero instead. The huge success of Ekalavyan made Suresh Gopi a superstar along with Mammooty and Mohanlal.The performance of Narendra Prasad was highly appreciated. he also grabbed many awards for the best villain. Script Writer Renji Panicker also had appeared in a cameo role in this film.
The film was shot mostly in and around Kovalam. A large part was also shot in Kozhikode. It was produced by P. V. Gangadharan for Grihalakshmi Productions. The camera was done by Ravi K. Chandran and editing by L. Bhoominathan. Rajamani did the background score and Boban was the art director.