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Meesha Madhavan (Malayalam: മീശ മാധവൻ, English: Mustache Madhavan) is a 2002 Indian Malayalam romantic comedy film directed by Lal Jose and written by Ranjan Pramod; starring Dileep in the title role. The film went on to become a commercial success and the highest grossing Malayalam film of the year, and also established Dileep's status as a super star. This was third direct hit of Dileep after Mazhathullikkilukkam & Kuberan. The film ran for over 200 days .This film was remade in Telugu as Dongodu (2003) starring Ravi Teja & in Kannada as Hori (2010) starring Vinod Prabhakar.
Madhavan (Dileep) is a clever thief who robs for a living and is well known in the village. He is following the principles of his mentor Mullani Pappan (Mala Aravindan)who trained him to be a thief when Madhavan was a young boy. Meesa Madhavan got his name by the popular saying that if Madhavan rolls his Moustache (Meesa in Malayalam) looking at someone, he will rob his house that night. His enemy is the local money lender Bhageerathan Pillai (Jagathy Sreekumar) who refuses to give back his father's property despite Madhavan paying back the loan with interest years ago.
Madhavan falls in love with Bhageerathan Pillai's daughter Rukmini (Kavya Madhavan). The sub inspector in the village Eappen Pappachi (Indrajith) has an eye on Rukmini. He steals the idol from the local Temple with the intention of selling it and puts the blame on Madhavan. It becomes Madhavan's responsibility to find the culprits and he does that with his mentor's help and thus uniting with his girl friend.Dileep as Meesa MadhavanIndrajith as Eappan Pappachi (S.I. of Police)Kavya Madhavan as RukminiJagathy Sreekumar as Krishnavilasom Bhageerathan PillaiSukumari as Madhavan's MotherHarisree Ashokan as Sugunan (Madhavan's friend)Cochin Haneefa as ThrivikramanMala Aravindan as Mullani PappanOduvil Unnikrishnan as Constable Achuthan Nampoothiri (Prabha's father)Jyothirmayi as PrabhaKarthika Mathew as Malathi (Madhavan's younger sister)James as Pattalam PurushuSalim Kumar as Advocate MukundanunnyMachan Varghese as Line Man LonappanManikandan Pattambi as as Vazhipaadu AnnouncerAjaykumar as Tea Boy (as Unda Pakru)Sanusha as Rukmini jr.Jayesh Pazhanimala as Meesa Madhavan's childhood friendKalabhavan Prachod as Prabha's husbandAmbika Mohan as Santhamma (Bhageerathan Pillai's wife)Gayathri as as Sarasu (Pattalam Purushu's wife)Meena GaneshYamuna as Madhavan's sister in lawDinesh PrabhakarVijayan Perinfgod as WarrierKozhikode Narayanan Nair as AdvocateLal Jose (Cameo)
The film was the highest-grossing film of the year 2002 with a collection of over ₹20 crores. It had completed 100 days in all the major cinemas and ran over 250 days. It gave Dileep the name Janapriyanaayakan (Popular Star). The film became commercial success at the box office.
The music album of Meesa Madhavan happens to be one of the most popular works of Vidyasagar. The lyrics were written by Gireesh Puthenchery.
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