#FilmyFriday! Njan Kodeeswaran: Can money buy peace? | Malayalam Cinema News
Director: Jose Thomas
Cast: Jagadheesh, Sudheesh, Baiju, Innocent, Rajan P. Dev, Pappu, Oduvil, MS Thrippunithura, Mahesh, Jose Pallissery, Vinodhini, Akshara, Nina Kurup, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Zeenath, Aranmula Ponnamma, Aswathi Alex
Release date: 1994
The film is set in the early 1990s in a small hamlet in Kerala. It is early in the morning and Menon (Kuthiravattam Pappu) can be seen walking through the paddy field. He is in a hurry to meet (catch) Gopi, who borrowed money from him and hasn’t returned. The filmmaker soon presents Gopinathan’s house. He lives with his family, including his mother Janaki (Kaviyoor Ponnamma), two sisters, brother Hari (Sudeesh), grandmother and uncle Panattu Sankaran Nair (Oduvil Unnikrishnan). Menon arrives at Gopi (Jagadish) and creates a ruckus. After Menon, Janaki’s older brother, Panattu Govindan Nair (MS Thripunithura) arrives, as Gopi owes him Rs. 75,000. Gopi is the sole breadwinner in the family and he has lent all the money for various purposes of his family. Meanwhile, Gopi is also in love with Panattu’s daughter Govindan Nair, a schoolteacher.
After all the hide and seek, Gopi rushes to work and on his way meets an astrologer, who predicts that he will quit his current job and live a lavish life, also suggesting that he grab a lottery ticket. In the following days, Gopi starts taking lottery tickets, but doesn’t find his luck. After not finding any luck, Gopi attempts to return to a normal life and tries to convince a bank manager to lend him a loan of Rs. 50,000 which might help him settle some immediate debts. He bribes the manager with alcohol, and on the way home, the manager falls ill, so Gopi parks the bike. It was a memorable night for Gopi, as when the manager falls unconscious, a car drives by, chased by a police jeep. And someone from the car throws a suitcase, which Gopi finds, and brings her home. He secures it in a hole dug in the garden of his house. It is later revealed that the suitcase belongs to Mathachen (Rajan P Dev), a smuggler. Later that night, Gopi discovers that the suitcase was full of gold cookies, of enormous value.
The next day, Gopi becomes confident and happy, which is highly unlikely, and picks up a golden cookie to sell. On his way, meets his fiancée, and tells her that he is going to marry her extravagantly, resigns from his job, however, his efforts to sell the golden cookie fail, since he is an amateur.
From not marrying his sister to the man she loves, because the bridegroom is unemployed, to telling his mother that he plans to open a new textile shop in the city, the sudden boost of confidence de Gopi and the new personality confuse the people around him. People portray him as crazy and eventually, his unusual behavior forces his family to admit him to a psychiatric hospital. Want to know what happens next? Well, you’ll have to watch the movie!