10 facts about the 'CBI Diarykkurippu' series

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015 11:39 hrs

As rumours are rife about Mammootty returning once again as the lovable detective named Sethurama Iyer in the fifth edition of the CBI Diarykkurippu series, here are interesting facts that you should know about this franchisee movie.

Oru CBI Diarykkurippu came out in 1988 and was a huge success. The sequel, Jagratha, released in 1989. Sethuramayyer CBI (2004) and Nerariyan CBI (2005) are the other two films in the series. The hero of the film is a soft spoken CBI officer named Sethurama Iyer, who is sharp in his job. 

•Director K Madhu and scenarist S N Swami is said to have been modeled the first film of the series on a controversial Polakkulam murder case that had happened in Kochi. 

•There are rumours that the role of the soft-spoken detective first went to Mohanlal. He rejected it, as the hero thought the role didn’t suit him. 

•Interestingly, when the role reached Mammootty, his character was that of a Muslim. It is believed that Mammootty suggested that the character be moulded as a middle aged Brahmin officer, perhaps influenced by the style of the CBI officer who investigated the Polakkulam murder case.

•Suresh Gopi played an inspector who assisted Sethurama Iyer in Oru CBI Diarykkurippu, along with Jagathy Sreekumar as the other team member. A few years back there was a rumour that the CBI Diarykkurippu series will be back, with Suresh Gopi’s character Harry as the hero. But it never happened.

•Mukesh played a police constable. His character, Chacko, became so popular that he became part of the team from the next film onwards, replacing Suresh Gopi. 

•In Sethurama Iyer CBI, Jagathy Sreekumar came in a guest appearance, when Vineeth Kumar replaced him in the team.

•Not just the CBI officers, even the baddies in the CBI Diarykkurippu series became famous. Janardhanan, who was mainly known as a villain, was flooded with offers after the success of his character in Oru CBI Diarykkurippu. His character, a wealthy businessman named Ouseppachan was being investigated by the CBI and his mannerisms was genuinely funny.

•Another big success story was that of Sukumaran, who played the corrupt police officer Devadas. By the time Sethurama Iyer CBI came out, Sukumaran was no more. Sai Kumar played his son, with almost similar mannerisms like Sukumaran and that turned out to be a big success. 

•Mammootty is shown as a highly conventional family man in the films. Iyer's popularity is attributed to the fact that he uses his brain rather than brawn to solve cases. Though he is shown talking to his wife and kid at some points, they have not been shown as characters in the films, as yet.