The engaging screen presence of Mohanlal provides relief.
With its story lacking substance and ineffective dialogues, the film Chotta Mumbai directed by Anwar Rasheed disappoints. However, the carnival atmosphere of the film and the engaging screen presence of Mohanlal provide a small measure of relief. Benny P. Nayarambalam has written the screenplay and dialogues for the director's own story.
Vasco (Mohanlal) lives with his father, a veteran wrestler Michael (Saikumar), and his two sisters. Vasco and his gang of friends are engaged in petty illegal activities in the Fort Kochi area. He meets a woman autorickshaw driver Latha (Bhavana) and they are attracted to each other.
A Gujarati businessman is murdered. Circle Inspector Mohandas (Vijayaraghavan) tries to arrest the killer Satheesh. But Satheesh's brother Natesan (Kalabhavan Mani) helps him escape. Natesan is also a Circle Inspector who is very influential. In an encounter Satheesh stabs Mohandas to death. This killing is witnessed by Michael. When Natesan comes to know of this, he uses his henchmen in the police force to harass Michael and his family. He threatens to kill Michael and his family if he appeared in court to stand witness against Satheesh.
Meanwhile, by pure chance and without any intention on their part, Vasco and his friends cause harm to Natesan's interests. Later, Vasco's actions also indirectly results in the death of Natesan's brother in a road accident.
This intensifies Natesan's enmity towards Michael and Vasco, and he vows vengeance. The cast includes Indrajit, Siddique, Manikuttan, Rajan P. Dev, Bijukuttan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Maniyan Pillai Raju, Bheeman Raghu and Kunjan. Azhagappan wields the camera. Lyrics of Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma and Santhosh Varma are set to music by Rahul Raj.
The film is produced by Sree Bhadra Pictures.