Aniyathipraavu (transl. Younger Sister Dove) is a 1997 Indian Malayalam-language romance film directed by Fazil and produced by Swargachitra Appachan. It stars Kunchacko Boban and Shalini in the lead roles. The film tells the story of Sudhish Kumar (Kunchacko Boban) and Mini (Shalini) who fall in love despite being from two different religious communities. The film explores love, relationships and the various aspects to them. The music was composed by Ouseppachan with the lyrics by S. Ramesan Nair.

Directed byFazil
Produced bySwargachitra Appachan
Written byFazil
StarringKunchacko Boban
Harisree Asokan
Music byOuseppachan
S. Ramesan Nair (lyrics)
Edited byK. R. Gaurishankar
T. R. Shekhar
Distributed bySwargachitra
Release date
  • 24 March 1997 (1997-03-24)
Running time
158 minutes
Budget₹ 65 lakh
Box office₹ 21.3 crore

Fazil remade it into the Tamil film Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997) and Priyadarshan adapted the story for his Hindi film Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998). It was remade in 2007 in Kannada as Preethigagi.


Sudhish Kumar (Kunchacko Boban) moves to a new town to pursue his higher studies, in spite of the pressure from his parents (Thilakan, Srividya) to marry and settle down. There, he accidentally meets a beautiful, yet shy girl Mini (Shalini). He instantly falls in love with her, even when her identity remains unknown. When an opportunity presents itself, his friends convince him to talk to her, while she tries to avoid the conversation. This is seen by her brother, who mistakes him as a stalker and so do her two other brothers; who thrash and leave him with a warning. Mini is the apple of the eye of her family. She lives with her mother (KPAC Lalitha) and three elder brothers (Dr. Kuttappayi - Janardhanan, Eeyyo - Cochin Haneefa and Varkey - Shajin). They are overprotective of her and she does not do anything against their wishes. Sudhi’s family is not that different, except him being the only son. The thought of Mini now burdens Sudhi’s mind and he sets out to find out how she feels about him. He asks her to give him an answer, even if it is a no. Mini on the other hand, is unable to take a decision — further aggravating the situation. When Mini’s brother Varkey finds out that Sudhi is still after her, he turns furious and beats him up, warning him to back out. Mini, now realizing that she had always loved him, feels that her timidity worsened the situation. She confesses her feelings to Sudhi and they kindle their relationship. They firmly believe that their families will agree to their relationship, if not immediately. Within days Varkey sees them together, while Sudhi is chasing Mini playfully. He mistakes it to be an attempt to assault her and tries to brutally attack him. Mini with her newfound courage stops Varkey, openly declaring her love for him, shattering Varkey. The news devastates her family as well, leading them to reject her as a part of their family. The grief leads them to take revenge on the one that caused them the pain. They search for Sudhi, forcing the desolate couple to elope. Mini’s brothers search for Sudhi in his family home, while verbally abusing his parents, shocking them with the news. Sudhi's parents are convinced that the girl is no good for their son, considering the behavior of her brothers. When the couple arrive at Sudhi’s house, they are not welcomed there. With their beliefs broken and without a place to go to, one of the two close friends of Sudhi - Chippayi (Harisree Asokan) takes them home to his small fishing village. They are welcomed by his father, Chellappan (Innocent) who is the leader of the village and the villagers. Her brothers trace them to the village that evening and are met with resistance from the villagers. They return and the villagers plan to get the couple legally married the next morning.

Mini and Sudhi, now seeing the situation that they put their families in, and the sorrow that they have brought upon themselves and their families; decide to back out from the relationship and return to their families. They realize that the best thing they can do to prove their love, is to go back to their families. Although initially insulted with their decision to separate, Chellappan appreciates their choice once he understands their reason. Their families, on seeing them return, forgive them right away and accept them back.

Both the families now feel indebted to their children and recognize their pain they try so hard to hide. They search for better matches for them both and Mini’s marriage is arranged. Sudhi finds with him a necklace belonging to Mini. His parents decide to go along with him to return the necklace, partially due to Sudhi’s mother’s wish to meet Mini. Both the families apologize for the happenings earlier and Sudhi apologizes to Mini’s mother. The situation being depressing, they decide to leave early, but Sudhi’s mother breaks into tears and requests to get Mini married to her son. Everyone, having felt the same way, agree on their marriage and apologize to their children, for the pain that they put them through.


Box officeEdit

The film was a commercial success and surpassed the gross collection of Manichitrathazhu (1993) to become the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever until then (however, it was surpassed by Chandralekha which in turn by Aaram Thampuran in the same year). The film completed 125 days run in 11 theatres, 150 days in 7 releasing centres continuously screened in a single theatre for 225 days.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


All lyrics are written by S. Ramesan Nair; all music is composed by Ouseppachan.

1."Aniyathipraavinu"K. S. Chithra & Chorus5:00
2."Aniyathipraavinu (pathos)"K. S. Chithra2:18
3."Ennum Ninne"K. J. Yesudas & Sujatha Mohan5:00
4."O Priye"K. J. Yesudas5:12
5."O Priye (Duet)"M. G. Sreekumar, Sujatha Mohan & B. Arundhathi5:12
6."Oru Raajamalli"M. G. Sreekumar4:44
7."Vennila Kadappurathu"C O Anto, K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan, M. G. Sreekumar & Chorus5:09


Year Film Language Cast Director Ref
1997 Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Tamil Vijay, Shalini Fazil
1997 Nenu Premisthunnanu Telugu J. D. Chakravarthy, Rachana E. V. V. Satyanarayana [9]
1998 Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Hindi Akshaye Khanna, Jyothika Priyadarshan [10]
2007 Preethigagi Kannada Murali, Sridevi Vijaykumar Mahendar



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  10. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: The Ajit-Shalini romance". Rediff. 15 September 1999. Retrieved 22 April 2012.

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