Bandhanam (English: Bondage) is a 1978 Indian Malayalam film, directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair and produced by V. B. K. Menon. The film stars Shobha, Sukumaran, Sankaradi and Shubha in the lead roles. The film has musical score by M. B. Sreenivasan.[1][2][3] The film observes a young man's return from city living to the village. The film's mood is sorrowful. He leads a very wayward life and tries not to get himself attached to family ties but eventually gets drawn into the bondage of relationships and family by his step sister.

Directed byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Produced byV. B. K. Menon
Written byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Screenplay byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Music byM. B. Sreenivasan
CinematographyRamachandra Babu
Edited byG. Venkittaraman
Marunadan Movies
Distributed byMarunadan Movies
Release date
  • 1 December 1978 (1978-12-01)

The title of the film literally translates to "bondage". The title is taken from a short story of the same name by MT although the film is not an adaptation the story.


Unnikrishnan (Sukumaran) works as clerk in the city. He leads an aimless life spending his evenings drinking and nights in a budget lodge. His colleague Sarojini (Shubha) has feelings for Unnikrishnan. Though Unnikrishnan reciprocates the feelings, he fails to express it to her.

Unnikrishnan receives a mail from his estranged stepmother which prompts Unnikrishnan to take a month leave and go back to his village. He meets his stepmother and half sister Thankam (Shobha), who are financially struggling. Unnikrishnan arranges a suitable wedding for Thankam. After the wedding, he decides to go back to the city and propose to Sarojini, but he receives Sarojini's wedding invitation at the same time. The story ends with Unnikrishnan deciding to continue his lonely life.



The music was composed by M. B. Sreenivasan and the lyrics was written by O. N. V. Kurup.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Kani Kaanenam" Leela Menon O. N. V. Kurup
2 "Raagam Sreeragam" P. Jayachandran O. N. V. Kurup
3 "Raagam Sreeragam" Vani Jairam, Leela Menon O. N. V. Kurup


  1. ^ "Bandhanam". MalayalaChalachithram. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Bandhanam". Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Bandhanam". Retrieved 8 October 2014.

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