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Bhayanakam (English: Fear) is a Malayalam–language Indian period drama film directed by Jayaraj (born Jayarajan R. Nair), produced by Sureshkumar Muttath, and stars writer-turned-actor Renji Panicker and Asha Sarath. The film is an adaptation of two chapters from Takazhy Sivasankara Pillai's epic Malayalam novel Coir (1978).[1] The production design for the film was carried out by artist K. M. V. Namboothiri.[2] The film is the sixth movie in director Jayaraj's "Navarasa Series".[3]

Directed byJayaraj
Produced bySureshkumar Muttath
Screenplay byJayaraj
Based on
Coir (1978)
  • Takazhy Sivasankara Pillai
StarringRenji Panicker
Asha Sarath
Music byAmbi & Bindu Subramaniam
Vaisakh Somnath (background score)
M. K. Arjunan (music)
CinematographyNikhil S. Praveen
Edited byJinu Sobha
Afsal A. M
Release date
  • 20 July 2018 (2018-07-20) (India)

The story is set in Kuttanad and its backwaters in central Kerala during the World War II and revolves around a postman, who delivers money orders at homes of those who have joined the army. When the war intensifies, he starts bringing in telegrams declaring people dead and he slowly becomes an omen of death.[4] The film was praised by the critics for acting performance of the lead (Panicker), the production design, and cinematography.[5][6] The Times of India, giving a rating of four starts out of five, called the film "a stunningly crafted poetic story of a postman and a land that is stricken by the fear of death".[7]

The film won three awards—Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay (Jayaraj) and Best Cinematography (Nikhil S. Praveen)—at the 2017 National Film Awards.[8] The film also won Best Music Director (M. K. Arjunan) and Best Colourist at the 2017 Kerala State Film Awards.[9][10]


  • Renji Panicker as the postman — handicapped in World War I. "A role in which Renji Panicker comes up with probably the finest performance of his recently launched acting career", wrote the Hindu newspaper.[11]
  • Asha Sarath as Gouri Kunjamma, in whose house the postman lives and whose two sons are in the Army.
  • Gireesh Sopanam
  • Vavachan
  • Kumarakaom Vasudevan
  • Sabitha Jayaraj


  1. ^ P.K. Ajith Kumar (14 April 2018). "Jayaraj basking in hat-trick glory". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  2. ^ Kumar, P.K. Ajith (21 July 2018). "'Bhayanakam' review: This postman delivers". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
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  4. ^ Anubha George (14 April 2018). "‘The ultimate fear is the fear of war: National Film Award winner Jayaraj on 'Bhayanakam'". Retrieved 15 April 2018.
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  8. ^ Elizabeth Thomas (14 April 2018)."Jayaraj does it again". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Kerala State Awards: The master composer is rewarded... after 50 years!". The New Indian Express. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  10. ^ Deepa Soman (8 March 2018). "I have never bothered much about awards: M K Arjunan, Best composer (Bhayanakam)". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  11. ^ [5]

External linksEdit

  • Bhayanakam Review - Malayala Manorama [6]