Charlie (2015 Malayalam film)

Charlie is a 2015 Indian Malayalam-language adventure drama film directed by Martin Prakkat and written by Prakkat and Unni R.[3] Produced by Prakkat, Joju George and Shebin Becker, the film stars Dulquer Salmaan and Parvathy.[4] The music is composed by Gopi Sundar, while Jomon T. John handles the cinematography. The film released on 24 December. It won 8 awards at the 46th Kerala State Film Awards, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Cinematography. It was remade into Marathi and Tamil as Deva and Maara, respectively.[5][6]

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Theatrical poster
Directed byMartin Prakkat
Screenplay by
Story byUnni R.
Produced by
CinematographyJomon T. John
Edited byShameer Muhammed
Music byGopi Sunder
Finding Cinema
Distributed byPlayhouse Release, Tricolor Entertainment
Release date
  • 24 December 2015 (2015-12-24)
Running time
135 minutes[1]
Box office420 million[2]


Tessa (Parvathy) is a graphic artist who runs from home to avoid her marriage. With the help of her friend, she rents a room. Initially, she hates her room which is a complete mess, but then she learns that the room was previously occupied by a carefree vagabond named Charlie (Dulquer Salmaan). When she starts cleaning up the place, she discovers a photo and a sketchbook of this man. The sketches depict the previous New Year's Eve when a small-time thief (Soubin Shahir) tries to rob the man's room. In a turn-of-events, the man joins him, and they both go on the rooftop of a home. There, they are shocked by what they see inside. That was the last page of the sketch, and the story is left unfinished, which piques her curiosity about the rest of the story, as well as the previous occupant of the room.

Intrigued, Tessa starts finding the people in the man's sketches. Backtracking his steps, she meets the man's "father" (who is more of a friend), a boat servant, and Mariya/Queen Mary (Kalpana), a physically abused woman. Charlie takes Mariya out to sea for her birthday. Unfortunately, Mariya commits suicide and he becomes heartbroken. Following up on more clues, Tessa gets news that the man is staying in a hotel and rushes to meet him. However, she just misses him by a few seconds. Later a helper boy in the hotel explains to her that the little girl with Charlie was Mariya's daughter.

One day, she meets the thief depicted in that man's sketches and inquiries about the day's events. He informs her that his sir (Charlie) stopped a woman from hanging herself, and followed her when she escaped from the scene on the bike. They find the house and finally identify the girl as Doctor Kani (Aparna Gopinath). She then meets Kani and inquires about her story. Kani explains that she was depressed over her broken relationship when she did her first independent operation leading to the death of a 10-year-old girl. Further hooked by the media, she was desperate and about to commit suicide on new year eve and was distracted by that man. He takes her to a home maintained by Kunjappan (Nedumudi Venu) and she was living there than on. Kunjappan a hopeless romantic is waiting for his teenage love Theresia to show up.

Tessa's mother finds her and takes her home. While a depressed Tessa was on her way back home, the man then returns with Kunjappan's long lost love, who is a nun now. Kani informs him about Tessa, and he admits knowing about Tessa and her search for him. Charlie informs Kani that he will be attending the Thrissur Pooram function, and Tessa can find him there if she's looking for him. Finally, Tessa finds him performing in a magic show. Afterward, he spots her, approaches, and asks her if she wants to have drinks. At first, she introduces herself as Shruti Raman and lets him think that he has met the wrong person. But as the festival starts, Charlie's antics make her confess that she is indeed Tessa and he too reveals his name to be 'Charlie'. As the credits roll, they are seen wandering together towards a new journey in life.


Remakes at a glance

Year Film Language Cast Director
2017 Deva Marathi Ankush Chaudhari, Tejaswini Pandit, Spruha Joshi Murali Nallappa
2021 Maara Tamil Madhavan, Shraddha Srinath, Sshivada Dhilip kumar


Principal photography began on 25 May 2015 in Idukki. IBTimes reported that it will be an experimental film and each actor will be spotted in a new look. The film was shot at various locations in Kochi, Munnar and Gujarat.[3] The filming was completed by September 2015.[7]


Soundtrack album by
Released7 December 2015 (2015-12-07)
StudioSound Factory, Cochin
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelMuzik 247
Gopi Sunder chronology
Ennu Ninte Moideen
Two Countries

The film's soundtrack was composed by Gopi Sunder and the lyrics were written by Rafeeq Ahamed and Santhosh Varma. The songs were released on 7 December 2015.[8] "Chithirathira" sung by Vijay Yesudas was released separately on 21 December.[9] A promotional video of Dulquer Salmaan singing "Chundari Penne" was released on 24 December.[10]

Track listing
1."Akale"Rafeeq AhammedMalgudi Shubha3:59
2."Pularikalo"Rafeeq AhammedShakthisree Gopalan, Md. Maqbool Mansoor5:46
3."Puthumazhayai — Version I"Rafeeq AhammedShreya Ghoshal4:33
4."Oru Kari Mukilinu"Rafeeq AhammedVijay Prakash4:41
5."Sneham Nee Naadha"Rafeeq AhammedRajalakshmi4:05
6."Puthumazhayai — Version II"Rafeeq AhammedDivya S. Menon4:33
7."Chithirathira"Santhosh VarmaVijay Yesudas4:39
8."Chundari Penne"Santhosh VarmaDulquer Salmaan3:55
Total length:36:11


List of accolades received by Charlie
Total number of awards and nominations[a]
Totals 33 53

Box office

The film collected 20 million on the first day from Kerala box office,[11] and grossed 144 million in 22 days of release.[12] The film completed a 100-day theatrical run in Kerala and grossed 224.2 million at the Kerala box office.[13] In its lifetime, Charlie grossed 420 million at the global box office.[2]

Critical reception

Describing the film as a "tantalizing love tale", Vishnu Varma of The New Indian Express rated it 4 stars out of 5 and stated, "‘Charlie’ is a feel-good movie, but it does not stop there. It plays around brilliantly with raw emotions centered around a character who wants to be free."[14]Litty Simon of Malayala Manorama rated it 3.25 out of 5, concluding "Dulquer's Charlie is a simple, feel good film that will make you smile this festive season. Although not an out-and-out entertainer, Charlie has the elements to be tagged as a wacky entertainer, filled with all what is needed — celebration, surprises, patience, faith, care, and above, all love!"[15] Website Nowrunning gave the film 2.5 stars out of 5, stating "Charlie could be termed an audacious attempt but grandiose visions don't necessarily translate into well-crafted cinema. Pared down expectations could make it a reasonable weekend watch."[16]


Award Date of ceremony[b] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Asianet Film Awards 7 February 2016 Best Actress Parvathy Thiruvothu Won [17]
Best Supporting Actress Kalpana Won
Asiavision Awards 18 November 2016 Best Music Director (Shared with Kali and Pulimurugan) Gopi Sundar Won [18]
Filmfare Awards South 18 June 2016 Best Film – Malayalam Charlie Nominated [19]
Best Director – Malayalam Martin Prakkat Nominated
Best Actor – Malayalam Dulquer Salmaan Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam Nedumudi Venu Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam Kalpana Nominated
Best Music Director – Malayalam Gopi Sundar Nominated
Best Lyricist – Malayalam Rafeeq Ahamed ("Oru Kari Mukilinu") Nominated
IIFA Utsavam 28—29 March 2017 Best Film – Malayalam Charlie Nominated [20]
Best Director – Malayalam Martin Prakkat Won
Best Story – Malayalam Unni R. Won
Best Actor – Malayalam Dulquer Salmaan Won
Best Actress – Malayalam Parvathy Thiruvothu Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Malayalam Aparna Gopinath Won
Best Performance In A Comic Role – Malayalam Soubin Shahir Won
Best Music Director – Malayalam Gopi Sundar Won
Best Lyricist – Malayalam Santhosh Varma ("Chundari Penne") Won
Best Male Playback Singer – Malayalam Dulquer Salmaan ("Chundari Penne") Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam Shreya Ghoshal ("Puthumazhayai") Nominated
Kerala State Film Awards 1 March 2016 Best Director Martin Prakkat Won [22]
Best Actor Dulquer Salmaan Won
Best Actress Parvathy Thiruvothu Won
Best Cinematography Jomon T. John Won
Best Screenplay Original Unni R. & Martin Prakkat Won
Best Art Director Jayashree Lakshmi Narayanan Won
Best Processing Lab Prasad Colour Lab, Mumbai, J. D. & Kiran Won
Best Sound Mixing M. R. Rajakrishnan Won
Mirchi Music Awards South 27 July 2016 Album of the Year Charlie Gopi Sundar Won [23]
Listeners Choice Album of the Year Won
Music Composer of the Year Gopi Sundar ("Oru Kari Mukilinu") Nominated
Lyricist of the Year Rafeeq Ahamed ("Oru Kari Mukilinu") Won
Male Vocalist of the Year Vijay Prakash ("Oru Kari Mukilinu") Won
Female Vocalist of the Year Shreya Ghoshal ("Puthumazhayai") Nominated
Song of the Year "Oru Kari Mukilinu" Nominated
North American Film Awards 24 July 2016 Best Film Charlie Won [25]
Best Director Martin Prakkat Won
Best Actor Dulquer Salmaan Won
Best Actress Parvathy Thiruvothu Won
Best Scriptwriter Unni R. & Martin Prakkat Won
Best Music Director Gopi Sundar Won
Best Female Playback Singer Divya S. Menon ("Puthumazhayai") Won
Best Supporting Actress Kalpana Won
South Indian International Movie Awards 30 June – 1 July 2016 Best Film – Malayalam Charlie Nominated [27]
Best Director – Malayalam Martin Prakkat Nominated
Best Actor – Malayalam Dulquer Salmaan Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Malayalam Kalpana Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer – Malayalam Dulquer Salmaan ("Chundari Penne") Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam Shakthisree Gopalan ("Pularikalo") Nominated
Vanitha Film Awards 21 February 2016 Best Actress Parvathy Thiruvothu Won [28]
Best Supporting Actor Chemban Vinod Jose Won
Best Cinematography Jomon T. John Won


  1. ^ Awards in certain categories do not have prior nominations and only winners are announced by the jury. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
  2. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.


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