Dhruvam (transl. Pole) is a 1993 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film directed by Joshiy,[1] where story and dialogue are by S. N. Swamy and A. K. Sajan and screenplay by S. N. Swamy. It stars Mammootty, Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Vikram, Gautami and Tiger Prabhakar. The musical score and songs were composed bg y S. P. Venkatesh. It was Vikram's debut in Malayalam cinema.[1] The film was a Blockbuster in box office.[2] The film was dubbed in Tamil as Narasimha Naicker. This was the last combination of Mammootty and Suresh Gopi before Twenty:20, except for a cameo role in The King. It was Vikram's first Malayalam film.[1]

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Directed byJoshiy
Screenplay byS. N. Swamy
Story byA. K. Sajan
Produced byM. Mani
Suresh Gopi
Tiger Prabhakar
CinematographyDinesh Babu
Edited byK. Sankunny
Music byS. P. Venkatesh
Distributed bySunitha Productions
Release date
  • 27 January 1993 (1993-01-27)
Running time
145 minutes


An araachar (hangman) from Tamil Nadu is brought to central jail to hang Hyder Marakkar (Tiger Prabhakar), a notorious criminal with terror links, but he is killed in a road accident. DIG Marar (Janardhanan) smells foul play as hangmen are either murdered, bribed or threatened. His efforts to bring hangmen from other states are also in vain as all of them are simply too afraid to hang Hyder. He goes to Kamakshipuram along with Jose Nariman (Suresh Gopi), a smart and young police officer, to meet Narasimha Mannadiar (Mammootty), a revered village lord and member of the royal family who had once ruled the hamlet. He is worshipped and revered by his villagers. Mannadiar is known for his generous and fearless attitude, and his thirst for justice and peace for his village has made him an enemy in the eyes of politicians and a certain group of police officers. While on the search for the state's hangman, Mannadiar and DIG Marar luckily meets the hangman's brother Kasi (T. G. Ravi) who agrees to come to hang Hyder. The movie progresses with a series of flashbacks intertwined with the present.

Upon Nariman's request, Ponmani (Babu Namboothiri), Mannadiar's secretary, shares with him a few stories from Mannadiar's life that made him popular. One among them was shared with Veerasimha Mannadiar (Jayaram), his younger brother. Veeran liked Maya (Rudra) and informed Mannadiar about it. A few days before the marriage, a young man (Vikram) arrived at Mannadiar's house, introducing himself as Bhadran, a man in love with Maya. He also added that her parents had agreed to the marriage without Maya's consent. Mannadiar called off Veeran's marriage and got Maya and Bhadran married. Bhadran was a gang member of Marakkar who did not want to kill the DIG. Hence, Bhadran was a target of the gang. Veeran saves Bhadran and the latter is appointed as Mannadiar's driver. Marakkar kills DIG Marar's son for revenge and also kills Veeran as he would have been an eyewitness. From that day onwards, Mannadiar waits for the chance to avenge for his brother's death. Upon hearing the story, Nariman decides to help Mannadiar. Although convicted by court for execution, Marakkar tries every possible way to escape. Mannadiar's battle of revenge against Marakkar forms the rest of the story.

In the end, Mannadiar and Bhadran get themselves taken to the jail where Hyder has been kept. While transferring Hyder to another jail, Mannadiar, along with Bhadran, kidnaps Hyder with Nariman's assistance. Hyder challenges Mannadiar to a fair fight, where he initially overpowers Mannadiar, who soon gets the better of him. In the process, in order to save Mannadiar from a bomb thrown by Hyder's associates, Nariman catches the bomb and falls on it, which explodes, killing him. Mannadiar then hangs Hyder from a tree. At the court, Mannadiar takes the full responsibility for the murders thereby making Bhadran a pardoned-witness and Mannadiar gets the death sentence.



The film was released on 27 January 1993.

Box officeEdit

The film was a blockbuster at the boxoffice.[2][3]


The songs and background score were composed by S. P. Venkatesh.[4]

Song Duration Artist Lyricist
"Thalirvettilayndo" (Female Version) 04:04 K. S. Chithra Shibu Chakravarthy
"Thalirvettilayndo" (Duet Version) 04:02 K. S. Chitra, G. Venugopal Shibu Chakravarthy
"Thumbippenne" (Male Lead) 05:09 Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan Shibu Chakravarthy
"Thumbippenne" (Female Lead) 04:59 Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan Shibu Chakravarthy
"Varavarnnini" 01:22 K. S. Chitra Shibu Chakravarthy


  1. ^ a b c thomas, elizabeth (26 October 2015). "Dhruvam, my favourite Malayalam movie: Vikram". Deccan Chronicle.
  2. ^ a b "10 Mammootty films to watch before you die". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Mammootty and Manju Warrier to Pair Up in Joshiy Movie?". International Business Times. 18 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Dhruvam [1993] | ധ്രുവം [1993]". malayalasangeetham.info.

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