Kadavu (film)

Kadavu (Malayalam: കടവ്) (English: The Ferry Slip) is a 1991 Indian Malayalam film scripted, directed and produced by M. T. Vasudevan Nair based on S. K. Pottekkatt's story Kadathuthoni. The film won numerous awards at state, national and international levels, including awards at the Singapore International Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival.[1]

(The Ferry)
Directed byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Produced byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Screenplay byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Based onKadathuthoni
by S. K. Pottekkatt
StarringSanthosh Antony
Balan K. Nair
Music byRajeev Taranath
Edited byB. Lenin
Novel Films
Release date
  • 1991 (1991)
Running time
104 minutes


Deserted by his mother, teenaged Raju is adopted by Beeranikka, a Muslim ferryman. Raju soon starts accompanying Beeranikka in ferrying people. One day, he meets a young girl who is returning to her native town Kozhikode after the death of her mother. The girl invites Raju to Kozhikode where she would be staying with her father and uncle. Not interested in leaving the ferrying job, Raju rejects the invitation. A few days later, he finds himself in possession of an ornament which he thinks belongs to the girl. He travels to Kozhikode to return the ornament and finds the girl after many days of search. The girl does not recognise Raju and says the ornament does not belong to her. Disheartened, Raju returns to the ferry.



International awards
National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards


  1. ^ a b c M. G. Radhakrishnan (15 February 1996). "Winner all the way". India Today. Retrieved 30 May 2014.

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