Kannur Deluxe

Kannur Deluxe is a 1969 Indian Malayalam thriller film, directed by A. B. Raj and produced by T. E. Vasudevan.[1] It is the first road movie in Malayalam which pivots on a theft that occurs in a bus and stars Prem Nazir, Sheela, Adoor Bhasi and Ammini in the lead roles.[2] The film had musical score by V. Dakshinamoorthy.[3] The film was well received. The film has a resemblance to the 1972 Hindi movie Bombay to Goa.

Kannur Deluxe
Directed byA. B. Raj
Screenplay byS. L. Puram Sadanandan
Story byT. E. Vasudevan
under the pseudonym
V. Devan
Produced byT. E. Vasudevan
StarringPrem Nazir
Adoor Bhasi
CinematographyT. N. Krishnankutty Nair
Edited byT. R. Sreenivasalu
Music byV. Dakshinamoorthy
Jaya Maruthi
Distributed byJaya Maruthi
Release date
  • 16 May 1969 (1969-05-16)



The film is perhaps the first road movie in Malayalam.[1] A real life incident that occurred at Cherthala in Alappuzha district of Kerala inspired the modus operandi used to arrest the thief in the film. Major portions of the film were shot inside Kannur Deluxe, a KSRTC bus service between Trivandrum and Kannur that was started in 1967 and is still on.[4] The indoor portions were shot at Vahini, Arunachalam, and Newton Studios. I. V. Sasi worked as assistant director in the film.[1]


The music was composed by V. Dakshinamoorthy and the lyrics were written by Sreekumaran Thampi.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Ee Muhabathenthoru" K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki, P. B. Sreenivas Sreekumaran Thampi
2 "Ethra Chirichaalum" K. J. Yesudas Sreekumaran Thampi
3 "Kannundaayathu Ninne" P. Leela, P. B. Sreenivas Sreekumaran Thampi
4 "Marakkaan Kazhiyumo" Kamukara Sreekumaran Thampi
5 "Thaippooyakkaavadiyaattam" K. J. Yesudas Sreekumaran Thampi
6 "Thulliyodum Pullimaane" P. Jayachandran Sreekumaran Thampi
7 "Varumallo Ravil" S. Janaki Sreekumaran Thampi

Historical importanceEdit

The film helped KSRTC to win a trademark case against Karnataka RTC by submitting its scenes with the KSRTC logo as prime evidence.[5] The scenes were used to prove that the Transport Corporation existed in Kerala even before the Karnataka Road Transport Corporation.[6]


  1. ^ a b c B Vijayakumar (5 July 2015). "Kannur Deluxe: 1969". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ Vijayakumar, B. (5 July 2015). "Kannur Deluxe: 1969". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Kannoor Deluxe". malayalasangeetham.info. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  4. ^ Krishna Kumar KE (29 September 2014). "47 yrs on, 'Kannur Deluxe' still KSRTC's ambassador". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  5. ^ Asianet Online (5 June 2021). "Kannur Deluxe movie helps KSRTC win trademark battle". Asianet. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  6. ^ "How a 1969 movie helped Kerala win rights over 'KSRTC' use". Hindustan Times. 6 June 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.

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