Karumadikkuttan (film)

Karumadikkuttan is a 2001 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by Vinayan and written by J. Pallasserry, starring Kalabhavan Mani and Kausalya. The film also has Bharathi, Janardhanan, Sai Kumar, Suresh Krishna, Ganesh, Rajan P. Dev, Athira, Shivaji, Priyanka and Meena Ganesh in the cast.

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Directed byVinayan
Screenplay byJ. Pallasserry
Story byVinayan
J. Pallasserry
Produced bySamson J. Paanaadan
StarringKalabhavan Mani
Edited byG. Murali
Music byMohan Sithara
Surabhi Cinema
Distributed bySurabhi Cinema
Release date
  • 30 March 2001 (2001-03-30)

The film features a soundtrack by Mohan Sithara, cinematography by Azhagappan, and editing by G. Murali. It is produced and distributed by Samson J. Paanaadan of Surabhi Cinema. The film was a commercial success at the box office.[1][2] The film was remade in Tamil as Azhagesan (2004) starring Sathyaraj.


The protagonist of the film, Kuttan (Kalabhavan Mani), is a thirty - year old man, but he has the intelligence of a ten - year old. People call him Karumadikkuttan as he is dark. Everyone has sort of affection for him and he too is always ready to do anything for anybody in the village. The remuneration that he gets for any job somehow is never above five rupees. But he works really hard when he is terribly hungry just for the sake of this meagre amount. And he has no complaint against anybody. People even ridicule him. But he thinks only of the positive aspect of things and has no grudge against anybody.

Kuttan (Kalabhavan Mani), a mentally ill man, is in love with his cousin Nandini (Kausalya), a college student. Neelakandan (Rajan P Dev) is the village landlord who is a cunning man and has grabbed all the wealth from Nandini's father a few years back. Neelakandan has a son Sekhar (Suresh Krishna), who is a womanizer.

Nandini and her college professor, fall in love with each other. He proposes to marry her and she accepts. Sekhar, who has an eye on Nandini, is humiliated and slapped by Nandini while he tries to misbehave with her. As a means of revenge, Sekhar kicks Nandini and her grandmother (i Bharathi Vishnuvardhan) out of their house. Nandini's marriage is immediately stopped and her grandmother falls ill.

Kuttan accommodates them in his small house. Later, Nandini's grandmother dies, and Nandini is raped by Sekhar. Nandini gets pregnant but aborts with Neelakandan's daughter's support. Neelakandan wants to take Nandini to his house and marry Sekhar, but she refuses, and Kuttan humiliates Neelakandan. Sekhar decides to kill Kuttan. First, he kills Kuttans family friend. In the meantime, Neelakandan dies because of his illness. Sekhar's henchmen beat Kuttan and Nandini kills Sekhar.

A few years later, Nandini is released from jail and lives happily with Kuttan.



The film's was shot from Kuttanad, Kerala. About the film, Vinayan says: "We never try to look into the minds and sorrows of the mentally ill people around us. They too long for love. And love, when given to them could take them to heights. That’s what I am trying to tell in this film." About his character, Kalabhavan Mani says: "I have done my best to give life to the character of a mentally ill person. I have observed the mannerisms of mentally ill people and have performed accordingly."[3]


The film's soundtrack contains 12 songs, all composed by Mohan Sithara, with lyrics by Yusufali Kechery.

# Title Singer(s) Raga(s)
1 "Chelulla" K. S. Chitra Shahana
2 "Chelulla Vallathil" K. S. Chitra, P. Jayachandran Shahana
3 "Innalekal" K. J. Yesudas
4 "Kaa Kaa Kakakarumbi" Kalabhavan Mani
5 "Kai Kottu Penne" Kalabhavan Mani
6 "Kannezhuthi Pottuthottu [F]" K. S. Chitra
7 "Nenjudukkinte" K. J. Yesudas
8 "Odivarum Ormma" K. J. Yesudas
9 "Sahyasaanu Shruthicherthu" K. J. Yesudas Desh
10 "Thaalam Thaalam" K. J. Yesudas
11 "Va Va Thaamarappenne" M. G. Sreekumar, Chorus
12 "Yaahi Radhe" K. S. Chitra

Box officeEdit

The film was both critical and commercial success.[4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ Unni R. Nair (4 January 2002). "Let down". Screen India. Archived from the original on 29 December 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  2. ^ "2001 - Another disastrous year for filmdom". Kala Keralam. 2001. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  3. ^ Unni R. Nair (16 March 2001). "A visit on the sets of Karimaadikuttan at Kovalam". Screen India. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Must Watch". The Times of India. 19 May 2011.
  5. ^ Unni R. Nair (4 January 2002). "Let down". Screen India. Archived from the original on 29 December 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  6. ^ "The best of Kalabhavan Mani: a tribute". Sify. 19 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Flashback Friday: Filmmaker Vinayan reminisces working with Mammootty for 'Rakshasa Rajavu'". The Times of India. 15 May 2020.

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