Kotthu (transl. Stab) is a 2022 Indian Malayalam-language political thriller film directed by Sibi Malayil and written by Hemanth Kumar.[1] It was produced by Ranjith and P. M. Sasidharan.[2] The film stars Asif Ali, Nikhila Vimal, Roshan Mathew, Ranjith, and Sreelakshmi in important roles. Jakes Bejoy composed the original score, while Kailas Menon composed the original songs.[3] It also marks the comeback of Sibi Malayil after seven years. The film received mixed reviews and was a box office failure.

First look poster
Directed bySibi Malayil
Written byHemanth Kumar
Produced by
CinematographyPrasanth Raveendran
Edited byRathin Radhakrishnan
Music byKailas Menon
Jakes Bejoy (background Score)
Gold Coin Motion Picture Company
Release date
  • 16 September 2022 (2022-09-16)
Running time
155 minutes



Inspired by several real-life incidents, the film tells the life of political party workers from Northern Kerala and their bloodshed to reinvigorate the rebellious nature of the parties and the untouchable party worker status at the cost of lives.





Principal photography of the film began on 10 October 2020 at Kozhikode following the COVID-19 protocols and safety measures. Kotthu is actor Asif Ali's fourth collaboration with director Sibi Malayil after Apoorvaragam, Violin, and Unnam.[2] The first schedule of the filming at Kozhikode was completed on 25 October 2020.[6][7]



The film was released in theatres on 16 September 2022.


  1. ^ Mathews, Anna (4 February 2021). "Asif Ali's roles range from cop to college student in upcoming films". The Times of India.
  2. ^ a b "Asif Ali, Roshan Mathew and Sudev Nair in Sibi Malayil's 'Kothu'". The Times of India. 14 October 2020.
  3. ^ Soman, Deepa (19 November 2020). "Kailas Menon shares the first recording of Hari Sankar's rendition of 'Jeevamsham'". The Times of India.
  4. ^ പി പ്രജിത്ത്. "കോഴിക്കോടിന്റെ മണ്ണില്‍ 'കൊത്ത്' ഒരുങ്ങുമ്പോള്‍". Mathrubhumi. Archived from the original on 9 January 2022. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  5. ^ "'Kothu'... New film by Sibi Malayil pulls the trigger..." East Coast Daily English. 15 October 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Sibi Malayil-Asif Ali's 'Kothu' completes first schedule". The New Indian Express. 27 October 2020.
  7. ^ "ആദ്യഘട്ടം അവസാനിച്ചു, മുഴുവന്‍ പേര്‍ക്കും കോവിഡ് നെഗറ്റീവ് : പുതിയ സിനിമയെക്കുറിച്ച് രഞ്ജിത്ത്|asif ali|director ranjith|Sibi Malayil". East Coast Movies & Entertainments News. 26 October 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2022.