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Kulam is a 1997 Indian Malayalam film, directed by Lenin Rajendran, loosely based on the historical novel Marthandavarma, by C. V. Raman Pillai.

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Directed byLenin Rajendran
Written byLenin Rajendran (dialogues)
Screenplay byLenin Rajendran
Based onMarthandavarma
by C. V. Raman Pillai
StarringSuresh Gopi
Jagathy Sreekumar
Music bySongs:
M. G. Radhakrishnan
Background Score:
Mohan Sithara
CinematographyMadhu Ambat
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Usha Priya Movie Makers
Distributed byUsha Priya Movie Makers
Release date
  • 6¬†February¬†1997¬†(1997-02-06)



An oath is undertaken by Etu Veetil Pilamaru gang that they never withdraw from their decisions. Now Thampi enters and confirms that they all are together to kill Marthandavarma. Thampi is attracted to Subadra, who is very beautiful. Subadra is step daughter to Thilakan. Thilakan killed Subadra's mother for marrying someone of another caste. Thilakan's wife Meena wants Thampi to destroy Subadra's life by opening the door of Subadra's room to Thampi's. Subadra escapes from Thampi's one such rape attempt. Vijayaragavan enters the Etu Veetil house as a fighter. Subadra falls in love with Vijayaragavan and finally marries. Vijayaragavan get promoted as Senanayakan. But Thampi attacks Vijayaragavan who finally runs away for life. Now Subadra wants to find out Vijayaragavan. Here enters Suresh Gopi as a psychotic, but physically strong man whom Etu Veetil's soldiers could not catch. Subadra asks Suresh Gopi to help her find out Vijayaragavan. Subadra now attracts Jagathy and gives alcohol. Jagathy tells their plan of killing Marthandavarma near the palace by surrounding the palace. Subadra tells the plan to Suresh. Subadra finally finds out Vijayaragavan in a Muslim nomad tent. Inside the tent, Vijayaragavan is working with his wife finally crying when Subadra tells she dreamt of child and so much happiness while marrying Vijayaragavan. Subadra leaves back to her place. Now scene shifts to a post-battle field area where many people lie dead and Thampi walks in the middle seeing his men dead. Thampi meets Thilakan at the Thilakan area and say either he comes back victorious or dead and leaves the area (film does not show what happened to Thampi later). Etu Veetil house Thilakan asks everyone who leaked their plans. Jagathy says he told it to Subadra. Thilakan gets angry finally hearing Thampi going for his last strike. Thilakan knocks on Subadra's room and when Subadra comes out, Thilakan stabs Subadra. Thilakan asks why she leaked the info. Subadra says she came to know that it was Thampi who destroyed her life, so she got revenge. Also, that she now knew who her father is, whom Thilakan never told. Her father is the Senapadhi of the kingdom. By this time outside, people shouting and noises is heard. Thilakan goes with a sword, saying that as long as he is alive, he won't allow anyone to touch anybody of the Etu Veetil area. Now a scene shows Suresh entering Subadra's room and Subadra says she wanted to see Suresh's real face, that he is the son of her father whom she has never seen, and Subadra dies while lying in the hands of Suresh. The film stars Suresh Gopi, Bhanupriya, Vijayaraghavan and Jagathy Sreekumar in the lead roles. The film has songs composed by MG Radhakrishnan.[1][2][3][4]



The music was composed by M. G. Radhakrishnan and the lyrics were written by V. Madhusoodanan Nair.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Raga(s) Length (m:ss)
1 "Agni Sathyangal" V. Madhusoodanan Nair V. Madhusoodanan Nair Mohanam
2 "Chandana Shilayil" K. S. Chithra, M. G. Radhakrishnan V. Madhusoodanan Nair Kapi
3 "Enthamme Chundathu" (F) K. S. Chithra V. Madhusoodanan Nair Hamsanadam
4 "Enthamme Chundathu" (M) K. J. Yesudas V. Madhusoodanan Nair Hamsanadam
5 "Thiranthu Paarthen" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam V. Madhusoodanan Nair


  1. ^ "Kulam". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Kulam". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Kulam". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  4. ^ Jayakumar, G. (27 January 2006). "The politics of a relationship". The Hindu.

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