Madampi (transl. Feudal lord) is a 2008 Indian Malayalam-language family drama film written and directed by B. Unnikrishnan. It stars Mohanlal, Ajmal Ameer, Kavya Madhavan, Mallika Kapoor, and K. P. A. C. Lalitha.[1] The film was released on 4 July 2008. It received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year.

Directed byB. Unnikrishnan
Produced byB. C. Joshi
Written byB. Unnikrishnan
Kavya Madhavan
Ajmal Ameer
Mallika Kapoor
K. P. A. C. Lalitha
Narrated bySuresh Gopi
Music byM. Jayachandran
CinematographyVijay Ulaganath
Edited byManoj
Surya Cinemas
Distributed byVaisakha Release
Release date
  • 4 July 2008 (2008-07-04)
Running time
139 minutes


Gopalakrishna Pillai (Mohanlal) is a rich money-lender in a village called Elavattom in Pathanamthitta district. People misunderstand him to be money-minded, without having any emotional bond even towards his mother Devaki Amma (KPAC Lalitha) or younger brother Ramakrishna Pillai (Ajmal Ameer).

As the story moves along, we learn more about the hero. He is considered heartless, as he threw out his father Madhava Menon (Sai Kumar) when he was a teenager, for his father's wayward lifestyle. His mother hates him for doing that and his brother hates him because he does not let his brother pursue his dream of being an actor and never gives him any freedom.

His main antagonists are Sreedharan (Siddique) and his younger brothers. Kavya Madhavan assumes the role of Jayalakshmi, a bank manager who is seen as a threat to Gopalakrishna Pillai's money lending business.

It turns out that Ramakrishna Pillai is in love with a girl (Mallika Kapoor) from Gopalakrishna Pillai's rival family. Though Gopalakrishnan Pillai arranges the marriage forgetting the rivalry, after marriage he asks his brother to repay him the expenses he incurred for the marriage and prompts the newlyweds to sleep separately. With this he becomes the most hated person of his brother and mother. Frustrated, Ramakrishna Pillai leaves the house and joins his in-laws against Gopalakrishna Pillai by saying that his money-lending business is illegal. Still that doesn't work.

Ramakrishna Pillai accuses his brother of processioning the family wealth alone and he gives false information to the Income Tax Department files a suite against him in court. In the climax it is revealed by Gopalakrishna Pillai's advocate (Jagathy Sreekumar) that Gopalakrishna Pillai has kept his hard-earned wealth in the name of his younger brother and he was always hard on him just to make him responsible. It also is revealed that his father was not thrown out, but committed suicide in a distant place due to his debts. The story ends happily as the brothers reunite and everyone apologises to Gopalakrishna Pillai.



Filming was completed on 4 June 2008 in Ottapalam. Mohanlal had 47 days of shoot.[2]


Soundtrack album by
LabelSatyam Audios
ProducerB. C. Joshi
M. Jayachandran chronology
Anthiponvettam Madampi Parthan Kanda Paralokam

The film has four songs composed by M. Jayachandran. The lyrics are by Gireesh Puthenchery and Anil Panachooran (Jeevitham Oru).[3] The songs "Amma Mazhakarinu" and "Kalyanakacheri" were chartbusters.

Track Song Singer(s) Duration Other Notes
1 "Amma Mazhakkarinu" Dr. K. J. Yesudas 4.03 Raga: Navakouns
Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director
Filmfare Award for Best Singer
Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist
2 "Kalyanakacheri" Shankar Mahadevan 4.27 Raga: Bilahari
Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director
Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer
3 "Ente Sharike" Sudeep Kumar, Roopa Revathi 4.30
4 "Jeevitham Oru" Mohanlal 1.07
5 "Amma Mazhakkarinu" Shweta Mohan 4.03 Raga: Navakouns
6 "Ente Sharike" Sudeep Kumar 4.30

Box officeEdit

The film collected 1.37 crore from 61 screens in its first weekend (3 days) from Kerala.[4] The film was made on a budget of 3.5 crores. The film got 1 crore 90 lakhs as distribution share, 1 crore 8 lakhs as satellite and video rights, 9 lakhs as audio rights and 25 lakhs as overseas right. It got a gross collection of 7.5 crores within 30 days. The film collected 100 million in total.[5] The movie ran more than 100 days in major centres.[6] Madampi became one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year.[7]


Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Award
Vanitha Film Awards
  • Best Actor – Mohanlal
AMMA (Dubai) Award
  • Best Actor – Mohanlal

See alsoEdit

  • Madampi – aristocratic title equivalent to "lord" in English


  1. ^ Nagarajan, Saraswathy (4 July 2008). "Of banks and bankers". Friday Review Thiruvananthapuram. The Hindu. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Mohanlal completes Madambi". Sify. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. ^ Jayakumar, G. (15 July 2008). "Tale of two fighting families". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Kerala Box Office (July 4 to 6)". Sify. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Madampi rules Box office".
  6. ^ "Madampi 160 days celebrations".
  7. ^ "2008- Top 5 Films at the box-office". Sify. Retrieved 25 June 2019.

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