Manu Uncle

Manu Uncle is a 1988 Indian Malayalam-language comedy-drama film directed by Dennis Joseph and produced by Joy Thomas. Starring Mammootty, M. G. Soman, Prathapachandran, Lissy, and B. Thyagarajan. Mohanlal made a cameo appearance as himself.[1] The film won a National Award for Best Children's Film. The film ran for 100 days ending up as a hit performance in the theatres.

Manu Uncle
Poster designed by Gayathri Ashokan
Directed byDennis Joseph
Produced byJoy Thomas
Screenplay byShibu Chakravarthy
Story byDennis Joseph
Music byShyam
CinematographyJayanan Vincent
Edited byK. Shankunny
Distributed byJubilee Productions
Release date
  • 7 April 1988 (1988-04-07)


Manu(Mammootty) is a researcher in astronomy. Manu's father (M. G. Soman) is a police officer. Lissy plays the role of Manu's sister Uma. Ravunni, an exporter, is their family friend. Antony (K. P. A. C. Azeez) and Mary (K. P. A. C. Lalitha) are neighbours of Manu. Their children are Dany a.k.a. Lother and Ikru. Manu's elder sister (Jalaja)'s children come from Delhi for their vacation. They are accompanied by Dany and Ikru which make up a four-member team headed by Dany.

The children happen to visit the Art Museum on the very same time when Marthanda Varma's Crown is stolen. Ikru noticed the robbers, Gomez, Appu and Kittu but was not able to describe them to his Grandpa. Manu, who has a well-equipped communication system, is able to listen to a conversation between Kittu and Gomez planning to loot Marthanda Varma's Sword. Manu informs his father about the plan, and they both rush to Padmanabhapuram Palace. Gomez (B. Thyagarajan), meanwhile already gets hold of the sword and while escaping the palace encounters Manu and his father. A fight follows in which Manu is injured by Gomez; now Manu's father is in pursuit of the robbers alone. But the robbers kill Manu's father in a planned lorry accident. The viewers are just now able to figure out the mastermind behind the robbery is; Ravunni, the family friend. Unfortunately for him though, the incident was witnessed by Khader, a young orphan who happened to be in that lorry. The robbers try to catch the boy, but the boy manages to escape from them and in the process ends up meeting the four children, and tells them that their Grandpa was not dead in an accident but was killed.

The curious children decide to investigate the murder. While intercepting a portable radio conversation between Gomez and Ravunni, the latter discloses his identity to Manu. Ravunni threatens Manu to stay away from his illegal export activities and warns Manu that, he will meet his father's fate. Ikiru who had already met Gomez drew his picture which is noticed by Manu and Ravunni. Ravunni gets shocked seeing the drawing and Manu decides to garner more information about Ravunni after watching his tensed face. Manu breaks into Ravunni's house and validates his doubts. The children meanwhile decide to venture to the gang's hideout as per the directions from Khader. They are shocked on realising that it was Ravunni leading the gang. The gang sees the children who crossed their fence and Ravunni directs his men to kill them. But, soon Manu reaches there and saves the children. The movie ends with the robbers getting arrested by the police.



  • Story and Direction ..... Dennis Joseph
  • Screenplay, Dialogues and Lyrics .... Shibu Chakravarthy
  • Producer .... Joy Thomas
  • Distribution .... Jubilee Productions
  • Cinematography .... Jayanan Vincent
  • Editor .... K. Shankunny
  • Stunt .... A. R. Basha
  • Art Direction .... Sabu Pravadas
  • Associate Direction .... Jimmy
  • P. R. O. .... Ranji Kottayam
  • Stills .... R. Sukumar
  • Make up .... Thomas
  • Costume Design .... Kumar



Composer: Shyam; Lyricist: Shibu Chakravarthy


Jagathy Sreekumar was originally supposed to play the role of SI 'Minnal' Prathapan, but he had other commitments during that time.[3]

Aliens (film), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial & Close Encounters of the Third Kind were cited in this movie as a comparison to Manu's encounter with a cockroach through the telescope.


  1. ^ Manu Uncle
  2. ^ Information Service of India (1990). India 1990: Annual review. India: Annual Review. India: Competition Review. p. 624.
  3. ^ Top 5 Last Minute Changes That was Worth Gold

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