Meesha Madhavan (lit. Mustache Madhavan) is a 2002 Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy film directed by Lal Jose and written by Ranjan Pramod. The film stars Dileep in the title role, and Kavya Madhavan. The film was a commercial success at the box office and the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year. Meesha Madhavan raised Dileep's stardom to a superstar level. This film was remade in Telugu as Dongodu (2003) starring Ravi Teja and in Kannada as Hori (2010) starring Vinod Prabhakar.[2]

Meesha Madhavan
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VCD cover
Directed byLal Jose
Produced byMaha Subair
Written byRanjan Pramod
Kavya Madhavan
Jagathy Sreekumar
Indrajith Sukumaran
Narrated byRanjith
Music byVidyasagar
CinematographyS. Kumar
Edited byRanjan Abraham
Distributed byKalasangham Films
Release date
  • 4 July 2002 (2002-07-04)
Running time
165 minutes
Budget1.45 crore (US$200,000)[1]


Madhavan (Dileep) is a clever thief who robs for a living and is well known in the village. He is following the principles of his mentor Mullani Pappan (Mala Aravindan) who trained him to be a thief when Madhavan was a young boy. Meesa Madhavan got his name by the popular saying that if Madhavan rolls his Moustache (Meesa in Malayalam) looking at someone, he will rob his house that night.

His enemy is the local money lender Bhageerathan Pillai (Jagathy Sreekumar) who refuses to give back his father's property despite Madhavan paying back the loan with interest years ago. Madhavan falls in love with Bhageerathan Pillai's daughter Rukmini (Kavya Madhavan). Despite being childhood friends, in the beginning of the movie Rukmini hates Madhavan as he is a well known thief in the locality.

But later on when she realizes that Madhavan's sisters marriage was cancelled because of her father, she slowly started falling for him and later both fall in love with each other. The sub inspector in the village Eappen Pappachi (Indrajith) has an eye on Rukmini.

Eappan steals the idol from the local Temple with the intention of selling it and puts the blame on Madhavan. It becomes Madhavan's responsibility to find the culprits and he does that with his mentor's help and thus uniting with his girl friend.



Meesha Madhavan
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJune 2002 (2002-06)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSatyam Audios
Vidyasagar chronology
Meesha Madhavan

The music album of Meesa Madhavan happens to be one of the most popular works of Vidyasagar. The lyrics were written by Gireesh Puthenchery. Chingamaasam and Vaaleduthal were very popular back then, especially among children and youth. They are still very famous now.

Track Song Title Singers Raga(s)
1 "Ente Ellamellam" K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan Desh
2 "Karimizhi Kuruviye" Sujatha Mohan, Prathap Chandran Kapi
3 "Penne Penne" M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra, Kalyani Menon. Valachi
4 "Chingamaasam" Shankar Mahadevan, Rimy Tomy Shanmukhapriya
5 "Theme Music" Instrumental
6 "Elavathooru" P. Madhuri
7 "Pathiri Chuttu" Machad Vasanthi
8 "Ente Ellam" K. J. Yesudas
9 "Karimizhi Kuruviye" Sujatha Mohan Kapi
10 "Vaaleduthal" Vidhu Prathap, Anuradha Sriram Kharaharapriya


The film was well received at the box office and became the highest-grossing Malayalam film of that year.[3] It had completed 100 days in cinemas.[4] The film raised Dileep's stardom to a superstar level.[5][6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ Sreedhar Pillai (23 August 2002). "Magic on the wane". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
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  3. ^ "Sathyan Anthikad and Lal Jose: Winning the hearts of the Malayalam 'family' audience". The News Minute. 4 July 2017.
  4. ^ "'Meesa Madhavan`". The Hindu. 25 October 2002.
  5. ^ "A filmi shot in the arm". The Hindu. 15 February 2003.
  6. ^ ""I have more enemies than friends": Dileep". Sify. 21 April 2004.
  7. ^ "Dileep-Kavya in New Zealand!". Sify. 8 January 2006.
  8. ^ "Malayalam actor Dileep not paying service tax". Sify. 21 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Dileep's lucky date!". Sify. 14 June 2006.

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