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, while Kavya Madhavan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Indrajith Sukumaran and Jyothirmayi in supporting roles. The film was the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year 2002. Meesha Madhavan raised Dileep's stardom to a whole new level and the movie attained a cult status in Malayalam cinema. It was remade in Telugu as Dongodu (2003) starring Ravi Teja and in Kannada as Hori (2010) starring Vinod Prabhakar and in Tamil as Kollaikaran starring Vidharth.
|Directed by||Lal Jose|
|Produced by||Maha Subair|
|Written by||Ranjan Pramod|
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Distributed by||Kalasangham Films|
|Budget||₹1.45 crore (US$200,000)|
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, with the blessing of her father, Bhageerathan Pillai.
- Dileep as Meesa Madhavan (Madhavan Nair)
- Kavya Madhavan as Rukmini
- Indrajith as Eappen Pappachi (S.I. of Police)
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Krishnavilasom Bhageerathan Pillai
- Sukumari as Madhavan's mother
- Harisree Ashokan as Sugunan (Madhavan's friend)
- Cochin Haneefa as Thrivikraman
- Mala Aravindan as Mullani Pappan
- Oduvil Unnikrishnan as Constable Achuthan Namboothiri (Prabha's father)
- Jyothirmayi as Prabha
- Karthika Mathew as Malathi (Madhavan's younger sister)
- James as Pattalam Purushu
- Salim Kumar as Advocate Mukundanunni
- Machan Varghese as Line Man Lonappan
- Manikandan Pattambi as Vazhipaadu announcer
- Ajaykumar as Tea Boy (as Unda Pakru)
- Sanusha as Rukmini Jr.
- Jayesh Pazhanimala as Meesa Madhavan's childhood friend
- Kalabhavan Prachod as Prabha's husband
- Ambika Mohan as Santhamma (Bhageerathan Pillai's wife)
- Gayathri as Sarasu (Pattalam Purushu's wife)
- Meena Ganesh
- Yamuna as Madhavan's sister in law
- Dinesh Prabhakar
- Vijayan Peringode as Warrier
- Kozhikode Narayanan Nair as Advocate
- Lal Jose (Cameo)
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1||"Ente Ellamellam"||K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan, Sreeja Ravi(Dialogues)||Desh|
|2||"Karimizhi Kuruviye"||Sujatha Mohan, V. Devanand||Kapi|
|3||"Penne Penne"||M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra, Kalyani Menon.||Valachi|
|4||"Chingamaasam"||Shankar Mahadevan, Rimy Tomy||Shanmukhapriya|
|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 the year 2002. It had completed 100 days in cinemas. The film raised Dileep's stardom to a superstar level.
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