Meesa Madhavan

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.[2] 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.[3]

Meesha Madhavan
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VCD cover
Directed byLal Jose
Produced byMaha Subair
Written byRanjan Pramod
Narrated byRanjith
Music byVidyasagar
CinematographyS. Kumar
Edited byRanjan Abraham
Distributed byKalasangham Films
Release date
  • 4 July 2002 (2002-07-04)
Running time
160 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, with the blessing of her father, Bhageerathan Pillai.



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.

Track Song Title Singers Raga(s)
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
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 the year 2002.[4][5] It had completed 100 days in cinemas.[6] The film raised Dileep's stardom to a superstar level.[7][8][9][10][11]


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  2. ^ "Meesha Madhavan | ചേക്കിലെ മാധവന്റെയും പട്ടാളം പുരുഷുവിന്റെയും വീടുകൾ കണ്ടിട്ടുണ്ടോ? വീഡിയോ ഇതാ". News18 Malayalam. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
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  4. ^ Naveen Nair (19 July 2017). "Kerala actress assault: Dileep's controversial rise to power in film industry". Hindustan Times.
  5. ^ "Sathyan Anthikad and Lal Jose: Winning the hearts of the Malayalam 'family' audience". The News Minute. 4 July 2017.
  6. ^ "'Meesa Madhavan'". The Hindu. 25 October 2002. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016.
  7. ^ "A filmi shot in the arm". The Hindu. 15 February 2003. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016.
  8. ^ ""I have more enemies than friends": Dileep". Sify. 21 April 2004. Archived from the original on 3 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Dileep-Kavya in New Zealand!". Sify. 8 January 2006. Archived from the original on 18 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Malayalam actor Dileep not paying service tax". Sify. 21 December 2013. Archived from the original on 19 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Dileep's lucky date!". Sify. 14 June 2006. Archived from the original on 18 March 2018.

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