Odayil Ninnu (film)

Odayil Ninnu (transl. From the gutter) is a 1965 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan and written by P. Kesavadev based on his own novel of the same name.[1] The film deals with the life and struggles of a rickshaw puller, Pappu. It stars Sathyan, Prem Nazir, K. R. Vijaya and Kaviyoor Ponnamma. Master Dasarath plays the young Pappu. Suresh Gopi made his acting debut with the film, who was then six years old, appeared as the feudal lord's timid son, who also becomes the root cause for Pappu running away from home.

Odayil Ninnu
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Directed byK. S. Sethumadhavan
Produced byP. Ramaswami
Written byP. Kesavadev
Based onOdayil Ninnu
by P. Kesavadev
Prem Nazir
Kalaikkal Kumaran
K. R. Vijaya
Kaviyoor Ponnamma
Music byDevarajan
CinematographyP. Ramaswami
Thirumurukan Pictures
Distributed byThirumeni Release
Release date
  • 5 March 1965 (1965-03-05)

The film was a commercial success and also received critical acclaim for its raw energy and Sathyan's performance in the lead role.[2] It received a certificate of merit at the National Film Awards. It was remade in Tamil as Babu (1971), in Telugu as Marapurani Manishi (1973) and in Hindi as Babu (1985).[3]


Pappu is a relentless fighter for justice and equality from early childhood. He organises protest against his teacher who discriminates between the landlord's son and other children. The landlord is provoked to wrath, and Pappu is obliged to leave home. From now on, he has to lead a hard, tough life, fighting at every step to uphold his ideals.

He takes odd jobs but had to give them up as he cannot stand the iniquity meted out by his employers. Ultimately, he settles down as a rickshaw-puller. He takes care of a child from the gutter. That child became so arrogant and proud when she grew up. She did not even want Pappu's presence.

Pappu suffers ill health due to his hard work. The subsequent developments reveal him as an extremely affectionate human being, seeking pleasure in doing good to others and demanding nothing for himself. The film ends with the girl realising her mistakes.



The music was composed by G. Devarajan with lyrics by Vayalar Ramavarma.[4][5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Ambalakkulangare" P. Leela Vayalar Ramavarma
2 "Amme Amme Amme Nammude" Renuka Vayalar Ramavarma
3 "Kaattil Ilam Kaattil" P. Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma
4 "Maanathu Daivamilla" A. M. Rajah Vayalar Ramavarma
5 "Muttathe Mullayil" S. Janaki Vayalar Ramavarma
6 "Muttathe Mullayil" (Pathos) P. Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma
7 "Oh Rikhshaavaala" Vidyadharan, Mehboob Vayalar Ramavarma
8 "Vandikkaara" K. J. Yesudas Vayalar Ramavarma


  1. ^ Vijayakumar, B. (22 April 2012). "Odayil Ninnu 1965". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  2. ^ Venkiteswaran, C. S. (18 June 2006). "Auteur par excellence". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  3. ^ Film world: Volume 7. Film World. 1971.
  4. ^ "Odayil Ninnu". MalayalaChalachithram. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Odayil Ninnu". malayalasangeetham.info. Retrieved 11 October 2014.

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