Paavada (English: Skirt), is a 2016 Indian comedy-drama film directed by G. Marthandan and written by Bipin Chandran, based on the story he co-wrote with Shibin Francis. The film is themed on the life of two alcoholics. It stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, Miya, Anoop Menon, Asha Sarath, Nedumudi Venu and Maniyanpilla Raju. The film was produced by Maniyanpilla Raju. The music was composed by Aby Tom Cyriac and released under the label Muzik 247.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byG. Marthandan
Screenplay byBipin Chandran
Story byBipin Chandran
Shibin Francis
Produced byManiyanpilla Raju
StarringPrithviraj Sukumaran
Anoop Menon
Asha Sarath
Nedumudi Venu
Maniyanpilla Raju
Narrated byAnil Nedumangad
CinematographyPradeep Nair
Edited byJohnkutty
Music by
Distributed byAnto Joseph Release & Tricolor Entertainment
Release date
  • January 15, 2016 (2016-01-15) (India)
Running time
145 minutes[1]
Box officeest. 70 crore (US$9.8 million)[2]

Paavada released on 15 January 2016. The film was a commercial success, grossing 70 crore (US$9.8 million) from the box office.[2]


The film opens with a poem by Faiz Ahmad Faiz.[3] An alcoholic duo, meet at a de-addiction center helps each other to arrange their lives back together with their persistent illness. Pambu Joy's married life is in a muddle due to his alcoholism. Pavada Babu's life is in pieces due to a film he produced in which Sisily, Joy's mother, was the heroine. For financial gain the film was adulterated by his friend Eldho. Eldho intends to re-release the film's 3D extended version. Both Pambu Joy and Pavada Babu fights through their alcoholism to stop the re-release of the film due to the added pain that will cause for Babu and to Joy's mother Sisily forms the crux of the story.



Earlier, Shobana was approached for the role of Sicily, but the actress turned down the role as she was not willing to do mother role of Prithviraj, she was replaced by Asha Sarath.[5] Actor Jayasurya has sung a song for the film, titled "Kuruthakkedinte Koodanu," composed by Aby Tom Cyriac, which describes the character of Joy (Prithviraj).[6] According to Maniyanpilla Raju, the film will have "a lot of twists".[7]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelMuzik 247
ProducerManiyan Pilla Raju
Aby Tom Cyriac chronology
Second Innings

The film's songs are composed by Aby Tom Cyriac with lyrics written by B. K. Hari Narayanan. There are three songs and one is a promo song sung by Nedumudi Venu.[8] Jayasurya, K. G. Ranjith and Nedumudi Venu are the singers. The music was released through the label Muzik 247. The audio music launch was held in a low profile event at Kochi in December 2015, the money generated from which went to Chennai flood victims' relief funds.[9] Aby Tom Cyriac has sampled music from Indian ethnic genre of the early 80s and late 90s.[10]

Track listing
1."Kuruthakkedinte Koodane"Jayasurya4:11
2."Paavam Paavada"Ranjith3:12
3."Eha Loka Jeevitham"Nedumudi Venu2:38
Total length:10:02



Paavada released on 15 January 2016.[11]


Box officeEdit

Paavada grossed approximately 23 crore (US$3.2 million) in the opening weekend from India box office.[12] The film's final gross collection is estimated as 34 crore (US$4.8 million) with a share of 17 crore (US$2.4 million). It completed 100 days theatrical run in the state.[2]

Critical responseEdit

The Times of India rated 3.5 out of 5 stars and stated that the movie does try to explain alcoholism as a way of dealing with helplessness and how it can ruin one's credibility.[13] gave 3.5 out of 5: Bipin Chandran's screenplay discusses the ethical, moral and legal issues pertaining to such situations. There are elaborate court scenes that test our patience for two and a half hours. This is one of the fertile periods in Prithviraj's career and he makes it even better with this film. He has to be a breezily comic fellow in the first half that he does unpretentiously making this film yet another winner as far as his performance goes. He gets able support from Anoop Menon, Nedumudi Venu and Maniyanpilla Raju. Paavada can be called a decent effort only if we ignore the flaws.[14] Indiaglitz rated 4 out of 5 and said The story, screenplay and dialogues by Bipin Chandran deserves credit. Director Marthandan could capture the essence of the story and deliver a good narration. Background score was conventional. Editing and cinematography were good with the editing being sharp and camera angles very effective, especially the dramatic part involving Prithviraj and the fight sequences. Performances from Prithviraj, Anoop Menon and Nedumudi were outstanding. Prithviraj has proved his range with this cinema as he lives as Joy onscreen. Anoop Menon holds his own in a demanding character. Miya was adorable as Joy's wife. 'Paavada' is sure to stay around for a long time for its one-liners and humour.[15]


  1. ^ "Pavada(2016 film) – Duration". 13 February 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Anu James (6 April 2016). "Kerala box office: Here is the collection report of 'King Liar,' 'Kali,' 'Vettah,' 'Paavada,' 'Puthiya Niyamam'". International Business Times. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  3. ^ G. Ragesh (15 January 2016). "Beautiful 'Paavada' woven out of quagmire". OnManorama.
  4. ^ "Anoop suggested Manju Warrier for Pavada". Times of India. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  5. ^ Anu James (28 January 2016). "Maniyanpilla Raju reveals why Shobana turned down role as Prithviraj's mother in 'Paavada'". International Business Times. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  6. ^ Anjana George (23 December 2015). "Jayasurya's song for Prithviraj is out". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  7. ^ Sanjith Sidhardhan (7 December 2015). "Prithviraj's outstanding in Pavada: Maniyanpillai". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  8. ^ Anjana George (9 November 2015). "Hari Narayanan to pen songs for 'Pavada'". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Spotted Prithviraj during Pavada audio launch in Kochi". The Times of India. Times News Network. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  10. ^ Anjana George (17 November 2015). "Pavada to have ethnic background score". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  11. ^ Sanjith Sidhardhan (3 January 2016). "Prithviraj and Fahadh to lock horns in Jan". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  12. ^ Onmanaorama Staff (18 January 2016). "'Pavada' rules box office; 'Two Countries', 'Charlie' running successfully". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
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