Sarapancharam (transl. Bed of arrows) is a 1979 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written and directed by Hariharan from a story by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan. It stars Jayan, Sheela, and Sathaar, with P. K. Abraham and Oduvil Unnikrishnan in supporting roles.[1] Jayan played the main villain in the film. It was also one of the first notable films of Oduvil Unnikrishnan.[2] It was a breakthrough film in Jayan's career.

Directed byHariharan
Produced byG. P. Balan
Screenplay byHariharan
Story byMalayattoor Ramakrishnan
Music byDevarajan
CinematographyMelli Irani
Edited byV. P. Krishnan
Distributed byAngel Films
Release date
  • 2 March 1979 (1979-03-02)

The story line of the film is loosely based on D. H. Lawrence's 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover, though there are significant differences in plot and characterization.[3] The film was the highest-grossing Malayalam film of 1979.[4]


The story concerns a young married woman, Soudamini (Sheela), whose upper-class husband (P.K. Abraham) has been paralyzed and rendered impotent. Her sexual frustration leads her into an affair with the servant, Chandrasekharan (Jayan). She eventually marries him but later discovers that he has had relationship with many ladies and he aimed only at her wealth. She and her only daughter Baby (born from her first husband) are helpless as they are not able to put him out of their lives. Later, a young man named Prabhakaran, who is the son of an ex-servant of Soudamini, enters their life and helps them to get rid of Chandrasekharan. In the climax, Chandrasekharan is shot dead by Soudamini.



The music was composed by G. Devarajan and the lyrics were written by Yusufali Kechery.

No. Song Singers Lyrics
1 "Ambalakkulathile" K. J. Yesudas Yusufali Kechery
2 "Malarinte Manamulla" P. Madhuri Yusufali Kechery
3 "Saaraswatha Madhuventhum" Vani Jairam Yusufali Kechery
4 "Sringaaram Virunnorukki" P. Susheela Yusufali Kechery
5 "Theyyaka Theyyaka" P. Jayachandran, P. Madhuri Yusufali Kechery

Box officeEdit

This film was commercial success and a breakthrough film in Jayan's career. The dialogues and body language of Jayan was well received. He began appearing in leading roles then thereafter and attained stardom.[5] This film also broke many box office records and was the highest-grossing movie ever released until another Jayan film Angadi broke it.[6]


  1. ^ "Nostalgia- Jayan Memories"
  2. ^ "Kerala News : One man's pursuit of a native idiom in acting ends". The Hindu. 28 May 2006. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Chithrabhumi report on Jayan films" Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Anu James. "Remembering 'Kolilakkam' superstar Jayan on his 35th death anniversary". IBTimes. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  5. ^ "ജയന്‍ തരംഗത്തിന്റെ ആരംഭം". (in Malayalam). Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Remembering 'Kolilakkam' superstar Jayan on his 35th death anniversary". International Business Times. 16 November 2013.

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