Sethurama Iyer CBI

Sethurama Iyer CBI is a 2004 Malayalam mystery crime film directed by K Madhu, written by S. N. Swami, and starring Mammootty, Mukesh and Jagathy Sreekumar. Shyam composed the background score for the film.

Sethurama Iyer CBI
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Malayalamസേതുരാമയ്യർ സി.ബി.ഐ
Directed byK. Madhu
Produced byK. Madhu
Written byS. N. Swamy
Jagathy Sreekumar
Music byShyam
CinematographySaloo George
Edited byP. C. Mohanan
Krishnakripa Release
Distributed bySwargachithra
Release date
  • 23 January 2004 (2004-01-23)
Budget2.35 crore[1]

This film is the third in the series of the CBI investigative thrillers featuring Mammootty as CBI officer Sethurama Iyer.This film was a commercial success.


The movie begins with Sethurama Iyer visiting Isow Alex, a convicted serial killer who is awaiting his execution. Alex was arrested and convicted for the cold-blooded murder of seven people in two different families. Alex, who had been living a wild life then, had committed the crime high on narcotic drugs. The murder case was left to the CBI for investigation and an able officer, played by Siddique, nabbed Alex in no time. Alex is now a new man, mainly due to the influence of a priest, who requests Iyer to visit Alex.

What Alex tells Iyer is startling; he didn't commit one of the seven murders he was convicted for. The murder was that of Manikkunju, a businessman. Manikkunju, along with his daughter-in-law Mosi, was murdered at his house. Alex tells this all the same confessing that he murdered Mosi. The possibility of another killer involved is very remote and Alex is a serial killer who thoroughly denied any hand in the murders when he was arrested, but yet Iyer decides to reopen the case and investigate. He faces many odds; to prove Alex right would be proving his own bureau wrong and to prove Alex wrong would be wasting time and money.

It was later revealed that Mani had an affair with Mosi and they were caught in an uncompromising position by Manikkunju. Since Mani was married he did not wish his affair to be leaked and hence he murdered Manikkunju.



  • Originally, the CBI officer in the film Oru CBI Diary Kuruppu was supposed to be a rough-and-tough cop named Ali Imran. It was Mammootty who suggested that a simple-looking brahmin who uses his brains more than his brawn would be a better idea.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Mammootty-Man Of The Year". Sify. 31 December 2005. Archived from the original on 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (22 July 2005). "I want to play lead roles". Friday Review: Stories. The Hindu.
  3. ^ "Never Say Never Again". Old Story. Indian Express. 3 July 2005.
  4. ^ ""Investigation stories are universal" : Mammootty". Moviebuzz. Sify Movies. Archived from the original on 22 September 2005.

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