Utharam (English: Answer) is a 1989 Malayalam mystery-thriller film, starring Mammootty, Suparna, Sukumaran and Parvathy. It was written by Malayalam writer M. T. Vasudevan Nair based on the short story No Motive by Daphne du Maurier.[1][2][3]

Directed byV. K. Pavithran
Produced byAkbar
Written byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Based onNo Motive by Daphne du Maurier
Music byJohnson
(background score)
CinematographyRamachandra Babu
Edited byRavi
Distributed bySrudhi Combines
Release date
  • 4 May 1989 (1989-05-04)


Selina Joseph (Suparna) a budding poet leading a very happy family life, commits suicide on a very "usual" day by shooting herself with her husband's gun. Upon request from Planter Mathew (Sukumaran), her husband, Balachandran Nair (Mammootty), his friend, a Delhi-based journalist, who was so close to both Selina and Mathew, decides to look into the reasons that led her to suicide.

Balu starts his investigation from Selina's past. He unfolds the truth behind Selina's death with the help of her childhood friend Prof. Shyamala Menon (Parvathy), who lost touch with Selina after she discontinued her grade 10 studies abruptly. In course of investigation, they discover that Selina happened to become pregnant in her childhood following a gang rape and her father forcibly took her back from school after the school quietly dismissed her. Selina was unaware of this incident, as during a day out from school she and Shyamala smoked cigarettes laced with narcotics offered to them by locals during a festival and was unconscious when she was gang raped. She did not accept the fact even after the birth of her baby. She considered herself as a virgin and called her son Immanuel, meaning the son of Holy virgin Mary. Her child was moved to an orphanage by her father Antony (Karamana Janardanan Nair) without her knowledge. She lost her memory after losing a car accident. Seeing her son after a decade as a rag picker, she is emotionally shocked and commits suicide. The film ended with Shyamala and Balu falling in love with each other, finding Immanuel - Selina’s son and adopting him for Selina.



All songs are composed by Vidhyadharan with lyrics by O. N. V. Kurup. The background score of the film was done by Johnson.[citation needed]

Track # Song Singer(s)
1 "Manjin Vilolamam" (M) G. Venugopal
2 "Manjin Vilolamam" (F) B. Arundhathi
3 "Ninnilasooyayarnnu" B. Arundhathi
4 "Swaramidarathe" G. Venugopal, B. Arundhathi
5 "Aalthirakkilum" B. Arundhathi
6 "Snehikkunnu Njan" B. Arundhathi
7 "Tibetan Folk Song" Various Artists


  1. ^ Sanoop K.V., Pavithran, the genius, One India, 19 November 2009
  2. ^ Kurup, Aradhya (19 October 2019). "30 years since its release, why Mammootty's 'Utharam' still remains a relevant thriller". The News Minute. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Five best investigative crime thrillers in Malayalam cinema". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 October 2019.

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