Vadakkumnadhan (Lord Shiva)is a 2006 Indian Malayalam-language psychological drama film directed by Shajoon Kariyal and written by Gireesh Puthenchery. It stars Mohanlal as Iringannoor Bharatha Pisharody, a university professor diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, the film also features Padmapriya and Kavya Madhavan. The film's songs were composed by Raveendran, while Ouseppachan provided the background score..

Directed byShajoon Kariyal
Produced byGovindan Kutty
Written byGireesh Puthenchery
Biju Menon
Kavya Madhavan
Music byRaveendran
Ouseppachan (Score)
CinematographyS. Kumar
Edited byHariharaputhran K. P.
Baba Creations
Distributed bySagariga
Release date
  • 19 May 2006 (2006-05-19)
Running time
140 minutes

The film is an unusual love story, taken by focusing and refocusing the lens of mental health and tolerance towards it in the society. Vadakkumnadhan released on 19 May 2006 received wide critical acclaim. The film was a commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year. It ran for more than 100 days in theatres.[1]


Iringannoor Bharatha Pisharody, a professor at the Sanskrit University, is a very knowledgeable man with a keen interest in the Vedas, Astrology and Kathakali, author of several critical works regarding Adi Shankara and winner of numerous awards. Meera is his fiancée by birth (murapennu), being the daughter of his maternal uncle Balarama Pisharody, and student. Bharathan is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and he hides it from his family. Due to the same reason he does not encourage Meera's love for him.

Despite of Bharathan's expressed dislike, both families agree to their wedding and dates are fixed. As the auspicious day dawns Bharathan becomes desperate and leaves home. As the bride arrives for the marriage, she and her family realizes to their utter dismay and desolation that the groom has disappeared. Gloom settles over the household. Meera is inconsolable.

Years pass and Bharathan is considered to be dead, because he sent notice as such to his family. He roams around the holy shrines of Haridwar, Kedarnath, Rishikesh and Rudraprayag. Then one day his mother and younger brother on a pilgrimage to the Hindu holy lands accidentally see Bharathan on the banks of the holy Ganges. They convince him to return to his family. His family is happy to have him back. His brother Prabhakan (Biju Menon) is married and his sister Bhama was waiting to be married.

Bharathan doesn't seem right and people think he is addicted to drugs. He causes a scene in his college and at Bhama's engagement, insulting the groom and his father. Probhakaran loses his cool and breaks his suitcase, only to find his reports from medical college saying that Bharathan suffers from Bipolar Disorder. Bharatan admits to faking a drug addiction to hide his disorder from them. He says it's like slipping while walking, the mind slips from its normal self.

He tells them that he went to Keezhpalli Narayanan Nambeesan and told him about his problem. Like the boat which can carry a 100 people, and suddenly carries 1000, is how it feels to have this disorder. His brain is crowded with too many thoughts. He tells Meera that marriage will be a disaster and that is the reason why he decided to run away. Meera tells him that she will take care of him no matter what.

Bharathan sets about making things right. He apologizes at his college and to Bhama's groom asking him to marry her. They agree on the condition that he would not be attending. He agrees and the wedding is arranged. After a lot of struggle, Bharathan convinces Meera's father to give her hand to him in marriage. Bharathan later accepts a position to be Sanskrit professor at the college. The last scene shows them going on a pilgrimage to the Vadukkunathan temple.



Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJanuary 2006
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelJohny Sagariga
Raveendran chronology
Kalabham Vadakkumnadhan

This is the last movie work of the music maestro Raveendran. The lyrics were penned by Gireesh Puthenchery.

Track Song Title Singer(s) Other notes
1 "Introduction" Mohanlal
2 "Gange" Dr. K. J. Yesudas Raga: Madhyamavati
3 "Oru Kili" Dr. K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra Raga: Jog
4 "Kalabham Tharaam" K. S. Chithra Raga: Pushpalathika
5 "Paahi Paramporule" Manjari, Sindhu Premkumar, Raveendran Raga: Hamsadhvani
6 "Kalabham Tharaam" Biju Narayanan Raga: Pushpalathika
7 "Saarasa Mukhi" M. G. Sreekumar Raga: Yadukulakamboji
8 "Oru Kili" K. S. Chithra Raga: Jog
9 "Rajani Janithaguru" Govind Vivek Lyrics: Jayadeva
Raga: Abheri
10 "Neentidam Churunda" Sankaran Namboothiri Raga: Ragamalika
11 "Gange" K. S. Chithra Raga: Madhyamavati
12 "Thathaka Thathaka" M. G. Sreekumar, Machad Vasanthi Raga: Kapi, Kharaharapriya


Box officeEdit

The film was a commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year. It ran for more than 100 days in theatres.[1]


Filmfare Awards
Asianet Film Awards


  1. ^ a b Ajith Kumar, P. K. (11 August 2006). "Destiny's child". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2019.

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