Vidheyan (English: The Servile) is a 1994 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed and written by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It is a cinematic adaptation of the novella Bhaskara Pattelarum Ente Jeevithavum by Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia. The film explores the master-slave relationship in a South Karnataka setting. Mammootty and M. R. Gopakumar plays the lead roles.

Directed byAdoor Gopalakrishnan
Screenplay byAdoor Gopalakrishnan
Based onBhaskara Pattelarum Ente Jeevithavum by Paul Zacharia
Produced byK. Ravindran Nair
CinematographyMankada Ravi Varma
Edited byM. Mani
Music byVijaya Bhaskar
Release date
  • 1994 (1994)
Running time
112 minutes

The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam and Best Actor Award for Mammootty. It also won numerous awards at the Kerala State Film Awards, including the Best Film.


Thommy, a Christian migrant labourer from Kerala is an obedient slave of his aggressive, tyrannical landlord Bhaskara Pattelar. Thommy obeys all the orders of his master, whether it is to make his own wife sexually available to his master or in killing Pattelar's kindly wife, Saroja. When Pattelar escapes to a jungle, due to his own deeds, Thommy escorts him like a pet. But when Pattelar is killed Thommy exults in freedom. Mammootty received the National Award for Best Actor for his performance in this movie and one other movie.



The film is a cinematic adaptation of the novel Bhaskara Pattelarum Ente Jeevithavum by Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia. Zacharia's novella was inspired by a real-life character named Patela Shekhara Gowda alias Shiradi Shekhara. Zacharia happened to hear the stories of Patelar when he was residing near Shiradi village Mangalore in Karnataka.[1] After the release of the film, Adoor had a tiff with Zacharia over the film. Zachariah said Adoor tainted his story with Hindutva.[2]


1993 National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards[3]
Other awards


  1. ^ "പട്ടേലർ എന്നൊരു സത്യം". Malayala Manorama (in Malayalam). 27 March 2011.
  2. ^ Gowri Ramnarayan (24 September – 7 October 2005). "A constant process of discovery". Frontline. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards: 1993". Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Archived from the original on 2 October 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
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