Vimaanam (transl. Airplane) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written and directed by debutant Pradeep M. Nair, and starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Durga Krishna.[1] The film was released on 22 December 2017.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byPradeep M. Nair
Written byPradeep M. Nair
Produced byListin Stephen
CinematographyShehnad Jalal
Edited byBaiju Kurup
Music byGopi Sundar
Distributed byAdam's World of Imagination
Release date
22 December 2017 (2017-12-22)
Running time
147 minutes

This film is said to be loosely based on the life of Saji Thomas, who can neither hear nor speak, but designed and built a lightweight aircraft.[2]


Venkidi is a school drop out because he was bullied in school for his use of 'hearing aid'. He becomes interested in aeronautics as he is introduced to the story of Wright brothers in school. As he grows up, he falls in love with Janaki, his best friend and inspiration for his dreams. Finally Venkidi succeeds in his goal to make an aircraft by himself and flies it above his village. Everyone who used to laugh at Venkidi for his obsession with the making of aircraft are now speechless and impressed. Janaki's father finds out that Venkidi stole his car for finding a suitable engine for his aircraft and gets him arrested. In the meantime Janaki is forcefully sent to Singapore to her relatives for higher studies with the understanding that she will be married off to their son Ananthan. The story ends as old Venkidi, now a Padma award winner for his achievements, meets the widowed Janaki and her daughter who have come to India to meet him. They fulfill their dream to fly together in Venkidi's old aircraft he made years ago in his village.[3]



Vimaanam is a film involving high VFX works for the flying scenes. The film will have two time periods with Prithviraj appearing in two different looks. Reportedly, he will be reducing weight for the role and will also be taking flying courses.[4]

Principal photography commenced on 9 February 2017 in Kochi, Kerala.[5] The main filming locations was Bhatkal and Mangalore, and was also shot in Delhi, Mysore, and Thiruvananthapuram. Vimaanam is loosely based on the life of Saji Thomas, who could neither hear nor speak but who designed and built his own ultralight aircraft.[2] Two film has been released about Mr. Thomas biography, other one was titled Aby


The music was composed by Gopi Sunder. Lyrics were by Rafeeq Ahamed

Track Song Singer(s)
1 "Anthike Varikente" Divya S. Menon, Kavya Ajit
2 "Vaanamakalunnuvo" Sithara Krishnakumar
3 "Vaaniluyare" Najim Arshad, Shreya Ghoshal, Gopi Sunder
4 "Meghakanavinu" Divya S. Menon, Kavya Ajit
5 "Anthimaanam" Nandini Srikar


  1. ^ "Vimaanam-first-look-poster-out". ibtimes. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
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  4. ^ "Vimaanam movie". onlookersmedia. 12 February 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Vimaanam starts rolling in kochi". indiatimes. 12 February 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.

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