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Movie poster
Directed byBharathan
Screenplay byJohn Paul
Story byBalakrishnan Mangad
StarringNedumudi Venu
Zarina Wahab
Prathap Pothan
CinematographyRamachandra Babu
Edited bySuresh
Music byM. G. Radhakrishnan, Raveendran
(Background Score - Johnson)
Jagan Pictures
Distributed byCentral Pictures
Release date
  • 19 September 1980 (1980-09-19)
Running time
140 minutes

Chamaram is a 1980 Malayalam film written by John Paul Puthusery and directed by Bharathan, starring Nedumudi Venu, Zarina Wahab, Prathap Pothan and Ratheesh. The story is about the tumultuous affair between a student and his college lecturer, an uncommon type of love story in Indian Cinema. This film has the evergreen song "Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan", sung by S. Janaki. Chamaram considered one of the landmark movies in Malayalam film history. The film broke all conventional concepts and moral equations in love. The film become a trend in 1980s campus as well as youth. Chamaram is one of the evergreen campus movies in Malayalam cinema. C.M.S. College was the location of Chamaram.


Vinod. a student in the college falls in love with his lecturer Indhu, played by Zarina Wahab. The story revolves around the romantic relationship between the lecturer and her student. Indu has a love affair with her childhood friend Raviyettan, but due to some problems he marries another woman. It becomes a shock for Indhu. At that time, she falls in love with her student Vinod. They break all moral rules in the society. But In the climax, Indhu faces a huge tragedy again; during a college day celebration some issues occur and Vinod dies by an accident. Once again, Indhu loses her last hope of love and life. The story is about the sad plight of a woman who becomes alone in her life forever...



The music was composed by Raveendran and M. G. Radhakrishnan and the lyrics were written by Poovachal Khader.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Kathiraadum Vayalil" K. J. Yesudas Poovachal Khader
2 "Naadha Neevarum Kaalocha" S. Janaki Poovachal Khader
3 "Varnangal" K. J. Yesudas, Lathika, Tomy, Reeba Poovachal Khader


The film was based on a novel written by Balakrishnan Mangad. However, scriptwriter John Paul said in an interview that most part of the film was based on his own college life. A popular online portal quoted his words: "The story of my first movie was based on the life that I had experienced in my campus. Though the script was inspired by the novel written by Balakrishnan Mangad, a large part of the movie was based on my college life."[1] The film was shot in CMS College Kottayam.[2]


Kerala State Film Awards
  • Second Best Film
  • Best Second Actor - Nedumudi Venu
  • Best Female Playback Singer - S. Janaki
  • Best Art Director - Bharathan, Padmanabhan
Filmfare Awards South


The soundtrack has three songs ("Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan", "Kathiradum vayalil" and "Varnangal"). "Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan" and "Kathiradum vayalil" composed by M. G. Radhakrishnan and "Varnangal" composed by Raveendran,[4] with lyrics by Poovachal Khader. "Varnangal" was the first song of Lathika in a Bharathan film. The opening song "Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan" is one of the most melodious songs sung by S. Janaki in Malayalam cinema under Radhakrishnan.


  1. ^ Radhika C. Pillai (12 April 2014). "Chamaram was based on John Paul's college days". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  2. ^ "ഇവിടെ എവിടെയൊക്കെയോ ഉണ്ട് ഇന്ദു ടീച്ചറിന്റെ സാന്നിധ്യം, വിനോദിന്റെ തീക്ഷ്ണപ്രണയവും". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 11 November 2022.
  3. ^ "The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who". 2 December 1982 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Malayalam playback singer Lathika". Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013.

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