Dhanam (1991 film)

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Directed bySibi Malayil
Written byA. K. Lohithadas
Produced byM. M. Ramachandran (Atlas Ramachandran)
Nedumudi Venu
Babu Namboothiri
CinematographyS. Kumar
Edited byL. Bhoominathan
Music bysongs:
Chandrakanth Films
Distributed byChandrakanth Release
Release date
  • 8 February 1991 (1991-02-08)[1]

Dhanam (Malayalam: ധനം) is a Malayalam film released in 1991. Directed by Sibi Malayil,[2] this film had a strong casting line including Mohanlal, Murali,[3] Thilakan, Nedumudi Venu,[4] Charmila,[5] Zeenath and Kaviyoor Ponnamma.[6] The script was done by A. K. Lohithadas.[7][8] The film features a musical score by Johnson and songs by Raveendran.


Sivasankaran Nair (Mohanlal) is a young aspiring middle class medical representative with his home and other properties under mortgage (for a loan taken by his expired father). He lives with his mother and sister. His dream is to earn more money and build a bigger home after repaying the loans. His neighbor and his close childhood friend is Abubecker (Murali). He is a taxi driver and both of them are intimate friends. Sivasankar usually travels with his friend. On one occasion, they accept a trip to carry a dead body at night for more money. While returning, the taxi breaks down near a beach and they decide to spend the night in the car until morning when the will be able to repair the car and resume the journey. Sivasankar gets a dream where in the corpse comes alive and asks for a match. Sivasankar convinces Abu that the car smells of the corpse and they decide to stay on the beach. Coincidentally, they overhear a smuggler trio talking about why they were not able to deliver the goods today. They tip the Customs department to get a monetary reward. After the Customs department catches the smugglers red-handed, they get a reward of 20 lakhs. But the smuggler Stephen (Nassar) who lost the gold, learns about the informer from inside sources. He wants to kill the informer for the loss. His associates try to kill both Sivasankar and Abu on their return from receiving the reward.

They decide to stay in a Hotel with the money before depositing it in a bank. Sivasankar unknowingly stays in the same hotel of Stephen's, whereas Abu returns home. On seeing Sivasankar accidentally, Stephen and his henchmen try to kill him. Sivasankar runs with money for cover. In the end of the fight, they shoot Sivasankar when he jumps of a bridge into a river.

Local Police constable Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu), a lecher lives with his wife Lekshmi (Zeenath) and his sister-in-law Thangam/ Snehalatha (Charmila). Bullet injured Sivasankar resurfaces in their upper balcony of home. When she runs for cover from a sexual advance of her sister's husband (Nedumudi Venu) Thangam (Charmila) sees Sivasankar and helps him to hide. She feeds him and helps him to remove his bullet. They both get to know each other. Sivasankar tells his story to Thangam and that after struggling for life and food for 3 days in hiding, he realises the value of life and the idiocy in running behind money. He also tells that it is because of her compassion and empathy that he survived. Meanwhile, Police Constable Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu) batters his wife over a missing alcohol bottle which was used for Sivasankar while removing the Bullet. Stephen (Nassar) reaches Sivasankar's house to enquire about him. He reaches to Abu (Murali) on information from Sivasnakar's brother.

Stephen enquires about Sivasankar and Abu replies that their aim was only making some money and he won't reveal the whereabouts of Sivan, even if he dies. Stephen lets him go and follows him. Sivan sends a Letter via Thangam to Abu for a meeting. Thangam's father (Thilakan) slaps her on return for going away without informing the family members and coming home late. Thangam manages to pass the message from Sivan. Abu comes to meet Sivan in the cover of darkness. Sivan explains his position that he never ran with the money. Abu says him that he believes him and doesn't want the money and informs him on arranging a train ticket the next day for leaving the place with the money. Sivan asks Abu to take care of his family. Before leaving, Thangam asks Sivan to take her along with him to escape her brother-in-law (Nedumudi Venu). In the middle of the night, Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu) arrives home and on seeing Thangam alone, he tries to take advantage of her. Sivan interferes and saves her. On seeing the fight, furious Thangam's father (Thilakan) attacks Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu) and sends him out of the house. Sivasankaran (Mohanlal) leaves to railway station with a promise of returning to marry Thangam.

Whilst Stephen was losing patience, he asks Abu about Sivan's whereabouts. He refuses to divulge the information and Abu is murdered. On the way to the railway station, Sivasankar finds the taxi with Abu's dead body inside. Stephen and his associates attack him. In retaliation, Sivan kills Stephen. The movie ends with a devastated Sivasankar holding his friend's dead body and open briefcase of Money (Dhanam) that is flying around.



The score was composed by Johnson and the songs of this film were composed by Raveendran, with lyrics penned by P. K. Gopi.

Track Song Title Singer(s) Raga
1 "Aanaykkeduppath" K. J. Yesudas Shanmukhapriya
2 "Cheerapoovukal" K. S. Chithra Yamuna Kalyani
3 "Nee Vidaparayumbol" K. J. Yesudas Shivaranjani

Box office

Dhanam was a superhit and one of the highest-grosser Malayalam films of 1991.[9]


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  2. ^ B. S., Shibu (20 May 2020). "A Fruitful Friendship: Mohanlal and Sibi Malayil". The New Indian Express.
  3. ^ Mathews, Anna (7 August 2019). "Mohanlal remembers actor Murali on his death anniversary". The Times of India.
  4. ^ R. Menon, Akhila (20 July 2020). "Fahadh Faasil: 'Malayalam Cinema Of The 80s Influenced Me A Lot'". FilmiBeat.
  5. ^ M., Athira (13 October 2016). "The mini-screen beckons". The Hindu.
  6. ^ "Dhanam - Kairali movie". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  7. ^ Pradeep, K. (16 April 2015). "In the memory of Lohithadas". The Hindu.
  8. ^ George, Meghna (29 June 2009). "A K Lohithadas (1955-2009): Tribute to a legend". Rediff.com.
  9. ^ Sidhardhan, Sanjith (24 January 2017). "Mohanlal to drive a taxi again in Benz Vasu". The Times of India.

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