Kadavu (film)

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(The Ferry)
Directed byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Screenplay byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Based onKadathuthoni
by S. K. Pottekkatt
Produced byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
StarringSanthosh Antony
Balan K. Nair
Edited byB. Lenin
Music byRajeev Taranath
Novel Films
Release date
  • 1991 (1991)
Running time
104 minutes

Kadavu (Malayalam: കടവ്) (English: The Ferry Slip) is a 1991 Indian Malayalam film scripted, directed and produced by M. T. Vasudevan Nair based on S. K. Pottekkatt's story Kadathuthoni. The film won numerous awards at state, national and international levels, including awards at the Singapore International Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival.[1] Film critic Kozhikodan included the film on his list of the 10 best Malayalam movies of all time.[2]


Deserted by his mother, teenaged Raju is adopted by Beeranikka, a Muslim ferryman. Raju soon starts accompanying Beeranikka in ferrying people. One day, he meets a young girl who is returning to her native town Kozhikode after the death of her mother. The girl invites Raju to Kozhikode where she would be staying with her father and uncle. Not interested in leaving the ferrying job, Raju rejects the invitation. A few days later, he finds himself in possession of an ornament which he thinks belongs to the girl. He travels to Kozhikode to return the ornament and finds the girl after many days of search. The girl does not recognise Raju and says the ornament does not belong to her. Disheartened, Raju returns to the ferry.



International awards
National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards


  1. ^ a b c M. G. Radhakrishnan (15 February 1996). "Winner all the way". India Today. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  2. ^ Kozhikodan (2001). മലയാള സിനിമയിലെ എക്കാലത്തെയും മികച്ച പത്ത് ചിത്രങ്ങൾ [Malayala Cinemayile Ekkalatheyum Mikacha Pathu Chithrangal: 10 Best Films of All Time in Malayalam Cinema]. Calicut, India: Poorna Publications.

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