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Directed byT. K. Rajeev Kumar
Screenplay bySab John
Produced byGeorge Mathew
StarringNiyaz Musaliyar
CinematographySunny Joseph
Edited byVN Raghupathi
Music bySharreth
Central Productions
Distributed byCentral Pictures release
Release date
2 November 1990

Kshanakkathu is a 1990 Indian Malayalam film, directed by TK Rajeev Kumar, starring debutants Niyaz Musaliyar and Athira in the lead roles.[1][2][3] The film was a huge box office disaster.



Parvathy (Athira) is a reserved girl who did her schooling from a boarding school in Ooty. On completing her studies in Ooty, she returns to her native town in Kerala to pursue her college studies. Her father (KP Ummer) is a businessman in Dubai and mother (Lakshmi), a socially active lady who is usually away from house. She is not sure what sort of feeling she has for her mother.

Vivek (Niyaz Musaliyar) and his three friends are also studying in her college, and they live nearby her house. Vivek fells for her on first sight. They fall in love with each other with the help of his friends and their tuition master (Nedumudi Venu). They make sex during the love. While coming to know about this, Parvathy's mother requests help of police officer and warns Vivek to stay away from her. But they continue to chase their dreams. So Parvathy was kept locked in her house, however Vivek plots to elope with her. But they are stopped on the way by the tuition master, advising them to go back for their good. Parvathy gets admitted in the hospital for intake of poison which was bought by Vivek from a medical store and police registers a case against Vivek for getting her the bottle of poison. However, in the court, Parvathy denies all false allegations against Vivek and he is set free. Parvathy was sent to Dubai.

Things take a turn as Parvathy's father comes to the native place and meets Vivek and his father (Thilakan). He hands over a letter from Parvathy to Vivek and advises him to do well and find a good career. Even after that period, if their love remains, he will get them married. This was agreeable to Vivek and his father. Vivek also hands his response letter to Parvathy's father. Vivek sends a lot of letters addressed to Parvathy's Dubai address, however he does not get anything in return. After a long time of three months, he receives a letter from Parvathy, that contains her wedding invitation with another guy. After knowing this, Vivek's mother (Kaviyoor Ponnamma) falls seriously ill and she finally passes away. Parvathy comes to meet Vivek, however Vivek doesn't want to talk to her as he thinks that she is responsible for his mother's death. Parvathy goes back grief ridden. Vivek's father confesses about the plot suggested by Parvathy's father, during his earlier visit, to collect the letters from the post office and hide them without handing them to each other. He fetches the bundle of envelopes locked inside his cupboard, which was sent by Parvathy from Dubai, and hands them to Vivek. He also tells him that Vivek's mother was aware of this act. Vivek runs to meet Parvathy at their regular spot, but finds her dead. Vivek later commits suicide.


The film's soundtrack contains 5 songs (one is repeated), all composed by Sharreth, who debuted through this film, and lyrics were by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri. The background score of the movie was done by Mohan Sithara.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Aa Raagam Madhumayamaam" K. J. Yesudas
2 "Aaksadeepamennum" K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chitra
3 "Mangalangalarulum" (M) K. J. Yesudas
4 "Mangalangalarulum" (F) K. S. Chitra
5 "Sallaapam Kavithayaay" K. J. Yesudas
6 "Thaam Thakathakida Dhim" K. J. Yesudas


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  4. ^ Nair, Parvathy S (2 April 2012). "Happy being the handsome villain : Niyaz". timesofindia. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  5. ^ "ക്ഷണക്കത്തിലെ പൂച്ചക്കണ്ണനെ നമുക്കറിയാം, പക്ഷേ ആ ചുരുണ്ടമുടിക്കാരി എവിടെയാണ്?[Were is the curly haired heroine of Kshanakkathu?]" (in Malayalam). 24 April 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2021.

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