Oridathoru Phayalvaan

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Oridathoru Phayalvaan
Oridathoru Phayalwan.jpg
Directed byP. Padmarajan
Written byP. Padmarajan
Produced byR. Suresh
Nedumudi Venu
Edited byP. Padmarajan
Music byJohnson
Thundathil Films
Release date
  • 30 October 1981 (1981-10-30)
Running time
128 minutes

Oridathoru Phayalvaan (transl. There lived a wrestler) is a 1981 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written, edited and directed by P. Padmarajan. The film is a folk parable about the success and failure in the life of a gatta gusthi wrestler in Kerala. It stars Rashid, Nedumudi Venu and Jayanthi.

The film won the award for best script at the Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival,[1] and a gold medal at the Asian Film Festival.[2]


Patronized by a village tailor, a gatta gusthi wrestler becomes a local hero when he defeats all his opponents and claims the prettiest woman as his wife. As a story within a story it also portrays how the tailor makes a profit from the illiterate wrestler. He marries a girl, only for it to be revealed later that he has another wife and isn't interested in her more than a trophy. He abandons his wife and the village when his wife falls for other men in his absence and she acknowledges that she doesn't love him anymore. He leaves her his signature drawing of a conch shell. A frog gigging neighbor youth is entrapped by the girl's mother to marry her conceived daughter. Nah, it's way more than that, it's about a illiterate man thinking of his craft as being more than money.


  • Rashid as A Gatta gusthi phayalvaan (wrestler)
  • Nedumudi Venu as Shivanpillai (Mesthiri)
  • Jayanthi as Chakkara, the woman courted by the wrestler
  • K. G. Devakiyamma as Chakkara's mother
  • Ashokan as Kannan
  • Jayadevan as Job
  • Kariyachan
  • Krishnankutty Nair as Veloonju (Kannan's father)
  • Dhanya
  • Mavelikkara Ramachandran
  • Said
  • Rishikesha Das
  • Raju Paakkathu


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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