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Directed byJayaraj
Screenplay byRafi Mecartin
Story byAlankodu Leelakrishnan
Produced byAnish Varma
Kavya Madhavan
CinematographyAlagappan N.
Edited byN. P. Sathish
Music byKaithapram Viswanathan
Rajamani (score)
Release date
  • 11 April 2003 (2003-04-11)
Running time
151 minutes

Thilakkam (transl. Glitter) is a 2003 Indian Malayalam-language comedy-drama film directed by Jayaraj and written by Rafi Mecartin. Dileep, Kavya Madhavan and Thiagarajan play the lead roles. The rest of the cast include Nedumudi Venu, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Nishanth Sagar, Jagathy Sreekumar, Cochin Haneefa, Harisree Ashokan, Salim Kumar and Bindu Panicker. Bhavana appear in guest roles. It was remade in 2012 in Kannada as Nandeesha starring Komal.


Padmanabhan master (Nedumudi Venu) and his wife (K. P. A. C. Lalitha) is waiting for Unni, their only son who is missing for many years. 10 year old Unni got lost in the crowd during a temple festival where he was along with his neighbour Panikkar (Oduvil Unnikrishnan), popularly known as Poorappanikkar. Panikkar too did not return since he decided to return only after finding Unni. Ammu (Kavya Madhavan) is Panikkar's daughter who also believes, like master and his wife, that her father will return one day with Unni. The master finds Unni (Dileep) after years and brings him back to the Village.

The villagers realize that Unni is abnormal and is mentally challenged. He behaves like a small boy and creates all sorts of trouble for the villagers and his parents. His main hobby is to snatch dhothi from people. He snatches the dhothi after aiming at it with a hand gesture resembling Okay gesture. This leads to a series of comical incidents in the village.

He is given Ayurveda treatment under the guidance of the church priest (Jagathy Sreekumar). Ammu looks after Unni, which her cousin Gopikkuttan (Nishanth Sagar) objects to, as he loves her. Meanwhile, Panicker returns to the village. Gopikuttan tries to turn Panicker against Unni. Eventually, Ammu starts to love Unni and waits for his recovery to marry him. But finally Unni gets back his memory only to let out the truth that he is not Unni but Vishnu, the son of a Bangalore don Maheshwar Thampi (Thiagarajan), from where the story starts.

Vishnu disapproves Thampi's lifestyle so he lives away from his father. He falls in love with Gauri (Bhavana) and decides to marry her against his father's wish. Vishnu and Gauri's friends arrange a secret party for them. Thampi comes to know about the party and the place. His men attack the place. During the attack Gauri falls down even though Vishnu tries to save her. In the present, Thampi visits Vishnu and asks him to come home. Vishnu refuses initially but agrees to go along after Padmanabhan Master asks him to do so. At his home, Thampi tells Vishnu that he realised his mistake and for his mistakes Vishnu and Gauri got the punishment. Thampi tells that Gauri is not dead but she is bedridden. Before her death she wanted to meet Vishnu as her last wish which Thampi fulfilled. Gauri asks Vishnu to marry Ammu and to bring her to Gauri. The film ends with Vishnu marrying Ammu, and Krishnankutty (Harisree Ashokan), Unni's friend and a village tailor, snatching his dhothi.



Track Song Title Singer(s) Raga(s)
1 "Ee Kallan" Kallara Gopan, Sujatha Mohan Anandabhairavi
2 "Sare Sare" Sujatha Mohan, Dileep
3 "Evide astami" Dr. K. J. Yesudas, T. K. Kala
4 "Poovidarum Thallam" Dr. K. J. Yesudas Kedaram
5 "Neeyoru Puzhayay" P. Jayachandran Kanada
6 "Veyilaliyum" Dr. K. J. Yesudas
7 "Enikkoru Pennundu" Dr. K. J. Yesudas Mohanam
8 "Enna Thavam" Chinmayi Sripaada Kapi

Box office

The film was commercial success.[1][2][3][4][5]



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