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Theatrical poster
Directed byPriyadarshan
Produced byG. P. Vijayakumar
Screenplay byPriyadarshan
Music bySongs:
Raghu Kumar
CinematographyS. Kumar
Edited byN. Gopalakrishnan
Seven Arts Films
Distributed bySeven Arts Release
Release date
  • 9 October 1986 (1986-10-09)
Running time
147 minutes

Thalavattam is a 1986 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written and directed by Priyadarshan, starring Mohanlal, M. G. Soman and Karthika. The film is based on the 1975 American film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, an adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel of the same name; the film features songs composed by Raghu Kumar and C. Rajamani, and a score by Johnson; the story follows Vinod, an eccentric new patient at a mental asylum.

Upon release, Thalavattam became one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year; the film was remade in Hindi as Kyon Ki (2005) by Priyadarshan himself and in Tamil as Manasukkul Mathappu (1988) by Robert-Rajasekhar.


Vinod (Mohanlal) becomes mentally ill after his girlfriend Anitha (Lizy) dies because of an electric short circuit accident during a rock concert. Vinod is admitted into mental hospital managed by Dr. Ravindran (M. G. Soman).

With the help of Dr. Savithri (Karthika), who is Dr. Ravindran's daughter, and Dr. Unnikrishnan (Nedumudi Venu), Vinod slowly regains his memory and mental equilibrium. Savithri and Vinod fall in love. Dr. Ravindran has already arranged Savithri's marriage with Hari (Mukesh), so he opposes the lovers.

When he finds that Savithri and Vinod are adamant, Dr. Ravindran lobotomises Vinod and puts him in a state of coma. Dr. Unnikrishnan feels that death would be preferable over a vegetative life and kills Vinod, he confronts Dr. Ravindran and confesses to the euthanasia. Savithri overhears the conversation, and loses her mental equilibrium, she is admitted into the same institution as a patient.



All lyrics are written by Poovachal Khader except where noted; all music is composed by Reghu Kumar, Rajamani.

1."Kalabham Chaarthum" M. G. Sreekumar 
2."Konchum Nin Imbam"Pandalam SudhakaranK. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra 
3."Koottil Ninnum" K. J. Yesudas 
4."Pon Veene" K. S. Chithra 
5."Pon Veene" K. S. Chithra, M. G. Sreekumar 


Thalavattam was released in Kerala in 12 centres on 10 locations; the film performed well at the box office, becoming one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year. It was made on a budget of ₹20 lakh;[1][2] the film ran over 150 days in theatres.[3] Thalavattam was remade in Hindi as Kyon Ki in 2005; the film was also remade in Tamil in 1988 by Robert-Rajasekhar as Manasukkul Mathappu, with Prabhu and Saranya playing the lead.[4]


  1. ^ "A Malayalam film could be in the safe zone in a matter of days!". "The Indian Express". 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ Times News Network (12 May 2007). "Priyan's remake Darshan". The Economic Times. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Oppam': 5 reasons to watch Mohanlal and Priyadarshan's movie". "The International Business Times". 30 April 2017.
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