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Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by R. Mohan
Screenplay by Venu Nagavalli
Story by Priyadarshan
Starring Mohanlal
Jagathy Sreekumar
Sharat Saxena
Music by S. P. Venkatesh
Cinematography S. Kumar
Edited by N. Gopalakrishnan
Goodknight Films
Distributed by Manorajyam Release
Release dates
  • 15 August 1991 (1991-08-15)
Running time
155 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Kilukkam (Malayalam: കിലുക്കം, English: Jingle) is a 1991 Malayalam-language Indian musical-comedy film directed by Priyadarshan and written by Venu Nagavalli. The story revolves around Nandini (Revathi), an orphan who comes to Ooty in search of her father, wherein she meets tourist guides Joji (Mohanlal) and Nishcal (Jagathy Sreekumar). It also stars Thilakan, Innocent, Ganesh Kumar, Sukumari and Sharat Saxena in pivotal roles along with Murali and Jagadish in guest roles. The music was composed by S. P. Venkatesh and the film was produced by R. Mohan under the banner of Goodknight Films. Kilukkam is loosely inspired from Roman Holiday.

It won five Kerala State Film Awards, including the awards for Best Actor (Mohanlal), Best Supporting Actor (Jagathy Sreekumar), Best Editor (N. Gopalakrishnan), and Best Cinematographer (S. Kumar).

The film spawned a sequel, Kilukkam Kilukilukkam, released in 2006.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Nandini (Revathy), is a tourist who comes to Ooty and finds Joji (Mohanlal), a tourist guide down on his luck. It is shown that Nandini has mental retardation, and a series of events make her presence in Ooty intertwined with the lives of Joji and his friend Nischal (Jagathy Sreekumar). In the early part of the movie, hilarity ensues in their misguided attempts in getting rid of Nandini. However, they find out that she is an escaped mental patient who has a bounty on her safe return. When they find that the bounty has been increasing for a while, they decide to hide her for a while and claim the bounty when it gets big enough.

In time, they realize that things are not as they seem, and more complications are unraveled.



The movie was a huge success at the box office & Highest grosser in 1991. Now the film is quite widely regarded as one of the greatest comedy films made in Malayalam and as a comedy classic. This film was remade in Telugu as Allari Pilla and in Hindi as Muskurahat.


The songs were composed by S. P. Venkatesh and lyrics penned by Bichu Thirumala. The soundtrack met with tremendous success with the songs Kilukil Pambaram and Ootypattanam becoming all time classics.

Track Song Artist(s)
1 Kilukil Pambaram M. G. Sreekumar
2 Ootypattanam S. P. Balasubrahmaniam, M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra
3 Meenavenalil M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra
4 Panineer Chandrike M. G. Sreekumar


Kerala State Film Awards

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