Kilukkam

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Kilukkam
Kilukkam.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by R. Mohan
Screenplay by Venu Nagavalli
Story by Priyadarshan
Starring Mohanlal
Jagathy Sreekumar
Revathi
Thilakan
Innocent
Murali
Sharat Saxena
Music by S. P. Venkatesh
Bichu Thirumala (lyrics)
Cinematography S. Kumar
Edited by N. Gopalakrishnan
Production
  company
Goodknight Films
Distributed by Manorajyam Release
Release date(s)
  • August 15, 1991 (1991-08-15)
(Kerala)
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.

The film was the highest grossing Malayalam film of 1991, it ran for more than 300-days at the theaters. 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).

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.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Mohanlal Joji
Jagathy Sreekumar Nischal
Thilakan Justice Pillai
Revathi Nandini
Innocent Kittunni
Sharat Saxena Samar Khan
Thikkurissy Tea vendor
K. B. Ganesh Kumar Justice Pillai's Son
Sukumari Doctor
Murali Guest Role
Devan
Zeenath
Jagadish Photographer (Guest Role)

Reception[edit]

The movie was a huge success at the box office. Now the film is quite widely regarded as one of the greatest comedy films made in Malayalam and as a comedy classic. The scenes in which Nischal (Jagathy Sreekumar) lands up in hospital several times and Kittunni's (Innocent) farewell to his master (Thilakan) are still widely sought by audience in television phone-in shows. Kilukkam is also one of the highest grossing films in the Malayalam film history at that time. The movie ran for above 300 days. This film was remade in Telugu as Allari Pilla and in Hindi as Muskurahat. The Telugu version was criticized for its low production values, while the Hindi version directed by Priyadarsham himself flopped due to casting issues.

Music[edit]

The songs were composed by S. P. Venkatesh and lyrics penned by Bichu Thirumala.

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

Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards

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