Oru Marubhoomikkadha

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Oru Marubhoomikkadha
AOPM poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by Naveen Sasidharan
V. Ashok Kumar
Screenplay by Abilash Nair
Priyadarshan (dialogue)
Story by Abilash Nair
Starring Mohanlal
Lakshmi Rai
Narrated by Sreenivasan
Music by M. G. Sreekumar
Cinematography Alagappan
Edited by T. S. Suresh
Jancos Entertainment
Distributed by Seven Arts International & PJ Entertainments Europe
Release dates
  • 16 December 2011 (2011-12-16)
Running time
175 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam
Box office INR6 crore (US$940,000)[1]

Arabeem Ottakom P. Madhavan Nayarum in Oru Marubhoomikkadha ( English: "The Arab, the Camel, and P. Madhavan Nair in a Desert Tale", also titled as Oru Marubhoomikkadha, abbreviated AOPM) is a 2011 Malayalam romantic comedy film directed by Priyadarshan.[2] The film stars Mohanlal, Mukesh, Lakshmi Rai and Bhavana in pivotal roles. The film received mixed reviews but was a commercial success of the year 2011.The film's story line is similar to the English Film 'Nothing to loose' which was released in 1997.

Plot summary[edit]

P. Madhavan Nair (Mohanlal) is a middle-aged man who has come to toil in the deserts of the Middle East to fulfil his responsibilities to his family of two younger sisters who must be married, and a father whose debt has to be paid. He has neither found the time to get married nor to have a life of his own.

Thoma (Nedumudi Venu) is a rich man living in the city with his daughter Eliana (Bhavana).

Eliana wants to run away with her boyfriend. For this she needs money. So she fakes her kidnapping and demands money from her father. Her plan is spoiled due to Madhavan Nair. She asks Madhavan Nair and his friend Abdu kupleri (Mukesh) to cooperate with her, otherwise she will get him arrested. Both of them reluctantly agrees. Together they do it one more time. This time they ask for more money.

Eliana's uncle Jose (Maniyanpilla Raju) is a greedy man. He is planning to steal all the ransom money. He makes a deal with a local gangster to accomplish this.

Ultimately, there is a real kidnap of Eliana carried out by Jose and the gangster. Madhavan Nair saves Eliana from them. This leads to Jose and the gangster being arrested. Madhavan Nair and Abdu are appreciated by the police for this service.



Shooting for the film began in Abu Dhabi in March 2011.[4] On 16 March 2011, while filming in the desert in Abu Dhabi, Canadian/Hollywood movie director James Cameron visited their set and had a 3-hour long chat with Mohanlal, Priyadarshan and the rest of the crew.[5] The initial title of the film was Arabeem Ottakom P. Madhavan Nayarum only but later the title was first changed to Oru Maruboomikadha and finally to the current title. In the gulf the film was release under the title Oru Marubhoomikadha. This was following tremendous pressure from NRIs in the Gulf.[6][7] There were reports that the Arabs were unhappy with the initial title and also hinted at banning the release of the film in the Middle East.[8]

Release and reception[edit]

The movie got mixed reviews. Rediff gave the film an average rating of 2 out of 5 .[9] According to Sify.com, the film was a "hit" at the box office, although the comedy was "stale".[10]


Arabeem Ottakom P. Madhavan Nayarum in Oru Marubhoomikkadha
Soundtrack album by M. G. Sreekumar
Released 2011
Recorded S. S. Digital Studio
Genre Soundtrack
Label Manorama Music
Producer Naveen Sasidharan
V. Ashok Kumar
M. G. Sreekumar chronology
Sarkar Colony Oru Marubhoomikkadha Kunjaliyan

The songs of this film were composed by playback singer and composer M. G. Sreekumar. The lyrics were penned by Bichu Thirumala, Santhosh Varma, and Rajeev Alunkal. Song Mixing and Re Recording Premix done by Renjith Viswanathan.

Track Song title Singer(s) Lyricist
1 "Chembaka Vallikalil" M. G. Sreekumar, Shweta Mohan Rajeev Alunkal
2 "Madhavettanennum" Ujjaini, Rahman, M. G. Sreekumar Bichu Thirumala
3 "Manassu Mayakki" Sudeep Kumar, Rimi Tomy Santhosh Varma
4 "Gopa Balannishtam" Madhu Balakrishnan, K. S. Chithra Santhosh Varma
5 "Gopa Balannishtam" Madhu Balakrishnan Santhosh Varma


  1. ^ http://www.sanscinema.com/malayalam-movies-of-2011/
  2. ^ "Priyan's Lal film titled 'Arabiyum Ottakavum P. Madhavan Nairum'". Nowrunning.com. 19 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Behind The Camera: Arabeem Ottakom P. Madhavan Nayarum (Mal): The Dream Team Is Back!". Yentha.com. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  4. ^ The National Retrieved 14 March 2011. Thenational.ae (25 May 2010).
  5. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (18 March 2011). "Priyan bonds with Cameron!". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "'Arabeem ..'changes to 'Oru Marubhoomi Kadha'". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Priyan’s story is now 'Oru Marubhoomi Kadha'". The Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mohanlal Priyan movie title changed to 'Oru Marubhoomi Kadha'". Movierecycle.com. Retrieved 28 Sep 2011. 
  9. ^ Review: Watch Oru Marubhoomikkatha only for Mohanlal – Rediff.com Movies. Rediff.com (19 December 2011).
  10. ^ "Kerala Box-Office – Dec 16 to Jan 11". Sify.com. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 

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