|Produced by||Seven Arts Films|
|Running time||147 minutes|
Thalavattam (Malayalam: താളവട്ടം) is a 1986 Malayalam drama film written and directed by Priyadarshan and starring Mohanlal, M. G. Soman and Karthika. The story is very loosely based on the American novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Thalavattam was remade in Hindi as Kyon Ki in 2005 by Priyadarshan himself. The film was also remade in Tamil in 1988 by another director as Manasukkul Mathappu with Prabu and Saranya playing the lead. The film was a huge blockbuster in Kerala.
Vinod (Mohanlal) becomes mentally ill after his girlfriend Anitha (Lizy), dies because of an electric short circuiting accident during a rock concert. Vinod is admitted into an institution 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 which puts him in a state of coma. Dr. Unnikrishnan, feels that death would be preferable to 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.
- Mohanlal as Vinod
- Nedumudi Venu as Dr. Unni Krishnan
- M. G. Soman as Dr. Ravindran
- Karthika as Savithri
- Lizy as Anitha
- Mukesh as Hari
- Jagathi Sreekumar as Narayanan
- Sukumari - nurse
Thalavattam was one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Malayalam cinema. It's considered as a cult classic. Thalavattam ran for more than 200 days.
- Adopted from
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (film)
- Movies by the same director
- Movies with the same personnel
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