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Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by Seven Arts Films
Written by Priyadarshan
Starring Mohanlal
Release date(s) 1986
Running time 147 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

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.


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 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.



  • Koottil Ninnum
  • Ponveene
  • Kalabham charthum kanaka kunnil


Thalavattam was one of the superhits in the year 1986.

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  • Movies with the same personnel

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