|Produced by||N. Gopalakrishnan|
|Music by||Original Background Score:
S. P. Venkatesh
|Cinematography||K. V. Anand|
|Edited by||N. Gopalakrishnan|
|Distributed by||Surya Cini Arts
|Running time||193 minutes|
Thenmavin Kombath (English: Atop the Sweet Mango Tree) is a 1994 Malayalam musical drama film written and directed by Priyadarshan, produced and edited by N. Gopalakrishnan, and starring Mohanlal, Shobana, Nedumudi Venu, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, KPAC Lalitha, Sukumari, Sreenivasan, Sankaradi, and Sharat Saxena. The cinematography was by K. V. Anand, and the score was composed by S. P. Venkatesh, while Berny-Ignatius composed the songs with lyrics written by Gireesh Puthenchery.
K. V. Anand and Sabu Cyril won National Film Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design respectively. Music directors Berny-Ignatius bagged the Kerala State Film Award for Best Music. R.D. Burman was initially signed in as the music director for the film, as revealed by Burman himself in an interview to journalists in Cochin, during his visit to the city, just a few weeks before his death. But he died before he could complete the compositions of the film, and was later replaced. The film emerged as a blockbuster at the Kerala box office and became the highest grossing Malayalam film of 1994 and got a run of 250 days at the theaters.
The story revolves around Manikyan (Mohanlal), Sreekrishnan(Nedumudi Venu) and Karthumbi (Shobana) and the love triangle between them. Manikyan works for Sreekrishnan and Sreekrishnan sees him like a brother. Once when they both are returning from a Mela after shopping, Sreekrishnan sees Karthumbi and gets attracted. But then a fight erupts there and they all have to flee. Sreekrishnan flees alone while Manikyan has to take Karthumbi with him. At night, he flees in the opposite direction and so loses his way. Karthumbi knows the way back but she pretends as if she does not know it and enjoys the fun. Manikyan has to struggle to get out of that place. During that time they fall in love.
Once they are back in Manikyan's village, Sreekrishnan proposes her and plans to get married to her. Manikyan can not resist because Sreekrishnan is like an elder brother to him. But Karthumbi opposes. When Sreekrishnan gets to know about this, he gets angry and Manikyan becomes his enemy and he tries to take revenge. Finally Sreekrishnan understands his mistakes and he marries the woman who has been loving him for so long while Manikyan unites with Karthumbi.
- Manikyan – Mohanlal
- Karthumbi – Shobhana
- Sreekrishnan Thampuran – Nedumudi Venu
- Yeshodhamma – Kaviyoor Ponnamma
- Karthu – KPAC Lalitha
- Ginjimood Gandhari – Sukumari
- Appakala – Sreenivasan
- Kannayyan – Sankaradi
- Chakkutty – Kuthiravattom Pappu
- Chinnu – Geetha Vijayan
- Thimmayan - Nandhu
- Kuyilu - Sonia
- Aadivasi - Khadeeja
Theaterical reception It was a blockbuster At kerala box office and became the Highest grossing Malayalam film of 1994 and got a run of 250 days.
|Soundtrack album by Berny-Ignatius|
|1||"Nila Pongal"||Malgudi Subha||3:31|
|2||"Karutha Penne"||M.G. Sreekumar, K.S. Chitra||4:47|
|3||"Maanam Thelinge"||M.G. Sreekumar, K.S. Chitra||4:04|
|5||"Ente Manasinoru"||M.G. Sreekumar, Sujatha Mohan||4:11|
This film was remade in Tamil as Muthu (1995) with Rajinikanth and Meena. The film was remade in Hindi by Priyadarshan as Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998). It was also remade in Kannada as Sahukara with V. Ravichandran.
- Best Popular Film
- Best Art Director – Sabu Cyril
- Best Music Director- Berny-Ignatius
- Second Best Actress – Kaviyoor Ponnamma
- Malayalamcinema.com, Official website of AMMA, Malayalam cinema news, Malayalam cinema actors,Actress, Upcoming Malayalam movies. Malayalamcinema.com (1985-10-26). Retrieved on 2012-02-02.