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Promotional poster
Directed by Dennis Joseph
Produced by Eeraly Balan
Written by Shibu Chakravarthy
Starring Mammootty
Ganesh Kumar
Silk Smitha
Jose Prakash
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Anandakuttan
Ajayan Vincent
Edited by K. Shankunny
Release date
  • 1 June 1989 (1989-06-01)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Adharvam (Malayalam: അഥര്‍വം) is a 1989 Malayalam drama film directed by Dennis Joseph and written by Shibu Chakravarthy, starring Mammootty, Ganesh Kumar, Charuhasan, Silk Smitha, Thilakan, and Parvathy. Mammootty played the role of Anantha Padmanabhan, an expert in mystic tantric rituals. The songs and background score of the movie were by Ilaiyaraaja.


The movie is a portrait of the life of Anantha Padmanabhan (Mammootty), born to an aristocratic Namboothiri father (Charuhasan) and a low caste mother (Jayabharathi), who quickly learns and masters all 3 Vedas and allied arts of it. Ananthan and his family go through a lot of trouble, as the narrow-minded Brahmin community finds out that he is in love with an aristocratic girl, which ends in tragedy upon his family. To seek revenge for his mother's death, he learns ancient mystic tantric rituals and the 4th Veda, Atharvaveda, which is generally related to sorcery. He puts a menace on the whole society, using his powers that he gained over the years. His dad's second son (Ganesh Kumar) is sent to save the society and the village from the clutches of this austere man inflicted with vengeance.



  • Direction: Dennis Joseph
  • Screenplay: Shibu Chakravarthy
  • Story: Shibu Chakravarthy
  • Producer: Eerally Balan
  • Music: Ilaiyaraaja
  • Editing: K. Shankunny
  • Cinematography: Anandakuttan, Ajayan Vincent
  • Art Direction: Rajeev Anchal
  • Makeup: M. O. Devassiya
  • Stunts: A. R. Basha


The songs were composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by O. N. V. Kurup.

  1. "Puzhayorathil" - K. S. Chithra
  2. "Ambilikkalayum Neerum" - K. S. Chithra
  3. "Om Midhye" - P. Jayachandran, Ilaiyaraaja
  4. "Poovayi Virinju" - M. G. Sreekumar, Ilaiyaraaja

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