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Theatrical poster of the film, Aranyakam, portraying Devan and Saleema.
Theatrical poster
Directed by Hariharan
Produced by B. Shashi Kumar
Written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair
Starring Saleema
Nedumudi Venu
Jagannatha Varma
Music by Raghunath Seth
Cinematography Venu
Edited by M. S. Mani
Mudra Films
Distributed by Mudra Release
Release date
  • 8 December 1988 (1988-12-08)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Aranyakam (Malayalam: ആരണ്യകം) is a 1988 Malayalam film directed by Hariharan, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, and starring Saleema, Devan and Vineeth.[1][2] The film was produced by B. Sasikumar.[1] Music was composed by Raghunath Seth, lyric-ed by O. N. V. Kurup, and vocals by K. J. Yesudas, and K. S. Chitra.[1]


The film handles the issue of exploitation of Adivasis by feudal lords, and that of Naxalism which attempts to resist and counter this, and of how the feudal lords use the 'system' to suppress the resistance. The film speaks through the eyes of protagonist Ammini(Saleema), a 16 old girl whose life takes a turn when Mohan(Vineeth) ,who has love interest on her and a stranger(Devan) who continues to aspire her and believes in her brilliance unlike everyone else, enters her life. The latter turns out to be a Naxalite who has been conspiring to kill her uncle, a feudal lord(Jagannatha Varma) who has been exploiting the tribal community in the area for his own personal interests.


Sound Track[edit]

The film's soundtrack contains 4 songs, all composed by Raghunath Seth and lyrics penned by O. N. V. Kurup.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Athmaavil Muttivilichathu" K. J. Yesudas
2 "Olichirikkaan Vallikkudilonnorukki" K. S. Chitra
3 "Thaarakale" K. S. Chitra
4 "Thanichirikkaan Ivide Enikkkoru (Slow)" K. S. Chitra


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