Balyakalasakhi (2014 film)

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Balyakalasakhi (2014 film) poster.jpg
Official poster
Directed byPramod Payyannur
Produced byMB Muhsin
Sajeeb Hashim
Screenplay byPramod Payyannur
Based onBalyakalasakhi
by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
Isha Talwar
Seema Biswas
KPAC Lalitha
Music byK.Raghavan
Shahabaz Aman
Bijibal (Background score)
CinematographyHari Nair
Edited byManoj Kannoth
Red Cinema
Livinart Film Factory
Release date
  • 7 February 2014 (2014-02-07) (Kerala)

Balyakalasakhi is a 2014 Malayalam language film adaptation of the famous novel of the same name by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer.[1] The romantic musical drama film was written and directed by debutante Pramod Payyannur and stars Mammootty, Isha Talwar, Meena, Seema Biswas, KPAC Lalitha and Mamukkoya in lead roles. The film was a flop at the box office

The story revolves around childhood sweethearts Majeed (Mammootty) and Suhra (Isha Talwar). Born to rich parents, Majeed falls in love with his not-so-affluent neighbour Suhra. After her father's death, when Suhra struggles to make both ends meet, Majeed pleads with his father to sponsor her education. Refused, he wanders off to distant lands.[2][3] Some of the other characters created by Basheer such as Ettukali Mammoonju and Ottakannan Pokker also appear in the film.[4]

The film has lyrics and music created by several leading masters including P. Bhaskaran, K. Raghavan, K. T. Muhammed, O. N. V. Kurup, Kavalam Narayana Panicker, Sreekumaran Thampi, and Basheer himself. The launch of the film edition of the novel Balyakalasakhi was done by Leela Menon who handed over the book to Fabi Basheer, wife of Vaikom Muhammed Basheer.[5]



Pramod Payyannur, a familiar name in Malayalam theatre and television, made his debut on the big screen with the film.[6] Mammootty was chosen to play the lead in film by Pramod Payyannur. He said in an interview with Malayala Manorama, "Vaikom is the home of the writer Basheer, the character Majeed and also the actor Mammootty. Only a person who knew that place closely could imbibe that character in both looks and expressions. That search ended in Mammootty."[4]

On being quizzed about the inspiration to choose Kolkata as the location of the film, when Vaikom Muhammed Basheer has not referred to any specific city in the novel, Pramod says that Kolkata is perhaps the only Indian metro that still retains its old world charm and that it perfectly matched the setting of the film’s backdrop. Besides, Basheer is believed to have written Balyakalasakhi during his brief stay at a house in Lower Chitpur Road in Kolkata, he explains.[6]

Two seasons were shot in Kerala and Kolkata, West Bengal. The team began shooting in August, 2013 at Perumbalam near Vaikom. Mammootty began filming for Balyakalasakhi at Kolkata in October, 2013. The 18-day schedule included various places such as Victoria Memorial, Chhote Lal Ghat, in front of Town Hall.[2]

Reception[edit] said "even if it has some limits, it is a timeless and exciting classic, Mammootty as lovelorn Majeed is impressive but a lack of good chemistry with Isha Talwar is a letdown".[7] Deccan Chronicle said that Mammootty excelled in the double role as Majeed and as Majeed's father.[8]


The film has lyrics and music composed by several leading masters in the field while the background score was composed by Bijibal.[1] The first line of the song "Thaamara Poonkaavanathil Thaamasikkunnoley" has been mentioned in the novel by Basheer himself.[9] An oral traditional song of the Muslims in Kerala, the song’s lines were supplemented with lyrics penned by K. T. Muhammed. It has been sung by legendary singer K. J. Yesudas.[9] "Kaalam Parakkanu", the second song composed by Raghavan Master, which has Pramod’s lyrics, has been sung by Raghavan Master's disciple V. T. Murali.[9] P. Bhaskaran's poem "Ente Thoolika" has been adapted for a song composed on the lines of Rabindra Sangeet. It is the title song and has a mix of Urdu lyrics and Baul music too. It has been sung by Shahabaz Aman. The entire song signifies a journey. The Urdu portion has been sung by Ustad Faiyaz Khan.[9] Sreekumaran Thampi’s lyrics for the film has been sung by K. S. Chithra and Vijay Yesudas as a duet while O. N. V. Kurup’s poem "Vaaghdatta Bhoomi" has been translated into Bengali and sung by Bengali singer Raghav Chatterjee.[9] Kavalam Narayana Panikkar has composed a song in the folk music tradition that makes use of Basheer's idioms and words. It has been sung by Shahabaz.[9]

Mammootty officially launched the music on 6 January 2014 by handing over the CD to late music director Raghavan Master's family.[5] The soundtrack consists of six songs and four karaoke versions.

Track listing[10]
1."Aa nammalu kandillenna"Kavalam Narayana PanickerShahabaz AmanShahabaz Aman
2."Kaalam parakkana"Pramod PayyannurK RaghavanVT Murali 
3."Kodhay Seshabhoomi"ONV Kurupp
Venu Kolkatha
Shahabaz AmanRaghav Chaterjee 
4."Povukayanu Njan"P BhaskaranShahabaz AmanShahabaz Aman
Ustad Faiyaz Khan
5."Thamarappoonkavanathil"KT MuhammedK RaghavanKJ Yesudas 
6."Veendum thalir podinjuvo"Sreekumaran ThampiShahabaz AmanVijay Yesudas
KS Chithra


Director Pramod Payyannur got Special Jury Award[11]


  1. ^ a b "Balyakalasakhi music review - Times Of India". 16 January 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Mammootty shoots in Kolkata! - Times Of India". 26 October 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Tanushree to play a freedom fighter - Times Of India". 1 December 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b "'Hope people will receive Balyakalasakhi wholeheartedly'". Manorama Online. Archived from the original on 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Mammootty attends Balyakalasakhi's music launch party in Kochi - Times Of India". 13 January 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  6. ^ a b Sunil Naliyath (6 February 2014). "Poetry on reel". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Balyalakalasakhi Review by Raj Vikram". Metro Matinee. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
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  9. ^ a b c d e f Saraswathy Nagarajan (3 January 2014). "Ode to Basheer". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
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  11. ^ "'Balyakalasakhi' bagged awards in Kashmir International Film Festival". NOWRUNNING. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2016.

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