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Directed by MT Vasudevan Nair
Produced by VBK Menon
Written by MT Vasudevan Nair
Screenplay by MT Vasudevan Nair
Starring Shobha
Music by MB Sreenivasan
Cinematography K Ramachandrababu
Edited by G Venkittaraman
Marunadan Movies
Distributed by Marunadan Movies
Release date
  • 1 December 1978 (1978-12-01)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Bandhanam (English: Bondage) is a 1978 Indian Malayalam film, directed by MT Vasudevan Nair and produced by VBK Menon. The film stars Shobha, Sukumaran, Sankaradi and Shubha in lead roles. The film had musical score by MB Sreenivasan.[1][2][3] The film observes a boy's return from city living to the village. The film's mood is sorrowful: the boy cannot shake himself free of the experience of the city and fails to adapt to village life.

The title of the film literally translates to"bondage". The title is taken from a short story of the same name by MT although the film is not an adaptation the story.


Unnikrishnan (Sukumaran) works as clerk in the city. He leads an aimless life spending his evenings drinking and nights in a budget lodge. His colleague Sarojini (Shubha ) has feelings for Unnikrishnan. Though Unnikrishnan reciprocates the feelings, he fails to express it to her.

Unnikrishnan receives a mail from his estranged step mother which prompts Unnikrishnan to take a month leave and go back to his village. He meets his step mother and half sister Thankam (Shobha) who are financially struggling. Unnikrishnan arranges a suitable wedding for Thankam. After the wedding he decides to go back to the city and propose to Sarojini, but he receives Sarojini's wedding invitation at the same time. The story ends with Unnikrishnan deciding to continue his lonely life.



The music was composed by MB Sreenivasan and lyrics was written by ONV Kurup.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Kani Kaanenam Leela Menon ONV Kurup
2 Raagam Sreeragam P Jayachandran ONV Kurup
3 Raagam Sreeragam Vani Jairam, Leela Menon ONV Kurup


  1. ^ "Bandhanam". Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  2. ^ "Bandhanam". Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Bandhanam". Retrieved 2014-10-08. 

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