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For the Melakarta ragam of same name in Muthuswami Dikshitar school of music, see Chamaram (raga).
Movie poster
Directed by Bharathan
Screenplay by John Paul
Story by Balakrishnan Mangad
Starring Nedumudi Venu
Zarina Wahab
Prathap Pothan
Music by M. G. Radhakrishnan, Raveendran
(Background Score - Johnson)
Cinematography Ramachandra Babu
Edited by Suresh
Jagan Pictures
Distributed by Central Pictures
Release date
  • 25 June 1981 (1981-06-25)
Running time
140 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Chamaram is a 1980 Malayalam film written by John Paul Puthusery and directed by Bharathan starring Nedumudi Venu, Zarina Wahab, Prathap Pothan, Ratheesh. The story is about the tumultuous affair between a student and his college lecturer, an uncommon type of love story in Indian Cinema. This film has the evergreen song "Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan" sung by S. Janaki.


Vinod a student in the college falls in love with his lecturer Indhu played by Zarina Wahab.The Story revolves around the Romantic relationship between the lecturer and her student.



The music was composed by Raveendran and MG Radhakrishnan and lyrics was written by Poovachal Khader.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Kathiraadum Vayalil K. J. Yesudas Poovachal Khader
2 Naadha Neevarum kaalocha S Janaki Poovachal Khader
3 Varnangal K. J. Yesudas, Lathika, Tomy, Reeba Poovachal Khader


The film was based on a novel written by Balakrishnan Mangad. However scriptwriter John Paul said in an interview that most part of the film was based on his own college life. A popular online portal quoted his words: "The story of my first movie was based on the life that I had experienced in my campus. Though the script was inspired by the novel written by Balakrishnan Mangad, a large part of the movie was based on my college life."[1]

Kerala State Film Awards[edit]

  • Second Best Film
  • Best Second Actor - Nedumudi Venu
  • Best Female Playback Singer - S. Janaki
  • Best Art Director - Bharathan, Padmanabhan


The soundtrack has three songs ("Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan", "Kathiradum vayalil" and "Varnangal"). "Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan" and "Kathiradum vayalil" composed by M. G. Radhakrishnan and "Varnangal" composed by Raveendran,[2] with lyrics by Poovachal Khader. "Varnangal" was the first song of Lathika in a Bharathan film. The opening song "Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan" is one of the most melodious songs sung by S. Janaki in Malayalam cinema under Radhakrishnan.


  1. ^ Radhika C. Pillai (12 April 2014). "Chamaram was based on John Paul’s college days". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Malayalam playback singer Lathika". Retrieved 23 March 2013. 

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