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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
  • 19 September 1980 (1980-09-19)
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.Chamaram considered one of the landmark movie in Malayalam film history.The film break all conventional concepts and moral equation in love.The film become a trend in 1980s campus as well as youth.Chamaram Is one of the evergreen Campus Movie in Malayalam cinema.C.M.S College was the location of Chamaram.


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.Actually Indu has a Love affair with her childhood friend Raviyettan,but due to some problems he get married with another women.It become a shock for Indhu.At that time she fall in love with her student Vinod.They break all moral rules in the society.But In climax Indhu face a huge tragedy again,On a college day celebration time some issues occur in college and vinod murdered by an accident.Once again Indhu lost her last hope of her love and life.The story is about the sad plight of a women who become alone in her life for ever...



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] Detailed Script and bharatan touch of art are the main attraction of the movie.

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". Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 

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