Daya (film)

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Directed by Venu
Produced by C. K. Gopinath
Written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair
Starring Manju Warrier
Krishna (Malayalam actor)
Nedumudi Venu
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Cinematography Sunny Joseph
Edited by Beena Paul
Release date
  • 1998 (1998)
Running time
150 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Daya is a 1998 Malayalam period film written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, directed by Venu, and starring Manju Warrier in the lead role. The storyline of the film is adapted from One Thousand and One Nights. Vishal Bhardwaj scored the music of the film. It was the directorial debut of cinematographer Venu.[1] He won the awards for best debut director at the National Film Awards and Kerala State Film Awards.


The film is set in the Middle-East in the pre-Islam period. It is about the adventures of a lively and intelligent slave girl named Daya (Manju Warrier). Mansoor (Krishna (Malayalam actor)), the son of an aging and wealthy nobleman, is used to an extravagant way of life. Squandering his wealth after his father's death, he is forsaken by all his friends, except the loyal slave girl, Daya, who suggests that she be sold at the slave market for an exorbitant price. The envoys of the King interrupt the sale and take Daya to court, where she is tested for her intelligence, she passes and then she is showered with gifts. The King also allows her to live with Mansoor. But after sometime she is kidnapped by Ali shah and Rashid who has business of selling slave women. Mansoor with the help of his new neighbor Amina plans to save Daya from ali shah's kota. But mansoor reaches late that night and Daya mistaking a man as Mansoor is taken away by a thief Minnal jawan. She is forced to masquerade as a man to save herself from Minnal jawan. As a man she travels to another kingdom. She goes to another kingdom where the king is searching for a loyal minister. She in the disguise of a man passes all the difficult tests like an archery competition and a sword fighting duel. She lets herself get defeated by the king in a chess match and impresses the king. The king makes her the minister. The king's daughter gets infatuated by her thinking she is a man. She as the minister intelligently takes revenge on everyone who betrayed her. She finally meets a confessional Mansoor and decides to elope with him while the king is planning her marriage with the princess. The king finds out the truth and decides to punish Daya - a woman who dared to challenge men. The people support Daya's wisdom and request king to forgive her and the kingdom needs Daya's wisdom as a minister. king forgives Daya and re appoints her as the minister. the story ends on a happy note by daya and mansoor getting married.



National Film Awards[2]

Kerala State Film Awards


The soundtrack for the film was composed by Vishal Bhardwaj. Daya is the only Malayalam film for which Vishal Bhardwaj has written music as of 2013. The lyrics were written by O. N. V. Kurup.Sharreth composed the original background score of the movie.

  1. "Kanni Penne" - K. J. Yesudas
  2. "Neeyen Kamamohini" - Hariharan
  3. "Saradendu" - K. S. Chithra
  4. "Sneha Lolamam" - K. S. Chithra
  5. "Sneha Lolamam" - Sudeep Kumar
  6. "Swargam Thedi" - Sujatha
  7. "Visada Ragam" - K. J. Yesudas
  8. "Vishada Ragam" - Radhika Thilak


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