|Directed by||Sibi Malayil|
|Produced by||M. M. Ramachandran (Atlas Ramachandran)|
|Written by||A. K. Lohithadas|
|Edited by||L. Bhoominathan|
|Distributed by||Chandrakanth Release|
Dhanam (Malayalam: ധനം) is a Malayalam suspense thriller film released in 1991. Directed by Sibi Malayil, this film had a strong casting line including Mohanlal, Murali, Thilakan, Nedumudi Venu, Charmila, Zeenath and Kaviyoor Ponnamma. The script was done by A. K. Lohithadas.
SivaSankar Nair (Mohanlal) is a young aspiring middle class medical representative with his home and other properties under mortgage (for a loan taken by his expired father). He lives with his mother and sister. His dream is to earn more money and build a bigger home after repaying the loans. His neighbor and his close childhood friend is Abu Becker (Murali). He is a taxi driver and both of them are intimate friends. Sivasankar usually travels with his friend. On one occasion, they accept a trip to carry a corpse at night for more money. While returning, the taxi breaks down near a beach and they decide to spend the night in the car until morning when the will be able to repair the car and resume the journey. Sivasankar gets a dream where in the corpse comes alive and asks for a match. Sivasankar convinces Abu that the car smells the corpse and they decide to stay on the beach. Coincidentally, they overhear a smuggler trio talking about why they were not able to deliver the goods today. They tip the Customs department to get a monetary reward. After the Customs department catches the smugglers red-hand, they get reward of 20 lakhs. But the smuggler Stephen (Nassar) who lost the gold, learns about the informer from inside sources. He wants to kill the informer for the loss. His associates try to kill both Sivasankar and Abu on return from receiving the reward.
They decide to stay in a Hotel with the money before depositing it in a Bank. Sivasankar unknowingly stays in the same hotel of Stephen's, whereas Abu returns home. On seeing Sivasankar accidentally, Stephen and his henchmen try to kill him. Sivasankar runs with money for cover. In the end of fight they shoot Sivasankar when he jumps of a Bridge into river. Local Police constable Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu) a womaniser lives with his wife Lekshmi (Zeenath) and his sister-in-law Thangam/ Snehalatha (Charmila) .Bullet injured sivasankar resurfaces in their upper balcony of home.When she runs for cover to escape sexual abuse of his sister's husband (Nedumudi Venu) Thangam (Charmila)sees him & help him to hide by not shouting.She feeds him & helps Sivasankar to remove his Bullet.They both get to know each other.He tells his story to Thangam;that after running behind Money now he realises the value of life;after struggling for life & food for 3 days in hiding.He also tells that because of her Compassion & empathy he survives.Meantime Police Constable Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu) hits all the family on a missing Alcohol bottle which was drunken by Sivasankar while removing the Bullet.Stephen (Nassar) reaches Sivasankar's house to enquire about him.He reaches Abu (Murali) on information from Sivasnakar's brother.
Stephen enquires about Sivasankar and Abu replies that their aim was only making some money and he won't reveal the whereabouts of Sivan, even if he dies.Stephen lets him go to follow him.Sivan sends a Letter via Thangam to Abu for a meeting. Thangam's father (Thilakan) hits her on return for missing without any information & coming late home after passing the message of sivan.Abu comes to meet Sivan in the cover of darkness. Sivan explains his position that he never ran with money.Abu says him that he believes him,doesn't want money & agrees him to give a train ticket the next day for escaping with money.Sivan asks Abu to take care of his family.Before leaving Thangam asks Mohanlal to take along with him to escape her In law (Nedumudi Venu).In the middle, Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu) arrives home & on seeing Thangam alone,he tries to take advantage.Sivan Interferes & saves her.On seeing the fight,Furious Thangam's father (Thilakan) hits Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu) & sends him out of house.Sivasankaran (Mohanlal) leaves to railway station with a promise of returning back to marry Thangam.
Stephen again Interferes, Abu asking about Sivan.He refuses to divulge the information & they kills him.On the way to railway station Sivasankar finds the taxi with Abu's dead body inside.Stephen & his associates attack him.In retaliation Mohanlal kills them.The Movie Ends with Mohanlal holding his friend's dead body & flying Money (Dhanam).
- Mohanlal as Sivasankaran Nair
- Murali (Malayalam actor) as Aboobacker
- Charmila as Thankam/Snehalatha
- Nassar as Stephen
- Kaviyoor Ponnamma as Sivasankarans mother
- Thilakan as Thankams father
- Nedumudi Venu as Rajappan
- Zeenath as Lekshmi
- Babu Namboothiri as Balan
- Indrans as Sasidharan
The evergreen songs of this film were composed by music maestro Raveendran with lyrics penned by P. K. Gopi.
|1||Aanaykkeduppath||Dr. K. J. Yesudas||Shanmukhapriya|
|2||Cheerapoovukal||K. S. Chithra||Yamuna Kalyani|
|3||Nee Vidaparayumbol||Dr. K. J. Yesudas||Shivaranjani|