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This article is about the 1991 Malayalam film. For the 2008 Tamil film, see Dhanam (2008 film).
Directed by Sibi Malayil
Produced by M. M. Ramachandran (Atlas Ramachandran)
Written by A. K. Lohithadas
Starring Mohanlal
Nedumudi Venu
Babu Namboothiri
Music by Raveendran
Cinematography S. Kumar
Edited by L. Bhoominathan
Chandrakanth Films
Distributed by Chandrakanth Release
Release date
  • 8 February 1991 (1991-02-08)[1]
Country India
Language Malayalam

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.[2] 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 lecher 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 from a sexual advance of her sister's husband (Nedumudi Venu) Thangam (Charmila)sees Sivasankar & helps him to hide. She feeds him & helps him to remove his Bullet. They both get to know each other. Sivasankar tells his story to Thangam and that after struggling for life & food for 3 days in hiding, he realises the value of life and the idiocy in running behind Money. He also tells that because of her Compassion & empathy he survives. Meantime Police Constable Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu) batters his wife on a missing Alcohol bottle which was used for Sivasankar while removing the Bullet. Stephen (Nassar) reaches Sivasankar's house to enquire about him. He reaches to 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 and follows him.Sivan sends a Letter via Thangam to Abu for a meeting. Thangam's father (Thilakan) slaps her on return for going away without informing the family members & coming late at home after. Thangam manages to pass the message from 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 and doesn't want the money & informs him on arranging a train ticket the next day for leaving the place with money. Sivan asks Abu to take care of his family. Before leaving Thangam asks Mohanlal to take her along with him to escape her brother-in-law(Nedumudi Venu). In the middle of the night, Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu) arrives home & on seeing Thangam alone, he tries to take advantage over her. Sivan Interferes & saves her. On seeing the fight, furious Thangam's father (Thilakan) attacks Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu) & sends him out of the house. Sivasankaran (Mohanlal) leaves to railway station with a promise of returning back to marry Thangam.

Whilst Stephen who was losing patience, asks Abu about Sivan's whereabouts. He refuses to divulge the information & Abu is murdered. 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 Stephen. The Movie Ends with a devastated Sivasankar holding his friend's dead body & open briefcase of Money(Dhanam) that is flying around.



The evergreen songs of this film were composed by music maestro Raveendran with lyrics penned by P. K. Gopi.

Track Song Title Singer(s) Raga
1 Aanaykkeduppath Dr. K. J. Yesudas Shanmukhapriya
2 Cheerapoovukal K. S. Chithra Yamuna Kalyani
3 Nee Vidaparayumbol Dr. K. J. Yesudas Shivaranjani


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