Cover of Druvam Video CD
|Produced by||M. Mani|
|Screenplay by||S. N. Swamy|
|Story by||A. K. Sajan|
|Music by||S. P. Venkatesh|
|Edited by||K. Sankunny|
Dhruvam (English: Pole) is a 1993 Malayalam thriller film directed by Joshiy, where story and dialogue are by S. N. Swamy and A. K. Sajan and screenplay by S. N. Swamy. It stars Mammootty in the lead role, while Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Vikram, Gautami and Tiger Prabhakar play other pivotal roles. Its music was composed by S. P. Venkatesh.The film was dubbed into Telugu as Virodhi.
A hangman named Kasi (T. G. Ravi) is brought to central jail to hang Hyder Marakkar (Tiger Prabhakar), a notorious criminal with terror links, but he is killed in a road accident. DIG Marar (Janardhanan) smells foul play and arrives at Kamakshipuram along with Jose Nariman (Suresh Gopi), a smart and young police officer, to meet Narasimha Mannadiar (Mammootty), a revered village lord and member of the royal family who had once ruled the hamlet. He is worshipped and revered by his villagers. Mannadiar is known for his generous and fearless attitude, and his thirst for justice and peace for his village has made him an enemy in the eyes of politicians and a certain group of police officers.
Upon Nariman's request, Ponmani (Babu Namboothiri), Mannadiar's secretary, shares with him a few stories from Mannadiar's life that made him popular. One among them was shared with Veerasimha Mannadiar (Jayaram), his younger brother. Veeran liked Maya (Rudra) and informed Mannadiar about it. A few days before the marriage, a young man (Vikram) arrived at Mannadiar's house, introducing himself as Bhadran, a man in love with Maya. He also added that her parents had agreed to the marriage without Maya's consent. Mannadiar called off Veeran's marriage and got Maya and Bhadran married. Bhadran was a gang member of Marakkar who did not want to kill the DIG. Hence, Bhadran was a target of the gang. Veeran saves Bhadran and is appointed as Mannadiar's driver. Veeran plans to go to the UK for higher studies, but is killed by Marakkar on the way. From that day onwards, Mannadiar waits for the chance to avenge for his brother's death. Upon hearing the story, Nariman decides to help Mannadiar. Although convicted by court for execution, Marakkar tries every possible way to escape. Mannadiar's battle of revenge against Marakkar forms the rest of the story.
At the end, Mannadiar and Bhadran get themselves taken to the jail where Hyder has been kept. While transferring Hyder to another jail, Mannadiar, along with Bhadran, kidnaps Hyder with Nariman's assistance. Hyder challenges Mannadiar to a fight, where he initially overpowers Mannadiar, who soon gets the better of him. In the process, in order to save Mannadiar from a bomb thrown by Hyder's associates, Nariman catches the bomb and falls on it, which explodes, killing him. Mannadiar then hangs Hyder from a tree. In the court, Mannadiar orders Bhadran to be a witness against himself, who, out of his respect for Mannadiar, obeys the order. Bhadran is released for being a prosecution witness, and Mannadiar is given the death sentence.
- Mammootty as Narasimha Mannadiar
- Suresh Gopi as Sub Inspector Jose Nariman
- Jayaram as Veerasimha Mannadiar, Mannadiar's younger brother
- Vikram as Bhadran
- Gauthami as Mythili, Mannadiar's wife (voice dubbed by Anandavally)
- Tiger Prabhakar as Hyder Marakkar
- Rudra as Maya (voice dubbed by Sreeja Ravi)
- Shammi Thilakan as Ali, Marakkar's first brother
- Santhosh as Hassan, Marakkar's second brother
- Janardhanan as DIG Marar
- Vijayaraghavan as Ramdas, Jail Superintendent
- Babu Namboothiri as Ponmani
- M. S. Thripunithura as Maya's father
- P. K. Abraham as Chidambaram, Mythili's father
- Delhi Ganesh as Ramayyan
- Appa Haja as Marar's son
- T. G. Ravi as Kasi, the new hangman
- Kollam Thulasi as MLA Chekutty MLA
- Ravi Vallathol as Police Officer
- Aliyar as Doctor
- KPAC Azeez as Nambiar
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- This was the last combination of Mammootty and Suresh Gopi before Twenty:20, except for a cameo role in The King.
- It was Vikram's first Malayalam film.
- Dinesh Baboo served as the cinematographer, replacing Joshiy's frequent collaborator Jayanan Vincent.
- For the first time, Gouthami was paired with Mammootty. Later the same year they joined again in Jackpot and Sukrutham in 1994.
- This was the second script by S. N. Swamy for Joshiy. They had worked together in Naduvazhikal in 1989.
- The background score by S. P. Venkatesh was one of the main highlights of the movie.
- This is the only film to have Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Vikram and Jayaram together.
|"Thalirvettilayndo" (Female Version)||04:04||K. S. Chithra||Shibu Chakravarthy|
|"Thalirvettilayndo" (Duet Version)||04:02||K. S. Chitra, G. Venugopal||M. D. Rajendran|
|"Thumbippenne" (Male Lead)||05:09||Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan||M. D. Rajendran|
|"Thumbippenne" (Female Lead)||04:59||Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan||M. D. Rajendran]|
|"Varavarnnini"||01:22||K. S. Chitra||Shibu Chakravarthy|