Jesus (1973 film)

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Malayalam: ജീസസ്സ് , Tamil: ஜேசச்
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Directed by P. A. Thomas
Produced by Thomas
Written by Thomas Pictures Unit
Screenplay by P. A. Thomas
Starring Thikkurissy
Gemini Ganesan
M. N. Nambiar
K. P. Ummar
Jose Prakash
V. N. Ramaswamy
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Thirumeni Pictures
Release date
  • 21 December 1973 (1973-12-21)
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget 1 million (US$16,000)
Box office 11.6 million (US$180,000)

Jesus is a 1973 Malayalam language film (also dubbed into Tamil language) directed by P. A. Thomas and starring Murali Das, Gemini Ganesan, Jayabharathi, Jayalalitha, Thikkurissy, M. N. Nambiar, K. P. Ummar, Jose Prakash, Bahadoor, V. K. Ramasamy.[1][2][3]


King Herod has ruled Judea for over 37 years and believes himself to be supreme. When three wise men from the Far East come to visit him, he is initially pleased, but this pleasure turns to anger when he finds out that they have traveled all the way to witness the birth of the son of God. After they depart, he instructs his Prime Minister to kill all children under the age of 2 years. Herod's instructions are carried out, but they don't find the baby Jesus, born in a stable in Bethlehem. Jesus, son of Joseph and virgin Mary, has been destined to lead mankind to a better path but must face many challenges, temptations, betrayal from ones he trusted the most, humiliation, torture, crucification, and resurrection.



The music was composed by K. J. Yesudas, M. S. Viswanathan, Alleppey Ranganath and Joseph Krishna and lyrics was written by Sreekumaran Thampi, P. Bhaskaran, Bharanikkavu Sivakumar, Augustine Vanchimala, and Vayalar Ramavarma.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Athyunnathangalil Vaazhtheppedum (Raajaavin Raajaavezhunnellunnu) P Jayachandran, B Vasantha, Chorus Sreekumaran Thampi
2 Ente Munthirichaarino LR Eeswari P. Bhaskaran
3 Gaagulthaa malakale K. J. Yesudas Bharanikkavu Sivakumar
4 Hosana P Jayachandran, P. Leela, KP Brahmanandan, Chorus Augustine Vanchimala
5 Loreya [Bit] Chorus
6 Yahoodiya P Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma


  1. ^ Freek L. Bakker, The Challenge of the Silver Screen: An Analysis of the Cinematic Portraits of Jesus, Rama, Buddha and Muhammad, Studies in Religion and the Arts, v. 1 (Leiden; Boston, MA: Brill, 2009), 13–77.
  2. ^ Peter Malone Screen Jesus: Portrayals of Christ in Television and Film 2012 "Reports of numerous locally made films of Jesus' life circulate particularly in South India, but other than Karunamayudu, only the following are well documented: Jesus (directed by P. A. Thomas, 1973); Shanti Sandesham (Telugu for Gospel of Peace).. Mulla Kireetam"
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