Kadathanadan Ambadi

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Kadathanadan Ambadi
Kadathanadan Ambadi.jpg
Directed byPriyadarshan
Screenplay byCochin Haneefa
P. K. Sarangapani (Dialogues)
Produced bySajan Vargeese
Prem Nazir
Cochin Haneefa
CinematographyS. Kumar
Edited byN. Gopalakrishnan
Music bySongs
K. Raghavan
Saj Vision
Distributed bySaj Productions
Release date
14 April 1990
Running time
149 minutes

Kadathanadan Ambadi is a 1990 Indian Malayalam-language sword and sorcery film directed by Priyadarshan and written by Cochin Haneefa. It is a sequel to the 1964 film Thacholi Othenan and the 1970 film Othenente Makan. The film star Mohanlal in the title role, along with Prem Nazir, Swapna, and Raadhu. A few shots from Thacholi Othenan was shown in this film. Kadathanadan Ambadi was released after the death of Prem Nazir.[1][2]


The movie is based on Kerala's traditional Vadakkanpattu (The Northern Ballad Folklore). The fictional story is about Kadathanadan Ambadi (Mohanlal) who wants to avenge his father - Thacholi Manikoth Othenan Kuruppu's death and retrieve the sacred sword Bhadravaal and Sacred Thread, which were missing since the death of Thacholi Othenan.

Kadathanadan Ambadi, along with his Mentor-Martial arts Guru sets out investigating the mysterious disappearance of the sword. They suspect a Muslim Manager of their household who went missing since that day. While searching, they reached a kingdom, whose ruler was a mysterious Black Magician called Kowliya. The Magician Ruler Kowliya used to send his eagle to search for each's day beautiful lady, to be sacrificed each day for strengthening the King. In that process, the eagle settled on a house whose lady's marriage was fixed on that day. The soldiers dragged the girl and brought her to the sacrifice pit, only to be saved by Ambadi, who killed the King.

It was later found that, the girl and her brother were sons of .[clarification needed] Moyideen narrates the story, who within the Thacholi family plotted to stage a coup and get hold of the sword, making the thief later sold as a slave to Tulunad's King. The King also holds the key to a secret magical cave where the sword is kept. Ambadi sets out to Tulunadu, where he lures the princess and gets to know the whereabouts of the key. Ambadi fights against the King and his soldiers and grabs the key from his necklace and proceeds to the Magical Cave with his Guru, Payyappilly Chanthu. He had to fight against the Demoness (Nagayakshi) who guards the sword as well as a Water Demoness.

After getting back the Sacred Sword - "Bhadravaal", he returns to Kadathanadu with his Guru, Payyappilly Chanthu. But they were not aware of the fact that his father's sister - Unichala (Sukumaari), her two children (Ganesh Kumar and an unknown actress) and Moosakkuutti (Srinivasan) were captured by Kathiroor Chandrappan (Kochin Haneefa). Payyappilly Chanthu's (Prem Nazeer) daughter Kunjilakshmi feels betrayed as she knew that Ambadi was not alone, but with a Princess.


Malayalam actor Shammi Thilakan dubbed for 20 characters, including the late Prem Nazir.

High Court order[edit]

Negative rights were controlled by the Kerala High Court, Navodaya release, completed and released through Navodaya by the Kerala High Court order CRL.M.C.49 & 63 April 5/88 by the Honourable Mr. Justice Chettur Sankaran Nair and the Supreme Court judgement of 15, February 1989, SLP (CRL) 1127-28/88 & 1148-49/88 in the division bench of Honourable chief justice R. S. Pathak and Honourable S. Natarajan supervised by the Honourable court's commissioners Adv. Siby Mathew & Adv. Koshy George.[1][3]


The film was originally produced by Sajan Varghese for Saj Productions.[4][5] He was the head of Oriental Finance and Exchange Company[6] and when the company faced loss, the respected Kerala High Court ordered to release the film and pay back the amount to depositors from the film's collections. The Court ordered Navodaya productions to take care of the release and give report to the Court. Kunjandi reprices his role Kandacheri Chappan from the 1964 movie Thacholi Othenan. Malayalam actor Shammi Thilakan dubbed for 20 characters, including the late Prem Nazir.[1]


The film collected a, then record of Rs.35 lakhs gross in the first week itself. In 1990, Director Priyadarshan canned a fight scene between Mohanlal and Disco Shanti in a cave, was much appreciated for its technical brilliance.[7]


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  3. ^ "News - Kadathanadan Ambadi to release". Mathrubhumi. 1 April 1990.
  4. ^ ., Nanaji (August 1986). "ചിത്രലോകം - ഗവണ്മെന്റിന്റെ അടിയന്തിര ശ്രദ്ധയ്ക്ക്". Nana Film Weekly (pages). Retrieved 25 November 2017.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ ., നാനാജി (August 1986). "ചിത്രലോകം - ഗവണ്മെന്റിന്റെ അടിയന്തിര ശ്രദ്ധയ്ക്ക്". Nana Film Weekly. Retrieved 25 November 2017.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (31 May 1987). "Oriental Finance: Smooth scam". India Today. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  7. ^ "കടത്തനാടൻ അമ്പാടി". m3db.

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