Kadavu (film)

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(The Ferry)
Directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair
Produced by M. T. Vasudevan Nair
Screenplay by M. T. Vasudevan Nair
Based on Kadathuthoni
by S. K. Pottekkatt
Starring Santhosh Antony
Balan K. Nair
Music by Rajeev Taranath
Cinematography Venu
Edited by B. Lenin
Novel Films
Release date
  • 1991 (1991)
Running time
104 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Kadavu (English: The Ferry) is a 1991 Indian Malayalam film scripted, directed and produced by M. T. Vasudevan Nair based on S. K. Pottekkatt's story Kadathuthoni. The film won numerous awards at state, national and international levels, including awards at the Singapore International Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival.[1]


Deserted by his mother, teenaged Raju is adopted by Beeranikka, a Muslim ferryman. Raju soon starts accompanying Beeranikka in ferrying people. One day, he meets a young girl who is returning to her native town Kozhikode after the death of her mother. The girl invites Raju to Kozhikode where she would be staying with her father and uncle. Not interested in leaving the ferrying job, Raju rejects the invitation. A few days later, he finds himself in possession of an ornament which he thinks belongs to the girl. He travels to Kozhikode to return the ornament and finds the girl after many days of search. The girl does not recognise Raju and says the ornament does not belong to her. Disheartened, Raju returns to the ferry.



International awards
National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards


  1. ^ a b c M. G. Radhakrishnan (15 February 1996). "Winner all the way". India Today. Retrieved 30 May 2014.

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