Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal

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Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal
Directed bySathyan Anthikad
Screenplay bySathyan Anthikad
Story byC. V. Balakrishnan
Produced byP. V. Gangadharan
Shantha Nair
Suku Nair
Lakshmi Gopalaswamy
Kavya Madhavan
CinematographyVipin Mohan
Edited byK. Rajagopal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Grihalakshmi Films
Thriveni Movies
Distributed byKalpaka Release
Release date
5 May 2000
Running time
150 minutes

Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (transl. The small moments of happiness) is a 2000 Indian Malayalam-language family drama film written and directed by Sathyan Anthikkad from a story by C. V. Balakrishnan. It stars Jayaram, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Kalidas Jayaram, Innocent and Kavya Madhavan. It marked the on-screen debut of Kalidas.[1][2][3][4] The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film won two National Film AwardsBest Feature Film in Malayalam and Best Choreography (for Kala).


Gopan a single father living with his six-year-old son Achu in Goa works in a petrol pump and as an occasional tourist photographer. A teenager Celin, his neighbour falls in love with him forcing Gopan to reveal that Achu's mother Asha Lakshmi is alive and how they were separated.[5]

Gopan and Asha had a run-away marriage as Asha is from a rich family while Gopan is just a videographer at a local studio. Asha, an admired classical dance artist prior to her marriage, left her career to lead a life with Gopan, becoming a simple housewife. After Achu's birth Maya Varma, a famous classical dance artist, learns of Asha's talent and asks her to join her dance troupe.

Asha's aspiring career starts to conflict with the peaceful life she had with Gopan and their child; this, fueled by tensions between Gopan and Asha's father, results in Gopan leaving with his son, thinking that it would benefit her life and career.

Gopan meets Maya in Goa accidentally but she acts as if she didn't recognize him. Few days later Celin brings Maya to Gopan who reveals that Asha never danced again after Gopan left with his son. Gopan and Asha reunite on the advice of Maya that there should be a balance between art and family life.



Jayaram signed into play the male lead along with his son Kalidas Jayaram marking his debut as an actor.[6][7][8] It was K. P. A. C. Lalitha who suggested the name of Kalidas for the film.[9] For the female lead role, Meenakshi Sheshadri was considered but Lakshmi Gopalaswamy was eventually signed for the role.[10][11] Bollywood actress Hema Malini had signed to play another important role but was replaced by South Indian actress Bhanupriya.[12] Samyuktha Varma signed into play the role of Celine but opted out due to prior commitments, and later Sukanya was considered for the role and finally Kavya Madhavan played the role. The film was shot in Panaji, Goa.[13]


Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal
Soundtrack album by
Released14 April 2000
Ilayaraja chronology
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Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal

All lyrics are written by Kaithapram Damodaran; all music is composed by Ilaiyaraaja

1."Chellakkaatte"K. J. Yesudas 
2."Ghanashyaama"Gayatri Asokan 
3."Kodamanjin Thaazhvarayil" (Duet)K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra 
4."Kodamanjin Thaazhvarayil" (Female)K. S. Chithra 
5."Kodamanjin Thaazhvarayil" (Male)K. J. Yesudas 
7."Shivakaradhamarukalayamaay Naadam"K. S. Chithra, Gayathri Asokan 
8."Sumasaayaka"Kallara Gopan, Geetha Devi 
9."Title song"Deepika, Chorus 


Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Malayalam Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal Won [14]
Best Choreography Kala Won [15]
Asianet Film Awards Best Child Artist Kalidas Jayaram Won [16]


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  3. ^ "Kalidas Jayaram shares still from first film as child". The News Minute. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Kalidas in nostalgic mood; shares stills from his first film". Times of India. 15 September 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  5. ^ Kurup, Aradhya (18 August 2019). "From 'Amaram' to 'Uyare': Memorable depictions of single fathers in Malayalam cinema". The News Minute. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Kalidas Jayaram on doing a movie with his dad". The News Minute. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  7. ^ "In the limelight". The Hindu. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  8. ^ Abhijith (14 March 2018). "Before Poomaram: A Trip Down Film Journey Of Kalidas Jayaram & Abrid Shine!". Filmibeat. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Happy Birthday Kalidas Jayaram: Lesser known facts about the charming actor that will make you his fan". Times of India. 16 December 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Malayalam Actresses Who Played Mothers On Screen, Before Experiencing Motherhood In Real Life". Times of India. 31 January 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  11. ^ Vipin, Manu (4 December 2014). "There has always been great chemistry between Jayaram and me: Lakshmi Gopalaswamy". Times of India. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  12. ^ "5 Non-Malayali Actresses Who Made It Big In Malayalam Cinema". Times of India. 29 November 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  13. ^ George, Anjana (27 January 2017). "Mollywood stars recall their stint as child artistes". Times of India. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  14. ^ "48th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  15. ^ Sebastian, Shevlin (26 September 2017). "The superstar who takes risks". Express News Service. New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  16. ^ Narayanan, Nirmal (12 March 2019). "Throwback: When Kalidas Jayaram said he is a much better actor than his father [VIDEO]". Indian Business Times. Retrieved 24 June 2021.

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