Kutty Srank

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Kutty Srank
Kutty Srank.jpg
Directed by Shaji N.Karun
Produced by Mahesh Ramanathan, Reliance BIG Entertainment
Screenplay by
Story by Shaji N.Karun
Music by Isaac Thomas Kottukapally
Cinematography Anjuli Shukla
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed by Reliance BIG Entertainment
Release date
  • 23 July 2010 (2010-07-23)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Kutty Srank (English: The Sailor of Hearts; Malayalam: കുട്ടിസ്രാങ്ക്) is a 2010 Indian Malayalam arthouse film directed by Shaji N. Karun. Mammootty played the title role for the film. The film was produced by Reliance Entertainment under the banner of Big Motion Pictures, the first ever production by Anil Ambani's newly launched entertainment concern in Malayalam.[1] The film was released at the theatres of Kerala on 23 July 2010.The film won the national award for best feature film along with three other awards along with a special jury award for editing at the 57th national film awards.


Kutty Srank (translated as junior boat captain in Malayalam) is a film about a mariner who operates a cargo vessel near the sea port of Kodungalloor, once a roaring port town in Kerala.[2]

One day, the local police station discovers an unidentified body that has washed ashore. A Buddhist nun, Revamma, comes forward to claim that she can identify the rotten body, and she recognises it as that of one kutti Srank. Police enquire her relationship with kutti Srank. Meanwhile, another Latin Christian woman, Pemenna, too claims to recognize the dead man. Both women assure the investigators that the body is that of kutti Srank. Finally a mute woman, Kali, joins them and seeks permission to see the corpse. She, however, rejects the claim made by the other women and argues that the body is not that of kutti Srank. Pemmanna identifies Kali and tells Revamma that Kali is kutti Srank’s wife. Eventually each woman share her different acquaintance and relation with kutti Srank.


The film is structurally divided into four different settings, three of which are set in north, mid and south Kerala, respectively. The fourth is a hyper-link set in a police station. The script featured various visual and thematic elements to delineate the three primary sub-plots in both spatial and temporal dimensions, connected through the protagonist. The major devices used for achieving this separation were moods and emotions expressed by the character, (psychological) nature of female protagonists, time-period, geographical locations, religious & social landscapes and seasons.[3][4] The below table summarizes the different themes associated with each of the women. (Unreported or unverified entries of the table are kept blank.)

Actress Kamalinee Mukherjee Padmapriya Meenakumari
Character name Pemmena Revamma Kali
Geographical location of the story Kochi Malabar Travancore
Season monsoon summer winter
Time period/Era unspecified 1950 Mid 1950s


Crew opinion[edit]

  • Mammootty, who plays the title role of Kutty Srank in the film, said "I am really excited because I will be playing three different characters but not three different roles. It is going to be a challenge for me because the basic nature of all the three characters is the same but there are different behavioural patterns and mannerisms based on what the three women say."[5]
  • Kamalinee Mukherjee on her character Pemmena, stated "All my characters have a certain kind of reserve where sexuality is concerned. The character I am playing hails from a village and she's very raw. Since it's a period film, it gave me a chance to look at this other side which I have never really tried to explore before. She's got a strong sexual nature."[6]
  • Anjuli Shukla, the director of photography, opined "I am told he (Shaji) chose me because he wanted a woman behind the camera to add that feminine perspective to the theme that revolves around the perspectives of three women. The story is woven around three women and their relationships with the protagonist, Kutti Srank, played by Mammmotty. The instances are set in three different moods and seasons.So each one needs an individualistic treatment; at the same time, it should not stand out from the total cohesive structure of the film."[7]


The film premiered internationally at Montreal International Film Festival 2009 and nationally at IFFI, Goa 2009. As the film involves change in seasons, environmental and climatic changes, the film was shot in three schedules. The first schedule (depicting the monsoon) was held between 15 June 2008 and 10 July 2008 in the backwaters of Alappuzha.[8] The second schedule of shooting (depicting summer) took place at Chavara and Sasthankotta near Kollam during September 2008. The third and final schedule (depicting winter) took place at Kundapura near Mookambika during December 2008.


In the 57th National Film Awards, Kutty Srank emerged the biggest winner with five awards, including the one for Best Film.[9] Mammootty, who played the lead role of the film, was amongst the two finalists for the award for best actor. However, he lost the award to Amitabh Bachchan.[10] The awards received by the film are[11]

Asianet Film Awards

Film festivals in which the film was screened[edit]


The film was released on 23 July 2010 in thirty eight theatres.


Kutty Srank
Soundtrack album by Isaac Thomas Kottakapally
Released 2010
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Manorama Music

The background score and songs were composed by Isaac Thomas Kottakapally. The soundtrack features 8 songs, including one sung by Mammootty. The lyrics were penned by S. Ramesan Nair. The music and lyrics used for the Latin Christian art form of Chavittu Nadakam were sourced from Fr. Joseph who has been doing research on the subject for quite some time. The lyrics are believed to have been written by a priest in Velankanni and that is why there are a lot of Tamil words. Most of the songs were choreographed by the Asans of Yore.[12]

Track listing

  1. "Oru Minnaminni" (performed by Jassie Gift, Devanand, Pradeep Palluruthy)
  2. "Aarandum Koorukutti" (performed by Mammootty, Basheer)
  3. "Rajadambathimaar" (performed by Ramesh)
  4. "Maga Chandira" (performed by Rajalakshmi, Ramesh)
  5. "Neshamana" (performed by Ramesh, Basheer)
  6. "Kattiyakkaran" (performed by Basheer)
  7. "Ivalaarivalaar" (performed by Ramesh)
  8. "Thangameyyole" (performed by Rajalakshmi, Ramesh)


  1. ^ Settu Shankar. "Meera Jasmine as Mammootty's lady love!". Oneindia. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  2. ^ Moviebuzz. "Mammootty –Shaji.N.Karun come together." Sify. Retrieved 3 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "Bringing back the serious to Malayalam cinema". Rediff. 
  4. ^ Rajesh, V.S (October 2008), "3 Sthreekelude Ormakkalil Kutty Srank", Vellinakshatram (1006)  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  5. ^ "Mammootty, Shaji Karun team up for their first film". Nowrunning. Retrieved 8 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "'I didn't know Mammootty Sir was in Kutti Srank'". Rediff. 
  7. ^ Sangeeta (11 July 2008). "Woman with a view". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 
  8. ^ "പോരില്ലാതെ കുട്ടിസ്രാങ്കിന്‌ തുടക്കം". Oneindia. 
  9. ^ "Big B wins National Award for Paa". Times of India. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Sad that Mammooty hasn't got the National Award: Shaji N Karun". Nowrunning. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "List of National Award Winners". Press Information Bureau. 
  12. ^ "Scoring a winner". The Hindu. 

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