Poster designed by Gayathri Ashokan
|Produced by||C T Rajan|
|Written by||A. K. Lohithadas|
Balan K. Nair
S. P. Venkatesh
|Edited by||K. Sankunni|
|Distributed by||Jubilee Pictures|
Chandran (Mammootty) is a truck driver and Ravi ( Mukesh), the cleaner of the truck. Chandran is very affectionate towards Ravi, for whom, Chandran is like an elder brother. Chandran spends most of his leisure time in booze and women, while Ravi is busy in saving all the money, as he has got a family. One day, Ravi gets a letter from Remani (Jalaja), his wife saying that there is festival in the village temple set to happen for the coming Friday and she requested him to be there .Excited Ravi sets out to his home with all the cash he has saved as he has plans to build a house and to be there for at least two months. But on his way back home, he was killed in an accident. Chandran arrives at the village of Ravi, with his dead body. He finds out the miserable condition of his family and decides to stay for a few days to financially assist Remani and help her fulfill Ravi's dream house. But during his stay, he gets involved in several social issues. He slowly joins the job of ferrying sand under Kochu Varkey, a rich businessman of the area. But, with time, he enrages Kochu Varkey (Prathapachandran) and his son Sunnykkutty (Vijayaraghavan), invites animosity from them. Rajamma ( Seema), a bold and independent lady who makes a living by running a tea stall falls in love with Chandran, but certain unexpected incidents happen in the life of Chandran that turns everything upside down.
- Mammootty - Chandran
- Mukesh - Ravi
- Balan K. Nair
- Vineeth - Ramesan
- Kunjandi - Matthu
- Mala Aravindan - Govindankutty
- Kuthiravattom Pappu - Kunjappan
- Prathapachandran - Kochu Varkey
- Jalaja - Ramani
- Philomina - Janamma
- Saleema - Mollykutty
- Seema - Rajamma
- Mammootty won the 1989 State Best Actor Award for his performance in Mahayanam.
- After Mahayanam, Seema took a long break from acting. Later she made a come back through Olympiyan Anthony Adam in 1999.
- This was the first script written by A. K. Lohithadas for Joshy. Later they joined again for Kuttettan in 1990 and Kauravar in 1992, both with Mammootty in leading roles.
- The film was remade in Tamil as Paarai with R. Sarathkumar.
The film was both critically and commercially successful.