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Directed byLenin Rajendran
Produced byLenin Rajendran
B Rakesh
Written byLenin Rajendran
StarringSanthosh Sivan
Karthika Nair
Nithya Menon
Lakshmi Sharma
Mallika Kapoor
Jagathy Sreekumar
Chithra Iyer
Saiju Kurup
Music byRamesh Narayan
CinematographyMadhu Ambat
Edited byMahesh Narayanan
Distributed bySree Gokulam Films
Release date
  • 30 September 2011 (2011-09-30)

Makaramanju (English: The Mist of Capricorn) is a 2011 Malayalam language romantic drama film written and directed by Lenin Rajendran. The film is about celebrated painter Raja Ravi Varma's life at a certain stage in his life. It also narrates the story of epic character Pururavas. Cinematographer Santhosh Sivan and Karthika Nair appears in the lead roles.

"Urvashi Pururavas" is the painting that has been woven into the narrative of the film. In a story within a story format, Lenin Rajendran intertwines the story of the artist with that of the mythological Urvashi and her beloved King Pururavas. The film received mixed reviews upon release. It was one of the five Malayalam films to be screened at the International Film Festival of India.[1] It won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Malayalam Film at the International Film Festival of Kerala.[2] It has been nominated for the Indian National Film Awards for 2010.[3]


The film tells the story of Raja Ravi Varma at a certain stage in his life. He is in the process of painting a masterpiece. The theme of his painting is Pururavas, the legendary king who fell in love with the heavenly nymph Urvashi, who later agrees to become his wife on certain conditions, but disappears without a trace when she discovers that the conditions were violated. Pururavas wanders all around to find her and ultimately does get united with his lover. Ravi Varma, during his work, finds himself attracted to his model Sugandha Bai and this relationship begin to acquire certain shades of the legend of Urvashi and Pururavas. Together they are thrown into a torrent of love and passion from which they find it difficult to scape.


International Film Festival of Kerala 2010
  • FIPRESCI Prize for Best Malayalam Film
Kerala State Film Awards 2010

Kerala Film Critics Association Awards 2010

Vanitha Film Award 2010

1st South Indian International Movie Awards 2010


Voice dubbing[edit]


Lenin Rajendran was the first to make a film on Swati Tirunal, the royal composer from Kerala. And through Makaramanju, the filmmaker pays homage to Raja Ravi Varma. The director says it is the artist's special place in Indian art that had drawn him to his life. "A few years ago, I had done a play on Ravi Varma for KPAC. During my reading and research on him, I was fascinated to know more about the man and the circumstances in which those works were created. Here was a prince who had paid a price for pursuing his passion for the arts. He faced hostility and criticism but that did not put an end to his affair with brush and paint. Cases were filed against him but he fought against the orthodoxy and won the right to express himself. I felt there was space for a movie," he explains. Instead of a biopic on the artist, the director wanted to focus on the artist at work, and chose a single work to unfold the life of the artist and the period he worked and lived in. "Although his style was European, his themes were from Indian mythology. In each of his works on the Indian Puranas, he chose a point in the story that was filled with drama and emotion. I was struck by the sensitivity and acumen of the man who used his brush to depict those moments. That is why I felt I could understand him better if I concentrated on a work and then narrate the story of the artist's creative process," says the director.[12]

The principal production began in October 2009. The film's set has been put up in an old bungalow known as Church bungalow on the compound of a Lutheran church, near Pallichal in Thiruvananthapuram district. The film was also shot in Kochi and Mumbai.[5]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelM. C. Audios & Videos

The film's music has been composed by Ramesh Narayan. There are eight tracks in the soundtrack, with lyrics by Kavalam Narayana Panicker, K. Jayakumar and Chandran Nair.[13]

1."Manjil Melle"Chandran NairK. J. Yesudas 
2."Aahko Chahiye"K. JayakumarHariharan & Sujatha 
3."Mele Mele"Kavalam Narayana PanickerRamesh Narayan & Anuradha Sriram 
4."Then Thennale"Kavalam Narayana PanickerSrinivas, Sunita Menon 
5."Kaanuvaanere"K. JayakumarHariharan & Sujatha 
6."Mele Mele"Kavalam Narayana PanickerRamesh Narayan 
8."Saalabhanjike"Chandran NairRamesh Narayan 


The film received mixed reviews from various critics. A review by writes: "Makaramanju loses grip on its material half way through, and remains an elusive piece that doesn't tug at your heart strings. Which is why, you walk out of the hall mumbling to yourself that perhaps a bit more clever scripting could have made all the difference."[14]'s reviewer said that the film "is watchable but you have to brush up your knowledge of mythology and history to fully appreciate it."[15]


Ceremony Category Nominee Result
1st South Indian International Movie Awards Best Cinematographer Madhu Ambat Won
40th Kerala State Film Awards Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film Lenin Rajendran Won


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  2. ^ "Top prize for Colombian film". The Hindu. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  3. ^ Press Trust of India (10 May 2011). "Seven Malayalam Films To Compete For National Award". NDTV Movies. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Santosh Sivan to act as Raja Ravi Varma". NDTV. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  5. ^ a b Saraswathy Nagarajan (27 November 2009). "Brush with the past". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Raja Ravi Varma's art makes song number one favourite". Now Running. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Ananthabhadram". Deccan Herald. 2 August 2006. Archived from the original on 8 September 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  8. ^ "'Makara Manju' was a tough experience: Karthika Nair". Filmydum. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Karthika debuts in Malayalam with Makaramanju". Sify. 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Karthika dazes Danny Boyle". Indiaglitz. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  11. ^ a b c d "Makaramanju Synopsis". Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  12. ^ "The agony and the ecstasy"
  13. ^ "Chords and notes: Makaramanju". The Hindu. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  14. ^ "Makaramanju Review"
  15. ^ "Review: Makara Manju is intricate"

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