|Directed by||Anil (Director)|
|Produced by||Anand Kumar|
|Written by||Rajan Kiriyath|
|Music by||S. Balakrishnan|
|Cinematography||Vaidy S. Pillai|
Manthrikan is a 2012 Malayalam horror-comedy film written by Rajan Kiriyath, directed by Anil and starring Jayaram and Poonam Bajwa in the lead roles. The film released on 5 October 2012. It was panned by critics and audiences alike. The movie was dubbed in Hindi as Chandramukhi Ki Pratigya.
Mukundan Unni (Jayaram) is a tantrik magician and an exorcist. He is not really keen about his father's tantrik magic skills and is whiling away his time with two dumb cronies in a remote village. There he meets a girl named Malu (Poonam Bajwa), who has no memories about her past but falls pretty easily for the hero after a couple of songs. But they get separated soon after. Some years later, he is called by a wealthy family to exorcise a spirit called Rukku(Muktha George) from their palatial house, Shenoy Mandir. There he comes across Malu again under the name Chandana. He vows to get her back after she fails to recognise him. Mukundan then remembers his father's teachings and starts learning from the ancient thalliyolas passed from generation to generation. He manages to bring Malu (Rukku) to the manthrakallam. Here he finds out about Rukku's past; a girl from a poor background who loved a person from the Shenoy Mandir. When the three brothers in the Shenoy Mandir got to know of the affair, they killed of Rukku's family and burnt Rukku alive. Her lover, horrifyed at the sight, jumped into the flames and committed suicide. Since then Rukku became a vengeful soul and killed two of the three brothers. Mukundan was just about trap Rukku into a wooden doll when the Shenoy family came in, interrupting the pooja and freeing Rukku, who onece more possesses Malu. One night Malu(Rukku) tries to kill the third brother. But she is stopped by Mukundan and is exorcised, freeing her from the world. Without asking for anything in return, Mukundan starts to leave. Just as he was about to leave, the third brother gives Malu to Mukundan.
- Jayaram as Mukundan Unni
- Poonam Bajwa as Malu aka Chandana
- Muktha George as Rukkumani
- Kalabhavan Shajon as Shekharan Kutty
- Ramesh Pisharody as Subrahmanyan
- Riyaz Khan as Giri
- Suraj Venjaramoodu as Usthad Maambaram Maayankutty Sheikh/Payaruvila Pappan
- Devan as Shenayi
- Anil Murali
- Kottayam Nazeer
- Natasha Doshi
- Indrans as Unniyaathiri
- Dr. Sudhi Indran
- Nila Raj
- Swapna Menon
The film was directed by Anil, of the Anil-Babu screenwriter-director duo. The film was mainly shot from various parts of Kottayam district in Kerala. The film completed production which was in the production stage for quite a long time was completed in July 2012.
The film was panned by critics. Rating the film , Aswin J. Kumar of The Times of India said, "In Manthrikan, there are two elements that persistently try to outsmart the other in terms of producing the desired effects. While the comic script of this film is horrifying for most part, the horror element does the opposite." He concluded the review which mostly criticised the script and direction saying, "An ineffective narrative that is uncertain about mixing horror and humour ruins Manthrikan." Veeyen of Nowrunning.com rated the film and said, "For the first time in my life, I fervently wished I had learned some magic. Magic, that could swiftly ship me away from the torturous times that this film was putting me through, late in the night as half the world lay peacefully asleep in their beds."