Meesa Madhavan

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Meesha Madhavan
Meesha Madhavan.jpg
VCD cover
Directed by Lal Jose
Produced by Subair
Written by Ranjan Pramod
Starring Dileep
Kavya madhavan
Jagathy Sreekumar
Cochin Haneefa
Oduvil Unnikrishnan
Harisree Ashokan
Salim Kumar
Mala Aravindan
Machan Varghese
Guinness Pakru
Karthika Mathew
Narrated by Ranjith
Music by Vidyasagar
Cinematography S. Kumar
Edited by Ranjan Abraham
Distributed by Kalasangam
Release date
  • 4 July 2002 (2002-07-04)
Running time
165 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget 1.45 crore (equivalent to 3.9 crore or US$590,000 in 2017)[1]
Box office 22 crore (equivalent to 60 crore or US$8.9 million in 2017)

Meesha Madhavan (Malayalam: മീശ മാധവൻ, English: Mustache Madhavan) is a 2002 Indian Malayalam romantic comedy film directed by Lal Jose and written by Ranjan Pramod; starring Dileep in the title role. The film went on to become a commercial success and the highest grossing Malayalam film of the year, and also established Dileep's status as a super star. This was third direct hit of Dileep after Mazhathullikkilukkam & Kuberan. The film ran for over 200 days .This film was remade in Telugu as Dongodu (2003) starring Ravi Teja & in Kannada as Hori (2010) starring Vinod Prabhakar.[2]


Madhavan (Dileep) is a clever thief who robs for a living and is well known in the village. He is following the principles of his mentor Mullani Pappan (Mala Aravindan)who trained him to be a thief when Madhavan was a young boy. Meesa Madhavan got his name by the popular saying that if Madhavan rolls his Moustache (Meesa in Malayalam) looking at someone, he will rob his house that night. His enemy is the local money lender Bhageerathan Pillai (Jagathy Sreekumar) who refuses to give back his father's property despite Madhavan paying back the loan with interest years ago.

Madhavan falls in love with Bhageerathan Pillai's daughter Rukmini (Kavya Madhavan). Despite being childhood friends, in the beginning of the movie Rukmini hates Madhavan as he is a well known thief in the locality. But later on when she realizes that Madhavan's sisters marriage was cancelled because of her father, she slowly started falling for him and later both fall in love with each other. The sub inspector in the village Eappen Pappachi (Indrajith) has an eye on Rukmini. He steals the idol from the local Temple with the intention of selling it and puts the blame on Madhavan. It becomes Madhavan's responsibility to find the culprits and he does that with his mentor's help and thus uniting with his girl friend.



The film was the highest-grossing film of the year 2002 with a collection of over ₹20 crores.[3] It had completed 100 days in all the major cinemas[4] and ran over 250 days. It gave Dileep the name Janapriyanaayakan (Popular Star). The film became commercial success at the box office.[5][6][7][8][9]


Meesha Madhavan
Soundtrack album by Vidyasagar
Released June 2002 (2002-06)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Satyam Audios
Producer Vidyasagar
Vidyasagar chronology
Meesha Madhavan

The music album of Meesa Madhavan happens to be one of the most popular works of Vidyasagar. The lyrics were written by Gireesh Puthenchery.

Track Song Title Singers Raga(s)
1 "Ente Ellamellam" K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan
2 "Karimizhi Kuruviye" Sujatha Mohan, Prathap Chandran Kapi
3 "Penne Penne" M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra, Kalyani Menon. Kurinji
4 "Chingamaasam" Shankar Mahadevan, Rimy Tomy Shanmukhapriya
5 "Theme Music" Instrumental
6 "Elavathooru" P. Madhuri
7 "Pathiri Chuttu" Machad Vasanthi
8 "Ente Ellam" K. J. Yesudas
9 "Karimizhi Kuruviye" Sujatha Mohan Kapi
10 "Vaaleduthal" Vidhu Prathap, Anuradha Sriram


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