|Directed by||Lal Jose|
|Produced by||Maha Subair|
|Written by||Ranjan Pramod|
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Distributed by||Kalasangham Films|
|Budget||₹1.45 crore (US$210,000)|
Meesha Madhavan (lit. Mustache Madhavan) is a 2002 Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy film directed by Lal Jose and written by Ranjan Pramod. The film stars Dileep in the title role, and Kavya Madhavan. The film was a commercial success at the box office and the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year. Meesha Madhavan raised Dileep's stardom to a superstar level. This film was remade in Telugu as Dongodu (2003) starring Ravi Teja and in Kannada as Hori (2010) starring Vinod Prabhakar.
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.
Eappan 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.
- Dileep as Meesa Madhavan (Madhavan Nair)
- Kavya Madhavan as Rukmini(Voice Dubbed By Sreeja Ravi)
- Indrajith as Eappan Paappachi (S.I. of Police)
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Krishnavilasom Bhageerathan Pillai
- Sukumari as Madhavan's Mother
- Harisree Ashokan as Sugunan (Madhavan's friend)
- Cochin Haneefa as Thrivikraman
- Mala Aravindan as Mullani Pappan (Madhavan's Guru)
- Oduvil Unnikrishnan as Constable Achuthan Nampoothiri (Prabha's father)
- Jyothirmayi as Prabha
- Karthika Mathew as Malathi (Madhavan's younger sister)(Voice by Ambili)
- James as Pattalam Purushu
- Salim Kumar as Advocate Mukundanunny
- Machan Varghese as Line Man Lonappan
- Manikandan Pattambi as Vazhipaadu Announcer
- Ajaykumar as Tea Boy (as Unda Pakru)
- Sanusha as Rukmini jr.
- Jayesh Pazhanimala as Meesa Madhavan's childhood friend
- Kalabhavan Prachod as Prabha's husband
- Ambika Mohan as Santhamma (Bhageerathan Pillai's wife)
- Gayathri as Sarasu (Pattalam Purushu's wife)(Voice By Andavally)
- Meena Ganesh
- Yamuna as Madhavan's sister in law
- Dinesh Prabhakar
- Vijayan Peringode as Warrier
- Kozhikode Narayanan Nair as Advocate
- Lal Jose (Cameo)
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The music album of Meesa Madhavan happens to be one of the most popular works of Vidyasagar. The lyrics were written by Gireesh Puthenchery. Chingamaasam and Vaaleduthal were very popular back then , especially among children and youth. They are still very famous now.
|1||"Ente Ellamellam"||K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan||Desh|
|2||"Karimizhi Kuruviye"||Sujatha Mohan, Prathap Chandran||Kapi|
|3||"Penne Penne"||M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra, Kalyani Menon.||Valachi|
|4||"Chingamaasam"||Shankar Mahadevan, Rimy Tomy||Shanmukhapriya|
|7||"Pathiri Chuttu"||Machad Vasanthi|
|8||"Ente Ellam"||K. J. Yesudas|
|9||"Karimizhi Kuruviye"||Sujatha Mohan||Kapi|
|10||"Vaaleduthal"||Vidhu Prathap, Anuradha Sriram||Kharaharapriya|
The film was well received at the box office and became the highest-grossing Malayalam film of that year. It had completed 100 days in cinemas. The film raised Dileep's stardom to a superstar level.
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