Mini (film)

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Directed by P. Chandrakumar
Produced by Madhu
Written by Iskantar Mirsa
Starring Aarati Ghanashyam
Kuckoo Parameswaran
Babu G. Nair
Malini Nair
Ramachandran Nair
Music by Vishnu Bhatt
Cinematography Sukumar
Edited by Madhu Kainakari
Release date
  • 1995 (1995)
Running time
76 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Mini is a 1995 award-winning Malayalam film written by Iskantar Mirsa, produced by Madhu and directed by P. Chandrakumar. The film handles the problem of alcoholism through the determined efforts of a young girl to save her father from self-destruction. It stars Aarati Ghanashyam, Chandrahasan, Kuckoo Parameswaran, Babu G. Nair and Malini Nair in pivotal roles. It won the National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare. Aarati Ghanashyam won the Kerala State Award and Kerala Film Critics Association Award for Best Child Artist.


Mini is a 10-year-old school girl from a middle-class family whose father is a habitual drunkard who beats up his wife as a rule and throws tantrums into the early hours of the morning. The mother and daughter suffer in silence; but the neighbours find the daily antics a nuisance. Despite their vehement protests things go from bad to worse.

Mini prays to god and wishes that her father stop drinking and turn over a new life. She goes to the temple but to no avail. She then learns about Mahatma Gandhi and his hunger strike. She goes on a hunger strike and when she collapses she is admitted to the hospital. Her father realises his fault and breaks down. He then promises never to touch alcohol again. Mini's non-violent approach brings her victory and joy.