Moonnam Pakkam

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Moonnam Pakkam
Moonnam Pakkam.jpg
Directed by Padmarajan
Produced by Balan
Written by Padmarajan
Starring Thilakan
Kirti Singh
Jagathi Sreekumar
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Venu
Edited by B. Lenin
Gandhimathi Films
Distributed by Gandhimathi Films
Release date
  • 28 August 1988 (1988-08-28)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Moonnam Pakkam (English: The Third day, Malayalam: മൂന്നാം പക്കം) is a 1988 Malayalam drama film written and directed by Padmarajan. It stars Jayaram, Thilakan, Kirti Singh, Jagathi Sreekumar, Rahman, Ashokan and Ajayan.[1][2][3] Kirti and Ajayan made their debut in this film. The film met with universal critical acclaim and turned to be a cult film. The performance of Thilakan in the film was widely praised and is considered to be one of his best. This film was also a commercial success.[citation needed]


Thampi (Thilakan) retired as an accountant from Indian Railway in mid-1980s following his son's death leads a solitary life in his ancestral house. Thampi's grandson Bhasker a.k.a. Pachu (Jayaram) had completed his medicine studies from Bangalore. Thampi is excited when his grandson Pachu, comes along with his friends- Lopez (Rahman), Renjith Menon (Ashokan) and Krishnankutty (Ajayan) to spend his vacation with grandpa. Their presence brings joy and happiness into Thampi's house. Pachu is engaged to a girl, Bhadra (Kirti Singh) who happened to be the granddaughter of Thampi's friend. During the vacation Pachu and his friends often goes to the nearby beach for a swim. During one such visit Pachu and Lopez gets pulled into the ocean and only Lopez manages to escape. The Police and the locals conduct a rescue operation in the ocean but in vain. It is believed among the locals that whatever that is taken by the ocean is returned on the third day (as meant by the title of the movie). Thampi refuses to acknowledge the fact that Pachu is dead and puts on a brave face, consoling Pachu's mother, his friends and Bhadra. Eventually the body is found on the third day. The funeral is held on the same day and Pachu's friends gets ready to leave the day after. They all visit the beach one last time to say goodbye to Pachu where they see Thampi arriving with priests to perform the funeral rites of Pachu. While performing the "bali", senile Thampi who lost all his hope and out of despair he takes the rice ball/"balichoru" in his hands proceeds to the sea. To everyone's shock Thampi along with the "balichoru" submits himself to sea and commits suicide.



  • Story, screenplay, dialogue and direction - P. Padmarajan
  • Producer - Balan
  • Banner and distributor - Gandhimathi Films
  • Cinematography - Venu
  • Editor - B. Lenin
  • Art - Kurian Sabarigiri
  • Stills - Surya Jones
  • Make-up - Mohandas
  • Costume design - Indrans
  • Music - Ilayaraja
  • Lyrics - Sreekumaran Thampi


Major parts of the film were shot from Kanyakumari and surrounding places. The locales include Colachel (where the ancestral house is set) and Vatta Kottai (where the fort scene and "Thamarakkili" song were picturised).


The music was composed by Ilayaraja and lyrics was written by Sreekumaran Thampi. G. Venugopal won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer for the song Unarumee Gaanam.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Niramaala [Unarumee Gaanam (Pathos)] G Venugopal Sreekumaran Thampi
2 Thaamarakkili Paadunnu KS Chithra, MG Sreekumar, Ilayaraja Sreekumaran Thampi
3 Unarumee Gaanam G Venugopal, Chorus Sreekumaran Thampi


  1. ^ "Moonnaampakkam". Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Moonnaampakkam". Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Moonnaampakkam". Retrieved 2014-10-24. 

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