Moonnam Pakkam

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Moonnam Pakkam
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Directed byPadmarajan
Written byPadmarajan
Produced byBalan
Kirti Singh
Jagathi Sreekumar
Edited byB. Lenin
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Gandhimathi Films
Distributed byGandhimathi Films
Release date
  • 4 November 1988 (1988-11-04)

Moonnam Pakkam (English: The Third Day) is a 1988 Indian Malayalam-language sentimental drama film written and directed by Padmarajan. It stars Jayaram, Thilakan, Kirti Singh, Jagathi Sreekumar, Rahman, Ashokan and Ajayan.[1][2] Kirti and Ajayan made their debut in this film. This film was also a commercial success. The film is one of Thilakan's most memorable performances.[3]


Thampi (Thilakan), who 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 go 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 get 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", Thampi, who lost all hope, takes the rice ball/"balichoru" in his hands proceeds to the sea. To everyone's shock Thampi, along with the "balichoru" submits himself to the 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 - Ilaiyaraaja
  • Lyrics - Sreekumaran Thampi


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


All lyrics are written by Sreekumaran Thampi; all music is composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

Track listing [4]
1."Niramaala ( Unarumee Gaanam )" (Pathos)G. Venugopal 
2."Thaamarakkili Paadunnu"K. S. Chithra, M. G. Sreekumar, Ilaiyaraaja 
3."Unarumee Gaanam"G. Venugopal, Chorus 

G. Venugopal won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer for the song "Unarumee Gaanam".


  1. ^ "Moonnaampakkam". Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Moonnaampakkam". Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  3. ^ "'Kireedom' to 'Akashadoothu': Ten Malayalam tragedies that dried up my tears". The News Minute. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  4. ^ "മൂന്നാം പക്കം (1988)". Retrieved 24 October 2014.

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