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Directed by Joshy
Produced by Joy Thomas
Written by Dennis Joseph
Screenplay by Dennis Joseph
Starring Mammootty
Babu Nampoothiri
Jose Prakash
P. K. Abraham
Music by Shyam
Cinematography Jayanan Vincent
Vipin Das
Edited by K. Sankunni
Distributed by Jubilee Productions
Release date
  • 12 September 1985 (1985-09-12)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Nirakkoottu (Malayalam: നിറക്കൂട്ട്‌) is a 1985 Malayalam film directed by Joshy, written by Dennis Joseph, and starring Mammootty. The music was by Shyam.[1][2][3] It was remade in Tamil as Manithanin Marupakkam starting Sivakumar and in Kannada as Sathya Jyothi starring Vishnuvardhan and Sumalatha. The movie was commercially successful.[4]


Sasikala Varghese (Urvashi) joins as a news reporter in a Malayalam daily named Keralarema, which is owned by M. K. Abraham(Jose Prakash). Sasikala stays with her friend, Dr. Suma (Lizy). Sasikala is assigned to interview Ravi Varma (Mammootty), who is sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Mercy (Sumalatha), who is also Sasikala's sister. Supreme court had sentenced Ravi to death and president also rejected Ravi's appeal. Sasikala covers and publishes the story of Ravi Varma and is well acclaimed and appreciated by Abraham, her boss, during the official meeting. They were also surprised on a feedback letter that had reached Keralarema office regarding the published article.

Ravi Varma is a wealthy man and the owner of an advertising agency. Mercy was employed as a clerk in a firm, and is a classical dancer too. Ravi had met Mercy during a dance program hosted at the club. He had then proposed with an offer for Mercy join his advertising agency as a model, which Mercy rejects instantly. However, on losing her job as a clerk and her family (consisting of an ill ridden father, a younger sister and brother) being dependent on her income, she is forced to join Ravi's advertising agency. The advertising agency flourishes well with the utilization of Mercy's modelling skills. A carrier oriented Ravi, in order to make Mercy stay with his firm always, proposes to Mercy and they get register married, as they belong to different religion. After a week long honeymoon, Ravi force his wife to pose for modelling with a half-dressed costume, which Mercy couldn't accept. This leads to indifference in their family life. Once Ravi comes to know that his wife is pregnant, argument begins again regarding the fatherhood of the conceived child, and Ravi asks his wife to move out of his house. Mercy then takes shelter in her friend, Dr Suma's house. Divorce was filed by Ravi, and it was granted with the verdict that Ravi needs to compensate his wife and child on a monthly basis until the child becomes youth. A frustrated Ravi visits Mercy and tells her that he will pay all the compensation for a single time and brutally murders her with the knife he brought with him.

A day before his scheduled execution, Ravi Varma escapes prison, and accidentally meets Sasikala. He learns that Sasikala & Mercy are sistors and informs the truth. Ravi loved Mercy a lot and never pressurised her for any modelling assignments. Ajith used to blackmail Mercy, by showing Mercy's nude photographs which he had clicked. Fearing social stigma Mercy divorces Ravi unwillingly. Ajith later tries to molest Mercy,kills her and flees away. Since Ravi was on the murder spot he is taken into custody by the police.

To avenge the same Ravi escapes from the prison and kills Ajith.



The music was composed by Shyam and lyrics was written by Poovachal Khader.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Poomaaname K.S.Chithra Poovachal Khader
2 Poomaaname G Venugopal Poovachal Khader
3 Poomaaname KG Markose Poovachal Khader
4 Pranaya Sankalpame Vani Jairam Poovachal Khader


Mammootty won the Special Mention in 1985 Kerala State Film Awards and secured Filmfare Award for his role as Ravi Varma.
Urvashi won Filmfare Award for her role as Sasikala Varghese.

K.S.Chithra won the Kerala State Film Awards in 1985 Best Play Back Singer for the song "Poomaname"

Box office[edit]

The movie became successful.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Nirakkoottu". Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Nirakkoottu". Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Nirakkoottu". Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  4. ^ "Mammootty - The icon of Malayalam cinema". Sify. 
  5. ^ "Mammootty - The icon of Malayalam cinema". Sify. 
  6. ^ "Mammootty and Manju Warrier to Pair Up in Joshiy Movie?". International Business Times. 18 November 2014. 

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