Nirmala (film)

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Directed by P. V. Krishna Iyer
Produced by P. J. Cherian
Screenplay by Puthezhathu Raman Menon
Story by M. S. Jacob
Starring Joseph Cherian
Baby Joseph
Music by P. S. Divakar
E. I. Warrier
Cinematography J. G. Vijayam
G. Ranganathan
Edited by Balu
Kerala Talkies
Release date
  • 25 February 1948 (1948-02-25)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Nirmala is a 1948 Indian Malayalam film directed by P. V. Krishna Iyer and produced by P. J. Cherian.[1] The fourth talkie in Malayalam, Nirmala introduced playback singing to Malayalam cinema.[2]

The songs were composed by saxophone player P. S. Divakar and E. I. Warrier. Lyrics were by poet G. Sankara Kurup. There were 15 songs in the film, sung by P. Leela, P. K. Raghavan, Sarojini Menon, T. K. Govindarao, Vasudeva Kurup and Vimala B Varma.[3] Govinda Rao and Sarojini Menon, who sang in this film, became the first male and female playback singers in Malayalam.[2]


Cherian’s family played a large part in the film. His son Joseph Cherian was cast as hero; Joseph’s wife, Baby, was the heroine; and his daughters other relatives were part of this film.[2]

  • Joseph Cherian
  • Baby Joseph
  • Raghavan
  • Cherthala Vasudeva Kurup
  • P. J. Cherian
  • Mathappan
  • S. J. Dev
  • Kamalamma


  1. ^ "Tribute : Family affair". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "NIRMALA 1948". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2009-09-21. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Nirmala". Malayalam Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-04-06.