Odayil Ninnu (From the Gutter) is a Malayalam novel written by P. Kesavadev in 1942. The protagonist of the novel is a rickshaw-puller named Pappu. The novel is one of the best known works of Kesavadev. Dev was in the forefront among the writers who employed new norms in the content and characterization in Malayalam fiction. Odayil Ninnu came as a shocking revelation that a finest piece of literature can be produced with commonplace themes and unconventional style of prose with ordinary mortals as heroes and heroines. Apart from the fact that the appearance of rickshaw puller was a thrilling experience at that time, the author blazed a new trail in Malayalam literature. With the appearance of the novel in 1942 began the publication of a series of high quality novels in Malayalam.
- Odayil Ninnu (Malayalam, 1965): Directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan from a screenplay by P. Kesavadev.
- Babu (Tamil, 1971): Directed by A. C. Trilokchandar.
- Babu (Hindi, 1985): Directed by A. C. Trilokchandar.
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