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Olangal poster.jpg
Directed byBalu Mahendra
Screenplay byBalu Mahendra
Produced byJoseph Abraham
StarringAmol Palekar
Poornima Jayaram
Adoor Bhasi
CinematographyBalu Mahendra
Edited byD. Vasu
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 25 January 1982 (1982-01-25)[1]

Olangal (transl. Waves) is a 1982 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed by Balu Mahendra. The film's plot is inspired from novel Man, Woman and Child by Erich Segal.[2]


Life goes on happily for the couple, Ravi (Amol Palekar) and Radha (Poornima), who live with their only daughter, until Father John arrives in the city with a young boy Raju, Ravi's son from an affair with Reetha (Ambika), before his marriage to Radha. Now he has to keep the boy with him for a month before Father John takes the boy abroad.

Ravi introduces the boy to his wife as the son of a dead friend, George, and she happily accepts to keep the boy with them. But the truth emerges when the "dead friend" visits their house. The six-year-long marriage between Ravi and Radha shatters.



All lyrics are written by O. N. V. Kurup; all music is composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

1."Kuliradunnu Maanathu"K. J. Yesudas, Choir 
2."Thumbi Vaa Thumbakudathin"S. Janaki 
3."Vezhaambal Kezhum Venalkkudeeram"K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki 

The song "Thumbi Vaa" gained massive popularity on release. Ilaiyaraaja re-used the tune in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films. The song was re-used in Balu Mahendra's 1986 Telugu film Nireekshana as "Aakasham Eenatido" and twice in Tamil, first in the 1982 film Auto Raja as "Sangathil Paadatha" and next in Kanne Kalaimaane, the dubbed version of Nireekshana, as "Neerveezhchi Thee Muttuthey".[3][4] Balu Mahendra loved the tune so much that he insisted having the tune again in his 1996 Hindi film Aur Ek Prem Kahani in the song "Monday To Uth Kar". It was also used in the 2009 Hindi film Paa as "Gumm Summ Gumm".[5]


Sreedhar Pillai wrote for India Today, "As always with Mahendra's films the photography is superb. It captures the lush green of Ooty and the urban landscape of Bangalore with equal ease. Amol Palekar gives a subdued performance."[6]


  1. ^ "Olangal [1982] | ഓളങ്ങൾ [1982]". Archived from the original on 23 June 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  2. ^ "The Best Films of Balu Mahendra". Rediff. 13 February 2014. Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Multiple Versions of a Single Tune". musicquencher.com. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  4. ^ Shedde, Meenakshi (18 July 2015). "Risking life and liberty". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 8 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Paa: Mudhi, the head turner". Archived from the original on 23 July 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Film review: Olangal, starring Amol Palekar, Poornima Jayaram, Adoor Bhasi". Archived from the original on 4 September 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2022.

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