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Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare
Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byReghunath Paleri
Written byReghunath Paleri
Produced byNavodaya Appachan
Asha Jayaram
Geethu Mohandas
CinematographyShaji N. Karun
Edited byT. R. Shekhar
Music byMohan Sithara
Distributed byNavodaya
Release date
  • 20 October 1986 (1986-10-20)

Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare (transl. From One to Zero) is a 1986 Indian Malayalam-language drama film produced by Navodaya Appachan under Navodaya Studio, written and directed by Reghunath Paleri in his directorial debut. The film features Asha Jayaram and Geethu Mohandas in lead roles. Mohanlal's voice-over appears throughout the film, but he appears only at the end of the story. Suresh Gopi and Mukesh makes cameo appearances.[1][2]

The film explores the loneliness of a widow and the need of a father figure for her daughter. The film won six Kerala State Film Awards for Best Debut Director (Reghunath Paleri), Best Child Artist (Geethu), Best Cinematography (Shaji N. Karun), Best Editor (Shekhar), Best Art Director, and Best Sound Recordist.


The film sheds light on the story of Aleena (Asha Jayaram), a widow and her four-year-old daughter Deepamol (Geethu Mohandas). Aleena lives with her daughter treasuring the memories of her late husband (Prathap Pothan) in a big house. She repeatedly dismisses the notion of remarriage. She is a painter and works in the advertising industry. Deepamol is a bubbly little girl always playing around with the telephone making random calls. One such call turns their life forever when Deepamol gets in contact with her "Telephone uncle" (Mohanlal). Deepamol gets attached to Telephone uncle very fast. Though Aleena was on the fence and skeptical of the man's intentions, she eventually falls in love. Telephone uncle resists the coercions from the mother and never reveals his name or whereabouts. Finally, he comes to their place on the night of Deepamol's birthday raising Aleena's hope for a better life, only to put an end to it within a very short time.



Geethu Mohandas who was barely four years old made her acting debut as child artist with this film. In order to make her perform to the character, the film's director Paleri used to converse with her through telephone as Mohanlal's character to make her get familiarize with the character.[3]


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

Track listing [4]
1."Ponnoleevin" (Malarppanthalpolaam)G. Venugopal, Choir 
2."Ponnum Thinkal"K. S. Chithra 
3."Ponnum Thinkal Pottum Maane" (Male)G. Venugopal 
4."Raaree Raareeram"K. S. Chithra, G. Venugopal 


Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Kerala State Film Award Best Debut Director Raghunath Paleri Won [5]
Best Child Artist Geethu Mohandas Won
Best Cinematography Shaji N. Karun Won
Best Editor T. R. Sekhar Won
Best Art Director K. Sheker Won
Best Sound Recordist Selvaraj Won


  1. ^ "Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare". www.malayalachalachithram.com. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare". spicyonion.com. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Story behind M Town's most iconic child roles - Times of India".
  4. ^ "ഒന്നു മുതല്‍ പൂജ്യം വരെ (1986)". malayalasangeetham.info. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  5. ^ Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (1986). "State Film Awards - 2000". Department of Information and Public Relations. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2017.

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