Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare

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Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare
Theatrical release poster
Directed byReghunath Paleri
Written byReghunath Paleri
Produced byNavodaya Appachan
StarringAsha 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 turns up only at the end of the story. Suresh Gopi and Mukesh make cameo appearances.[1][2]

The film explores the loneliness of a widow and the need for a father figure for her daughter. It 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.



Geethu Mohandas who was barely four years old made her acting debut as a 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 get her 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".
  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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