Oridathoru Phayalvaan

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Oridathoru Phayalvaan
(There Lived a Wrestler)
Oridathoru Phayalwan.jpg
Directed by P. Padmarajan
Produced by Suresh
Written by P. Padmarajan
Starring Rashid
Nedumudi Venu
Music by Johnson
Cinematography Vipindas
Edited by P. Padmarajan
Thundathil Films
Release dates
  • 30 October 1981 (1981-10-30)
Running time
128 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Oridathoru Phayalvaan (English: There Lived a Wrestler) is a 1981 Malayalam film written, edited and directed by P. Padmarajan. The film is a folk parable about the success and failure in the life of a wrestler. Having an unusual and different plot, the movie was critically acclaimed. It stars Rashid, Nedumudi Venu and Jayanthi in the lead roles.

It won the award for Best Script at the Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival,[1] and a Gold Medal at the Asian Film Festival.[2]


Patronised by a village tailor, the wrestler becomes a local hero when he overcomes all his opponents and claims the prettiest woman as his wife. However, his muscular prowess is offset by sexual impotency and he has to leave the village.


  • Rashid as Phayalvaan (wrestler)
  • Nedumudi Venu as Mesthiri
  • Jayanthi as Chakkara, the woman courted by the wrestler
  • K. G. Devakiyamma as Chakkara's mother
  • Ashokan
  • Jayadevan as Job
  • Kariyachan
  • Krishnankutty Nair
  • Dhanya
  • Mavelikkara Ramachandran
  • Said
  • Rishikesha Das
  • Raju Paakkathu


  1. ^ http://padmarajan.8k.com/
  2. ^ http://www.cinemaofmalayalam.net/padmarajan.html

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