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Directed by Madhupal
Produced by P.N. Venugopal
Written by Jeyamohan
Music by Bijibal
Cinematography Alagappan N
P N V Associates
Release date
  • 7 September 2012 (2012-09-07)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Ozhimuri (Malayalam: ഒഴിമുറി, English: A Document of Separation) is a 2012 Indian Malayalam-language Period drama movie directed by Madhupal and written by Jeyamohan and starring Lal, Mallika, Asif Ali, Bhavana and Shweta Menon in lead roles.[1] The original music and background score of the film are composed by Bijibal.[2] The film opened to critical acclaim but did not fare well at the box office. It was official selection in the Indian Panorama section of the 43rd International Film Festival of India.[3]


'Ozhimuri' is based on the story of the book 'Uravidangal' by veteran bilingual writer Jeyamohan, which is, the matrilineal system that prevailed in the Nair community in the erstwhile southern Travancore. The advantage of the matrilineal system was that the property was enjoyed by successors of the women in the family. The women were educated and bold. They enjoyed freedom in all respects. The mother in the family was stronger than the father. But by the end of this system, in the 1940s, women lost all their powers and soon became 'slaves' in the hands of a feudal male-dominated society. The movie exposes the complexities of a period of transition from matrilineal to patrilineal.

"Ozhimuri" means 'divorce record' in both Tamil and Malayalam. In the matrilineal system, women were free to divorce their husbands if they were not having a sound relationship. The 'ozhimuris' or small palm-leaf pieces recording divorces of couples still stand testimony to the freedom, which women enjoyed those days. The movie lays open the ego clashes and complexities of a period through the eyes of its lead character Thanupillai (Lal), who witnesses the tale of three women, his mother, wife and son's wife.



Earlier it was reported that Padmapriya was selected to play one of the three female lead.[4] But later Mallika replaced her.[5] Actor-turned-director Madhupal invited 65 fresh faces in the age group of 10–70 years for this film.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

'Ozhimuri' released with positive response.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

Metromatinee.com gave positive review with a verdict : "Impressive".[13]

Nowrunning.com gave 3/5 stars and concluded saying that "Ozhimuri burns slowly, spurting off those sparks every now and then, and even when the smoke and fire appears to have died out, you sense that crimson embers lie glowing and buried deep inside." [14]

IBN Live gave a mixed review by saying that the movie is "Satisfying".[15]


  • Best Second film of the year 2012 Kerala State Government Film Award [(Ozhimuri)]
  • Best Film 2012 Pearl Award Qatar Kerala Film Producers Film [(Ozhimuri)]
  • Best Director award Jaihind Television 2012 film [(Ozhimuri)]
  • Best Director award Doordharsan Nirav award film [(Ozhimuri)]
  • Best Second Film Kerala Film Critics award 2012 of the movie [(Ozhimuri)]
  • Best Actor Special Jury National award Government of India to Lal film [(Ozhimuri)]
  • Director of Excellence award from Indonesia Film Festival 2013 film Ozhimuri
  • Best Actor Lal Kerala Film Critics award 2012
  • Best Actress Swetha menon Kerala film critics award 2012
  • Best Director of Photography Azhagappan Kerala Film Critics Award 2012
  • Best Music Director Kerala state Government film award Bijibal 2012
  • Best Costumer SB Satheeshan Kerala State Government Film awards 2012
  • Best Scriptwriter B Jeyamohan Kerala Film Critics Award 2012
Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Film P. N. Venugopal Nominated
Best Director Madhupal Nominated
Best Cinematographer Azhagappan Nominated
Best Actor Lal Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Shweta Menon Won
Mallika Nominated
60th Filmfare Awards South Best Film P. N. Venugopal Nominated
Best Director Madhupal Nominated
Best Actor Lal Nominated
Best Actress Shweta Menon Nominated


  1. ^ "Asif Ali, Bhavana in 'Ozhimuri'". Sify. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Madhupal gets ready for 'Ozhimuri'". IndiaGlitz. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "A Panorama of choice". Khaleej Times. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Asif to have three heroines". IndiaGlitz. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "A cool day on 'Ozhimuri' set". Times of India. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Madhupal invites 65 fresh faces for Ozhimuri". DeccanChronicle. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ozhimuri Malayalam Review". Theater Balcony. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ozhimuri Review". The Times of India. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Paresh C Palicha (10 September 2012). "Review: Ozhimuri Is Outstanding". Rediff. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Malayalees (18 September 2012). "Ozhimuri 2012 Review". Kerala Films. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  11. ^ Sify (10 September 2012). "Ozhimuri Review". MovieBuzz. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  12. ^ IndiaGlitz (10 September 2012). "Ozhimuri 2012 Review". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Metromatinee Review". Metromatinee. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Nowrunning Review". Nowrunning. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "IBN Live Review". IBN Live. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 

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