Pappayude Swantham Appoos

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Pappayude Swantham Appoos
Pappayude Swantham Appoos.jpg
Directed byFazil
Produced byKhais
Written byFazil
Suresh Gopi
Master Badusha
Seena Dadi
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Edited byT. R. Shekhar
Release date
4 September 1992
Running time
146 mins

Pappayude Swantham Appoos (Malayalam : പപ്പയുടെ സ്വന്തം അപ്പൂസ്) (English: Pappa's Own Appoos) is a 1992 Malayalam film, written and directed by Fazil, starring Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Badusha, Seena Dadi and Shobana in the lead roles. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The movie explores the relationship between a father who is depressed after the death of his wife and his neglected son. Badusha won the 1992 Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist for his performance.[1][2][3]


Balachandran (Mammootty) had resorted to his work after being unable to cope up with the death of his wife, Bhama (Shobhana). During the process, he unintentionally neglects his only son, Appu (Badusha). When Appu returns home from his boarding school during vacation, Balachandran promises him many things, but is unable to fulfill any of them as he is caught up with work. Meanwhile, Appu befriends his Nanny Meenakshi (Seena Dadi), much to the annoyance of Balachandran.

Meenakshi's half-brother Rudran, after realizing that his sister stays with Balachandran (who fired him for the murder of a colleague), forcefully takes her home. Appu becomes disappointed and turns rebellious, which culminates in Balachandran hitting him. He now realises that Bhama's death was tough on his son too. He apologises and promises to bring back Meenakshi.

At Meenakshi's house, her brother objects to Balachandran's request of taking her back and he sees the way she is mistreated by her brother, leading to a fight between them, where Appu gets caught up. The attempt fails and they retreat to their summer house, deciding to let go of the thoughts of Meenakshi. Appu now gets to spend more time with his father as he had always hoped, although he misses Meenakshi. Balachandran notices that Appu's nose is lightly bleeding and takes him to his close friend, Dr. Gopan (Suresh Gopi). Gopan find a serious internal haemorrhage in Appu's head, the cause of which remains a mystery. He informs that an urgent surgery is their only hope and his Professor, a famous neurosurgeon is called from Mumbai for the surgery.

The cause of the bleeding puzzles the doctors. Balachandran soon recollects the fight and recalls Rudran being the one responsible for Appu's condition. Enraged by the thought, he rushes to seek revenge, but is stopped by Gopan by shouting that if he really loves his son, he should stay with him till the operation, take care of him and pray for him. The depth of his neglect of his son, now becomes clear to him. Realizing that this was probably the only time left with his son, he takes him out as he had promised, to fulfill Appu's wish, on the eve of the scheduled operation. He even prays hoping that God would have pity upon him. Their journey takes them to Meenakshi's house, who is to be married against her wishes. Another fight happens between the two and he manages to free Meenakshi from her abusive brother. He takes her with them for one final trip where Appu (moderately under sedation) hallucinates of his mother approaching him to take him to the other side. However, when Bhama notices Balachandran and Meenakshi together, she realizes that it is their chance to start a new family and walks away, implying the likelihood of Appu's survival.


Actor Murali was originally scheduled to play Dr. Gopan, but had to withdraw from the film due to a date clash. He was replaced by Suresh Gopi. Actor Fahadh Faasil made his debut as a child artist in this movie. He can be seen standing in the group of kids during the party sequence and during the picturisation of the song "Kaaka Poocha Kokkara".

Track listing[edit]

This film features 6 songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja and written by Bichu Thirumala. The songs received positive reviews.

Song Singer(s) Lyrics
"Enn Poove Pon Poove" S. Janaki Bichu Thirumala
"Kaaka Poocha Kokkara " K. S. Chithra, Minmini Bichu Thirumala
"Manju Paiyyum Ravil" K. S. Chithra Bichu Thirumala
"Olathumpathu" S. Janaki Bichu Thirumala
"Olathumpathu" K. J. Yesudas Bichu Thirumala
"Snehathin Poonchola" K. J. Yesudas Bichu Thirumala


The film was remade in Telugu as Priyaragalu (1997).


  1. ^ "State Film Awards". Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  2. ^ "New films galore in Malayalam". rediff. 19 November 2010.
  3. ^ "'Pappayude Swantham Appoos' fame Badusha in 'Mumbai Taxi'".

External links[edit]

Pappayude Swantham Appoos on IMDb