Passenger (2009 film)

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Passenger Malayalam.jpg
Theaterical poster
Directed by Ranjith Sankar
Produced by S. C. Pillai
Written by Ranjith Sankar
Starring Dileep
Mamta Mohandas
Jagathy Sreekumar
Nedumudi Venu
Music by Bijibal
Cinematography P. Sukumar
Edited by Ranjan Abraham
Distributed by Central Pictures
Release date
  • May 7, 2009 (2009-05-07)
Running time
118 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget 1.6 crore[1]

Passenger is a 2009 thriller film written and directed by debutant Ranjith Sankar and starring Dileep, Sreenivasan, Mamta Mohandas, Jagathy Sreekumar and Nedumudi Venu in major roles. It was well appreciated for its novelty and was declared as a hit.[2] Owing to its critical and commercial success, Passenger is being remade into Tamil as Muriyadi.[3]


Passenger is based on two characters, who never had anything to do with each another, who come into each other's lives. The movie shows the events that follow.

Sathyanath (Sreenivasan), who works in a private company, is a simple man who lives an orderly and uncomplicated life. He travels from his native town to Kochi (where he works) by train. The moment the train crosses the Chalakudy bridge he dozes off. And he wakes up at a particular point. All this happens with utmost precision, as if programmed by someone. He is someone who fights for social justices for the benefit of everyone and shirks from any publicity gained by it.

Nandan Menon (Dileep), who is an advocate, stands for truth and justice. He respects the law and always thinks of the welfare of the people around him. His wife Anuradha (Mamta Mohandas) is a bold reporter who works for private news channel Right TV.

Maranchara is a small fictitious coastal village. A private company has been awarded rights to mine nuclear fuel from the coast in Maranchar by Home Minister Thomas Chacko (Jagathy Sreekumar). There is a political sex scandal and a legal battle within which Minister Chacko, Nandan Menon, Anuradha Nandan and Thankamma (a local leader) are involved. The plot takes a turn when Anuradha obtains a video clip of the minister collaborating with police and corporates. They plan to kill innocent people occupying land with potential mineral resources. Nandan is kidnapped by gangsters working for the minister to lure Anuradha into returning the video.

By sheer coincidence, Sathyanath gets involved. Unlike normal bystanders, he and Driver Nair (Nedumudi Venu) decide to join the couple in the fight to save the people of Maranchara, Nandan Menon and Anuradha. After they teams up decides to show the video clip to the Chairman (Madhu) of Right TV,where Anuradha is working. When it is telecasted via their channel,all the play and decision of Minister fails and he is dismissed. Nandhan gives an SMS to Anuradha where he is held hostage. But Anuradha has already gone to her office with her Co-workers, send by Chairman. Sathyanath gets the SMS sent to Anuradha's phone (she forget the phone in backseat of taxi). As informed by Nandhan in SMS,driver drops Sathyanath to Aluva railway station and without buying any charges,the driver leaves. Sathyanath catches passenger train and reaches the location,pulls the chain of train and get down and seen Nandhan and takes him to hospital. Without hearing any thanking word he leaves hospital. Late at night,he reaches home and switch on TV in which he see the interview with Mr. and Mrs Nandhan Menon thanking him,the person who is unknown to them. From next day,Sathyanath wakes up in the particular place and continue as usual.


Major characters[edit]

Initially, Mammootty agreed to do the role but later he moved on.[4]

Minor characters[edit]

  • Sivaji Guruvayoor as Station Master
  • Manikandan Pattambi as Minister's assistant
  • Anandkumar as Alex
  • Valsala Menon as Sathyanathan's mother
  • Lipoy as D.G.P.
  • Saju. V. J. as Circle Inspector
  • Jobi Moothedathu as Sivan
  • Pala Aravindan as M.D.
  • Sibi Kuruvila as Sajan
  • Master Vineet Vinayaka as Sathyanathan's son
  • Nilambur Ayisha as Nasibu Umma
  • Shandy as Journalist
  • Revathy as Sathyanathan's daughter
  • Krishna Praba as receptionist


Lohithadas Puraskaram for Best Screenplay

The film won the first Lohithadas Puraskaram for Best Screenplay, an award to commemorize screenwriter A.K. Lohithadas.

Dubai AMMA Awards
Asianet Film Awards
Kerala Film Critics Award
  • Best Popular movie
  • Special Jury Award for direction - Ranjith Sankar
Vanitha Nippon Awards
Mathrubhumi Amritha Awards
World Malayali Council - Kairali Awards
Surya TV Awards
V. Santharam Awards
  • Best Debut director (Nomination)
Filmfare Awards
  • Best Director (Nomination)
  • Best Actress (Nomination)
Jaihind Awards

Best Villain - Jagathy Sreekumar

SouthScope Awards
  • Best Director (Nomination)
  • Best Actress (Nomination)


The soundtrack of Passenger, features one song which is the theme song of the movie, is composed by Bijibal and sung by Vineeth Sreenivasan

SL No. Song Performer
1 Ormathirivil kandu marannoru Vineeth Sreenivasan

Box office[edit]

The film was commercial success.[5]


  1. ^ "KBO- Summer Box- Office ( May 1 to June 11)". Sify. 24 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Arya Aiyappan. "Dileep turns journalist again". One India. Archived from the original on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "'Passenger' turns 'Muriyadi'". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Moviebuzz (2 January 2010). "2009- A Flashback!". Sify. 

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