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Directed by V. M. Vinu
Produced by Maha Subair
Screenplay by T. A. Razak
Story by Ranjith Balakrishnan
Music by M. G. Sreekumar
Cinematography Sanjeev Sankar
Edited by P. C. Mohan
Release date
  • 29 July 2010 (2010-07-29)
Running time
121 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Penpattanam (Malayalam: പെൺപട്ടണം) is a 2010 Malayalam film by V. M. Vinu. This films takes a look at the struggle for survival of four women who are Kudumbasree workers portrayed by Revathi, KPAC Lalitha, Shwetha Menon and Vishnupriya.


This film is a copy of Girl Scout (Korean movie). The plot is very similar but it still have little difference. The film is about the struggle for survival of four women who are Kudumbasree workers. Girija (Revathi) is a widow with 2 school going girls. Suhara (Shwetha Menon) has her husband (Saddiq) bed-ridden after an accident and his operation requires a huge amount. Santha aka Santhedatthi (K. P. A. C. Lalitha) has to work even in her old age to support her drunkard son and family. Raji lost her parents and lives at the mercy of her sister and sister's husband. Raji is in love with Mani (Kailash) who is now a plumber but was connected to underworld before. Raji's sister's husband, who is a policeman opposes her relation with Mani. The four makes a living working as city cleaners with Kudumbasree in Kozhikode Corporation. Girija and Santhedatthi take money from the money lender Unnithan Muthalali (Nedumudi Venu).

One day the four find 30 lakhs rupees ( 3,000,000) left in a waste bin. Initially they went to handover the money to police but later decided against it, due to their necessity for money, and handded over the money to Unnithan muthalali who agrees to pay them a good interest every month. Meanwhile, police finds a corpse in the city and found out that the person who got murdered was a hawala (black money) agent. Police, led by Circle Inspector Antony (Lal), started investigating about the missing money and the clues led to the four women. Meanwhile, Raji got engaged to Mani. The four were interrogated by the police. Initially they denied any involvement and were remanded and sent to sub-jail. There Raji was attacked by three women with immoral intentions. Suhara fought them all and saved Raji. They were released on bail with the help of Adv. Maheswari Iyer (Praveena). Later Girija asked the money back from Unnithan, but Unnithan initially denied to return the money and demanded Girija to share his bed for the money. Girija informed this to the others and they together fought Unnithan and tricked him to retrieve the money.

Finally they got the news that some charity will sponsor the operation of Suhara's husband. They handed over the money to the widow of the hawala agent who was murdered for the money. Inspector Antony understands the whole story but finally let all the four free, since they didn't take the money for themselves but handed it over to the ones who really deserve it.



Actress Shwetha Menon was injured on 20 May 2010 while shooting for Penpattanam at Kozhikode. She was injured on her right arm, hacked accidentally in a scene. Following this injury which resulted in a nerve being cut off, the actress has undergone a minor surgery.[1]


  1. ^ "Shwetha injured". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 

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