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Pretham film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ranjith Sankar
Produced by Ranjith Sankar
Written by Ranjith Sankar
Starring Jayasurya
Aju Varghese
Sharaf U Dheen
Shruthi Ramachandran
Govind Padmasoorya
Hareesh Peradi
Music by Anand Madhusoodanan
Cinematography Jithu Damodar
Edited by V.Saajan
Dreams N Beyond
Distributed by Central Pictures
Fox Star Studios[1]
Release date
  • 12 August 2016 (2016-08-12)
Country India
Language Malayalam
Box office est. 12.45 crore [2]

Pretham (English: Ghost) is a 2016 Indian Malayalam comedy horror film written, co-produced and directed by Ranjith Sankar. Starring Jayasurya, Aju Varghese, Shruthi Ramachandran, Pearle maaney and Sharaf U Dheen in the lead roles. It is co-produced by Sankar and Jayasurya.The film was a blockbuster hit and in 2018 a sequel has been announced.[3]

It was remade in Telugu under the title Raju Gari Gadhi 2. It is also the third collaboration of Sankar and Jayasurya after Punyalan Agarbattis and Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam.[4] Principal photography began in Cherai, Ernakulam on 24 May 2016.[5] The film released on 12 August 2016.[4]


Three young men — Denny Kokken (Aju Varghese), Priyalal (Sharaf U Dheen), and Shibu Majeed (Govind Padmasoorya) have been friends since college. Together, they work till they hit their 30s and starts their own business that they can enjoy in a semi-retired manner. They get together and invest all their money in a resort in Kerala. However, their happy beginning is thwarted by paranormal activities and they approach John Don Bosco (Jayasurya), a psychic who works as a mentalist in cruise ships and entertainment industry. John Don Bosco also assists the police as a human lie detector with his cold reading techniques.

John informs the three hoteliers that their resort is haunted by a ghost who is seeking answers as to who killed her, why was she killed and what did they gain from her death. Through his investigations John reveals that the ghost is of Clara who was a bright and intelligent student from National Law College. Amrita (Devan's daughter) was jealous of clara's popularity and the fondness of her father towards Clara. Amrita secretly films Clara's nude scenes while bathing (in the same resort owned by the three hoteliers) and leaks it online.Unable to bear the shame, Clara commits suicide.



In 2000, Ranjith Sankar wrote the script for the TV serial, Nizhalukal, "probably the first horror serial" to premiere on Malayalam television. Citing it as an inspiration for the film, he said, "(I) have thought of umpteen subjects to explore the genre in movies all these years before arriving on this. Pretham is a horror comedy," on his Facebook profile.[4]

Jayasurya played a Mentalist named John Don Bosco[6] alongside Shruthi Ramachandran and Pearle Maaney. Initially Mamta Mohandas was considered for the lead role but didn't materialize.[7] Justin Jose, known for his work in the Telugu film Baahubali: The Beginning and the Bollywood film Bajrangi Bhaijaan, did the sound design. The filming began on 24 May 2016 in the small town in Cherai in Ernakulam.


Music: Anand Madhusoodanan, Lyrics: Rafeeq Ahamed.


Pretham was released on 12 August 2016.

Box office[edit]

There was over 30% hike in collection from day 1 to day 2 at the Kerala box office. The film grossed 2.67 crore in 3 days run.[8] It remained in more than 80 screens in Kerala in its third week.[9] The film grossed 12.45 crore in 23 days at the Kerala box office.[2] The film collected $2,804 from UK box office.[10] The film collected 25.41 lakh (US$38,000) from USA box office in its third weekend.[11] The film was commercial success.[12]


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