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|Produced by||Anil Mathew|
|Written by||M. Sindhuraj|
|Music by||Deepak Dev|
|Cinematography||Bharani K. Dharan|
|Edited by||Samjith Mhd|
|Distributed by||Time Ads Release|
Puthiya Mukham (transl. New face) is a 2009 Indian Malayalam-language action-drama film directed by Diphan and written by M. Sindhuraj. Starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Bala, Priyamani, and Meera Nandan. The film was shot at locations in Kochi, Palakkad, and Malaysia. The music was composed by Deepak Dev. The film was a major commercial success at the box office. The film was noted for heightening the stardom of Prithviraj in Malayalam film industry. The film was dubbed in Tamil with the same name, and was remade in Kannada as Ziddi.
Krishnakumar (Prithviraj Sukumaran) is a resident of an agraharam in Kalpathy. Along with his studies, he pursues a career as a percussionist and teaches the mridangam to local students. He is in love with a girl who is the daughter of a family friend. Their relationship is not only approved, but also supported by both families.
Kichu moves on to the city of Kochi (Ernakulam) to enroll at an engineering college. The villain Sudhi (Bala) is a senior student and the youngest of three brothers - the others being Mahi (Sai Kumar) and Giri (Shammi Thilakan). Sudhi pursues a real estate business and routine crimes associated with it. In all his villainous endeavors on the campus, he is supported by his brothers.
The main support for the villain family from "the system" is a police officer named Shivaraman (Vijayaraghavan). The story takes its form when Anjana (Priyamani), Shivaraman's daughter, joins the engineering college. Sudhi is in love with her and to win her love plays the gentleman, concealing and temporarily stopping all his villainous activities.
Kichu, as is expected, wins the heart of the girls in the college from almost day one. Sudhi suspects that Anjana is attracted to Kichu, so he moves fast and sends his brother with an official proposal to Anjana's family. Her parents accept the proposal and force the reluctant daughter to agree to it. However, she stipulates a condition: there will be no marriage immediately. Sudhi has to wait for four years (until the course ends) for the marriage; she will have her freedom for these four years. The "freedom" of Anjana and the way she exercises it make jealous and suspicious. Sudhi wants to scare Kichu out of the college. He arranges an attack on him at the college hostel; as a result, Kichu is severely wounded. At the end of the attack, when apparently he receives a blow on his head, Kichu appears to turn mad and attacks his own friend who tried to rescue him.
He is admitted to a hospital and it is revealed that he has what the doctor in the movie says a "flashback phenomenon". He had to witness the death of his younger brother, while young, hit by a bus, and traumatic incidents like this will turn him violent. His prearranged marriage has been disapproved by his would-be's family following this. His own family does not want him to go to the college anymore, but his father (Nedumudi Venu) supports him, urges him to go back to the college, and asks him to win his life.
What happens after this is an unbelievable change in Kichu's character. A hitherto simpleton now turns a superhero. The villain welcomes him back at the college with an attack. Kichu, the now fearless superhero, gives a difficult-to-believe show of stunts. Sudhi's brothers turn in for help. Kichu sends the eldest brother, Mahi, to the hospital, mortally wounded. He is put in the ICU for observation and is reportedly in a coma. The villain's ally, Shivaraman, arrests Kichu and takes him to the police station. Here, Kichu learns that he is going to be transported to the sub jail where his murder is planned. Kichu turns violent and storms the police station. He is hit by a policeman from behind and apparently falls unconscious, but it is only an act. He is rushed to the hospital, where he makes his escape.
The villains kidnap Anjana. In the final stunt at a construction site of a multi-storied building, Kichu beats numerous stuntmen and tells Sudhi the truth about Kichu and how he wants to see Sudhi become a good person towards Kichu. However, Sudhi, who is still angry, denies and tells Kichu that he does not want a life, so Kichu lets go of his hand, and Sudhi dies. Kichu walks away with Anjana as the credits start to roll.
- Prithviraj Sukumaran as Krishnakumar / Kichan (Kichu)
- Bala as Sudhi
- Priyamani as Anjana Sivaraman
- Meera Nandan as Sreedevi
- Sudheesh as Varghese
- Oviya as Meera
- Nedumudi Venu as Kichu's father
- Shobha Mohan as Kichu's mother
- Vijayaraghavan as Shivaraman, Anjana's father
- Manka Mahesh as Anjana's mother
- Saikumar as Mahi, Sudhi's eldest brother
- Shammi Thilakan as Giri, Sudhi's brother
- Jagadish as Kichu's brother-in-law
- Sona Nair as Anu, Kichu's sister
- Thara Kalyan as Anjana's aunt
- Kalaranjini as Mahi's wife
- Kalashala Babu as Sreedevi's father
- Anil Murali as Sreedevi's brother
- Seema G. Nair as Sudhi's kin
- Chali Pala as Ex-MLA
- Surabhi Lakshmi
- Guinness Pakru
- Joy John Antony as Kuruvila
- Vishnu Priyan
The songs in the movie were composed by Deepak Dev. "Picha Vecha Naal" (Shankar Mahadevan) and "Thattum Muttum Thalam" (Jassie Gift, Deepak Dev, Sindhuja) were chart toppers on Malayalam television/radio stations.
Shankar Mahadevan won the Best Singer award for the song "Picha Vecha Naal" at the Annual Malayalam Movie Awards. At the 2009 Asianet Film Awards, Deepak Dev received the Best Music Director Award for his songs in the movie, while Shankar Mahadevan won the Best Male Playback Singer Award for the song "Picha Vecha Naal".
|1||"Kaane Kaane"||Prithviraj||3:14||Kaithapram||Plays with the opening credits|
|2||"Picha Vacha Naal"||Shankar Mahadevan||4:31||Raga: Kharaharapriya|
|3||"Thattum Muttum Thalam"||Jassie Gift, Deepak Dev, Sindhuja||5:12|
|4||"Yadukula Murali"||Krishnakumar||5:10||Raga: Charukesi|
|5||"Rahasyamay"||KK, Shilpa Rao||4:59|
The film was a commercial success.