Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu

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Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu
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Directed byP. G. Viswambharan
Screenplay byThoppil Bhasi
Story byP. R. Shyamala
Based onSandhyakku Virinja Poovu
by P. R. Shyamala
Produced byRaju Mathew
Uma Bharani
Adoor Bhasi
CinematographyRamachandra Babu
Edited byG. Venkitaraman
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Century Films
Distributed byCentury Release
Release date
  • 11 February 1983 (1983-02-11)

Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu (transl. Flower that bloomed at twilight) is a 1983 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written by Thoppil Bhasi and directed by P. G. Viswambharan.[1] It is based on the 1980 novel of the same name by P. R. Shyamala. The film features Mammootty, Shankar, Seema, Mohanlal, Prathapachandran and Adoor Bhasi in major roles.[2] The film did well commercially.[3]


Dr. Baladevi (Seema) is a gynecologist. She lost her parents at a young age and is deeply attached to her only brother Thilakan (Shankar). Thilakan gets an opportunity to pursue his study in U.S. As he was about to depart, he tells Baladevi about his girlfriend Subhashini and wanted Baladevi to take care of her.

The twist comes when Subhashini informs Baladevi that she was raped by a man and is pregnant. She wants Baladevi to abort her child. However, she dies during the MTP surgery and Baladevi gets into an allegation and legal case related to that death. A case is filed by Subhashini's cousin Ramu (Mohanlal), who also tries to blackmail Baladevi for money.

Baladevi is helped by Adv. Jayamohan (Mammootty), who has a weakness for ladies. The verdict came in favour of Baladevi, who eventually falls for Jayamohan, whose lifestyle changes after involving in a relation with her. Meanwhile, Jayamohan also reveals that Subhashini has had relations with many men including him, and Ramu was a pimp, not a cousin to her.



The film features three songs written by noted poet O. N. V. Kurup and composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

Song Artist(s) Picturisation
"Bulbul Bulbul Maine" K. J. Yesudas Party song picturised on Mammootty, Seema and others
"Manjum Kulirum" Krishnachandran & S. Janaki Romantic duet picturised on Shankar and Uma
"Mizhiyil Meen Pidanju" K. J. Yesudas Love song picturised on Mammootty and Seema


On 4 March 1983, The Hindu wrote, "Century Productions' latest offering Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu directed by P. G. Vishwambaran succeeds in presenting the sentimental story of a doctor. Consequently, it also marks a departure from Vishwambaran's earlier films."[4] the same day The Indian Express wrote, "While director P. G. Vishwambaran has excelled in his directorial role, he is supported by a tight screenplay and crisp dialogues by Thoppil Bhasi which makes the film pacy and towards the end highly suspenseful" further writing "Seema, as Dr. Bala gives a stand out performance, being particularly impressive in highly emotional sequences. She is matched in acting by Mammootty, who is advocate Jayamohan."[5][4]


In 2017, The Times of India described Mammootty's role as one of the "astounding advocate roles he has given life to".[6] Seema herself rated her role of Dr. Baladevi in Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu and as the teenage prostitute in Avalude Ravukal as her best.[7]


  1. ^ Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Routledge. p. 640. ISBN 978-1-135-94318-9.
  2. ^ "Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu". TV Guide. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  3. ^ Warrier, Shobha (7 September 2000). "Seema speaks about Mammootty". Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Doctor's dilemma". Indian Express Limited. Archived from the original on 20 January 2023. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  5. ^ Reviews
  6. ^ "No, Mammootty did not fight a case for Indraja!". The Times of India. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  7. ^ Kumar, S. R. Ashok (27 November 2010). "Grill Mill: Seema". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 January 2022.

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