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Randamoozham 30th edition cover.jpg
The cover for the 30th edition
AuthorM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Original titleരണ്ടാമൂഴം
IllustratorNamboothiri (First edition)
Cover artistVinaylal (First edition)
GenreMythology, drama, historical fiction
Set inAncient India
PublisherCurrent Books
Publication date
December 1984
Media typePrint (Paperback)
AwardsVayalar Award, Muttathu Varkey Award

Randamoozham (English: Second Chance) is a 1984 Malayalam novel by Indian author M. T. Vasudevan Nair, widely credited as his masterpiece.[2] The work won the Vayalar Award, given for the best literary work in Malayalam, in 1985.[3] It also won the Muttathu Varkey Award in 1994. The novel has been translated to multiple languages. It was translated into English as Second Turn in 1997. Another English translation by Gita Krishnankutty published in 2013 is titled Bhima: Lone Warrior.[4][5]

The novel is a retelling of the Indian epic Mahabharata from the perspective of Bhima, the second Pandava. The story deviates from the traditional Mahabharata story as it avoids the divine elements of the ancient epic and re-represent the characters and events realistically. One of the reasons critics cite for the novel's cult following is its revisionism, that was a first time in Malayalam literature. The book was translated to Tamil by Kurunjivelan as "Irandaam Idam" with cover illustration by Trotsky Marudu.

A film adaptation starring Mohanlal is scheduled for 2020; it is set to become India's most expensive film production at US$155 million and the most expensive non-English-language film.[6]


The story begins with the incident of Mahaprasthanika Parva where the Pandavas leave for the pilgrimage to Himalayas forsaking all the worldly possessions. The story runs through the eyes of Bhima who faces seemingly severe frustrations as a young man. Always destined to be second to his weak elder brother Yudhishthira in seniority and younger brother Arjuna in fame and popularity, Bhima is not given his due as the main architect of the Pandava victory over their cousins Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, despite killing all the 100 Kauravas. The book unravels all the hardship and dilemmas encountered by Bhima which remain unnoticed. The book explores the emotions of the mighty Pandava as a son, brother, husband and father. The book brings to light the affection that he holds for his wife draupadi and how unnoticed his acts of love remains. The story questions the mourning of Arjuna's son, Abhimanyu when he is killed during the battle while trying to break the Chakravyuh formation, while Bhima's son, Ghatokkach is led to his death by sacrificing his life to save Arjuna's life and his sacrifice too remains unsung and everyone enjoys the happiness of saving Arjuna's life. Towards the end of the book he is shown as the only husband who seems to stop trying to be with draupadi at her last moment during their pilgrimage.

Film adaptation[edit]

In 2011, director Hariharan announced his plan to adapt Randamoozham to screen, scripted by M. T. Vasudevan Nair himself with Mohanlal cast to play Bhima.[7] Later, V. A. Shrikumar Menon took the project again with Mohanlal in the lead, it was announced in April 2017 that the film adaptation will be produced by B. R. Shetty.[8][9] With its 1000 crore (10 billion) budget, the film is expected to be the most expensive film in Indian cinema, and the most expensive non-English language film. The film will be shot in two parts. The first part is planned to be released in 2020.[10][11][12] Plans for the movie has since been shelved after MT Vasudevan Nair was upset with the pace at which the film was progressing and demanding Srikumar Menon to return the script.[13][14]


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  2. ^ M. T. Vasudevan Nair (August 2016). "Randamoozham". Indulekha.com. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Jnanpith Awards". Department of Information and Public Relations. Archived from the original on 24 May 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  4. ^ Kunhikrishnan, K. (24 November 1997). "Bhima, The Wronged". Outlook India. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  5. ^ Srilata, K. (4 January 2014). "An exercise in guilt". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ Suri, Manveena (19 April 2017). "'Randamoozham': India to produce its most expensive film ever". CNN Entertainment. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/bheemas-outing/article2615566.ece
  8. ^ Suresh, Mera (20 April 2017). "Mohanlal's Mahabharatha to be most expensive Indian movie at Rs 1,000 crore". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  9. ^ Somani, Deepa (27 January 2017). "Randamoozham's pre-production works begin". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  10. ^ Suri, Manveena (19 April 2017). "'Randamoozham': India to produce its most expensive film ever". CNN Entertainment. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  11. ^ Mumford, Gwilum (19 April 2017). "Mahabharata epic set to become India's most expensive movie ever". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Karnataka billionaire to bring Malayalam Mahabharata on screen at Rs 1000 cr". Asia News Network. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Mohanlal's Rs 1000 crore film Randamoozham shelved". The Indian Express. 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  14. ^ "'Randamoozham' case: Verdict on March 15". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2020-02-07.

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