Spanish Masala

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Spanish Masala
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLal Jose
Written byBenny P. Nayarambalam
Produced byNoushad
CinematographyLoganathan Srinivasan
Edited byRanjan Abraham
Music byVidyasagar
Big Screen Productions
Distributed byPlaza Group Release
Release date
  • 20 January 2012 (2012-01-20)
Running time
160 minutes
Budget14 crore

Spanish Masala is a 2012 Indian romantic comedy film directed by Lal Jose. The film stars Dileep, Kunchacko Boban, Biju Menon and Daniela Zacherl.

The film was released on 20 January 2012. The film received positive reviews, but was a box-office flop.


The story set in Spain, and revolves around Charlie, an illegal immigrant stranded in Madrid. To make things worse, he is conversant only in Malayalam. He gets a job as a cook in an Indian restaurant, as he has some experience in running a roadside eatery in his homeland, run by an expatriate, Majid. In the restaurant he is assigned with the task of serving up various types of dosa and, he comes up with a local variant named Spanish Masala. This turns out to be his passport to employment in the home of an ex-diplomat, who had earlier served in India.

There he meets the diplomat's daughter Camilla, who is visually impaired. She becomes a big time fan of Charlie's Spanish Masala. She is not on talking terms with her father, who is believed to have killed her Indian lover, Rahul, the son of her Malayali nanny, from whom she has learnt to speak Malayalam. Later Camilla starts to get closer to Charlie. Since he can imitate impersonate voices, one servant Pappan leads him to imitate Rahul's voice and keep Rahul's memory alive.

After some days, she recovers and her eyesight returns, but now her father is no more. A strange incident occurs when Rahul arrives for his funeral. One day, as per Menon's instruction, Charlie cleans Señor's (Camilla's dad) room. He finds a CD which Señor had seen before he died, and from that he finds out that Rahul was sent to Portugal to avoid the relationship between Camilla and Rahul, by paying him money by Señor. Again Rahul is spared by Charlie.

As it goes, one day Menon enters a bar where he sees Rahul and another girl dancing together. He went to interrogate about it by following him, when he saw Rahul sitting with some goons and the girl. Later he researched it, when he discovered it wasn't a good life for Rahul in Portugal. He sold the factory which Señor offered him and he had taken a loan from some goons for gambling and could not repay them. Camilla heard about it and she felt sorrow that she was keeping a crooked lover in her mind. Later Camilla and Menon return to Kerala, India to fix marriage between Charlie and Camilla.


  • Dileep as Charlie: A famous mimicry artist and cook
  • Kunchacko Boban as Rahul: Kamila's lover
  • Biju Menon as Menon
  • Daniela Zacherl as Camilla: a blind Spanish girl
  • Javier Sandoval as Spanish ambassador Philp De Albey: Camilla's father
  • Chrys Hobbs as Maria de Albey: sister of Philip
  • Clemens Berndorff as Fernado: son of Maria De Albey
  • Raquel Ameghashie as Jennifer: wife of Pappan
  • Nelson Sooranad as Pappan
  • Vinaya Prasad as Margaret: Rahul's mother
  • Kalaranjini as Theresa: Charlie's mother
  • Sivaji Guruvayoor as Cyril: Charlie's father
  • Nandhu Pothuval as Troupe Manager Ravi
  • Majeed as Varghese Maash
  • Niyas Backer as Mimicry Artist
  • Gopalan Adattu as Majeed Ikka
  • Njarakkal George as Villager
  • Nandhan Chaliserry as Villager
  • Siddarth Madhav as Young Charile
  • Nivin Pauly as Mathews (cameo)
  • Archana Kavi as Lily: Charlie's sister (cameo)
  • Franco Simon as himself (cameo)


The film was shot in Madrid. One song was shot in Vienna, and the remainder was shot in Cochin and Alappuzha districts of Kerala.[2][better source needed] The film portrays several Spanish arts, festivals and sports such as bullfighting, flamenco dance and La Tomatina which was the real la tomatina festival shot for the first time in Indian cinema.[3] Daniela Zacherl, the female lead, is an Austrian model.[4][5] She replaced Amy Jackson who had to drop out due to conflicts with Ekk Deewana Tha.[6]


Spanish Masala
Soundtrack album by
Released13 December 2011 (2011-12-13)
RecordedVarsha Vallaki Studios
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSatyam Audios
Vidyasagar chronology
Thambi Vettothi Sundaram
Spanish Masala

The audio launch was done on 14 December at IMA Hall in Kochi. Song composer was Vidyasagar, the lyrics are penned by R. Venugopal. The soundtrack was rated 6/10 by Music Aloud.[7]

No. Song Singers
1 "Akkare Ninnoru" Vineeth Sreenivasan, Sujatha Mohan
2 "Aareyuthiyaavo" Karthik, Shreya Ghoshal
3 "Hayyo Hayyo" Yazin Nizar, Franco
4 "Irulil Oru" Udit Narayan, Vidyasagar
5 "Irulil Oru" Karthik
5 "Omana" Nikita Balasubramanian


  1. ^ 'Spanish Masala' from tomorrow – Malayalam Movie News. IndiaGlitz (2012-01-19). Retrieved on 2012-12-23.
  2. ^ Hooli, Shekhar. (2011-07-23) Daniela Zacherl replaces Amy Jackson in Dileep's Spanish Masala – Oneindia Entertainment Archived 22 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2012-12-23.
  3. ^ "സ്പാനിഷ് വിശേഷങ്ങള്‍" Archived 4 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine. (2011-12-21). Retrieved on 2012-12-23.
  4. ^ Daniela Zacherl replaces Amy Jackson – Times Of India. (2011-07-26). Retrieved on 2012-12-23.
  5. ^ Movies | Archived 22 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Manorama Online. Retrieved on 2012-12-23.
  6. ^ "Dileep starts shooting for Spanish Masala". The Times of India. 5 August 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013.
  7. ^ Spanish Masala – Music Review (Malayalam Movie Soundtrack) |Vidyasagar |Dileep |Kunchacko Boban Archived 24 August 2023 at the Wayback Machine. Music Aloud (2011-12-14). Retrieved on 2012-12-23.

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