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Directed byHari Kumar
Produced byDr. M. M. Ramachandran (Atlas Ramachandran)
Written byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Gouthami Tadimalla
Shanthi Krishna
Manoj K. Jayan
Music by
Edited byG. Murali
Distributed byChandrakanth Release
Release date
  • 25 December 1994 (1994-12-25)
Running time
148 minutes

Sukrutham (Malayalam: സുകൃതം, English: Good deed)[2] is a 1994 Malayalam film, directed by Hari Kumar, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, with background music by Johnson.[3] The film is based on the subject of complex human relationships, inevitable human death and the consequences to the relatives of the deceased.

Plot summary[edit]

Mammootty plays journalist Ravishankar, who is a victim of blood cancer. The knowledge of his disease and the death on its way hugely disappoints him and he loses all his hope in life. He forces his wife Malini (Gauthami) to get involved with their friend Rajendran (Manoj K. Jayan) so that she won't be alone after Ravi's death. Ravi goes back to his village where his cousin, Durga (Shanthii Krishna), who is still unmarried starts taking care of him.

Meanwhile, a doctor who is a friend of Ravishankar convinces him to undergo holistic treatment at his centre. The centre is driven by a theme that each and every cell in our body has a mind which decides whether the body it belongs to should live or die. The treatment does wonders to Ravi and he is on his way to recovery and final checkups confirm that his blood count is normal. Ravi is delighted to come back to his life; but everything in his hope and joy of life is squandered when he learns that his recovery is a blow to all his relatives including his wife, who by now has started sleeping with Rajendran. He feels resentment again when he learns that his death was more awaited than his recovery.

Ravi finally commits suicide after his childhood sweetheart Durga also leaves him, and he reads his obituary in his office.

The final line to the audience is the old message that death is the ultimate truth, an inevitable part of life and is in its own way a moment to rejoice.



Sukrutham was one of the finest work of Bombay Ravi in Malayalam. And he won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1995 along with Parinayam. Background score was composed by Johnson and he won the second National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1995.[4] The lyrics were penned by O. N. V. Kurup.

Song Singer(s)
"Bandhangale" K. S. Chithra
"Kadalinnagaadhamaam Neelimayil" K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra
"Om Poorna" K. J. Yesudas
"Poroo" (Ennodothunarunna Pularikale) K. J. Yesudas
"Sahasradalasam" K. J. Yesudas, Chorus

Critical reception[edit]

Penned by the writer, M. T. Vasudevan Nair. The story, music and lyrics of the songs in the film are highly rated by critics. The film was selected for both state and national awards,[5] including the 1995 National Film Awards for best feature film in Malayalam and best background score.[6]


  1. ^ "Hitukalude Kadha". Vellinakshathram. p. 38. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Sukrutham (1994)". Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  3. ^ Syed, M. H. (2005). Encyclopaedia of Modern Journalism and Mass Media. Anmol Publications. p. 214. ISBN 978-81-261-2420-6.
  4. ^ P.K.Ajith Kumar (4 August 2006). "Conjuror of tunes". The Hindu.
  5. ^ National Film Development Corporation of India (1998). Indian Cinema. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. p. 108.
  6. ^ "Conjuror of tunes". The Hindu. 4 August 2006. Retrieved 20 April 2009.

External links[edit]

Sukrutham on IMDb