Thacholi Ambu

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Thacholi Ambu
Thacholi Ambu.jpg
Directed byNavodaya Appachan
Produced byNavodaya Appachan
Written byN. Govindan Kutty
Based onVadakkan Pattukal
StarringPrem Nazir
Sivaji Ganesan
Music byK. Raghavan
CinematographyU. Rajagopal
Edited byT. R. Sekhar
Release date
  • 27 October 1978 (1978-10-27)
Running time
2 Hours 35 Minutes

Thacholi Ambu is a 1978 Malayalam-language film starring Prem Nazir, Sivaji Ganesan, Ravikumar and Jayan. Directed and produced by Navodaya Appachan, it was the first cinemascope film in Malayalam.[1][2][3] Prem Nazir played the title role in the film.



Thacholi Ambu is the first Malayalam film in CinemaScope.[4] Sivaji Ganesan ventured to enact the film's action scenes without the use of a stunt double. During the filming of one such scene, he fell from a height of six feet. A shield fell on his hand and injured him severely, resulting in him being hospitalised for many days.[5]


The music was composed by K. Raghavan and the lyrics were written by Yusufali Kechery.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Anuraagakkalariyil" K. J. Yesudas Yusufali Kechery
2 "Makaramaasa Pournamiyil" P. Susheela, Chorus Yusufali Kechery
3 "Naadapuram Palliyile" Vani Jairam Yusufali Kechery
4 "Naanam Kunungikale" S. Janaki, P. Susheela Yusufali Kechery
5 "Ponniyam Parunthunkal" P. Susheela, Chorus Yusufali Kechery
6 "Ponniyam Poonkanni" P. Susheela Yusufali Kechery
7 "Thacholi Veettile" P. Susheela Yusufali Kechery

Box office[edit]

The film became a commercial success.[6]


  1. ^ "Still raring to go". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  2. ^ "An interview with Navodaya Appachan". Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
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  5. ^ Ganesan, Sivaji; Narayanaswami, T. S. (2007). Autobiography of an Actor. Sivaji Prabhu Charities Trust. p. 159.
  6. ^ "Remembering 'Kolilakkam' superstar Jayan on his 35th death anniversary". International Business Times. 16 November 2013.

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