|Directed by||Navodaya Appachan|
|Produced by||Navodaya Appachan|
|Written by||N. Govindan Kutty|
|Based on||Vadakkan Pattukal|
|Music by||K. Raghavan|
|Edited by||T. R. Sekhar|
|Distributed by||Navodaya Release|
|Budget||₹30 lakh (₹3 million)|
|Box office||₹1 crore (₹10 million)|
Thacholi Ambu is a 1978 Indian Malayalam-language historical period drama film directed and produced by Navodaya Appachan under Navodaya Studio. It was the first CinemaScope film in Malayalam. Starring Prem Nazir in the title role, Sivaji Ganesan, Ravikumar and Jayan. Made on a cost of ₹30 lakh (₹3 million), the film grossed more than ₹1 crore (₹10 million) at the box office.
- Prem Nazir as Thacholi Ambu, Othenan's Nephew
- Sivaji Ganesan as Thacholi Othenakkurup
- Jayan as Bappu and Kutty(Bappu's Son)
- K. P. Ummer as Kathiroor Gurukkal
- Balan K. Nair as Mayin Kuttiyil, Bappu's Father
- N. Govindan Kutty as Parunthunkalkotta Panicker, Othenan's Brother-in-law
- M. N. Nambiar as Ittiri, Parunthunkalkotta Panicker's Son
- G. K. Pillai as Payyampalli Chanthu, Othenan's Friend
- Ravikumar as Bapputty, Bappu's other Son
- K. R. Vijaya as Kunjitheyi, Othenan's Wife
- Unnimary as Kanni, Othenan's Daughter
- Vijaya Lalitha
- Meena as Ambu's mother and Othenan's sister
Thacholi Ambu is the first Malayalam film in CinemaScope. 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.
|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|
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