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Directed byBlessy
Written byBlessy
Based on"Orma" by Padmarajan
Produced byRaju Mathew
Meera Vasudevan
Arjun Lal
CinematographySethu Sriram
Edited byRaja Mohammed
Music byMohan Sithara
Century Films
Distributed byCentury Release
Release date
  • 16 December 2005 (2005-12-16)
Running time
160 minutes

Thanmathra ( Malayalam: തന്മാത്ര, English: Molecule) is a 2005 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written and directed by Blessy, based on Padmarajan's short story "Orma".[1][2] It portrays the effects of Alzheimer's disease on the life of Ramesan Nair (Mohanlal) and his family.[3] The film collected three times its budget at the box-office and completed 150 days run.[4] Thanmathra won five Kerala State Film Awards, which includes the Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and a Special Mention Award for the debutant actor Arjun Lal. It also won the Best Feature Film in Malayalam Award at the 53rd National Film Awards.[5]


Ramesan Nair is a Kerala government secretariat official, cocooned in his own small and happy world. An honest and sincere man, Ramesan's family consists of his loving wife Lekha, son Manu who is a plus-two student, and daughter Manju, a primary school student. His biggest ambition is to see that his son gets into the IAS (Indian Administrative Service), something he himself had failed to achieve despite being a brilliant student. Manu is a very loving son and an intelligent student who shares a strong emotional bond with his father.[6]

Ramesan starts to develop problems with his memory. What starts as commonplace omissions and absentmindedness, quickly grows into handicapping cognitive and behavioral impairments.

The first time we notice this is when Ramesan misplaces a very important office file at his home, inside the refrigerator. One day he arrives in office after buying a bag of vegetables and starts behaving as if he had reached home after his office hours. He begins acting strangely in the office, as if he has lost his sense of time and place. He is taken to the doctor by his family and close friend, Joseph.

In the hospital, Ramesan is diagnosed with Familial Alzheimer's disease, a disease which causes a gradual loss of memory and cognitive abilities. The news comes as a grave shock for the happy family and turns their world upside down. The family is devastated by the sad news, but tries to adjust to the situation with a lot of determination underscored by strong emotional bonds. How they cope up with the trauma, insecurity and uncertainty caused by Ramesan's plight, forms the gist of the movie.



Soundtrack album by
Released25 November 2005
StudioRevi's, Thrissur
LabelManorama Music
ProducerCentury Films
Mohan Sithara chronology
The Don

The music of this movie is composed by Mohan Sithara and the lyrics by Bharathiyar (Kaatru Veliyidai) and Kaithapram. Song mixing was done by Renjith Viswanathan.[7][8][9]

Track Song Title Singer(s) Other Notes
1 "Ithaloornnu" P. Jayachandran Raga: Kalyani
2 "Mindathedi" M. G. Sreekumar, Sruthi
3 "Mele Vellithingal" Karthik Raga: Maand
4 "Ithaloornnu" Mohanlal Raga: Kalyani
5 "Mindathedi" Sujatha
6 "Kaatru Veliyidai" Vidhu Prathap, Sheela Mani, Dr. Unnikrishnan, Sunil Raga: Valachi
This is a famous poem by Bharathiyar. The classical lyrics is by Kaithapram

Box office[edit]

The film was commercial success at the box office.[10]


National Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards

Filmfare Awards South

Asianet Film Awards

Vanitha Film Awards

  • Best Actor - Mohanlal
  • Best Director - Blessy

Kerala Film Critics Awards

  • Most Popular Actor - Mohanlal

Amrita Film Awards

  • Best Film (Producer) - Raju Mathew
  • Best Director - Blessy

Mathrubhumi Film Awards

  • Best Actor - Mohanlal

Kerala Film Audience Council Awards

  • Best Actor - Mohanlal

J.C. Foundation Awards

  • Best Actor - Mohanlal
  • Best Director - Blessy
  • Best Child Artist - Baby Niranjana

Kala Keralam Award

  • Best Actor - Mohanlal

National Film Academy Award

  • Best Actor - Mohanlal


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  2. ^ Sify review
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  4. ^ "Mohanlal makes a hatrick". IndiaGlitz. 18 May 2006. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Thanmathra bag five state awards". Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Thanmathra, a brilliant script". LiveJournal. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Thanmathra Audio CD". AVDigital. Archived from the original on 10 October 2021. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Thanmathra - MSIDb". Archived from the original on 6 August 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Thanmathra (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Spotify. Archived from the original on 19 January 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  10. ^ "They too stirred up a hornet's nest: Pre-social media Malayalam films that sparked controversy". The Indian Express. 18 February 2018. Archived from the original on 6 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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