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Poster designed by Gayathri Ashokan
Directed by Joshiy
Written by Dennis Joseph
Story by P. F. Mathews
Starring Mammootty
Jagannatha Varma
Music by Shyam
Cinematography Jayanan Vincent
Edited by K. Sankunny
Central Productions
Distributed by Central Productions
Release dates
  • 25 August 1988 (1988-08-25)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Thanthram (English: Artifice) is a 1988 Indian Malayalam film, directed by Joshiy and produced by Mathew George. The film stars Mammootty, Urvashi, KPAC Lalitha and PC George in lead roles.[1][2][3]


James, a wealthy businessman, is married to Susanna, an orphan, against the wishes of his family. After James passes away, James' family seems to make amends with Susanna. However, Susanna eventually realizes that their motive is James' wealth. Following a confrontation, the family files a lawsuit against Susanna, claiming her marriage to James is invalid, hence Susanna and her child are not entitled to James' wealth. The family also attempts to isolate Susanna, destroy her marriage records and threaten her into complying with the lawsuit. Receiving no help from anyone, a helpless Susanna by chance encounters George Korah Vettickal, an advocate. Susanna hires George to defend her case. George is beaten by goons and threatened against working on Susanna's case. Following this, a determined George proceeds with the case and uncovers many discrepancies, including the mystery behind James' death, eventually building up the case against James' relatives.



  1. ^ "Thanthram". Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Thanthram". Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Thanthram". Retrieved 2014-10-24. 

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