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Theevram poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byRoopesh Peethambaran
Produced byV. C. Ismayil
Written byRoopesh Peethambaran
StarringDulquer Salmaan
Shikha Nair
Vinay Forrt
Music byRoby
CinematographyHari Nair
Edited byKapil Gopalakrishnan
V. C. I. Movies
Distributed byLJ Films
Release date
  • 16 November 2012 (2012-11-16)

Theevram (transl.Extreme) is a 2012 Indian Malayalam action thriller film[1] written and directed by Roopesh Peethambaran in his directorial debut, and starring Dulquer Salmaan, Shikha Nair, Sreenivasan, Vinay Forrt, Vishnu Raghav, Riya Saira and Anu Mohan.[2] The film is produced by V.C Ismayil under the banner of VCI Movies and features music composed by Roby Abraham, while cinematography is handled by Hari Nair and the editing by Kapil Gopalakrishnan. Distribution of the film is done by Lal Jose under the banner of LJ Films. Audiography was done by M. R. Rajakrishnan.

The film has two plots, one set in the present and the other about five years back.[3] It is about the outburst of a young man towards the legal system.The film released on 16 November 2012. The film was dubbed into Tamil as Aaththiram in August 2016 and under the same original title in Hindi in 2017. [4][5]


The Movie opens with a crime where a young man is beaten to death with a club in front of his fiancé. Then comes an investigation officer Alexander (Sreenivasan), and an assistant Ramachandran (Vinay Forrt). Though Alexander is intelligent enough to prove crimes unlike he doesn't believe in torturing the accused people to prove crimes. Parallel to this, Harsha Vardhan (Dulquer Salmaan), a man of mystery, lives lonely in a big house, and teaches music to a girl named Sophie. He one day kidnaps and brings an auto driver (Anu Mohan) and tortures him in his house cellar. Alex and Ramachandran take up the case and upon investigation, Alex suspects Harsha. He kills the auto driver, severs his body and then eradicates every single evidence which proved him guilty. Once the severed parts are found, the case heats up further and Alex realizes that it's a well planned murder, only after he finds Harsha had left the city without any notice.

The story then moves four years back. Harsha, as an aspiring young musician, struggles not only in his career, but also in his life to maintain his relationship with his lover Maya. After getting married, both of them, with their two more friends, Nimmy (Riya Saira) and Dr. Roy (Vishnu Raghav) start living together. One day, May joins a call center and gets miffed with a driver on his careless driving. Harsha leaves for Chennai, and while he is away, the driver murders his wife and buries her severed head to avoid suspicion. But Alex finds it out and the driver is imprisoned. Harsha gets devastated by the loss of Maya and gets furious upon finding that first of all, the driver was given life imprisonment instead of death penalty, and secondly, he got freed before time. He makes a plan along with his two friends to kill the driver. Nimmy starts using his auto and befriends him. One day, while going with him, Nimmy follows Harsha's plan and as the driver takes her on a route through a forest, and she suddenly jumps out. And the driver is held by Harsha as he gets out of the Auto. A fight takes place between them in which Harsha overpowers the driver and injects him to unconsciousness.

Then in the present, Nimmy and Roy are shown watching news which proves the system's failure in finding out the dead body's identity and that the case would go on with further investigations. Upon being asked by Ramachandran about what was to be their next action, Alex smiles and replies that, "It's not Jesus Christ who has died. It's Judas. He'll have to die", after which he is accompanied by Ramachandran through his laughter, indicating that they won't disclose anything about Harsha.




Dulquer joined Theevram after rejecting yet another promising film in the name of 'June' due to date clash. The director had announced the film in December 2011. It was previously titled 'Maya'. The film features a fresh music director, Roby Abraham. The film is produced by V C Ismail, under the banner of VCI Movies.[7] The film's distributor is director Lal Jose. This is his 2nd distribution venture after Thattathin Marayathu, under the banner of LJ Films. The costume designer of the film is Sameera Saneesh.


During the planning of the film in late December, Fahad Fazil was cast to play the lead but he had to drop the film due to date clash. The director also had a difficult time finding many actors to play the characters in the film. After a successful debut in Second Show and after playing another highly appreciated role in Ustad Hotel, Dulquer Salmaan was a perfect choice for the director, in which he was chosen to play the role of Harsha Vardhan, a music composer who has a conflict with the legal system. Harsha Vardhan has a brutal mental outlook of angry young man making the character Dulquer Salmaan was chosen to play a tough role with Negative shades. Sreenivasan was chosen to play a prominent role. Riya Saira was chosen after her performance as Tissa in the 2012 film '22 Female Kottayam', while the others chosen to play supporting roles were Janardhanan, Vinay Forrt, Anu Mohan, and Vishnu Raghav.[8] This will be second movie that both Anu Mohan and Vishnu Raghav are seen in after their debut film Orkut Oru Ormakoot. It gave Vishnu Raghav a role which provided more scope to perform.[9] Debutant actress Shikha Nair was chosen as the female lead, as the director felt it would be a great opportunity for the film to showcase a new actress. Shikha was a Chennai based model, who was being prepared for a Tamil debut started her career through this film.[10]


The film started its shoot on 5 August 2012 at Kochi after the pooja ceremony which had directors Siddique, Anwar Rasheed and the lead actor Dulquer Salmaan lit the ceremonial lamp. Hari Nair is the director of photography.[11] It is shot at various locations in and around Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Chalakudy.


Soundtrack album by
Roby Abraham
GenreFeature film soundtrack
ProducerRoby Abraham

The music for the film has been composed by Roby Abraham. The lyrics have been penned by Arun K. Narayanan and Rafeeq Ahmed. Music Aloud's review rated the soundtrack 7.5/10.[12]

Track # Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Innariyathe" Vineeth Sreenivasan, Shweta Mohan 4:09
2 "Rudhira Suryan" Vijay Yesudas 4:05
3 "Puthiyoru Pakalil" Deepak Kutty 3:32
4 "Mannake Vinnake" Roby Abraham 3:26

Critical reception[edit] rated the film 2.5/5, writing "Theevram's interesting plot keeps its viewers gripped but leads to lukewarm ending."[13] Now Running rated the film 2.3/5, writing that "The cumulative chill that you expect to work wonders in Roopesh Peethambaran's 'Theevram' is not there." [14] The Times of India rated the film 2/5, writing "What is lost is a sense of identification and purpose. The characters bemoan their loss, battle for justice and plot reprisal. But everything appears too distant and shallow to be felt." [15]


  1. ^ "Malayalam Film Theevram Lands Itself In A Dubbing Controversy". Silverscreen.
  2. ^ "Dulquer Salman's Theevram To Release On November 16". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Dulqar to play an angry young man in 'Theevram' - South Cinema - Malayalam News - ibnlive". 6 August 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  4. ^ Dulquer Salmaan's 'Theevram' dubbed in Tamil as 'Aaththiram;' director Roopesh lashes out at producer VC Ismail
  5. ^ Theevram - Hindi
  6. ^!-4544-1
  7. ^ "Dulquar Salman new movie with Roopesh Peethambaran". Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Dulquar Salman in debutante Roopesh's movie". Chakpak. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  9. ^ Sanjith Sidhardhan, TNN (7 September 2012). "Vishnu's next big outing is 'Theevram' - Times Of India". Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  10. ^ Rohit Panikker, TNN (21 August 2012). "Shikha Nair is Dulquer's new heroine for Theevram? - Times Of India". Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Dulquer Salman back again with a debutant director". Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Theevram – Music Review". Music Aloud. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  13. ^ Rediff Review: Theevram
  14. ^ Theevram Review - Now Running
  15. ^ Theevram Review - Times of India

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