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Directed by Ashok Kumar
Produced by Sasheendran
Starring Ravikumar
Chandra Mohan
Maniyanpilla Raju
Renu Chandra
Music by M. G. Radhakrishnan
Cinematography S. Kumar (cinematographer)
Mrithyunjaya Films
Release date
2005[citation needed]
Country India
Language Malayalam

Thiranottam is a Malayalam-language Indian feature film directed by Ashok Kumar and produced by Sasheendran made in 1978, starring Chandra Mohan, Ravikumar, Maniyanpilla Raju, Mohanlal and Renu Chandra in their debut roles.[1][2] Mohanlal played Kuttappan, a mentally disabled servant in the movie. The film was completed and censored, but was not released immediately.[3]


Thiranottam is the tale of Kuttappan, a mentally disabled servant and the life around him.


Mohanlal's first shoot took place on 3 September 1978 at 11:30 AM on Kesavadev Road, in front of Mohanlal's house in Mudavanmugal, Trivandrum.

The film was made by Mohanlal and his friends, Ashok Kumar (director), Late Sasheendran (Producer), Priyadarshan (Asst.director), Suresh Kumar (clap boy) and the cast were Ravi Kumar, Mohanlal, Renu Chandra, Chandra Mohan and others.

Director Priyadarshan and producer Suresh Kumar also debuted in the movie industry through this film. While Priyadarshan worked as assistant director, Suresh Kumar was the clap boy.

The film was completed and censored, but couldn't release then, even though a premier show was arranged. Years later it was released in a single theatre at Kollam.

Recently Mohanlal appealed through Facebook to trace the child actor who done the first shot along with him.[4] He mentioned, There is a boy who shared screen space with me in it. However, I am unable to remember who he was. If any of you know his identity, do come forward and inform me. I really wish to meet him once again[5] However the search ended on a sad note. Prasad Nooranad, a freelance director, has found out that the boy is no more. When we contacted Prasad, he said, "When Mohanlal posted the request, I started my search and found out from the scribe of the movie that Ajith Rajagopal, the boy in the shot, died of cardiac arrest seven years ago in Chennai."[6]



  1. ^ "Mohanlal's debut 'Thiranottam' print with TV channel". Deccan Chronicle. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
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  3. ^ Shobha Warrier (3 September 2003). "Life is not about acting alone". Rediff. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mohanlal in thiranottam first film". youtube. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mohanlal in search of long lost child artist". deccanherald. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Mohanlal's search for his co-star in his debut film ends in vain". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
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