Ustaad (1999 film)

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Directed bySibi Malayil
Produced byShaji Kailas
Written byRanjith
Divyaa Unni
Music byVidyasagar
Rajamani (score)
Edited byL. Bhoominathan
Country Talkies
Distributed bySwargachitra
Release date
  • 26 March 1999 (1999-03-26)
Running time
165 minutes

Ustaad (transl. Master) is a 1999 Indian Malayalam-language action film directed by Sibi Malayil and written by Ranjith, who also produced the film with Shaji Kailas. The plot follows Parameshwaran (Mohanlal), a soft-spoken businessman, who leads a double life as an underworld don named Ustaad. The film co-stars Indraja, Divyaa Unni, Narendra Prasad, N. F. Varghese, Rajeev, and Vineeth. Ustaad was released on 5 May 1999. The film was a commercial success at the box office and ran over 100 days in theatres. It was one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year.[1] The movie was speculated to be an inspiration for the 2015 Tamil movie Vedalam.[2]


Usthad (Mohanlal) was a powerful underworld don in Mumbai. He decides to stop everything and settle down in his home town with his sister Padmaja (Divya Unni). Before he goes back he sends his people Sami (Janardhanan) and Sethu (Ganesh Kumar) to Yousuf shah associates where he wants to withdraw his share. But Yousuf shah was not ready to give him a single penny. When Sulaiman (Mafia Sasi), Yousuf's manager, creates a problem, Ustad come directly and beats him and takes the money.

Back in Kozhikode, his hometown, Ustaad is merely Parameshwaran, an adorable brother, and guardian to his younger sister Padmaja (Divya Unni). He maintains a low profile as a businessman who has ventured into real estate.

Padmaja has fallen in love with her friend and dance teacher Nandan (Vineeth), who is the son of Koliyodan Shekharan (Narendra Prasad), a businessman who has not been doing so well, mainly because of the extravagant lifestyle of his older son Koliyodan Giri (Saikumar). Mohan Thampy (N. F. Varghese), Shekharan's son-in-law, is a business tycoon and a politician as well. Thampy originally was helped financially by Shekharan, but over time, he got more involved with the underworld, and they have a strained relationship.

Varsha (Vani Viswanath), a newly appointed police commissioner, does not like Parameshwaran. Meanwhile, Padmaja wants to marry Nandan, to which Parameshwaran gives his approval. The night before the wedding, Parameshwaran is arrested by Varsha for gold smuggling. He learns that his arrest was staged by Yousuf Shah and Thampy. Varsha later realizes her mistake, and vows to support Parameshwaran.

Thampy devises a plan against Ustaad. He force Padmaja to vow her properties to help her father-in-law who has a large debt to Thampy. As a mediator, Thampy gives some money to Giri and advise him to keep it on Nandan's office room and will inform the police and make Nandan and Padmaja arrest for money laundering. This enrages Ustaad. He finds Thampy who is in the protection of a minister. He makes him speak all the truth in front of Varsha. Later Yousuf threatens Ustaad by telling him that he will kill his sister by bomb and breaks his right hand. Ustaad hunts down Yousuf Shah, who flees to Dubai, and finally defeats him in the desert. He flies back to join his sister and family.



The song "Theerchayilla Janam" was filmed at the AVM Studio in Chennai, for which a set was constructed resembling a bar. It was choreographed by Kala. The song was sung by Mohanlal and featured himself along with dancers, club members, and the villains.[3]


The songs soundtrack was composed by Vidyasagar and Thej Mervin ("Thirchayilla"). The lyrics were by Gireesh Puthenchery and Kannan Pareekutty ("Theerchayilla").

Track Song Singer(s) Notes
1 Vennila Kombile K. J. Yesudas
2 Chil Chil Chil Chilamboli M. G. Sreekumar, Chorus
3 Theerchayilla Mohanlal Lyrics: Kannan Pareekutty
Music: Thej Mervin
4 Chandramukhi M. G. Sreekumar, Srinivas, Sujatha Mohan, Radhika Thilak
5 Vennila Kombile Srinivas
6 Naadodi Poonthinkal M. G. Sreekumar, Sujatha Mohan Raga: Naatta
7 Chandramukhi Instrumental


  1. ^ ശങ്കർ, അനൂപ് (4 January 2018). "തിളക്കം മങ്ങാതെ ഉസ്താദ്..! : Superhit Movies". Deepika (in Malayalam). Retrieved 22 July 2019.
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  3. ^ Sebastian, Shevlin (26 September 2017). "The superstar who takes risks". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2 January 2018.

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