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Directed by Shaji Kailas
Produced by Anil Ambalakkara
Baiju Ambalakkara
Written by Ranjith
Starring Mammootty
N. F. Varghese
Music by Rajamani
Mohan Sitara
Cinematography Ravi Varman
Edited by Bhoominathan
Ambalakkara Films
Distributed by Amma Arts
Sagar Movies
Rajashree Pictures
Release date
Country India
Language Malayalam

Valyettan (Malayalam : വല്ല്യേട്ടന്‍) (English : Elder Brother) is a 2000 Malayalam feudal action drama film directed by Shaji Kailas. Scripted by Ranjith, this film has Mammootty in the title lead role with Shobana, Siddique, Innocent, and Saikumar in leading roles.

The film was a blockbuster.[1][2][3] The film was remade in Kannada as Jyeshta by director Suresh Krissna with actor Vishnuvardhan in the lead role. And has been dubbed in Tamil as Periya Gounder.[4]


Arakkal Kuttikrishnan Nair (Narayanan Nair) loses the civil case against Arackal Madhavanunni (Mammootty), his nephew, and has to give up the ancestral home, which he has been holding illegally for past long years. Patteri Shivaraman Nair (Saikumar), son of Kuttikrishnan Nair, takes it as a presitige issue and decides to finish out Madhavanunni, with the help of Nedungadi (Bheeman Raghu), his trusted lieutenant. Sivaraman Nair has a deep hatred and enmity towards Madhavanuni since childhood and both had involved in several fist fights from then. Nedungadi sends Varoli Abu (Kollam Ajith) to shoot down either Madhavanunni or one among his brothers on their arrival at the house. But the timely intervention of Madhavanunni saves all. Madhavanunni is a self made rich businessman, who owns several properties inside and outside Kerala. After the suicide of his parents, he alone had taken care of his younger brothers Raghu (Siddique), Dasan (adopted brother) (Manoj K. Jayan), Appu (Vijayakumar) and Shankaran Kutty (Sudheesh), who all love and respect him than anything on this world. Ramankutty Kaimal (Innocent), their well wisher and old care taker of their property also enjoys a good relationship with Madhavanunni. Appu, at his college, is harassed by the son of Mambaram Subhair. With the help of Kattipalli Pappan (Kalabhavan Mani), a criminal, he thrashes him out, but dies accidentally. Appu gets arrested for the murder, but is released on bail. Kattipalli Pappan is arrested for the murder, who while going to jail requests Madhavanuni to take care of his sister Lakshmi (Poornima Mohan), which Madhavanuni accepts. Madhavanunni brings Lakshmi to his home and is treated as a member of their family. Mayambaram Bawa Haji (N.F. Varghese) is now looking for a chance to avenge Madhavanunni for his son's death. Patteri Sivaraman lends a helping hand to Bawa Haji. One day Lakshmi is found dead at the pond and Dasan is arrested for it and later, Raghu surrenders for the same to save Dasan. Upon release from jail, Pappan is back to kill Raghu for murdering his sister. But he later comes to know that it is not Raghu, but Patteri Shivaraman, behind the crime. The rest of the story is how Madhavanunni, revenges back at Shivaraman once and for all.



The film's soundtrack contains 9 songs, all composed by Mohan Sitara and background score by Rajamani. Lyrics by Gireesh Puthenchery.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Arupathu Thiriyitta" K. J. Yesudas
2 "Arupathu Thiriyitta" K. S. Chitra
3 "Kannilambum Villum" M. G. Sreekumar, Afsal
4 "Niranaazhi Ponnil" M. G. Sreekumar, Chorus
5 "Nettimele Pottittaalum [D]" K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chitra
6 "Nettimele Pottittaalum [F]" K. S. Chitra
7 "Nettimele Pottittaalum [M]" K. J. Yesudas
8 "Shivamallippoo Pozhikkum" K. S. Chitra
8 "Smaraami Vaishnavachaarumoorthe" P. Jayachandran

Box office[edit]

The film was a financial success.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ "Portrayal of tones of grey". The Hindu. 18 November 2005. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sleaze time, folks!". Rediff. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mammootty blacklists Shaji Kailas?". 24 November 2004. 
  4. ^ "Portrayal of tones of grey". The Hindu. 18 November 2005. Retrieved 22 August 2015. Valyettan, which went on to become a big hit 
  5. ^ "Five towering Malayalam film personalities to work together". India Today. 9 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sleaze time, folks!". 1 January 2000. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Five towering Malayalam film personalities to work together". Sify. 9 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Five Malayalam film icons, from Mohanlal to Mammootty, to work together". Hindustan Times. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mammootty blacklists Shaji Kailas?". Sify. 24 November 2004. 
  10. ^ "Five towering Malayalam film personalities to work together". The News Minute. 16 October 2014. 

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