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Directed by Amal Neerad
Produced by Nazriya Nazim
Amal Neerad
Screenplay by Suhas–Sharfu
Starring Fahadh Faasil
Aishwarya Lekshmi
Music by Sushin Shyam
Cinematography Littil Swayamp
Edited by Vivek Harshan
Fahadh Faasil and Friends
Amal Neerad Productions
Distributed by A & A Release
Release date
  • 20 September 2018 (2018-09-20)
Running time
130 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Varathan (lit. Outsider) is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language survival thriller film directed by Amal Neerad and co-produced by Nazriya Nazim. The film is written by Suhas-Sharfu and stars Fahadh Faasil and Aishwarya Lekshmi. It was released on 20 September 2018.


Aby (Fahadh Faasil), who had just lost his job in Dubai, lands in a village with Priya (Aishwarya Lekshmi), his wife. The young couple moves to Priya’s ancestral property, a farmhouse in the hills, a terrain that’s in part alluring and part eerie. Priya who has a modern lifestyle becomes a target of a particularly unrefined culture of the village. Her husband is considered as a Varathan (outsider) by the villagers and viewed with less significance. One day, some nearby youths who had been disturbing Priya, attacks and violates her. Aby thinks of complaining to the police, and she mocks him for being a coward. A teenager who was having an affair with the sister of one of the youths who violated Priya runs into Aby's house for protection. Aby takes a firm position and decides to defend the teenager. He fights the family and the youths who intends to kill the teenager. They are drawn into a deadly game of Aby's passive anger, violence, and ferocity. The second half turns hostility's twin side with suspense in the air.



Besides directing, Amal Neerad co-produced the film with Nazriya Nazim, which stars her husband Fahadh Faasil alongside Aishwarya Lekshmi. Neerad revealed the film's title on 20 June 2018 by releasing the first poster. Varathan in Malayalam means "outsider" in English.[1][2][3] Writer Suhas describes the film as a "survival thriller".[4] Shot in Dubai and Wagamon, filming was completed by June 2018.[5]


The film was released on 20 September 2018.[6]

Many of the critics remarked that the film is an unofficial adaptation of Straw Dogs.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]


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  2. ^ "Fahadh Faasil's look in Amal Neerad's Varathan revealed. See pic". 20 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Varathan First Look: Fahadh Faasil is working under his wife Nazriya's production company? - Asianet Newsable".
  4. ^ Shrijith, Sajin (20 September 2018). "'Varathan is a survival thriller'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  5. ^ "'Varathan': First look poster of Amal Neerad's Fahadh Faasil starrer". The Times of India.
  6. ^ "Fahadh Faasil is Abin in Varathan". The Times of India.
  7. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. "Varathan review: Is Amal Neerad's Malayalam movie a 'free-make' of Straw Dogs?". Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Varathan Movie Review {3.5/5}: Critic Review of Varathan". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Varathan Review: A blistering and immensely satisfying revenge thriller". Cinemaexpress.xom. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Varathan Review: Fahadh Faasil Unleashes 'Exotic' Violence In This Thriller". 21 September 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Sreedhar Pillai on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  12. ^ "'Varathan' review: Fahadh and Aishwarya hold together an uneven thriller". 21 September 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  13. ^ "FILM REVIEWS SACHIN CHATTE". Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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