Yakshi (film)

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Yakshi (1968) film poster.jpg
Directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan
Produced by M. O. Joseph
Written by Thoppil Bhasi
Based on Yakshi
by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan
Starring Sathyan
Music by Devarajan
Cinematography Melli Irani
Edited by M. S. Mani
Distributed by Vimala Release
Release date
  • 30 June 1968 (1968-06-30)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Yakshi is a 1968 Malayalam horror psychological thriller film directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan and written by Thoppil Bhasi based on Malayattoor Ramakrishnan's much acclaimed novel of the same name.[1] It stars Sathyan, Sharada, Adoor Bhasi, N. Govindan Kutty, Bahadoor, Ushakumari, Sukumari, Rajakokila and Radhika.[2] It is the first psychological thriller in the history of Malayalam cinema.[3]


The story is about a college lecturer Sreenivasan (Sathyan) who is doing research on the Yakshis. He is disfigured in an accident in his college lab, while experimenting with acids. Everyone who used to adore him begins to hate him and keep away from him for his looks. He meets a beautiful woman Ragini (Sharada). She is willing to accept him despite his disfigurement. Sreeni marries Ragini and they lead a happy life. But after a while, Sreenivasan has doubts about the identity of his wife; he doubts that she is 'Yakshi'. He dreamed that Ragini wants to kill him for the immortality of her. Sreeni allowed her to take his life, but because of the strong passion and love towards Sreeni, Ragini let him live and disappears. When Sreeni woke up from the dream, some cops take him to a psychiatrist on the basis of the missing of Ragini and Sreeni's retarded behaviour. Sreeni told to the cops that, Ragini is a Yakshi and disappeared in front of him. But no one believes him. The psychiatrist revealed to the cops that, Sreeni is mentally unstable because of his constant thoughts about Yakshi. Actually, Sreeni (because of his mental imbalance) killed Ragini by thinking, she's Yakshi. At the end of the film Sreeni admits to the cops,'I love my Ragini,I killed her, I'm a Psycho..'.



The music was composed by G. Devarajan and lyrics was written by Vayalar Ramavarma.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Chandrodayathile S Janaki Vayalar Ramavarma
2 Chandrodayathile K. J. Yesudas, S Janaki Vayalar Ramavarma
3 Padmaraagappadavukal P Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma
4 Swarnachaamaram Veeshiyethunna K. J. Yesudas, P. Leela Vayalar Ramavarma
5 Swarnachaamaram(F) P. Leela Vayalar Ramavarma
6 Vilichu Njan Vilikettu P Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma

See also[edit]

  • Akam, a 2013 film adaptation of the novel


  1. ^ Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Paul Willemen (1999). Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema. British Film Institute. p. 143. 
  2. ^ "Yakshi". Malayalasangeetham.info. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  3. ^ C. S. Venkiteswaran. (18 June 2006). "Auteur par excellence". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 April 2011.

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