Natholi Oru Cheriya Meen Alla (2013)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 55 mins

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This offbeat comedy revolves around the fluctuating fortunes of Preman (Fahadh Faasil), the caretaker of a flat at Cochin. Everyone in the flat calls him 'Natholi' (Indian anchovy) due to his short stature. As a release from the pressures he faces due to some unfortunate events in the flat, he begins to write a story with characters that mirror the people in his real life and plays with their lives in his story. Soon, he gets into conflict with Prabha (Kamalini Mukherji), a petulant woman who is into the business of adventure tourism. She makes life hell for everyone around including that of Preman. So, he decides to bring in a villain in his story to settle scores with Prabha. He names the villain as Narendran, who happens to be a sophisticated version of Preman himself. This avant garde comedy delves into the conflict between Preman and the character he creates. He gradually loses control over the character he creates and it begins to act on its own.The rest of the movie is a display of Preman trying to wrest back control of his character and the ensuing plot twists.

Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Kamalinee Mukherjee

Crew: VK Prakash (Director), Arun James (Director of Photography), Abhijit Shylanath (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 08 Feb 2013 (India)

Malayalam Name: നത്തോലി ഒരു ചെറിയ മീനല്ല

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Did you know? This movie is loosely inspired from the Hindi movie, Freaky Chakra (2003). Read More
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as Preman and Narendran
as Prabha Thomas
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
as Annie






Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Music Director: Abhijit Shylanath
Lyricist: Anu Elizabeth
Playback Singer: Unni Menon
Music Director: Abhijit Shylanath
Lyricist: Anu Elizabeth
Playback Singer: Nithya Menen
Music Director: Abhijit Shylanath
Lyricist: Anu Elizabeth
Fahadh Faasil plays a dual role in this movie.

This movie is loosely inspired from the Hindi movie, Freaky Chakra (2003).

Shankar Ramakrishnan’s script for this movie, is sprinkled with self references and tributes, as the names of the three protagonists are taken from Manjil Virinja Pookkal (1980), marking the directorial debut of Fazil (Fahadh’s father) and launched the career of Mohanlal, the megastar (this was his first release) who made his appearance as Narendran, the villain.
Movie Connection(s):
References: Om Shanti Om (Hindi)
References: Manjil Virinja Pookkal (Malayalam)