Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 37 mins

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Laden with laughs, this insightful tale traces the twists and turns in the life of Revathi and Shyam, two young people who come to the city with big dreams. Revathi (Menaka) comes from a small town in search of a job and to have a good life and as it is with everyone her problem starts with finding a house. Shyam (Shankar) wants to become a singer. His parents are against his wish to become a singer. So he runs away from home and needs a shelter. Revathi accidentally meets Shyam, who too is in search of a house through the common milk-boy, Chikku (Baiju). Chikku offers them both a house to rent if they are ready to pose as husband and wife in front of the landlord. Supran (Poojapura Ravi), a miserly moneylender who doesn't trust his much younger wife Kousalya (Thodupuzha Vasanthi) is their landlord. Revathi in search of a job, meets Ravunni Menon (Nedumudi Venu), a rich man who owns a bungalow in the heart of the city. Ravunni Menon stays with his wife whose name too is Revathi (Sukumari). Gopalakrishnan (Mohanlal) needs some investment to come up in business and life. But to get started, he ends up having to rob his own stingy father (Sankaradi) of money that the latter had hidden away out of sight of tax authorities. He is in search of a rich woman he can marry. Accidentally Revathi meets Gopalakrishnan who has come to Ravunni Menon's house to repair the electronic equipment, which he had sold to him. Gopalakrishnan thinks that Revathi is Ravunni Menon's daughter and her beauty enchants him. Revathi comes to know that there is a job in Gopalakrishnan's showroom and manages to get a job with him by playing along with his mistaken belief that she is Ravunni Menon's daughter. She is aided in this subterfuge by the fact that she shares the same name as Ravunni Menon's wife and all of his business interests are named after 'Revathi'. After office hours, Gopalakrishnan drops Revathi outside Ravunni Menon's house, thinking it to be her house. She always enters the bungalow through the front gate and skips out through the gate itself after hiding in the garden until Gopalakrishnan drives away. Ravunni Menon's wife, Revathi, sees her coming and going out of the bungalow and starts suspecting her husband of an affair. Gopalakrishnan frequently visits the bungalow to visit Revathi, who is never there, and Ravunni Menon thinks his wife is having an affair with Gopalakrishnan. Further her encounter with 'Thenga' Govindan Pillai (C.I.Paul) makes the older Revathi believe that her husband has sons and daughters out of wedlock and, thus, quite capable of another affair now. Shyam, in the meantime, begins falling in love with Revathi and to make her jealous, he pretends that he is attracted to Kousalya, who in turn thinks this to be true and is ready to elope with him after robbing her miser husband. How will these complex relationships work themselves out? What does the future have in store for Shyam, Revathi and those involved in their lives?

Cast: Menaka Suresh, Mohanlal Nair

Crew: Priyadarshan Nair (Director), S Kumar (Director of Photography), MG Radhakrishnan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Romantic Comedy

Release Dates: 17 Mar 1984 (India)

Malayalam Name: പൂച്ചക്കൊരു മൂക്കുത്തി

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Did you know? It was remade in Kannada as Jootata (2005), which was directed by Sankar, starring Dhyan, Rangayana Raghu, Richa Pallod. Read More
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as Revathi
as Gopalakrishnan
as Chikku
as Adv. Sankaran Kutty
as Chellappan
as Hari
as 'Shakthi' Raghavan Pillai
as Ravunni Menon
as Supran
as Kalyani
as Ravunni Menon's Son
as Shyam
as Narayanan
as Revathi
as Kousalya



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Music Director: MG Radhakrishnan
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
Music Director: MG Radhakrishnan
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar
Music Director: MG Radhakrishnan
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar
When Mohanlal reveals he has stolen his father's money, different shots show Shangarady in different positions while Mohanlal is standing at the same place.
It was remade in Bengali as Le Halwa Le (2012), which was directed by Raja Chanda, starring Hiran Chatterjee, Soham Chakraborty, Mithun Chakraborty, Payel Sarkar.

It was remade in Kannada as Jootata (2005), which was directed by Sankar, starring Dhyan, Rangayana Raghu, Richa Pallod.

It was remade in Telugu as Intlo Srimathi Veedhilo Kumari (2004), which was directed by K Vasu, starring Srikanth, Prabhu Deva, Prakash Raj, Aarti Chabria.

It was remade in Hindi as Hungama (2003), which was directed by Priyadarshan Nair, starring Akshaye Khanna, Aftab Shivdasani, Paresh Rawal, Rimi Sen.

The story based on Charles Dickens's play 'The Strange Gentleman'.

This film is an adaption of 1980 Classic Comedy Telugu Movie 'Gopalrao Gari Ammayi', directed by K Vasu, starring Jayasudha, Chandra Mohan, Rao Gopal Rao, Sowcar Janaki and Mohan Babu, which was a hilarious tale of mistaken identities and comic errors.

This movie brought together Mohanlal and Priyadarshan for the first time.

Singer MG Sreekumar made his debut singing the title song of this movie.

This is Indian director Priyadarshan's debut film.
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Remade as: Le Halwa Le (Bengali)
Remade as: Intlo Srimathi Veedhilo Kumari (Telugu)
Remade as: Hungama (Hindi)