Thoovana Thumbigal (1987)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 31 mins

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Multi-layered and masterful, this offbeat romantic drama delves into the twists and turns in the life of Jayakrishnan (Mohanlal), an extraordinary man who leads a dual life – one, as a well-to-do bachelor leading a lavish and modern lifestyle in the city, and the other, as a simple and frugal family-man living with his mother and sister in his native village. This contemporary saga delves deeper into his dual life and highlighting the complications that emerge when he falls in love with two women — Clara (Sumalatha) and Radha (Parvathy) unable to decide a partner among the two. How will the unfolding events in Jayakrishnan's life influence his choice of life partner?
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Cast: Mohanlal Nair, Parvathy Jayaram, Sumalatha Ambarish

Crew: P Padmarajan (Director), Ajayan Vincent (Director of Photography), Perumbavoor G Raveendranath (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Musical

Release Dates: 31 Jul 1987 (India)

Malayalam Name: തൂവന തുംബിഗൽ

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Did you know? This contemporary romantic drama is written and directed by P. Padmarajan, which is based on his own novel Udakappola. Read More
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as Jayakrishnan
as Radha
as Thangal
as Ravunni Nair
as Moni Joseph
as Jayakrishnan's Mother




Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Background Music
Playback Singer


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This masterful romantic drama is considered to be one of the greatest and unforgettable Malayalam films of all time and enjoys a cult status even decades after its release. In a 2013 online poll, IBN Live listed it as the 8th greatest Indian film of all time. The poll was conducted as part of the celebrations of Indian cinema completing 100 years. The poll constituted a list of 100 films from different Indian languages.

This film's famous thematic background score was reused in the film Beautiful (2011). In the film Trivandrum Lodge (2012), Babu Namboothiri reprised his role as Thangal, a professional pimp.

Set in Thrissur, this film displays the typical Malayali bachelor lifestyle in many scenes. One such scene where Mohanlal invites Ashokan for a lemonade drink and straight away gets in to the city bar, has now become iconic call signs for a drink offer between Malayalis.

Part of this movie, especially Jayakrishnan's lifestyle in the town, is loosely based on one of Padmarajan's friends, Karakath Unni Menon. Padmarajan met Unni Menon when the former was working at All India Radio, Thrissur. The friends of Jayakrishan were loosely based on the other friends of Unni Menon: Kanjavu Varkey, Express George and Vijayan Karot.

This movie was phenomenally successful, and its popularity has only grown with time, as it is now considered one of the evergreen classics of Malayalam cinema.

This contemporary romantic drama is written and directed by P. Padmarajan, which is based on his own novel Udakappola.