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Directed by P. G. Viswambharan
Written by Kaloor Dennis
CinematographySaroj Padi
Edited byG.Murali
Music by Johnson
Release date
  • 25 August 1990 (1990-08-25) [1]

Gajakesariyogam (transl.A good period of time [2] / The fate of owning an elephant [3] ) is a 1990 Indian Malayalam-language film directed by P. G. Viswambharan and starring Innocent, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, and Mukesh. The film is about the struggles Nair faces after purchasing an elephant named Sreevidya from a North Indian circus company that only knows Hindi. [4] [5] This film was one of the many films in which Innocent and K.P.A.C Lalitha play an on-screen couple. The film became a box office success. [6]



Ayyappan Nair, a mahout, wants to own an elephant of his own. He takes a loan to buy an elephant, however, trouble brews when he is unable to repay it.



K. P. A. C. Lalitha shot for this film in Shoranur along with another film by her husband Bharathan. [7]

Themes and influences

Innocent plays a Malayali man who learns Hindi in this film. Innocent went on to play a Hindi-speaking politician in Sandesham (1991). [8] The film explores the bond between a man and an elephant, this bond is present in other films such as Aanachandam (2006). [9] A scene in the film was based on an incident in the unreleased Malayalam film Chottanikkara Bhagawathi. The incident revolved around an art director who was scared of the elephant and started moving after the director called action although the elephant and the mahout did not move. [10]


The song features a song "Aanachantham" with Innocent and the elephant. The film is one of the "cutest songs of Mollywood" according to the New Indian Express. [11]


In a review of the film in December 2021, Silpa Rajan of The Times of India opined that "The movie is absolutely engaging, entertaining, and heartwarming and also lays out the problems faced by naïve and gold-hearted people who step foot into the uncharted waters of business". [3]


The scenes where Mukesh's character teaches Innocent's character Hindi became famous. [12]

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