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Directed by Thampi Kannanthanam
Written by Babu Pallassery
Produced byThampi Kannanthanam
Starring Mohanlal
Priya Raman
Rajan P. Dev
Cinematography Saloo George
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Music by S. P. Venkatesh
Juliya Productions
Distributed byJuliya Pictures Release
Release date
  • 5 September 1995 (1995-09-05)
Language Malayalam
Budget3 crores [1] [2]

Maanthrikam (transl.Magical) is a 1995 Indian Malayalam-language action comedy film produced and directed by Thampi Kannanthanam and written by Babu Pallassery. It stars Mohanlal, Jagadish, Priya Raman, Raghuvaran, and Rajan P. Dev. Filmed by Saloo George and edited by A. Sreekar Prasad; S. P. Venkatesh provided the music. The film was dubbed in Tamil as Raanuvam. It marked the Malayalam debut of actress Vineetha. [3]



A Senior Scientist of Missile Technology designs a state of the art missile "Samhaara"and he is abducted by a terrorist group with family. A military officer and his assistant are entrusted with the mission to rescue the scientist. They join a gypsy performing art group in disguise and reach a fictitious town and a girl get attracted to the officer. He get involved with the sister of the assistant of terrorist group leader to execute the mission. In a twist it is revealed that the main girl dancer of the gypsy group is an officer appointed by military chief to track officer, who is suspected of double crossing. Finally every thing get resolved and the scientist is rescued unhurt with safety of Samhaara know-how and the hero takes his lady love with him. Mohanlal simply excels as a comedian, lover, military man, magician and dancer with 3 heroines.



Lal Jose was the associate director of Thampi Kannanthanam in the film. Madras (now Chennai) was a filming location. [4] Maanthrikam marked the film debut of Vinayakan, who appeared as a member of a gypsy dance group, he apparently imitates and wears the attire of Michael Jackson. [5] For the role, Vinayakan was referred to Kannanthanam by Lal Jose, who spotted him during a dance performance in Kochi. [4] Made on a budget of 3 crores, major locations of the movie were MGR Film City, Kishkinda Water Park, Chidambaram and Pichavaram. The magic sequences which Mohanlal performed was taught by magician R. K. Malayath. [1] [2]


S. P. Venkatesh composed the music for the movie for which the lyrics were written by O. N. V. Kurup. The songs were distributed by Ankit Audios. [6]

Maanthrikam (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
1."Mohikkum Neelmizhi" K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra 5:42
2."Keli Vipinam" Biju Narayanan 5:06
3."Dhim Dhim Dheemi Dheemi (movie version)" M. G. Sreekumar, Alex5:03
4."Keli Vipinam"K. S. Chithra5:06
5."Dhim Dhim Dheemi Dheemi (audio cd/cassette version)" M. G. Sreekumar 5:03


Mohanlal had expressed doubts about the film doing well at the box office due to the unworldly stunts performed in the film. However, Kannanthanam assured him that the film would be a hit. [3] Maanthrikam was one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of that year. [7]

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