|Directed by||T. V. Chandran|
|Screenplay by||T. V. Chandran|
|Story by||C. V. Sreeraman|
|Produced by||T. Ravindranath|
|Distributed by||Mac Release|
|10 March 1994|
Ponthan Mada is a 1994 Indian Malayalam-language film written and directed by T. V. Chandran. The film stars Mammootty and Naseeruddin Shah. It is based on two short stories, Ponthan Mada and Sheema Thampuran by C. V. Sreeraman. The film won four awards at the National Film Awards including the Best Actor award for Mammotty. It also won the Kerala State Film Award for the best second film. This is the only Malayalam-language film of Naseeruddin Shah. 
Set in the 1940s British India, the film is about the extraordinary, uncanny and touching relationship between the so-called low-caste Ponthan Mada (Mammootty) and his colonial landlord Sheema Thampuran (Naseeruddin Shah), who was expelled to British India from England during his youth for supporting the Irish Republican Army. Crossing the class boundaries, the two communicate through Thampuran's window with Mada hanging from an areca palm tree.
ONV Kurup penned the lyrics.
The film has won the following awards since its release:
1993 National Film Awards (India)
1994 Kerala State Film Awards (India)
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