Shyama (film)

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Directed by Joshiy
Written by Dennis Joseph
Produced by Joy Thomas
Starring Mammootty
Nadia Moidu
Cinematography Jayanan Vincent
Edited by K. Sankunni
Music bySongs:
Raghu Kumar
Background score:
Distributed by Jubilee Productions
Release date
  • 23 January 1986 (1986-01-23)
Running time
126 min

Shyama is a 1986 Indian Malayalam-language romantic thriller film produced by Joy Thomas under Jubilee Productions, directed by Joshiy and written by Dennis Joseph. It stars Mammootty and Nadia Moidu in the lead roles. [2] The film was remade in Tamil as Unakkaagavee Vaazhgiren . [3] It is partially inspired by Gulzar's Kinara. [4]



Viswanathan, a famous filmmaker, is haunted by the death of his wife and a young man whom he accidentally hit while driving. Later he meets Shyama, the daughter of his friend, still struggling with the death of her boyfriend, the man whom Viswanathan had killed. They fall in love but Viswanathan tries to avoid her. In the climax, he reveals the truth to Shyama. He tries to leave the town but is stopped by her brother Chandran. They have a fight and Viswanathan is hurt. The film ends where Shyama and Viswanathan console each other and are united.


Principal cast

Cameo appearances

Dubbing artists


After the success of Nirakkoottu , Dennis Joseph started receiving offers from various producers. However, none of them materialized. After a few months, Joseph decided to ask Joshiy to take him as assistant director so that he could learn filmmaking. As he was planning to ask Joshiy, he got a call from Joy Thomas. He was informed that due to some issues a project with Kaloor Dennis and Joshiy did not work out. Joseph was asked to prepare a script with the same cast of in 4 days, as the shooting was planned to start 5 days from then. However, Joseph was reluctant as he could not prepare a script in the given time. Joshiy recommended Joseph to develop a script based on a story he had discussed with him on the sets of Nirakkoottu in Kollam. On their insistence Joseph finally agreed. [5]

Shibu Rajav was one of Joseph's closest friends. Rajav had earlier made his debut as lyricist with Allimalarkkavu (1984). It was Joseph who recommended him as lyricists for the film. Raghu Kumar had earlier produced Joshiy's Dheera and had a commitment to him. Hence, he was chosen to be the music director. Joseph was asked to narrate a few scenes to Kumar so that he could compose the songs. The songs were composed in one morning. However, the song's lyrics hadn't been penned yet. The music was put into an audio cassette and was sent to Rajav. It was on the train ride that he penned the lyrics of the songs. [6] Joseph had not yet started to develop the script and had just made a rough outline of the story. The film's opening shot was with the 18th scene in Shyama's (Nadhiya Moidhu) house. However, Joseph had only written till scene 2 by then. As shooting was starting in 2 days, he began writing the scenes which featured Shyama's house first. He wrote the complete script in 2 nights and 2 days. [6]


Soundtrack album by
Released23 January 1986 (1986-01-23)
Venue Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu
Studio Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Filmi
Label Ranjini Music Company
Producer Joy Thomas
Reghu Kumar chronology

The soundtrack consists of a total of 4 songs. The songs were composed by Raghu Kumar, with lyrics by Shibu Chakravarthy and Poovachal Khader. The film score was composed by Shyam. It was released on 23 January 1986 as an album on the Ranjini Music Company label. It was Dennis Joseph who recommended Shibu Chakravarthy as a lyricist for the film. Raghu Kumar was also a producer and had earlier produced Joshiy's Dheera. Since the film was a commercial failure Joshiy had a commitment to him. Hence, he was chosen to be the music director. [7]

The song Poonkaatte Poyi is picturized on Mukesh and Nadia Moidu, set in the Kharaharapriya raga. [8] All the film's songs were chartbusters and stayed in the charts for several months following its release. The song Chembarathipoove was a staple in marriages at the time. [6] Shibu Chakravarthy had his breakthrough as lyricist through the success of the film's soundtrack. [7]


"Chembarathipoove" K. S. Chithra Shibu Chakravarthy
"Ekanthamam" P. Jayachandran Shibu Chakravarthy
"Poonkaatte Poyi" Unni Menon, K. S. ChithraShibu Chakravarthy Kharaharapriya
"Swarnamedukalil"P. Jayachandran Poovachal Khader

Box office

The film was commercial success. [9] [10] [11]

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