Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

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Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
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Directed by Dileesh Pothan
Produced bySandip Senan
Anish M. Thomas
Screenplay by Sajeev Pazhoor
Starring Suraj Venjaramoodu
Fahadh Faasil
Nimisha Sajayan
Alencier Ley Lopez
Vettukili Prakash
Sibi Thomas
Music by Bijibal
Cinematography Rajeev Ravi
Edited byKiran Das
Urvasi Theatres
Distributed byUrvasi Theatres
Kalasangham Films [1]
Release date
  • 30 June 2017 (2017-06-30)(India)
Running time
135 minutes
Language Malayalam

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (English: The Mainour and the Witness) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language family-drama film directed by Dileesh Pothan and written by Sajeev Pazhoor. Syam Pushkaran co-wrote the dialogues and is also credited as the creative director. The film stars Suraj Venjaramoodu, Fahadh Faasil, Nimisha Sajayan, Alencier Ley Lopez, Vettukili Prakash, and Sibi Thomas. [2] Rajeev Ravi was the cinematographer, while the songs and score were composed by Bijibal. [3]

Malayalam language spoken in Kerala and Lakshadweep of India

Malayalam is a Dravidian language spoken in the Indian state of Kerala and the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry (Mahé) by the Malayali people, and it is one of 22 scheduled languages of India. Malayalam has official language status in the state of Kerala and in the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry (Mahé) and is spoken by 37 million people worldwide. Malayalam is also spoken by linguistic minorities in the neighbouring states; with significant number of speakers in the Nilgiris, Kanyakumari, and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu, and Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka. Due to Malayali expatriates in the Persian Gulf, the language is also widely spoken in Gulf countries.

Dileesh Pothan Malayalam film director

Dileesh Pothan is an Indian film actor and director, who works in Malayalam cinema.

Sajeev Pazhoor Indian screenwriter

Sajeev Pazhoor is an Indian novelist, screenwriter, director and government employee from Kerala.


Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum was released in India on 30 June 2017. The film won two awards at the 48th Kerala State Film AwardsBest Screenplay and Best Character Actor (Alencier). At the 65th National Film Awards, it won three awards—Best Original Screenplay, Best Feature Film in Malayalam, and Best Supporting Actor (Fahadh).

The 48th Kerala State Film Awards, presented by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy were announced by the Minister for Cultural Affairs, A. K. Balan in Thiruvananthapuram on 8 March 2018.

The Kerala State Film Award for Best Screen Play winners:

The Kerala State Film Award for Best Character Actor is an award, begun in 2015, presented annually at the Kerala State Film Awards of India to an actor for his performance in a Malayalam film. It replaced the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor, which was discontinued in 2014. The winner receives a certificate, statuette and a cash prize of ₹50,000.


The story follows the newly married inter-caste couple, Sreeja (Nimisha Sajayan) and Prasad (Suraj Venjaramoodu), from Cherthala who move up north to Kasaragod. On a bus journey, Sreeja's gold chain is stolen by a thief also called Prasad (Fahadh Faasil). He swallows the chain, but not before Sreeja notices it. He gets caught by the passengers, who take him to the nearby police station. On police inquiry, Prasad (thief) denies the act. Eventually, after a medical examination, the chain is found stuck inside his stomach. How to extract the chain, then, becomes the question.

Nimisha Sajayan actor

Nimisha Sajayan is an Indian actress in the Malayalam film industry. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best actress in 2018 for her roles in the films Oru Kuprasidha Payyan and Chola. Nimisha made her acting debut with the film Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum directed by Dileesh Pothan.

Suraj Venjaramoodu Indian actor

Suraj Venjaramood is an Indian film actor, comedian, impressionist, and television presenter, who works in Malayalam films and television. He has mostly done comedic roles, nevertheless, he has also played character roles. Suraj has acted in more than 230 films. He is a three-time recipient of the Kerala State Film Award for Best Comedian. In 2014, Suraj received the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Perariyathavar.

Cherthala Taluk/Municipality in Kerala, India

Cherthala is a town located in the district of Alappuzha, in the state of Kerala, India. It is 31 km to Kochi and Kottayam and 22 km north of Alappuzha town, on the Kochi-Alappuzha National Highway NH 47, as well as the coastal rail route. The coastal town is also about 20 kilometers from the historical town of Vaikom Via Ullala -Chempakassery house and the popular tourism destination Kumarakom.


Fahadh Faasil Indian film actor

Fahadh Faasil is an Indian actor and film producer, who predominantly works in the Malayalam film industry and has also appeared in Tamil films. He has acted in more than 40 films and has received several awards, including a National Film Award, two Kerala State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards South. Fahadh is the son of filmmaker Fazil.

Srinda is an Indian film actress, who predominantly performs in Malayalam films. Her first film was Four Friends. Her notable roles includes 22 Female Kottayam, Annayum Rasoolum, 1983 and Tamaar Padaar.

Alencier Ley Lopez is an Indian film and theatre actor, who appears in Malayalam films. Lopez made his debut in the 1998 film Daya; and he achieved recognition through the films Annayum Rasoolum (2013), Njan Steve Lopez (2013), and Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016). At the 48th Kerala State Film Awards, he won the Best Character Actor Award for his performance in Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (2017).


Initially Pazhoor thought of directing the film himself, before Pothan came on-board. [4] About the genre of the film, Pothen said that he is not sure which genre the film falls in, but it surely has the elements of a "family drama". [5] For some of the police roles, the film features real-life police officers in the cast. Newcomer Nimisha Sajayan was selected from general auditions. Principal photography commenced from 7 December 2016 in Kasaragod. Other locations include Vaikom and Cherthala. [6]

Kasaragod City in Kerala, India

Kasaragod is a municipal town and the district headquarters of Kasaragod district of Kerala state in India. Situated in the rich biodiversity of Western Ghats, it is known for the Chandragiri and Bekal Forts, Chandragiri River, historic Kolathiri Rajas, natural environment of Ranipuram and Kottancheri Hills, historical and religious sites like the Madiyan Kulom temple, Madhur Temple, Ananthapuram Lake Temple and Malik Deenar Mosque. It is located 585 km north of state capital Thiruvananthapuram and 50 km south of the port city of Mangalore.

Vaikom Municipality/Historical Town in Kerala, India

Vaikom is a muncipal town and a capital town of Vaikom Taluk, situated in the northwest of Kottayam district in the state of Kerala, India. The town is also noted for its role in the Indian independence movement for being the venue of Vaikom Satyagraha, a civil rights movement aimed at securing freedom of movement for all sections of society through the public roads leading to The famous Shiva temple situated here.


Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
Soundtrack album by
Released28 June 2017
Genre Feature Film Soundtrack
Language Malayalam
Label Muzik 247
Producer Bijibal
Bijibal chronology
Ramante Edanthottam
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
Thrissivaperoor Kliptham

The music and background score for the film is composed by Bijibal, who has previously worked with Dileesh Pothan in Maheshinte Prathikaaram . The lyrics are written by Rafeeq Ahamed. [7]

Bijibal Music director in Indian films

Bijibal Maniyil is a National Award-winning Indian composer and playback singer in the Malayalam film industry.

<i>Maheshinte Prathikaaram</i> 2016 film by Dileesh Pothan

Maheshinte Prathikaaram is a 2016 Indian Malayalam-language comedy-drama film directed by Dileesh Pothan and produced by Aashiq Abu. The film stars Fahadh Faasil, Anusree, Alencier Ley Lopez, Aparna Balamurali, and Soubin Shahir. Written by Syam Pushkaran, its story is based on an incident in the life of Thampan Purushan from Thuravoor, Cherthala. Shyju Khalid was the film's cinematographer, and its soundtrack and score were composed by Bijibal.

Rafeeq Ahamed lyricist

Rafeeq Ahmed is a Malayalam poet, lyricist and novelist. He has won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry and is a five-time winner of the Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics. With more than 600 songs in his credit, Rafeeq Ahamed is regarded as the most successful and critically acclaimed lyricist of contemporary Malayalam cinema.

All tracks are written by Rafeeq Ahamed.

Track listing
1."Kannile Poika" Ganesh Sundaram, Soumya Ramakrishnan 3:16
2."Aayilyam" Sithara, Govind Menon 3:07
3."Varum Varum" Bijibal 3:39
Total length:10:02


Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum was released in India on 30 June 2017. [8]

Critical reception

Critic Veeyen termed the movie has sardonic wisecracks and the continual cackles, which fundamentally holds the charm of an otherwise unexciting film. He closes of by signifying the exceptional intelligence and grace the film has in terms of flow. [9]

Bharadwaj, in the review of the film, stated that "Fahadh Faasil's equal parts lazy and wily trickster acting and Alencier Ley Lopez's character acting as luminously exceptional." He praises on the beauty of police office politics that Dileesh & Sajeev was able to portray as the drive that calibrates the film. Manorama praises real-life police officer Sibi Thomas for his comedic and yet balanced performance. [10]

Baradwaj Rangan of Film Companion South wrote "Simply put, Pothan’s films aren’t about the incidents suggested by the titles, but around them. Instead of zooming in, narratively speaking, he goes for the wide shot. This is a generous approach to filmmaking. It says that the main characters are a part of the world around them, and this world needs to be acknowledged as well." [11]

Director Shekhar Kapur, jury chairman of 65th National Film Awards commented: "Brilliant film, impressive performance. First you will think it is a simple film with usual romance and elopement. But how subtle are the things introduced in the film? The movie takes a serious turn by the end, leaving you appalled. I have never seen such an excellent performance by actors,". [12]

Box office

The film was a commercial success. It grossed ₹17.5 crore from Kerala box office in its lifetime. [13]


48th Kerala State Film Awards
65th National Film Awards [14]
Asianet Film Awards

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