Last updated

Tiyaan Movie Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jiyen Krishnakumar
Written by Murali Gopy
Produced byHaneef Mohammed
Starring Prithviraj Sukumaran
Indrajith Sukumaran
Narrated by Mohanlal
Cinematography Satheesh Kurup
Edited by Manoj
Music by Gopi Sundar
Red Rose Creations
Release date
  • 7 July 2017 (2017-07-07)
Language Malayalam
Budget20 crore [1]

Tiyaan (lit.'The above-mentioned person') is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language socio-political action thriller film [2] written by Murali Gopy and directed by Jiyen Krishnakumar. [3] It features Prithviraj Sukumaran and Indrajith Sukumaran. [4] Music was composed by Gopi Sundar. The filming started on 27 July 2016 at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. [5] Other locations include Pune, Mumbai, and Nasik. [6] [7] It was released on 7 July 2017.



Pattabhiraman Giri is a Malayali Brahmin teacher living in North India. He is ordered to leave his house by Mahashay Bhagavan, a godman for building his ashram and claiming the surroundings for a land mafia. The house was built by followers of Adi Shankara, ancestors of Giri by institution of a Chola king in North India. The house has a well, which has water throughout the year used by all of the villagers. Giri lives with his wife, Amba and daughter Arya teaching Sanskrit to aspirants. He is well respected as a pandit.

Giri gets warned by an unknown middle aged man about the consequences he will have to face by going against the God man. However, he chooses to fight. He is asked to look upwards to the fire on the hill if he needs help. The Godman plays dirty and poisons Giri's daughter and she dies. Giri's own friends and supporters goes against him and joins the Godman fooled by his fake miracles.

Mahashay Bhagavan and his followers visits Giri at night asking him to leave. He says whomsoever have the guts to kill a Brahmin can take over his land. After many attempts the Godman and troops fails and leaves. Giri and his house are attacked by men with guns. However, they are unable to bring any damage to the house. The Godman makes the attack is by maoists and thus Giri is forbidden from entering his house. He goes up to the hill in search of the unknown man but doesn't find him. He learns from Jameel that the unknown man is Azlan Muhammed, who lived in Mumbai.

Azlan is well respected priest, who attacks and kills all kind of violence in his area. He is married to a Hindu woman, Parineeti Adve and used to live happily fighting for his people. Azlan's sister, Jameela was raped by a rowdy with a rich father, Khan Sahib. The rowdy whips his sister and Jameel, her lover in the streets and Azlan kills him. A money greed madman Ramnath Gujjan promises to kill Azlan and bring his head. With blessings from his Babaji who is Mahashay Bhagavan, Gujjan attacks Azlan and his people at night. His sister, wife and daughter are killed by taking bullets for Azlan. However, Azlan survives his wounds because his heart is in the other side (dextrocardia) alongside Jameel, and Gujjan shoots in the wrong side. Azlan leaves the land listening to a wise man's advice without knowing where he is going. The rowdy's father kills himself after he leaves. When Azlan lay dehydrated and unconscious in the desert of an unknown land, a bunch of yogis who seek no manly pleasures saves him. His pilgrimage with the yogis to different places showed him real values of life and wisdom. He walked out as a living weapon and stayed to fulfil his life purpose of dharma.

A mother runs into the Ashram of Mahashay Bhagvan with the dead body of her daughter asking if he can bring her back to life. She had fed her child with whatever the Godman had given her ignoring doctor's warnings. She brings the deadbody of the child to Giri who has been sitting outside Mahashay Bhagvan's ashram for days in an effort to meet him. Giri touches the dead body of the girl child and suddenly she comes back alive. People start to believe in him and ask for his blessings. This causes distress to the self proclaimed godman Mahashay Bhagvan as he starts to lose his power. The Godman's troops attacks Giri and Azlan makes an entrance. Giri fights back and wins them over single handedly. He is astonished by his own powers and changes in him. Mahashay secretly tries to meet Azlan at night. He is scared by the visions of Vasundara Devi (Padmapriya Janakiraman), whom he killed in greed of money and power.

The Godman decides to show his power in front of people because of the push from his investors. He asks Giri to show his powers and do whatever he is doing to prove his power. However, he gets a vision of Azlan who makes him weak and unable to perform his own fake magic. He burns himself unable to find his remote in the stampede paying for his own sins. Azlan and Giri has had recurrent dreams about an ancient war. It seems to be that in their previous lives they were friends who helped each other at war.


Critical response

The film received negative to mixed reviews. Sanjith Sidhardhan of The Times of India rated the movie (3.5/5) and wrote: "Murali delivers with an intense script packed with potent dialogues, not just in Malayalam but in Hindi and Sanskrit too. The initial half wraps a relevant take on the current religiopolitical scenario of the country as an entertainer set in a hamlet, inhabited by people of various sects, religions, and languages." [10] In his review for manoramaonline.com, G. Ragesh said "Be it the theme or the setting, Sukumaran-brothers starring Tiyaan is an attempt to explore lesser known terrains. The film, set in a sleepy and parched village in the Hindi heartland, addresses burning issues such as sale of divinity and associated crimes, and tries to go deeper in search of the soul of Indian spirituality". [11] Manoj Kumar R of The Indian Express rated the movie (2.5/5) and wrote: Unless you have a stomach for a drama told in a socio-political thriller format that unfolds with backstories in an extent of nearly 2 hours 50 minutes, you may not find Tiyaan entertaining. [12] Baradwaj Rangan of Film Companion South wrote "Tiyaan comes off like AR Murugadoss meets your average Telugu star vehicle, high-concept mumbo-jumbo fused with lowbrow pleasures. And that is valid reason for a film’s being. But the writing is a disaster." [13]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Prithviraj Sukumaran</span> Indian actor, film director and producer (born 1982)

Prithviraj Sukumaran is an Indian actor, director, producer and playback singer primarily working in Malayalam and Tamil language films. He has also done Telugu and Hindi films. He acted in more than 100 films in a variety of roles and has received several awards including a National Film Award, three Kerala State Film Awards, a Tamil Nadu State Film Award and a Filmfare Awards South.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Indrajith Sukumaran</span> Indian actor and playback singer

Indrajith Sukumaran is an Indian actor and singer. He predominantly works in Malayalam cinema. Indrajith was born to the actors Sukumaran and Mallika Sukumaran and is the elder brother of actor Prithviraj Sukumaran.

<i>Classmates</i> (2006 film) 2006 Indian Malayalam film directed by Lal Jose

Classmates is a 2006 Indian Malayalam-language coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lal Jose and written by James Albert. The film features an ensemble cast including Prithviraj Sukumaran, Narain, Jayasurya, Indrajith Sukumaran and Kavya Madhavan. The story revolves around a college graduate class of 1991. In 2006, working in different corners of the world, the friends get together for a class reunion to revive the joy and laughter of their college days. On the night of the reunion, one of the students is almost murdered and goes into a coma.

<i>Achanurangatha Veedu</i> 2006 Indian film

Achanuragantha Veedu is a 2006 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by Lal Jose and written by Babu Janardhanan. It stars Salim Kumar, Muktha, Samvrutha Sunil, and Indrajith Sukumaran. The film was released on 28 January 2006. For his performance, Salim Kumar won the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Murali Gopy</span> Indian actor

Gopynathan Muralikrishnan, professionally credited as Murali Gopy, is an Indian actor-screenwriter, producer, author, singer, lyricist, music composer and journalist. He has written films like Ee Adutha Kaalathu, Left Right Left, Tiyaan, Kammara Sambhavam, and the highest-grossing Malayalam film Lucifer. He has won numerous awards including Filmfare Awards South and South Indian International Movie Awards.

<i>Veeralipattu</i> (2007 film) 2007 Indian film

Veeralipattu is a 2007 Indian Malayalam-language film directed by Kukku Surendran, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Murali and Padmapriya.

<i>Ee Adutha Kaalathu</i> 2012 Indian film

Ee Adutha Kaalathu is a 2012 Indian Malayalam-language black comedy crime film written by Murali Gopy and directed by Arun Kumar Aravind. The film marks the second directorial venture by Arun Kumar Aravind, after his notable directorial debut Cocktail (2010). Kerala State Award winning cinematographer Shehnad Jalal handled the camera.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Vysakh</span> Indian filmmaker

Ebbey Abraham, better known by his stage name Vysakh, is an Indian film director who works in Malayalam films and is known for several commercially successful films like Pokkiri Raja, Seniors, Mallu Singh, Pulimurugan and Madhuraja. He began his career as a television anchor and later as an associate director to Joshiy and Johny Antony. He debuted as an independent director in 2010 with Pokkiri Raja starring Mammootty and Prithviraj Sukumaran. In 2016, his directorial Pulimurugan starring Mohanlal and Jagapathi Babu became the first Malayalam film to gross around ₹100 crore at the box office.

<i>Left Right Left</i> (film) 2013 Indian film

Left Right Left is a 2013 Indian Malayalam-language political drama film, directed by Arun Kumar Aravind and written by Murali Gopy. Left Right Left revolves around the lives of Jayan, Roy, Sahadevan, Anitha and Jennifer. Released on 14 June 2013, the film was set in three periods – the 60s/70s, the 80s/90s and the present day. It got mostly positive reviews upon release but drew occasional criticism for some of its characters and scenes resembling real-life political leaders and incidents. However, it has gathered a cult status over the years as one of the finest political thrillers ever made in Malayalam. Murali Gopy's performance won him the 61st Filmfare Awards South for The Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Lena Kumar won Kerala State Film Award for the Second Best Actress.Filmicompanion in 2019 included Hareesh Peradi's performance in the Top 100 performances of the decade.

<i>Lucifer</i> (2019 Indian film) 2019 Indian Malayalam-language political action thriller film

Lucifer is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language political action thriller film directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran and written by Murali Gopy. Produced by Antony Perumbavoor through the production house Aashirvad Cinemas, the film marks Prithviraj's directorial debut and features Mohanlal in the title role, alongside an ensemble supporting cast including Vivek Oberoi, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran, Saniya Iyappan, Sai Kumar, John Vijay, Sachin Khedekar, Baiju Santhosh, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Fazil, Suresh Chandra Menon and Nyla Usha. Deepak Dev composed the film's music, and the cinematography was handled by Sujith Vaassudev.

<i>Vedivazhipadu</i> 2013 film by Shambu Purushothaman

Vedivazhipadu is a 2013 Malayalam sex comedy film scripted and directed by newcomer Shambu Purushothaman, a graduate of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. The cast includes Indrajith Sukumaran, Murali Gopy, Saiju Kurup, Anumol, Sreejith Ravi, Anusree and Mythili. The film was produced by director Arun Kumar Aravind under the banner of Karmayug Movies. Award-winning cinematographer Shehnad Jalal, Shambu's classmate from SRFTII, cranked the camera, while Bijibal scored the background music.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nadirshah</span> Indian actor, mimicry artist and film director

Nadirshah is an Indian film director, music composer, singer, lyricist, actor, mimicry artist, comedian, and television host, who works in Malayalam films, television and stage. He has done several supporting roles in Malayalam cinema. His areas of contribution in music includes playback singing, lyrics and composing. He made his directional debut with the Malayalam film Amar Akbar Anthony (2015). His second directorial was Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan (2016).

<i>Aami</i> 2018 film directed by Kamal

Aami is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language biographical film based on the life of poet-author Kamala Das. It is written and directed by Kamal and stars Manju Warrier as Kamala Surayya, along with Murali Gopy, Tovino Thomas, Anoop Menon and Anand Bal. The film was released on 9 February 2018. The film won two Kerala State Film Awards.

<i>Mohanlal</i> (film) 2018 film by Sajid Yahiya

Mohanlal is a 2018 Indian comedy drama film directed by Sajid Yahiya and written by Suneesh Varanad from a story by Yahiya.It stars Indrajith Sukumaran and Manju Warrier. Principal photography took place between May and December 2017 at locations in Ernakulam, and Palakkad and Thrissur districts. Mohanlal was released in India on 14 April 2018.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rathish Ambat</span> Indian film director and producer

Rathish Ambat is an Indian film director, adfilm director, and producer who works predominantly in the Malayalam film industry. He is well known for his debut film Kammara Sambhavam which was released on 14 April 2018.

<i>Thakkol</i> 2019 Indian film

Thakkol (transl. Key) is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language thriller film directed by Kiron Prabhakaran and starring Indrajith Sukumaran and Murali Gopy. The film was in production for over a year. The lead cast had previously starred together in Ee Adutha Kaalathu (2012), Left Right Left (2013) and Tiyaan (2017). The film is produced by director Shaji Kailas. Sukumaran and Gopy play priests in the film. The film was predominantly shot in Goa.

<i>Kuruthi</i> 2021 film by Manu Warrier

Kuruthi is a 2021 Indian Malayalam-language neo-noir action thriller film directed by Manu Warrier, written by Anish Pallyal, and produced by Supriya Menon through Prithviraj Productions. It stars an ensemble cast including Roshan Mathew, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Naslen K. Gafoor, Murali Gopy, Mamukkoya and Shine Tom Chacko. Jakes Bejoy composed the original songs and background score. The film is about how enduring human relations that transcends boundaries struggle to survive trials of hatred and prejudice.

<i>Kaanchi</i> (2013 film) 2013 Indian film

Kaanchi is a 2013 Indian Malayalam-language action drama film directed by G. N. Krishnakumar and written by B. Jeyamohan, starring Indrajith Sukumaran, Murali Gopy, Shine Tom Chacko and Archanna Guptaa.

<i>Theerppu</i> 2022 Indian film

Theerppu (transl. Judgment) is a 2022 Malayalam-language thriller film directed by Rathish Ambat and written by Murali Gopy. The film stars an ensemble cast including Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran, Isha Talwar, Vijay Babu, Saiju Kurup, Hannah Reji Koshy, Suzanne Bernert, Alencier Ley Lopez, Srikant Murali and Siddique. The film is produced by Vijay Babu, Rathish Ambat and Murali Gopi. This film is the second directorial of Rathish Ambat after Kammara Sambhavam.

<i>L2: Empuraan</i> Upcoming Indian film by Prithviraj Sukumaran

L2: Empuraan, also called L2E, is an upcoming Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran and written by Murali Gopy. It is the second instalment in a planned trilogy, succeeding the 2019 film Lucifer. The film is jointly produced by A. Subaskaran of Lyca Productions and Antony Perumbavoor of Aashirvad Cinemas. The film stars Mohanlal as Khureshi-Ab'raam / Stephen Nedumpally, reprising his role from the original, alongside Prithviraj, Manju Warrier, and Tovino Thomas in the returning cast. The film's music was composed by Deepak Dev.


  1. Tiyaan first look: Prithviraj film looks intriguing, see poster. The Indian Express (4 March 2017). Retrieved on 18 July 2017.
  2. Tiyaan Review: Five things that make Tiyaan the most anticipated film of Mollywood!. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (7 July 2017). Retrieved on 2018-08-17.
  3. "'Tiyaan' – Prithviraj's next to be penned by Murali Gopy stunning first look!". manoramaonline.com. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  4. "Prithviraj and Indrajith join hands for 'Tiyaan'; first-look poster out". ibtimes.co.in. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  5. Desk, Web. (29 July 2016) Prithvi-Indrajith film Tiyaan shooting started. Skylarkpictures.in. Retrieved on 18 July 2017.
  6. "Prithviraj is Aslan, Indrajith Pattabhiraman in Tiyaan". The Times of India . 7 June 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  7. "Indrajith and Prithviraj start shooting together". The Times of India . 6 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  8. "Paris Laxmi to speak Sanskrit in Tiyaan". The Times of India . 4 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  9. "Padmapriya to speak Hindi in her comeback movie". The Times of India . 19 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  10. Tiyaan Review {3.5/5}: The movie is a good one-time watch with a few great scenes. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (7 July 2017). Retrieved on 18 July 2017.
  11. Tiyaan review: in search of the unknown terrains | Tiyaan review | Tiyaan movie review | Prithviraj | Indrajith | Murali Gopy | Tiyaan release. English.manoramaonline.com (7 July 2017). Retrieved on 18 July 2017.
  12. Kumar, Manoj Tiyaan movie review: Prithviraj Sukumaran delivers an intense drama. The Indian Express (7 July 2017)
  13. "Tiyaan Movie Review". Film Companion . 11 July 2017.