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Directed by Shaji Kailas
Written by Ranjith
Produced byAnil Ambalakkara
Baiju Ambalakkara
Cinematography Ravi Varman
Edited byL. Bhoominathan
Music byRajamani
Mohan Sitara
Ambalakkara Films
Distributed by
  • Amma Arts
  • Sagar Movies
  • Rajashree Pictures
Release date
  • 10 September 2000 (2000-09-10)
Running time
170 minutes

Valyettan (transl. Elder brother) is a 2000 Indian Malayalam-language action drama film directed by Shaji Kailas and scripted by Ranjith. It stars Mammootty, Shobana, Sai Kumar, N. F. Varghese, Siddique and Manoj K Jayan. [1] [2] [3] It was remade in Kannada as Jyeshta by director Suresh Krissna with Vishnuvardhan in the lead role. [4] The film was released in Kerala on 10 September 2000. The film was a commercial success and was the highest grossing Malayalam film of the year 2000. [5]



Arakkal Kuttikrishnan Nair loses a civil case against his nephew Arakkal Madhavanunni and has to give up the ancestral home, which he has been holding illegally for past long years. Kuttikrishnan Nair's son Patteri Sivaraman takes it as a prestige issue and decides to finish out Madhavanunni, with the help of his trusted lieutenant Nedungadi. Sivaraman has a deep hatred and enmity towards Madhavanuni since childhood and both had involved in several fistfights. Nedungadi sends Varoli Abu to shoot down either Madhavanunni or one among his brothers on their arrival at the house, but the timely intervention of Madhavanunni saves them. Madhavanunni is a self made rich businessman, who owns several properties inside and outside Kerala.

After the suicide of his parents, Madhavanunni had taken care of his brothers: Raghu, Dasan, Appu and Shankaran Kutty, who all love and respect him. Ramankutty Kaimal, the old caretaker of their property also enjoys a good relationship with Madhavanunni. At his college, Appu is harassed by Subair, the younger brother of Madhavanunni's rival Mambaram Bava Haji. With the help of Kattipalli Pappan, a notorious criminal, Appu thrashes Subair, who dies accidentally and is later arrested for the murder, but is released on bail and Kattipalli Pappan is arrested for the murder. While going to prison, Pappan requests Madhavanunni to take care of his sister Lakshmi, which Madhavanuni accepts.

Madhavanunni brings Lakshmi to his home and is treated as a member of their family. Mambaram Bawa Haji is now looking for a chance to avenge Madhavanunni for his brother's death, where Patteri Sivaraman lends a helping hand to Bawa Haji. One day, Lakshmi is found dead at the pond and Dasan is arrested, but Raghu surrenders to the cops in order to save Dasan. Upon release from prison, Pappan returns to kill Raghu for murdering Lakshmi, but later discovers that Patteri Shivaraman was the mastermind behind Lakshmi's murder. Enraged, Madhavanunni, along with his brothers and Pappan heads to Patteri Sivaraman's house and thrashes him, but later leaves him on the request of Kuttikrishnan Nair and his family. Patteri Sivaraman realizes his mistake and the families reconciles with each other.


Box office

The film was the third highest grossing Malayalam film of the year 2000 after Thenkasipattanam and Narasimham. [5] [6]


All lyrics are written by Gireesh Puthenchery; all music is composed by Mohan Sitara

1."Arupathu Thiriyitta" (Male) K. J. Yesudas  
2."Arupathu Thiriyitta" (Female) K. S. Chitra  
3."Kannilambum Villum" M. G. Sreekumar, Afsal  
4."Niranaazhi Ponnil"M. G. Sreekumar, Choir  
5."Nettimele Pottittaalum" (Duet)K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chitra 
6."Nettimele Pottittaalum" (Female)K. S. Chitra 
7."Nettimele Pottittaalum" (Male)K. J. Yesudas 
8."Shivamallippoo Pozhikkum"K. S. Chitra 
9."Smaraami Vaishnavachaarumoorthe" P. Jayachandran  

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