|Directed by||Ranjith Sankar|
|Written by||Ranjith Sankar|
|Edited by||Sagar Dass|
|138 minutes |
|Box office||₹5.6crores(World wide)|
Varsham (Rains) is a 2014 Malayalam drama film written and directed by Ranjith Sankar.  The film stars Mammootty and Asha Sarath in the main roles,  T. G. Ravi as the antagonist,  along with Mamta Mohandas, Govind Padmasoorya and Master Prajwal in major supporting roles. It features a film score and soundtrack by Bijibal.  Varsham released worldwide on 6 November 2014. The film received generally positive reviews from critics.  
The film narrates the story of Venu who is an affluent finance company owner but at the same time very much uses the usual croony tactics finance companies use to build their business. His world is limited to only his son and wife. Like any father he imposes his dreams and aspirations on his son without realizing the effect it is having on him. One night, after an argument with Anand on giving a worker 10000 rupees for building house, his son dies of a cardiac arrest and this leads him to see the world in a different perspective. Using his finance company, Venu starts using innovative loan schemes at interests rates lower than that of the market to help people with healthcare, education and other such needs, which leads to him making enemies of his rivals. How he copes up with all these issues and tries to keep his social work in the name of his son alive forms the crux of the story.  
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||11 October 2014|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
Bijibal, who had earlier collaborated with Ranjith Sankar for all his films except Molly Aunty Rocks! , composed the soundtrack for the film.  The lyrics were written by Santhosh Varma and M.R Jayageetha.  The soundtrack of the film was released on 11 October 2014 under the label Mathrubhumi Music. 
|1.||"Koottuthedi"||M.R Jayageetha||Sachin Warrier||04:04|
Varsham released worldwide on 6 November 2014 in about 400 theaters.   The film released simultaneously in India as well as in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Australia, Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates, a first for a Malayalam film.  
The trailer and audio of the film was launched in a function at Oberon Mall in Kochi on 11 October 2014.  The function was live streamed in Mammootty's official website.  It was announced on the event that no flex boards or plastic would be used to market Varsham.  A song of the film "Koottuthedi" was released through the mobile messaging app WhatsApp for the first time in a Malayalam film. 
Varsham received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise towards the performances, direction and the screenplay.     
The film was both commercial and critical success.    The film collected £212 from 1st weekend at UK box office. 
Nicy V.P of International Business Times gave the film 5/5 stars and wrote, "Varsham is a movie worth investing your time and money. The USP of the movie is definitely the performance by the actors and the casting of the movie requires a special mention. Mammootty has carried the whole film on his shoulders with his impeccable perfection in acting."  IndiaGlitz concluded its review, "Varsham is a very heart-touching tale with a very important message" and gave the film a rating of 8.5 out of 10.  Sreejith Naripatta of Indiavision gave the film 4 stars in a scale of 5 and wrote, "Even though the narrative is told in a simple way, the audience is never allowed to be free from the mental tension" and that it "could be added to the list of the best family movies of Mammootty."  Akhila Menon of FilmiBeat also rated the film 4/5 and stated that Ranjith Sankar "manages to bring up a very simple theme and portray it without any entertaining gimmicks or over-dosage of sentiments." She concluded that the film was a "tender and completely engrossing family drama." 
Padmakumar K of Malayala Manorama rated it 3.5 out of 5 and wrote, "Many scenes are tearjerkers, but they lend an aura of substance as no other film in the immediate past has been able to. Sensibly orchestrated, these portrayals are captivating, deeply moving, rich and original." He concluded that the film "stands out as an exceptional work by Ranjith Sankar."  The Times of India gave the film 3.5 in a scale of 5 and concluded its review, "Varsham has the elements of a thought-provoking film, which lingers even after you exit the movie hall." The performances were praised as the reviewer noted, "Asha Sarath's powerful portrayal deserves a special mention", while also stating Mammootty's performance as "soulful".  Jahangir Razzak of Mathrubhumi wrote that the film, "is the most beautiful film of Ranjith Sankar" and concluded, "Varsham is a torrential downpour of goodness and the simplicity of appearance." 
Veeyen of Now Running rated it 3/5 and stated, "Varsham is a soothing shower of compassion and goodwill that is undoubtedly Ranjith Sankar's best work as yet. It is a magnificently touching, tragic film that soaks you up in melancholy and optimism." He lauded the performance of Mammootty and wrote, "Mammootty lends his heart and soul to Venu, and comes up with a well rounded and emotionally raw performance that will, without doubt leave your eyes moist on several occasions".  The reviewer of Sify rated the film as "Good" and stated that the film was "a rehashed version of those stereotyped movies from the past, but even then it has been presented well." It also added, "Mammootty makes the anguish of a father look disturbingly real" and that "for the fans of Mammootty, this one is nothing less than a grand treat."  Paresh C Palicha, writing for Rediff , commented, "Varsham carries the stamp of Ranjith Sankar which is enhanced by Mammootty's presence." He gave the film 3 out of 5 stars.  Behindwoods also awarded the film 3/5 stars and stated, "With stellar performances from the lead actors, the movie feels disturbingly real and leaves the audience in tears on several occasions." 
On the contrary, Raj Vikram of Metro Matinee wrote that the film "holds no surprises and fails to fully tap the hidden potential in the subject" and concluded, "Varsham is akin to an impending rain, that never pours!"  E.V. Shibu of Mangalam lauded the performance of Mammootty as he noted, "Mammootty amazes the audience just with his lip movement and makes them shed some tears" and wrote that the film "is full of moments that take advantage of the acting prowess of Mammootty", but criticized the film as a whole, "The visuals and characters that wander aimlessly in the second half, the slow pace and situations without any tightness make the 139-minute-long film a morose experience."  Sharika C. of The Hindu wrote, "You know exactly where the film is going, and the only things that are added to the film at every turn, or lack of it, are more tears" and stated that the film "offers nothing new." 
Varsham was ranked amongst the year-end top ten lists of International Business Times and Sify .   Mammootty received the award for the best actor at the 17th Asianet Film Awards, 62nd Filmfare Awards South and 2014 Vanitha Film Awards for his portrayal of Venu.    He was also nominated for the same at the 4th South Indian International Movie Awards, while Asha Sarath won the Best Actress award at the 2014 Ramu Kariat Movie Awards and was nominated for the same at the Filmfare Awards.   
Muhammad Kutty Panaparambil Ismail, known mononymously by the hypocorism Mammootty (/mɐmːuːʈːi/), is an Indian actor and film producer who works predominantly in Malayalam films. He has also appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, and English-language productions. In a career spanning five decades, he has acted in over 400 films. He is the recipient of several accolades, including three National Film Awards, seven Kerala State Film Awards, and thirteen Filmfare Awards South. For his contribution to film, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri in 1998. In 2022, he was honoured with Kerala Prabha Award, the second-highest honour given by the Government of Kerala.
Kaazcha is a 2004 Indian Malayalam-language family-drama film written and directed by Blessy, in his directorial debut. The story revolves around the boy Pavan who reaches Kerala after he loses everything in the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. Film projectionist Madhavan (Mammootty) happens to meet the boy and takes him with him. The film won three Filmfare Awards South, including the debut of actress Padmapriya. The movie was reported to be inspired by the 1986 Iranian movie Bashu, the Little Stranger.
Ranjith Balakrishnan is an Indian film director, screenwriter, lyricist, producer, and actor who works in Malayalam cinema. Ranjith made his directorial debut in 2001 with Ravanaprabhu, the sequel to Devaasuram. His films Thirakkatha and Indian Rupee won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam in 2008 and 2011 respectively. He is also the current chairman of Kerala State Chalachitra Academy.
Rosshan Andrrews is an Indian film director who mainly works in Malayalam cinema.
Muhammad Kutty Panaparambil Ismail, is an Indian actor and film producer who works predominantly in Malayalam films. In 1972, he made his onscreen debut as an extra in K. S. Sethumadhavan's Anubhavangal Paalichakal while studying law in Maharaja's College. Since then he has acted in over 400 films in Malayalam and other languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English films. After his debut, he appeared in an uncredited role in Kaalachakram (1973). In 1979, while he was practising law in Manjeri he was offered a pivotal role in M. T. Vasudevan Nair's Devalokam. However, this film was never released.
Parvathy Thiruvothu Kottuvattaa is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Malayalam and Tamil language films. She is the recipient of a National Film Award, four Filmfare Awards South, and two Kerala State Film Awards.
Amal Neerad is an Indian film director, cinematographer and producer who mainly works in Malayalam Cinema. He attended the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. He was awarded the National Film Award for Best Cinematography in 2001 for his diploma film Meena Jha.
Passenger is a 2009 Indian Malayalam-language conspiracy thriller film written and directed by debutant Ranjith Sankar and starring Sreenivasan, Dileep, Mamta Mohandas, Jagathy Sreekumar and Nedumudi Venu in major roles. It was a path breaker in Malayalam cinema in terms of its story telling and started the Malayalam new cinema wave. Owing to its critical and commercial success, Passenger was to be remade into Tamil as Muriyadi by Selva.
Ranjith Sankar is an Indian Filmmaker who works in Malayalam films. He started his movie career with the 2009 thriller film Passenger. Sankar followed Passenger up with Arjunan Saakshi (2011),Molly Aunty Rocks (2012), Punyalan Agarbattis (2013), Varsham (2014), Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam (2015), Pretham (2016), Ramante Eden Thottam (2017), Punyalan Private Limited (2017), Njan Marykutty (2018) Pretham 2 (2018), Kamala (2019) and Sunny (2021). Sankar launched his production house Dreams N Beyond in 2012 and his distribution house Punyalan Cinemas in 2017.
Gopi Sundar C. S. is an Indian music director, programmer, playback singer, songwriter, actor and performer who works prominently in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil film industries. He started his career composing music for television commercials, has nearly 5,000 jingles to his credit. As a keyboard programmer, he has collaborated with many music directors including the composer duo Vishal–Shekhar. He has won several accolades for his soundtrack albums and film scores, including a National Film Award, a Kerala State Film Award, and two Filmfare Awards South.
Nivin Pauly is an Indian actor and producer who works predominantly in Malayalam films. He is a recipient of several awards including two Kerala State Film Awards and three Filmfare South awards. Nivin auditioned for and was cast in one of the main roles in Vineeth Sreenivasan's directorial debut Malarvaadi Arts Club in 2009, which was produced by actor Dileep. Nivin got his breakthrough with his lead role in the romantic film Thattathin Marayathu (2012), which was also directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan.
Dulquer Salmaan is an Indian actor, playback singer and film producer who predominantly works in Malayalam and Tamil films in addition to Telugu and Hindi films. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management from Purdue University and worked as a business manager in Dubai before pursuing a career in acting. Dulquer is a recipient of several awards including, four Filmfare Awards South and a Kerala State Film Award.
Nazriya Nazim is an Indian actress, producer and former television presenter who works predominantly in Malayalam and Tamil films. She has won One Filmfare Award South, one Kerala State Film Awards, and One Tamil Nadu State Film Award respectively.
Tovino Thomas is an Indian actor and film producer who prominently works in Malayalam films. He made his debut in 2012 with the film Prabhuvinte Makkal. His breakthrough roles were in the films ABCD (2013), 7th Day (2014) and Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015). He starred as the titular character in the Netflix superhero film Minnal Murali (2021).
Drishyam (transl. Visual) is a 2013 Indian Malayalam-language crime thriller film written and directed by Jeethu Joseph. It stars Mohanlal and Meena, with Ansiba Hassan, Esther Anil, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Asha Sharath, Siddique, Roshan Basheer and Neeraj Madhav in supporting roles. The film was produced by Antony Perumbavoor for Aashirvad Cinemas. It is the first installment to the series followed by Drishyam 2. It follows the struggle of Georgekutty and his family, who come under suspicion when Varun Prabhakar, the son of the IG Geetha Prabhakar, goes missing.
Asha Sharath is an Indian actress and classical dancer, who predominantly works in Malayalam films and television shows and also has a few Tamil, Kannada and Telugu film credits.
Bangalore Days is a 2014 Indian Malayalam-language coming of age romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Anjali Menon, and co-produced by Anwar Rasheed and Sophia Paul under the banner Anwar Rasheed Entertainments and Weekend Blockbusters. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Fahadh Faasil, Nazriya Nazim, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Isha Talwar and Paris Laxmi. Nithya Menen appears in a cameo. The plot revolves around three cousins from Kerala who move to Bangalore, continuing Menon's trend of films about family relationships. The film released on 30 May 2014 in 205 theatres, making it one of the biggest release for a Malayalam film, simultaneously all over India and received positive reviews.
Munnariyippu (transl. Warning) is a 2014 Indian Malayalam-language psychological experimental thriller film directed by Venu and produced by Ranjith, screenplay by Unni R. The film stars Mammootty and Aparna Gopinath, with Nedumudi Venu, Joy Mathew, Prathap Pothan, Sreeraman, Renji Panicker, Saiju Kurup, Joshy Mathew, and Sudheesh in supporting roles. Prithviraj Sukumaran appears in a cameo role.
Puthan Panam is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language crime thriller film written, directed and co-produced by Ranjith, based on the issue of black money and demonetisation. It stars Mammootty, Baiju, Mamukkoya, Hareesh Perumanna, Nirmal Palazhi and Swaraj Gramika in prominent roles.
Shebin Benson is an Indian actor who works predominantly in Malayalam films.