Venicile Vyapari

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Venicile Vyapari
Directed by Shafi
Written by James Albert
Produced byMadhavan Nair
Cinematography Shamdat Sainudeen
Edited by Manoj
Music by Bijibal
Distributed by
  • Murali Films
  • PJ Entertainments
Release date
  • 16 December 2011 (2011-12-16)
Budget4.5 Cr
Box office12.00 Cr

Venicile Vyapari, (transl.The Merchant of Venice) is a 2011 Indian Malayalam-language Action-romantic comedy film directed by Shafi, starring Mammootty, Kavya Madhavan, and Poonam Bajwa. The film's plot unfolds in Alappuzha, a town in Kerala popularly known as the Venice of the East. Written by James Albert, the story follows a murder mystery. [1] [2]



The story revolves around Pavithran who lost his parents in his childhood. He enters the police force by chance, though it is not his ambition. Pavithran lands up in Alappuzha (Alappuzha incidentally is attributed to the sobriquet, Venice of the East) disguised as a merchant to investigate the murder of a union leader named Ajayan. Another character is Ammu, the leader of the union of coir workers, who is in love with Pavithran.



The film was produced by Madhavan Nair under the banner of Murali Films. Mammootty stars in the film with Vijayaraghavan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Salim Kumar, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Sreeraman, Kalabhavan Shajohn, and Rajan Padoor form the supporting cast.

The shooting commenced in August 2011, [3] and the film was mostly shot in Alappuzha. [4] The song "Kannum Kannum" was shot in Ooty. [5]

The film was scheduled to release on 4 November 2011, but was postponed to 11 November 2011 since there was a delay in the post-production work. [6] The release was postponed again to 16 December 2011 due to a film strike in Kerala.


Sify movies gave the film a rating of 2.5/5, criticising the script.[ citation needed ]


Bijibal composed the music for the film which has lyrics by Kaithapram. The film has a remix of the song "Kannum Kannum" from the 1980 film Angadi . Mammootty stated that it was director Shafi's desire to use a hit song of the eighties in a dream scene of the film. [5]

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