This article is about the Malayalam film. For the 200 Telugu film, see Chitram.

DVD cover
Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by P. K. R. Pillai
Screenplay by Priyadarshan
Story by Priyadarshan
Music by Songs:
Kannur Rajan
Background Score:
Cinematography S. Kumar ISC
Edited by N. Gopalakrishnan
Shirdi Sai Creations
Distributed by Shirdi Sai Release
Release dates
  • 23 December 1988 (1988-12-23)


Running time
159 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Chithram (English: Picture) is a 1988 Indian Malayalam screwball tragicomedy film written and directed by Priyadarshan. The film was produced by P. K. R. Pillai under the banner Shirdi Sai Creations. The film stars Mohanlal, Ranjini, Nedumudi Venu, Poornam Vishwanathan, Sreenivasan, Soman, Sukumari, Lizy, Maniyanpilla Raju and Shanavas, while Thikkurissy appears in a guest role. The musical songs were composed by Kannur Rajan and the background score was by Johnson.

The story revolves around Kalyani (Ranjini) who decides to marry her boyfriend Ravi (Shanavas) against her father Ramachandra Menon's (Poornam Vishwanathan) wishes. But her boyfriend Ravi breaks up when he comes to know that she would be disinherited. Kalyani's father, who stays in the US, is unaware of the break up and comes to Kerala to spend time with his daughter and son-in-law. This prompts family friend advocate Kaimal (Nedumudi Venu) to hire Vishnu (Mohanlal) to play the role of Kalyani's husband during Menon's vacation stay.

The film was a phenomenal success at the Kerala box-office when released during 1988 Christmas weekend. It broke all existing records in Malayalam cinema at that time.[1] It is the longest-running film in the history of Malayalam cinema.[2] It had a theatrical run of more than 366 days in Thiruvananthapuram ajantha , Ernakulam little shenai , kottayam aasa with a "regular shows" and theatrical run of more than 250 days in Palakkad priya , Chengalayi chithra with Noon shows and is also said to be one of the highest grossing films in Malayalam cinema.[3] The Priyadarshan-Mohanlal team comes up with a comic tragedy, Chitram. It collected more than 6 crores from major centres.[4]


Kalyani (Ranjini) is the daughter of a wealthy NRI Ramachandra Menon (Poornam Vishwanathan) who resides in the United States. Kalyani, brought up in Chennai by her father's friend Kaimal (Nedumudi Venu), falls in love with another man and decides to marry against the wishes of her father. When her boyfriend finds out that she will be disinherited, he ditches her at the altar.

After a short while her father decides to retract his disapproval and spend a fortnight's vacation with his daughter and son-in-law in his estate near a tribal community where Menon is the chief. Because her father is already ill and because this may be his last vacation, Kalyani and Kaimal want to make it as happy for him as possible. They decide to conceal the fact that her boyfriend dumped her.

Kaimal hires Vishnu (Mohanlal) to play the part of the husband for a fortnight. Meanwhile, Kalyani's cousin Bhaskaran Nambiar (Sreenivasan) who is the caretaker of the estate was expected to inherit Menon's estate and property when Kalyani was disinherited, is determined not to let go without a fight. He knows that Vishnu is not Kalyani's boyfriend and makes various botched attempts to prove this.

Initially Vishnu and Kalyani do not get along and keep bickering. But as time passes, she develops an affection towards Vishnu and hopes to marry him for real. A couple of days after they have a mysterious visitor (Soman) who claims to be a relative of Vishnu.

Finally it is revealed that Vishnu is actually an escaped convict from jail who is sentenced to death and the visitor turns out to be the prison warden. Vishnu's past is shown in flashback and he was a freelance photographer who was married to a woman named Revathy (Lizy Priyadarshan), a mute dancer. They also had a child. Vishnu discovers that a man was visiting his wife when he was not around and begins to suspect her. Coming home one day he finds the man there and tries to attack him. Revathy dies in the scuffle, Vishnu discovers that the man is actually her brother who is a naxalite. He tells Kalyani that he escaped prison to make money for the surgery of his child.

On the last night of Vishnu's stay at the house, he asks Jail Warden, is it possible for him to live, as he started to like life again. The warden replies that it is too late, which further breaks Vishnu down. After a happy fortnight, Kalyani's father returns to the US. The final scene shows the warden taking Vishnu to jail, with Kalyani watching him leave, where his execution awaits him, indicating the film ends with Vishnu's tragic death.



The film's music was composed by Kannur Rajan and penned lyrics by Shibu Chakravarthy. M. G. Sreekumar sang most of the songs in the film. Carnatic music singer Neyyattinkara Vasudevan was a guest singer. The classical Krithis like "Nagumo" and "Swaminatha" gained a mass popularity with this film. Playback singer Sujatha Mohan also sang in this movie, marking her return after years of sabbatical. Mohanlal sang two songs "Kaadumi Naadumellam" and "Aey Monnu".

Track Song Title Singer(s) Other notes
1 "Eeran Megham" M. G. Sreekumar Raga: Madhyamavati
2 "Paadam Pootha Kaalam" M. G. Sreekumar
3 "Nagumo" Neyyattinkara Vasudevan, M. G. Sreekumar Traditional Keerthanam by Tyagaraja
Raga: Abheri
4 "Doore Kizhakkudikkum" M. G. Sreekumar, Sujatha
5 "Aey Moonnu" Mohanlal Traditional Folk
6 "Paadam Koyyum Munpe" Sujatha
7 "Swaminaatha" M. G. Sreekumar Traditional Keerthanam by Muthuswami Dikshitar
Raga: Nattai
8 "Kaadumi Naadumellam" Mohanlal, Sujatha, Chorus
9 "Paadam Pootha Kaalam (Sad)" M. G. Sreekumar



Chithram (1988)
Alludugaru (1990)
Pyar Hua Chori Chori (1991)
Rayaru Bandaru Mavana Manege (1993)
Engirundho Vandhan (1995)
Mohan Babu
Mithun Chakraborty
(Vijay Kumar)
Nedumudi Venu
Chandra Mohan
Anupam Kher
(Jhun Jhunwala)
Poornam Vishwanathan
(Ramachandra Menon)
Kongara Jaggaiah
(Ramachandra Prasad)
Shikha Swaroop
(Vaishali Verma)
Kalyan Kumar


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