Poochakkoru Mookkuthi

Poochakkoru Mookkuthi

Promotional Poster designed by Sananda Raj
Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by Sanal Kumar
Suresh Kumar
Screenplay by Priyadarshan
Based on The Strange Gentleman
by Charles Dickens
Starring Mohanlal
M. G. Soman
Nedumudi Venu
C.I. Paul
Kuthiravattam Pappu
Music by M. G. Radhakrishnan
Cinematography S. Kumar ISC
Edited by N. Gopalakrishnan
Sooryodaya Creations
Distributed by Dinny Films
Release dates
  • 17 March 1984 (1984-03-17)
Running time
150 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (translation: A Nose-Ring for the Cat) is a 1984 screwball comedy Malayalam film written and directed by Priyadarshan, based on Charles Dickens's play The Strange Gentleman and plot elements from Gopala Rao Gari Ammayi (1980-Telugu) and Kodeeswaran Magal (1981-Tamil) . The film features an ensemble cast featuring Mohanlal, Shankar, Menaka, M G Soman, Nedumudi Venu, C.I. Paul, Sukumari, Baiju, Jagathy Sreekumar, Kuthiravattam Pappu, and Sreenivasan.[1][2][3]

The film, released in 1984 by Dinny Films, was the debut of Indian director Priyadarshan. Poochakkoru Mookkuthi brought together Mohanlal and Priyadarshan for the first time. Singer M. G. Sreekumar made his debut singing the title song of this movie.


Revathi (Menaka) comes to the city from a small town in search of a job and to have a good life and as it is with everyone her problem starts with finding a house. Shyam (Shankar) wants to become a singer. His parents are against his wish to become a singer. So he runs away from home and needs a shelter. Revathi accidentally meets Shyam, who too is in search of a house through the common milk-boy, Chikku (Baiju). Chikku offers them both a house to rent if they are ready to pose as husband and wife in front of the landlord.

Supran (Poojapura Ravi), a miserly moneylender who doesn't trust his much younger wife Kousalya (Thodupuzha Vasanthi) is their landlord. Revathi in search of a job, meets Ravunni Menon (Nedumudi Venu), a rich man who owns a bungalow in the heart of the city. Ravunni Menon stays with his wife whose name too is Revathi (Sukumari).

Gopalakrishnan (Mohanlal) needs some investment to come up in business and life. But to get started, he ends having to rob his stingy father (Sankaradi) of money that the latter had hidden away out of sight of tax authorities. He is in search of a rich woman he can marry. Accidentally Revathi meets Gopalakrishnan who has come to Ravunni Menon's house to repair the electronic equipment, which he had sold to him. Gopalakrishnan thinks that Revathi is Ravunni Menon's daughter and her beauty enchants him. Revathi comes to know that there is a job in Gopalakrishnan's showroom and manages to get a job with him by playing along with his mistaken belief that she is Ravunni Menon's daughter. She is aided in this subterfuge by the fact that she shares the same name as Ravunni Menon's wife and all of his business interests are named after 'Revathi'.

After office hours, Gopalakrishnan drops Revathi outside Ravunni Menon's house, thinking it to be her house. She always enters the bungalow through the front gate and skips out through the gate itself after hiding in the garden until Gopalakrishnan drives away. Ravunni Menon's wife, Revathi, sees her coming and going out of the bungalow and starts suspecting her husband of an affair. Gopalakrishnan frequently visits the bungalow to visit Revathi, who is never there, and Ravunni Menon thinks his wife is having an affair with Gopalakrishnan. Further her encounter with 'Thenga' Govindan Pillai (C.I.Paul) makes the older Revathi believe that her husband has sons and daughters out of wedlock and, thus, quite capable of another affair now.

Shyam in the meantime begins falling in love with Revathi and to make her jealous, he pretends that he is attracted to Kousalya, who in turn thinks this to be true and is ready to elope with him after robbing her miser husband.

Pappu plays the memorable role of a completely unrelated character who ends up playing a role of his own ("Cherian Nair") and providing some of the best comic relief of the film.

What ensues is a comedy-drama about the different roles that people play in life.



The film was distributed by Dinny Films and was a blockbuster which ran for more than 100 days in the theatres.


Year Film Language Cast Director Box Office
2003 Hungama Hindi Akshaye, Aftab Shivdasani, Paresh Rawal, Rimi Sen Priyadarshan Superhit
2004 Intlo Srimathi Veedhilo Kumari Telugu Srikanth, Prabhu Deva, Prakash Raj, Aarti Chabria K. Vasu
2005 Jootata Kannada Dhyan, Rangayana Raghu, Richa Pallod Sankar
2012 Le Halwa Le Bengali Hiran, Soham Chakraborty, Mithun Chakraborty, Payel Raja Chanda Hit


The songs were composed by M. G. Radhakrishnan with lyrics by Chunakkara Ramankutty.

Track Song Artist(s) Raga
1 Poochakkoru Mookkuthi K. J. Yesudas
2 Kannane Kandu Sakhi M. G. Sreekumar Shanmukhapriya
3 Oru Mridhu Mozhiyaay M. G. Sreekumar, P. Susheeladevi Mohanam
4 Panineerumaanam M. G. Sreekumar


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