Thenmavin Kombath

Thenmavin Kombath

DVD cover
Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by N. Gopalakrishnan
Written by Priyadarshan
Starring Mohanlal
Nedumudi Venu
Kaviyoor Ponnamma
KPAC Lalitha
Sharat Saxena
Music by Original Background Score:
S. P. Venkatesh
Cinematography K. V. Anand
Edited by N. Gopalakrishnan
Prasidhi Creations
Distributed by Surya Cini Arts
Sudev Release
Release dates
  • 23 April 1994 (1994-04-23)
Running time
193 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Thenmavin Kombath (English: At the top of Sweet Mango Tree) is a 1994 Malayalam musical adventure romantic comedy drama film written and directed by Priyadarshan, produced and edited by N. Gopalakrishnan, and starring Mohanlal, Shobana, Nedumudi Venu, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, KPAC Lalitha, Sukumari, Sreenivasan, Sankaradi, and Sharat Saxena. The cinematography was by K. V. Anand, and the score was composed by S. P. Venkatesh, while Berny-Ignatius composed the songs with lyrics written by Gireesh Puthenchery.

K. V. Anand and Sabu Cyril won National Film Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design respectively. Music directors Berny-Ignatius received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Music.[1] R.D. Burman was initially signed in as the music composer for the film, as revealed by Burman himself in an interview to journalists in Cochin, during his visit to the city, just a few weeks before his death. But he died before he could complete the compositions of the film, and was later replaced. The film emerged as a blockbuster at the Kerala box office and became the highest grossing Malayalam film of 1994 and got a run of 250 days at the theaters.[2] The film is considered among audiences and critics to be among the best comedy films in the history of Malayalam cinema.[3] The film received 2 National Film Awards and 5 Kerala State Film Awards in various categories.

The Tamil film Muthu (1995) directed by K.S.Ravikumar and starring Rajinikanth is a remake of Thenmavin Kombathu. The success and acclaim of the film also lead to remakes such as the Hindi film Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998) and the Kannada film Sahukara (2004).


The story revolves around Manikyan (Mohanlal), Sreekrishnan(Nedumudi Venu) and Karthumbi (Shobana) and the love triangle between them. Manikyan works for Sreekrishnan and Sreekrishnan sees him like a brother. Once when they both are returning from a Mela after shopping, Sreekrishnan sees Karthumbi and gets attracted. But then a fight erupts there and they all have to flee. Sreekrishnan flees alone while Manikyan has to take Karthumbi with him. At night, he flees in the opposite direction and so loses his way. Karthumbi knows the way back but she pretends as if she does not know it and enjoys the fun. Manikyan has to struggle to get out of that place. During that time they fall in love.

Once they are back in Manikyan's village, Sreekrishnan proposes her and plans to get married to her. Manikyan can not resist because Sreekrishnan is like an elder brother to him. But Karthumbi opposes. When Sreekrishnan gets to know about this, he gets angry and Manikyan becomes his enemy and he tries to take revenge. Finally Sreekrishnan understands his mistakes and he marries the woman who has been loving him for so long while Manikyan unites with Karthumbi.


Theatrical reception

The film emerged as a blockbuster at the Kerala box office and became the highest grossing Malayalam film of 1994 and got a run of 250 days at the theatres.[4][2][5]


Thenmavin Kombath
Soundtrack album by Berny-Ignatius
Released 1994 (India)
Genre Film soundtrack
Berny-Ignatius chronology
Thenmavin Kombath
Manathe Kottaram

Berny-Ignatius composed the film's songs and Girish Puthenchery wrote the lyrics. It is known to be the most sold soundtrack of the analog cassette era in the history of Malayalam cinema. The song "Maanam Thelinge" is very much similar to the Maestro Ilaiyaraja's super hit "Aasai athigam ..." from the film Marupadiyum.

Track # Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Nila Pongal" Malgudi Subha 3:31
2 "Karutha Penne" M.G. Sreekumar, K.S. Chitra 4:47
3 "Maanam Thelinge" M.G. Sreekumar, K.S. Chitra 4:04
4 "Kallipoonkuyile" M.G. Sreekumar 4:17
5 "Ente Manasinoru" M.G. Sreekumar, Sujatha Mohan 4:11



This film was remade in Tamil as Muthu (1995) with Rajinikanth and Meena. The film was remade in Hindi by Priyadarshan as Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998). It was also remade in Kannada as Sahukara with V. Ravichandran.


National Film Awards[6]
Filmfare Awards South
Kerala State Film Awards[7]


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