Kandam Becha Kottu

Kandam Becha Kottu
Directed by T. R. Sundaram
Produced by Modern Theatres
Written by K. T. Muhammed
T. Muhammad Yusuf
Starring Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair
Aranmula Ponnamma
Music by Baburaj
Release dates
  • 24 August 1961 (1961-08-24)
Running time
156 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Kandam Becha Kottu (Malayalam: കണ്ടം ബെച്ച കോട്ട്, English: The Patched-up Coat) is an Indian film in Malayalam language by T. R. Sundaram, starring Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair and Aranmula Ponnamma.[1][2][3] It is the first colour film in Malayalam.[4] Based on a popular novel, which was also staged as a play under the same title, the screen version in Geva color was a big box office success.[4] Its dialogues are written by renowned writer K. T. Muhammed and is based on "Kozhikkodan slang" of Malayalam. The film received a certificate of merit at the National Film Awards.


The story of the film revolves around a kind hearted cobbler Mohammed Kakka (T. S. Muthiah). He keeps his life savings into the pockets of his old coat to realise his dream of going on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Alikoya Haji (Thikkurissi) loves his son Ummer (Prem Nawaz) and brings him up showering all love and affection. Hajis’s sister Kadeeja (Pankajavalli) and her family lives in the neighbourhood. Amina (Aranmula Ponnamma) and her children, Kunju Bibi (Ambika ) and Hassan (Nellikkodu Bhaskaran) lives in the same house. Amina’s husband is a businessman in Singapore. Kadeeja’s husband Avaran (Kedamangalam Sadanandan) is very considerate to his brother’s wife Amina and her family. But Kadeeja keeps ill treating Amina.

Ummer falls in love with Kunju Bibi, his childhood mate. Kadeeja is jealous of this affair. She tries all sorts of tricks to create trouble but fails. Alikoya Haji decides to accept Kunju Bibi as his daughter-in-law, but demands a dowry of Rs. 2,000.

Amina’s husband starts from Singapore with the money. Arrangements for the wedding is made but to the dismay of everyone a telegram arrives informing the death of Amina’s husband during the voyage back home. Amina and her children are pushed out of the house, the marriage is postponed as Haji gives an ultimatum to organise the dowry.

Mohammed Kakka gives shelter to Amina and her family. Kadeeja continues to harass them, while Ummer tries hard to help them organise the money. He even goes to the extent of stealing from his father’s safe. Ummer is caught red handed and is placed under house arrest. Mohammed Kakka makes arrangements for the marriage. He offers the money he had saved and kept in the pockets of the coat. He also appeals to others in the neighbourhood to contribute for the marriage. Ummer finally marries Kunju Bibi providing a happy ending to the film. Mohmmed Kakka’s noble deed glorifies him.[4]



The music was composed by MS Baburaj and lyrics was written by P. Bhaskaran.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Aananda Saamraajyathil P. Leela P. Bhaskaran
2 Aatte Potte Irikkatte P. Leela, MS Baburaj P. Bhaskaran
3 Allaavin Thiruvullam PB Sreenivas P. Bhaskaran
4 Ennittum Vannillallo P. Leela P. Bhaskaran
5 Kandam Bechoru Kottaanu MS Baburaj, Mehboob P. Bhaskaran
6 Maappila Puthumaappila P. Leela, Kamukara P. Bhaskaran
7 Puthan Manavatti P. Leela, Gomathy Sisters P. Bhaskaran
8 Sindabad Mehboob P. Bhaskaran
9 Thekkunnu vanna kaatte P. Leela P. Bhaskaran


National Film Awards


Kandam Becha Kottu was an adaptation of the stage play of the same name. The film was to be directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan in his directorial debut. But when the film's producer T. E. Vasudevan decided to shoot the film in colour which would be much more expensive than planned, an experienced director was required. The search ended in film producer T. R. Sundaram who was a friend of Vasudevan and had previously directed a few hit films. Sethumadhavan eventually made his debut with Vasudevan's next feature Jnanasundari and went on to become one of the most successful filmmakers in South India.[6]


The film was a big box-office success and ran for weeks in packed theatres.[4]


  1. "List of Malayalam films released during the year 1961". PRD, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  2. "Kandam Bacha Kotte (1961)". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  3. "KANDAM BACHA COAT". citwf.com. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  4. 1 2 3 4 B. Vijayakumar (8 November 2008). "Kandam Bacha Coattu 1961". The Hindu.
  5. "9th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  6. T. E. Vasudevan, P. Zakir Hussain (June 2014). "സിനിമയില്‍ സത്യമില്ല സകലതും അഭിനയമാണ്". Madhyamam Weekly. Retrieved 3 July 2014

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