Directed by A. Vincent
Produced by Shobhana Parameswaran Nair
Written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair
Based on Snehathinte Mukhangal
Starring Prem Nazir
K. P. Ummer
P. J. Antony
Adoor Bhasi
Music by B. A. Chidambaranath
Cinematography A. Venkat
Edited by G. Venkitaraman
Satya Studios, Madras
Release dates
  • 24 December 1965 (1965-12-24)
Running time
176 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Murappennu is a 1965 Malayalam film written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, directed by A. Vincent and produced by Shobhana Parameswaran Nair in the banner of Roopavani. It marked the entry of M. T. Vasudevan Nair, the noted Malayalam novelist to Malayalam cinema. The film's story is based on Snehathinte Mukhangal, a short story by M. T. himself. The film features an ensemble cast including Prem Nazir, K. P. Ummer, Madhu, P. J. Antony, Jyothilakshmi, Sharada and Adoor Bhasi playing the pivotal roles.

The film received critical praise and good reviews. M. T. Vasudevan Nair's script, which made use of Valluvanadan dialect, was well appreciated and is accepted to be one of the finest ever. Later, M. T. and A. Vincent went on to create some of the memorable films in Malayalam film history.[1] The film is also known for the powerful performance of Prem Nazir as Balan, the lead character of the film.[2] The Hindu described Murappennu as "a well-made film with a compelling plot" and as "one of the most significant films in the history of Malayalam cinema".[3] It was a box office superhit.[1] It received a certificate of merit at the National Film Awards.

Major indoor parts of the film were shot in Satya Studios in Madras and outdoor parts from the premises of Bharathapuzha at shoranur.[1]



The songs are composed by B. A. Chidambaranath with lyrics by P. Bhaskaran. The songs became popular and is regarded as one of the best works by Chidambaranath.[4][5] Three of its songs, "Karayunno Puzha Chirikkunno" (by K. J. Yesudas), "Kaliyaakki Enne Kaliyaakki" (by S. Janaki) and "Kadavathu Thoniyadukkumbol" (by S. Janaki and Santha P. Nair became evergreen hits.[1] "Kadavathu Thoniyadukkumbol" was inspired by "Janoo Janoo Ri Kaahe Khanke Tora Kangana" (composer:S D Burman, singers: Geeta Dutt & Asha Bhonsle, film: Insan Jaag Utha (1959), which itself was based on a "chhed chhaad" style folk song.[1]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Kadavathu Thoni S Janaki, Shantha P. Nair P. Bhaskaran
2 Kalithozhimarenne Kaliyaakki K. J. Yesudas, S Janaki, Chorus P. Bhaskaran
3 Kannaaram Pothi BA Chidambaranath, Latha Raju P. Bhaskaran
4 Karayunno Puzha K. J. Yesudas P. Bhaskaran
5 Onnaanaam Chorus, Shantha P. Nair P. Bhaskaran
6 Pulluvanpaattu Chorus P. Bhaskaran
7 Theyavazhi Thamburante BA Chidambaranath, P. J. Antony P. Bhaskaran


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 B. Vijayakumar (30 March 2009). "Murappennu 1965". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  2. P.K. Ajith Kumar (16 January 2009). "The evergreen hero". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  3. P. K. Ajith Kumar (June 2, 2016). "Murappennu, MT’s first screenplay, turns 50". The Hindu. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  4. P.K. Ajith Kumar (22 September 2009). "In flashback mode". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  5. "Chidambaranath". Cinema Mangalam: 34, 35. 24 September 2007.

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