Thalayanamanthram (1990)


Thalayanamanthram (1990)

A cunning and greedy wife manipulates her husband in order to lead a life of luxury.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   7.7 /10
TheMovieDb    8.0 /10
Director Sathyan Anthikad
Writer Sreenivasan
Release Date
Runtime2h 15mins
GenreComedy, Drama
Content Rating
Gigi Daniel
Sulochana Thankappan
Oduvil Unnikrishnan
Oduvil Unnikrishnan
K. G. Poduval
Bhasura Chandran
Paravoor Bharathan
Paravoor Bharathan
Damodaran Pillai
Company Manager

Thalayana Manthram

Thalayana Manthram is a 1990 Indian Malayalam film directed by Sathyan Anthikkad and written by Sreenivasan. The film stars Sreenivasan, Urvashi, Jayaram, and Parvathy. Urvashi's performance as Kanchana is considered as a milestone in her career.


Sukumaran, his brother Mohanan and their mother belong to a middle-class family and live happily . Sukumaran is a supervisor in a construction company named JK Constructions and Mohanan is a shopkeeper. Mohanan has recently married Shylaja who is employed and is from a rich family unlike Sukumaran's wife Kanchana. Shylaja's fortunate life with money and job makes Kanchana envious about her and Kanchana slowly starts causing problems in the family by finding unnecessary issues which affects the smooth running of a peaceful family life. Finally Sukumaran leaves their family house and starts living in a rented house as part of Kanchana's requests. The rented house is located in a posh colony wherein the residents are very rich.

Soon Kanchana finds one or the other reasons to live in luxury which is not conducive with the economical conditions of Sukumaran who is just a supervisor in a company. To match their social status Kanchana lies to her new neighbours that her husband is an engineer in a construction company. Soon Sukumaran leans for her demands like buying expensive home appliances, arranging a dance master for their daughter and sending her to an English medium school, buying an old car (in which Sukumaran would meet with an accident thereby increasing their medical expenses and car repair charges) etc. The huge economical demands slowly crush Sukumaran and it finally affects him in the manner of creditors demanding their money back.

In order to meet their financial requirements Sukumaran finally decides to cheat his employer by forgery. The authorities soon come to know about the truth and one day, when Sukumaran is already under heavy economical pressures, the police arrive and arrest him. The next day, because of the ill reputation caused by the family the house owner drives Sukumaran's family out of their rented house. At this point Mohanan comes to their rescue knowing about the situations where his brother has been led by the ill advice of his wife Kanchana. Mohanan arranges money by selling his wife's gold ornaments and repays the creditors. Sukumaran is finally released from jail. In the end the family is re-united where Kanchana understands her mistakes.


  • Sreenivasan as Sukumaran
  • Urvashi as Kanchana, Sukumaran's wife
  • Jayaram as Mohan
  • Parvathy as Shylaja Wife of Mohan
  • Innocent as T.G. Daniel
  • K. P. A. C. Lalitha as mother of Sukumaran and Mohan
  • Mammukoya as Kunjananthan Mesthiri
  • Sukumari as Sulochana Thankappan
  • Philomina as Paruammayi
  • Meena as Jiji Daniel
  • Sankaradi as Thankappan
  • T. P. Madhavan as Manager
  • Oduvil Unnikrishnan as Pothuval Mash
  • Paravoor Bharathan as Damodharan Pillai
  • Jagadish as Bhasurachandran
  • Kollam Thulasi as Raman Kartha
  • Sindhu Varma


All lyrics are written by Kaithapram Damodaran; all music is composed by Johnson.

1."Maanam Niraye"M. G. Sreekumar 
2."Maayapponmaane"K. S. Chithra 
3."Thooval Vinnin Maarilthoovi"Sujatha Mohan, G. Venugopal 


  • Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress - Urvashi

Box office

The film was a commercial success.