My Dear Kuttichathan (1984)

 ●  Malayalam ● 1 hr 45 mins

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Made by the veteran director Appachan’s son, this box-office hit is a fantasy film designed to show off its special effects in India’s first 3-D movie. Kuttichathan is a mischievous genie living in an abandoned house. He is accidentally summoned by a group of children and appears in the guise of a boy who carries out all their wishes. This allows the director to stage scenes of children walking on the ceiling, speeded-up rickshaw rides and various other spectacular episodes. Sentiment is catered for by having the genie cure one child’s father of alcoholism. The genie eventually changes into a fox-bat and flies off. A dubbed Hindi version, Chhota Chetan, was also successful.

Cast: Dominic Alummodu, Kalabhavan Mani

Crew: Jijo Punnoose (Director), Ashok Kumar Aggarwal (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 24 Aug 1984 (India)

Malayalam Name: മൈ ഡിയർ കുട്ടിച്ചത്താൻ

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as Magician
Supporting Actor
as Laxmi's father
Supporting Actor
as Rickshaw driver
as Vijay
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as School Teacher




Production Company


Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Playback Singer


Film Type:
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Mono, Stereo
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
Shot in 3D

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: SP Sailaja, S Janaki

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Chutti Chathan (Tamil)
This is the first Indian film to be filmed in 3D.