Thazhvaram (1990)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 10 mins

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Set against the idyllic backdrop of a small rural community, this revenge thriller delves into one man's relentless journey to seek out and exact revenge upon his wife's murderer. When a travelling stranger Balan (Mohanlal) arrives in a deserted valley to take revenge on the wily Raju, he is employed on a farm run by Nanu (Shankaradi) and his daughter Koochutti (Sumalatha). When Balan’s effort to kill Raju is thwarted and Balan is injured, he is nursed by Koochutti. Raju, who had earlier robbed Balan and murdered his wife, now makes off with Koochutti’s ornaments as well, everyone finds out Raju's true colours, encouraging Balan to employ any means necessary to avenge the injustices committed by him, past and present.
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Cast: Mohanlal, Sumalatha Ambarish

Crew: Bharathan (Director), Venu Isc (Director of Photography), Bharathan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Release Dates: 13 Apr 1990 (India)

Malayalam Name: താഴ്‌വാരം

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Did you know? The director, Bharathan and Gayathri Ashokan did the Poster Designs for this movie. Read More
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as Balan
as Kochootti
Supporting Actor
as Raju




Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Background Music
Playback Singer


Art Director


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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
Although this movie started slowly at the box office after release, it has since gained immense critical acclaim and garnered the status of a cult classic.

The songs of this movie were composed by the director, Bharathan himself.

This is Bharathan's second film with M. T. Vasudevan Nair, while their first collaboration was Vaishali (1988).

This is the second collaboration of Mohanlal and Bharathan after 'Kattathe Killikudu'.

The director, Bharathan and Gayathri Ashokan did the Poster Designs for this movie.

The camera work of renowned cinematographer, Venu is considered to be one of the highlights of this movie.

This movie was a tremendous success and has since garnered a cult following. It is considered by many as one of the best revenge thrillers in the history of Malayalam cinema, with Mohanlal's acting skills and Bharathan's direction reaching their peak in this film.