Vandanam (1989)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 48 mins

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This action-oriented crime thriller delves into the efforts of two honest inspectors from the Kerala Police Department, who are sent to Bangalore little assignment of capturing a convict who has escaped from prison, Professor Kurian Fernandez (Nedumudi Venu). The inspectors trace the activities of Fernandez' daughter Gadha (Girija Shettar), as they feel that he would surely contact her. In the process of keeping tabs on her, one of the officers, Unnikrishnan falls in love with her, but she does not reciprocate it. Now it is up to Unnikrishnan to figure out why an intelligent college professor, who was loved by all, turned into a murderer. Can he locate the professor and stop any further untoward events before it is too late? What will happen in the relationship between Unnikrishnan and Gadha?
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Cast: Girija Shettar, Mohanlal

Crew: Priyadarshan Nair (Director), S Kumar (Director of Photography), Ouseppachan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1989 (India)

Malayalam Name: വന്ദനം

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Did you know? Priyadarshan later remade the film in Telugu as Nirnayam (1991). Read More
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as Gatha
as Unnikrishnan
as M.P.'s Lawyer
as Raghu
as Unnikrishnan's Mother
as Police Commissioner of Bangalore
as Harihar Iyer
as Peter
as Kurian Fernandez
as K Purushothaman Nair
as Maggie Aunty
as Kurian Fernandez's Friend



Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Music Label


Film Type:
Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
Music Label: Satyam Audios

Music Director: Ouseppachan
Playback Singer: Sujatha Mohan, Nedumudi Venu

Music Director: Ouseppachan
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar

Music Director: Ouseppachan
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar
Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: Nirnayam (Telugu)
Girija Shettar was chosen for the role after Priyadarshan watched her in 'Geethanjali'. This was her only Malayalam film released, as her second film 'Dhanushkodi' directed by Priyadarshan starring Mohanlal and Raghuvaran was shelved.

The story of this film is inspired from the American film Stakeout (1987).

This was the follow-up film of Priyadarshan and producer P. K. R. Pillai after the commercially successful Chithram (1988).

Priyadarshan later remade the film in Telugu as Nirnayam (1991).