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VCD Poster cover
Directed by Jayaraaj
Produced by K. Radhakrishnan
Screenplay by Balram Mattanoor
Based on William Shakespeare's Othello
Starring Suresh Gopi
Manju Warrier
Biju Menon
Music by Kaithapram
Rajamani (Film score)
Cinematography M J Radhakrishnan
Edited by
Jayalakshmi Films
Distributed by Surya Cine Arts
Release dates
Running time
130 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Kaliyattam (English: The Play of God) is a 1997 Malayalam film directed by Jayaraaj, and starring Suresh Gopi, Lal, Manju Warrier, and Biju Menon.[1][2][3] The film is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Othello against the backdrop of the Hindu Theyyam performance.[3][4][5][6][7] Suresh Gopi played Kannan Perumalayan, the equivalent to Othello. Lal played Paniyan, the equivalent to Iago. Manju Warrier played Thamara, the Desdemona version. And Biju Menon played Kanthan, Cassio's role.

In 1998, Suresh Gopi received the National Film Award for Best Actor, and Jayaraaj the award for Best Director for their work on the film.[8][9]


This is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, revolving around Kannan Perumalayan (Suresh Gopi)), a Theyyam artist who corresponds to Othello, and Thamara (Manju Warrier), the beautiful daughter of the village head. While Unni Thampuran hates Kannan because he had a crush on Thamara, and Paniyan, (Lal) who plays a Koomali, covets the role of Theechamundi which Perumalayan holds. Paniyan plants the seeds of doubt about Thamara's fidelity in Kannan's mind, making him suspect that Thamara and his assistant Kanthan (Biju Menon) are having an affair. Kannan spots a silk robe which he had presented to Thamara in Kanthan's hands.

Kannan, out of grief and anger, takes Thamara's life by suffocating her with a pillow. On the same night, Paniyan plans to get Kanthan killed by Unni Thampuran, but the plan goes awry and Thamburan is killed. Amidst these events, Kannan is told of his mistake by Paniyan's wife Cheerma, before Paniyan murders her. Kannan overpowers Paniyan, crushing his legs with a stone, and allows him to live the rest of his life crippled. Kannan Perumalayan gives the Theechamundi role to Kanthan and commits suicide in the Theyyam ritual fire.



The music and lyrics were composed and written by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri.

Song Playback
"Ennodenthinee Pinakkam"[2] Bhavana Radhakrishnan
"Vannathi Puzhayude" K. J. Yesudas
"Velikku Veluppaankaalam" K. J. Yesudas
"Ennodendinee Pinakkam" K. J. Yesudas
"Kathivanoor Veerane" Kallara Gopan
"Kathivanoor Veerane" Sreeja
"Ezhimalayolam" Kaithapram
"Sree Raagam Paadum Veene" K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha
"Paadathe Paadunna Raagam" M. G. Sreekumar


  1. ^ "List of Malayalam films released during the year 1997". PRD, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Kaliyattam [1998]". Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Kaliyattam (1997)". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  4. ^ A companion to Shakespeare and performance. Wiley-Blackwell. 2005. pp. 130–131. ISBN 978-1-4051-1104-1. ISBN 1-4051-1104-6.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ "Kaliyattam". Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  6. ^ "jayaraj". Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  7. ^ "Monsoon moods on film". The Indian Express. 26 June 1997. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Thai Saheb bags national award for best film". The Indian Express. 10 May 1998. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  9. ^ "Indrani Haldar, Karisma bag national awards". 9 May 1998. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 

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