Karumadikkuttan is a 2001 Malayalam-language drama film directed by Vinayan and starring Kalabhavan Mani and Nandini in the lead. The film also has Bharathi, Janardhanan, Saikumar, Suresh Krishna, Ganesh, Rajan P. Dev, Athira, Shivaji, Priyanka and Meena Ganesh in the cast.
Written by J. Pallasserry, the film features a successful soundtrack by Mohan Sithara, cinematography by Azhagappan, and editing by G. Murali. It is produced and distributed by Samson J. Paanaadan of Surabhi Cinema. The film received mostly overwhelming critical reviews, with most of them hailing the flawless performance of Kalabhavan Mani. Mani plays the role of a mentally ill person in the film. The film was a surprise hit in the box office.
The protagonist of the film, Kuttan (Kalabhavan Mani), is a thirty - year old man, but he has the intelligence of a ten - year old. People call him Karumadikkuttan as he is dark. Everyone has sort of affection for him and he too is always ready to do anything for anybody in the village. The remuneration that he gets for any job somehow is never above five rupees. But he works really hard when he is terribly hungry just for the sake of this meagre amount. And he has no complaint against anybody. People even ridicule him. But he thinks only of the positive aspect of things and has no grudge against anybody.Kalabhavan Mani as Karumadikkuttan
Nandini as Nandinikutty
Rajan P. Dev
Ajeesh Tvd as Kundran
The film's was shot from Kuttanad, Kerala. About the film, Vinayan says: "We never try to look into the minds and sorrows of the mentally ill people around us. They too long for love. And love, when given to them could take them to heights. That’s what I am trying to tell in this film." About his character, Kalabhavan Mani says: "I have done my best to give life to the character of a mentally ill person. I have observed the mannerisms of mentally ill people and have performed accordingly."
The film's soundtrack contains 12 songs, all composed by Mohan Sithara and Lyrics by Yusufali Kecheri.