Nandanam (English: The Flower Garden) is a 2002 Malayalam film co-produced, written, and directed by Ranjith, starring Navya Nair and Prithviraj Sukumaran along with Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Revathi, and Aravind Akash. Singer K. J. Yesudas made a cameo appearance. The music was composed by Raveendran. It was the debut film of actor Prithviraj.
Balamani (Navya Nair) is a young orphaned girl and housemaid, she is an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. Balamani takes care of Unni Amma (Kaviyoor Ponnamma) who lives in the ancestral house. Unni Amma considers Balamani like her daughter. For Balamani everything is her Lord Krishna and Unni Amma. Unni Amma's grandson Manu (Prithviraj) comes from Bangalore to stay with his grandmother for a few days before he leaves for the US. Balamani is astonished at the sight of Manu for the first time, because she had dreams about him in which the two of them were getting married. Eventually, they fall in love.
Manu's mother (Revathy), who was unaware of the affair, asks Manu to marry her friend's daughter. Manu discloses his wish to his mother, but in vain, as his mother had taken the marriage preparations to a point of no-return. His decision to marry the housemaid was not welcomed and Manu was forced to go through the arranged marriage that was set for him. Disheartened,Balamani prays to Guruvayurappan for giving her strength to let go of her love. Unnikrishnan (Aravind Akash), who is her neighbor boy, consoles her and tells about everything will be all-right. Unni Ama makes a scene and it gains support for Balamani being united with Manu from the family and they get happily married in Guruvayur Temple in front of Lord Guruvayurappan. Later when goes to visit Unnikrishnan at his house, she is shocked to know that the real Unni is somebody else(Sudheesh) and realizes that whom she met as Unnikrishnan,who consoled her,was the Lord himself.
Navya Nair as Balamani
Prithviraj Sukumaran as Manu Nandhan
Kaviyoor Ponnamma as Unni Amma
Revathi as Thankam (M/o Manu)
Aravind Akash as Unnikrishnan/Guruvayurappan
Siddique as Balan
Innocent as Kesavan Nair
Jagathy Sreekumar as Kumbidi/Palarivattom Sasi
Vijayakumari as Parootty Amma
Subbalakshmi as Veshamani Ammal
Meena Ganesh as Karthyayani Amma
N. F. Varghese as Sreedharan
Mala Aravindan as Sankaran Mushari
Kalabhavan Mani as Manikandan (S/o Sankaran Moosari)
Jagadeesh as Elder S/o Sankaran Moosari
Kalaranjini as Janaki, (Janu Ettathy) (Unnikrishnan's Mother)
Gayathri as Sakunthala
V. K. Sreeraman as Shankaran
Zeenath as Unni Amma's relative
Subair as Venu Menon
Sudheesh as Unnikrishnan (cameo)
Jolly Easo as Sumam Venu
Jyothirmayi as D/o Venu Menon
Bindu Ramakrishnan as Unni Amma's relative
Ambika Mohan as Unni Amma's relative
Nivia Rebin as Unni Amma's relative
K. J. Yesudas (cameo appearance)
The most clitically acclaimed and popular songs of this film were written by Gireesh Puthenchery and composed by maestro Raveendran. The songs were on chart for weeks and the song Karmukil Varnante become highly popular and won Kerala State Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer.
The film became a commercial success at the box office.
Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Award for Best Film- Ranjith
Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Navya Nair
Kerala State Film Awards
Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress-Navya Nair
Best Female Playback Singer - K.S.Chitra
Best Music Director - Raveendran
Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics - Gireesh Puthenchery
Asianet Film Awards
Asianet Award for Best Film - Ranjith
Asianet Award for Best Actress - Navya Nair
Ranjith also worked on a Tamil remake of the film, which was shelved after some pre-production activities, and the movie was remade as Seedan by director Subramaniya Shiva. It was also remade in Telugu as Maa Baapu Bommaki Pellanta by Raviraja Pinisetty and in Kannada as Nanda Gokula.