Thooval Kottaram (Malayalam: തൂവല് കൊട്ടാരം, English: Feather Palace) is a 1996 Indian Malayalam film directed by Sathyan Anthikad and written by A. K. Lohithadas. It stars Jayaram, Sukanya, Manju Warrier, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Murali, and Babu Swamy in the main roles. The music was composed by Johnson.
The film was a commercial success and played for 300 days in theatres. Jayaram won his first Kerala State Film Award, a Special Jury Award, for his role as Adv. Mohanachandra Poduval.
Mohanachandra Poduval (Jayaram), is a lawyer, also working as a plumber, caterer, electrical worker, driver and chenda player at festival programs. He is engaged to Sujatha (Sukanya), a music and dance teacher, who is the daughter of Achu Marar (Oduvil Unnikrishnan). Rameshchandran (Dileep), his younger brother, is in medical school. Mohanachandran is hopeful that, once his brother becomes a doctor, his financial troubles will be reduced. Radhakrishnan (Innocent), his brother-in-law and a police constable, brings an alliance of his senior officer, a police inspector for his sister Remani, which gets almost fixed.
Things go smoothly until Devaprabha (Manju Warrier) and her grandfather Rama Varma arrive in the village. The heiress of the royal family, Devaprabha forms a strong relationship with Mohanachandran. Devapriya was suffering from depression after the death of her only brother Sudev Varma and came to the village as part of a treatment. Mohanchandran helps her become almost normal. However, Sujatha, his fiancée, finds it intolerable and complains to him. Slowly things go out of control as Devaprabha turns stubborn and possessive about Mohanachandran. One day, he flatly refuses to accompany her, adding that he doesn't want to see her.
Devaprabha again shows changes in behavior, making Ramavarma fear that her mental problems are returning. He asks his son Balarama Varma (Murali), a rich businessman in Bangalore to come. He proposes that she marry Mohanachandran. But Mohanachandran is unwilling. Balarama Varma approaches Achu Marar and Sujatha and asks them to leave Mohanachandran to help his daughter. At that time, Devaprabha surprises everyone by revealing that she sees Mohanachandran as her dead brother, by calling him "Sudev".
Jayaram ... Adv Mohanachandran Pothuval
Manju Warrier ... Devaprabha Varma
Sukanya ... Sujatha
Murali ... Balaraman
Oduvil Unnikrishnan ... Achuthan Marar
Babu Swamy ... Ramavarma Thampuran
Innocent ... Radhakrishnan
Lakshmi Krishnamurthy ... Madhavi
Bindu Panicker ... Rama
Dileep ... Rameshchandra Pothuval
Mamukkoya ... Moytheen Hajiyar
Kuthiravattam Pappu ... Kunjuraman Menon
Sankaradi ... Advocate
Paravoor Ramachandran ... Ramabhadran
Sona Nair ... Hema
Manju Satheesh ... Maalu
The film's music was composed by Johnson and the lyrics were written by Kaithapram and Sathyan Anthikad (Thankanoopuramo). K. J. Yesudas sang most of the songs in the film. K. S. Chithra, Lekha, and Raveendran were the other singers involved.
Kerala State Film Award
Best Male Playback Singer - K. J. Yesudas
Second Best Actor - Oduvil Unnikrishnan
Special Jury Award - Jayaram
The film was commercial success and ran over 300 days in theatres.