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Odiyan (2018)

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The story of the Odiyan clan, one of the most dreaded, shape-shifting black magicians in the world which ruled the darkness of night through during the pre-electrification era in Kerala.


Harikrishnan (as Hari Krishnan), Harikrishnan
8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohanlal ... Odiyan Manikyan
Antony Perumbavoor ... KSEB Employee
Prakash Raj ... Raavunni Nair
Manju Warrier ... Prabha
Manoj Joshi ... Muthappan / Mootha Manikyan
Innocent ... Gopi (as Innocent Vareed Thekkethala)
Siddique ... Damodaran Nair
Nandu ... Ezhuthachan
Narain ... K. Prakashan
Kailash ... Ravi
Harith Cnv Harith Cnv ... Rakesh
Sreejaya Nair ... Thangamani
Sana Altaf ... Meenakshi
Santhosh Keezhattoor ... Vasu
Aneesh Menon ... Unnikrishnan


With the arrival of electricity in Kerala in the early 20th century under British rule, the 'Odiyan' clan - gangsters capable of shape-shifting in the darkness - find it difficult to survive. The last 'Odiyan' (played by Mohanlal) spreads terror across the empire with his stealth attacks when his own kind are captured and ruthlessly killed. Written by Tejas Nair

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Release Date:

14 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Palakkad, Kerala, India See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 600,000,000
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Despite getting mixed responses, the film was a record breaker during its run at the box office, grossing over 60 Crore worldwide, becoming one of the top five highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time. See more »


[from trailer]
Odiyan Manickyan: Thank you, the Time, for permitting me to conquer decades of years, and for bringing me back to that eventful Thenkurishi age.
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Odiyan is no extraordinary feat, but still could impress you should you welcome it
14 December 2018 | by CobertNeedeSee all my reviews

Odiyan was the culmination of more than 2 years of intense and unwilling determination of several individuals and artists, that worked their assess of and promoted the Mohanlal starrer to sky high limits. The hype and anticipation surrounding Odiyan cannot be replicated by no other film in an industry within the same limits that Odiyan achieved it. It would take a year, nay 2 at the least to get the status and promotion that Odiyan managed to grab within its production time. By means of measuring the crew's work ethic on Promotion and Marketing, they should receive a thunderous and welcoming applause. This is also part reason why the film failed in its early screenings to get the reaction that they so badly anticipated.

Odiyan is next in the club of 'sky hype films that failed to impress'. Kammara Sambhvam, Kayamkulam Kochunni (critically), Villain, Gangster, Casanova and now Odiyan all are films that should have performed way well critically based on the aura surrounding the release and hype. It's not that the film is bad, it's partly because of the trust that they audience entrust into the hands of the Director to make their 'Star' God-like. And when they fail in that respect, they should at least utilise the power and people support that the actor possesses. Pre-release Inflated collections, Overkill tweets and media attention all were part of the Odiyan-killing fest.

Odiyan works in parts in its own way. It becomes grounded and closer to reality than you probably expected. It was presented well, as a folklore, a mystery but what we came down to was some guys earning money by scaring other dudes. But it wasn't BAD. It's all about perspective and probably the only thing one can say to console themselves.

Odiyan excels in its songs, the technical aspects, the powerful and excellent BGM and most of the lead performances. Manju Warrier's performance was meh. It wasn't too good nor too bad. It was just Manju Warrier playing Manju Warrier generic roles. Sana Althaf did her part right. And the supporting cast just yells excellence. From Siddique to Prakash Raj, the lead cast is often tipped over by the overflowing supporting casts. The direction was fine. The handling of the script and putting together the film could have been way, way better. It just shows why a debutant can't make miracles, let alone handle one. I can't say if Mohanlal is used completely here. He does evoke all the necessary emotions at the right time and deserves to be the spotlight. But the lack of characters that has actual lines in comparison to characters that are so one dimensional they are just there to glorify and praise Mohanlal.

Praise be to the crew. They did what they could do and did wonders. The VFX, the other technical aspects were all fine and doesn't give any hiccups to spare. Shrikumar Menon is the central figure that everyone is gonna throw stones at. And Odiyan just might be something that we may never 'forget'.

Odiyan's strong start and strong finish barely makes it a strict one time watch. Watch it for Mohanlal and the brilliantly crafted atmosphere for which i applaud the Cinematography for. Odiyan is no film that achieves wonders. But it is still a film made with good intentions, ain't?

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