Directed byI. V. Sasi
Written byJohn Paul Puthusery
Produced byRaju Mathew
CinematographyJayanan Vincent
Edited byK. Narayanan
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
Release date
  • 24 March 1984 (1984-03-24) (India)
Running time
127 minutes
Box office36 crore

Athirathram is a 1984 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film directed by I. V. Sasi, written by John Paul and starring Mammootty, Mohanlal, and Seema. Mammootty's character Tharadas re-appears in Sasi's 2006 film Balram vs. Tharadas.[1][2][3][4]

Athirathram was the third highest grossing Malayalam film of the year 1984.[citation needed] It was one of the films that elevated the leading actor Mammootty achieving Superstar status.[5][6] The character Tharadas became a cult figure and became popular among the youth. Because of this popularity, this character was retained in the film Balram vs. Tharadas (2006).[citation needed]


Tharadas is a ruthless smuggler whose uncle was murdered by Rajesh. Rajesh is married to Thulasi who has a dark past with Tharadas. Tharadas's cousin kills Rajesh and accuses Tharadas of the murder. Rajesh's partner Prasad and Thulasi get revenge on Tharadas, and Tharadas kills Chandru in turn.



The film was released on 24 March 1984.

Box office

The film was an industry hit.until the release of mydear kuttichathan.[7][8][9][10]


The music was composed by M. S. Viswanathan and the lyrics were written by Kavalam Narayana Panicker.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Alakalile" K. J. Yesudas Kavalam Narayana Panicker
2 "Kanikal" K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki Kavalam Narayana Panicker
3 "Kasthoori" Vani Jairam Kavalam Narayana Panicker
4 "Minnam Minnam" P. Jayachandran, Vani Jairam Kavalam Narayana Panicker


  1. ^ John Paul Puthusery
  2. ^ "Athiraathram". MalayalaChalachithram. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Athiraathram". Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  4. ^ "Athiraathram". Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  5. ^ "IV Sasi: The kingmaker behind Mammootty and Mohanlal". The News Minute. 25 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Karikkamuri Shanmughan to Bilal: Gangs of Kochi rule M-Town". The New Indian Express. 8 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Legendary film-maker I V Sasi, man who made Mammootty a star, passes away". The New Indian Express. 24 October 2017.
  8. ^ C S Venkiteswaran (8 November 2017). "Trendsetting titan". The Hindu.
  9. ^ "IV Sasi: the hitmaker who discovered Mammootty, the actor". Malayala Manorama. 24 October 2017.
  10. ^ "The End of an Epoch". The Hindu. 26 October 2017.