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Thacholi Ambu
Directed by Navodaya Appachan
Produced by Navodaya Appachan
Written by N. Govindan Kutty
Based on Vadakkan Pattukal
Starring Prem Nazir
Sivaji Ganesan
Music by K. Raghavan
Cinematography U. Rajagopal
Edited by T. R. Sekhar
Release dates
  • 1 September 1978 (1978-09-01)
Running time
2 Hours 35 Minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Thacholi Ambu is a 1978 Malayalam film starring Prem Nazir, Sivaji Ganesan, Ravikumar and Jayan. Directed and produced by Navodaya Appachan, it was the first cinemascope film in Malayalam.[1][2][3] Prem Nazir played the title role in the film.



The music was composed by K. Raghavan and lyrics was written by Yusufali Kechery.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Anuraagakkalariyil K. J. Yesudas Yusufali Kechery
2 Makaramaasa Pournamiyil P Susheela, Chorus Yusufali Kechery
3 Naadapuram Palliyile Vani Jairam Yusufali Kechery
4 Naanam Kunungikale S Janaki, P Susheela Yusufali Kechery
5 Ponniyam Parunthunkal P Susheela, Chorus Yusufali Kechery
6 Ponniyam Poonkanni P Susheela Yusufali Kechery
7 Thacholi Veettile P Susheela Yusufali Kechery


  1. ^ "Still raring to go". Chennai, India: The Hindu. March 4, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "An interview with Navodaya Appachan". Chennaionline.com. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.filmiparadise.com/navodaya-studio_proflile.html

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