Directed by Lenin Rajendran
Produced by Green Cinema
Written by Lenin Rajendran
Starring Santhosh Sivan
Karthika Nair
Nithya Menon
Lakshmi Sharma
Jagathy Sreekumar
Chithra Iyer
Saiju Kurup
Music by Ramesh Narayan
Cinematography Madhu Ambat
Editing by Mahesh Narayanan
Distributed by Sree Gokulam Films
Release date(s) September 30, 2011 (2011-09-30)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Makaramanju (Malayalam: മകരമഞ്ഞ് English: The Mist of Capricorn) is a 2011 Malayalam language biographical and romance film written and directed by Lenin Rajendran. The film is about celebrated painter Raja Ravi Varma's life at a certain stage in his life. It also narrates the story of epic character Pururavas. Cinematographer Santhosh Sivan and Karthika Nair appears in the lead roles.

The film was met with critical acclaim. It was one of the five Malayalam films to be screened at the International Film Festival of India.[1] It won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Malayalam Film at the International Film Festival of Kerala.[2] It has been nominated for the Indian National Film Awards for 2010.[3]



The film tells the story of Raja Ravi Varma at a certain stage in his life. He is in the process of painting a masterpiece. The theme of his painting is Pururavas, the legendary king who fell in love with the heavenly nymph Urvashi, who later agrees to become his wife on certain conditions, but disappears without a trace when she discovers that the conditions were violated. Pururavas wanders all around to find her and ultimately does get united with his lover. Ravi Varma, during his work, finds himself attracted to his model Anjali Bhai and this relationship begin to acquire certain shades of the legend of Urvashi and Pururavas. Together they are thrown into a torrent of love and passion from which they find it difficult to scape.


  • Santhosh Sivan as Raja Ravi Varma and Pururavas. Cinematographer Santhosh Sivan is on his acting debut through this film.[4] He dons dual roles in the film, and is pairing up with three different heroines.[5] Coincidentally, Santhosh Sivan had made use of themes from Ravi Varma's paintings - Damayanti and the swan, Lady in thought and Girl carrying milk tray in his directorial venture Anandabhadram.[6][7]
  • Karthika Nair as Anjali Bhai and Urvashi. Karthika dons her second full length role through this film,[8] as well as makes her Malayalam debut.[9] The film is considered to be a break in the actor's career and there have been reports that Academy Award-winning British director Danny Boyle was impressed with Karthika's performance in the film and has signed her in his next project.[10]
  • Nithya Menon
  • Lakshmi Sharma as Bhageerathi, Ravi Verma's wife.[11]
  • Poorna
  • Mallika Kapoor
  • Jagathy Sreekumar as Govardhandas Makhanji, Ravi Verma's business partner.[11]
  • Bala as Raja Raja Verma, Ravi Varma's younger brother.[11]
  • Chithra Iyer as Rukku Bhai, Anjali's mother.[11]
  • Saiju Kurup


The principal production began in October 2009. The film's set has been put up in an old bungalow known as Church bungalow on the compound of a Lutheran church, near Pallichal in Thiruvananthapuram district. The film was also shot in Kochi and Mumbai.[5]


Soundtrack album by Ramesh Narayan
Released 2010
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label M. C. Audios & Videos

The film's music has been composed by Ramesh Narayan. There are eight tracks in the soundtrack, with lyrics by Kavalam Narayana Panicker, K. Jayakumar and Chandran Nair.[12]

No. Title Writer(s) Artist(s) Length
1. "Manjil Melle"   Chandran Nair K. J. Yesudas  
2. "Aahko Chahiye"   K. Jayakumar Hariharan & Sujatha  
3. "Mele Mele"   Kavalam Narayana Panicker Ramesh Narayan & Anuradha Sriram  
4. "Then Thennale"   Kavalam Narayana Panicker Srinivas, Sunita Menon  
5. "Kaanuvan Vaiki"   K. Jayakumar Hariharan & Sujatha  
6. "Mele Mele"   Kavalam Narayana Panicker Ramesh Narayan  
7. "Mosobathiya"   Traditional Manjari  
8. "Saalabhanjike"   Chandran Nair Ramesh Narayan  


  1. ^ Soyesh H. Rawther (19 October 2010). "Malayalam film makers plan alternative screening outside IFFI venues". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Top prize for Colombian film". The Hindu. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Press Trust of India (10 May 2011). "Seven Malayalam Films To Compete For National Award". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Santosh Sivan to act as Raja Ravi Varma". NDTV. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Saraswathy Nagarajan (27 November 2009). "Brush with the past". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Raja Ravi Varma's art makes song number one favourite". Now Running. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ananthabhadram". Deccan Herald. 2 August 2006. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "'Makara Manju' was a tough experience: Karthika Nair". Filmydum. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Karthika debuts in Malayalam with Makaramanju". Sify. 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Karthika dazes Danny Boyle". Indiaglitz. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Makaramanju Synopsis". Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Chords and notes: Makaramanju". The Hindu. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 

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