Karutha Rathrikal

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Karutha Rathrikal
Karutha Rathrikal.jpg
Directed byP. Subramaniam
Produced byP. Subramaniam
Written byNagavally R. S. Kurup
Based onStrange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
K. V. Shanthi
T. K. Balachandran
Music byM. S. Baburaj
CinematographyNair E. N. C.
Edited byN. Gopalakrishnan
Release date
  • 9 June 1967 (1967-06-09)

Karutha Rathrikal (lit. Dark Nights) is a 1967 Indian Malayalam-language science fiction film directed by P. Subramaniam under the name Mahesh.[1] An adaptation of the novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, it was the first science fiction film in the history of Malayalam cinema.[2]


Santhan, a medical practitioner, is in love with his cousin Vimala; their marriage is fixed. Vimala's father was a banker who died under mysterious circumstances. Santhan develops a medicine, which turns a person into a monster when consumed. He also invents the formula that reverts the person back to their original self. Santhan keeps this invention a secret. From his uncle's diary, Santhan learns that other greedy directors of the bank are responsible for his death. Santhan decides to take revenge on them by utilising his invention.

Vimala's cousin Mohan is in love with Vilasini, a night club dancer. The other directors of the bank influence Mohan, through Vilasini, and attempt to steal the bank documents from Vimala's house. The monster appears before Vilasini and threatens her that she will be killed if she acts accordingly. Vilasini discovers the secret that it is Santhan who kills the directors of the bank. Mohan also learns about the secret that Santhan is the monster.

Vimala's uncle Kochammavan comes to the city to conduct the marriage of Vimala and Santhan. The police also arrive there in pursuit of the monster. Mohan reaches the spot and exposes Santhan, who then changes himself into a monster. But before the police can arrest Santhan, he commits suicide.



Karutha Rathrikal, adapted from the novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, was the first science fiction film in Malayalam cinema.[1]


The music was composed by Baburaj and the lyrics were written by O. N. V. Kurup.[3][4] Songs like "Aararivoo Aararivoo" and "Omanathinkale" attained popularity.[1]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Aararivoo Aararivoo" Kamukara O. N. V. Kurup
2 "Chirikkudukke" K. J. Yesudas, B. Vasantha O. N. V. Kurup
3 "Kilimakale" S. Janaki O. N. V. Kurup
4 "Maanathekku" Kamala, Zero Babu O. N. V. Kurup
5 "Maayayalla" L. R. Eeswari, M. S. Baburaj O. N. V. Kurup
6 "Omanathinkale" (Sad Scene II) S. Janaki O. N. V. Kurup
7 "Omanathinkale" (Happy) S. Janaki O. N. V. Kurup
8 "Omanathinkale" (Sad) S. Janaki O. N. V. Kurup
9 "Pookkalaanen Koottukaar" L. R. Eeswari O. N. V. Kurup

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Vijayakumar, B. (12 June 2017). "Karutha Rathrikal: 1967". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  2. ^ Fritzsche, Sonja, ed. (2014). The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film. Oxford University Press. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-78138-038-3.
  3. ^ "Karutha Raathrikal". Malayalachalachithram.com. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Karutha Raathrikal". Malayalasangeetham.info. Retrieved 14 October 2014.

External links[edit]

Karutha Rathrikal on IMDb