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Hridayam is Malayalam romantic drama starring Pranav Mohanlal, Kalyani Priyadarshan, and Darshana Rajendran in the lead roles. It was written and directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan. The film explores the relationship between a young man and a woman who meet under unusual circumstances.

The movie was produced by Visakh Subramaniam through Merryland Cinemas and co-produced by Noble Babu Thomas through Big Bang Entertainment. The music was composed by Hesham Abdul Wahab, and the cinematography was done by Jomon T. John.

Hridayam was critically acclaimed and received praise for direction, story, screenplay, music, score and cast performances

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Hridayam movie poster





Drama, Musical, Romance

Directed by

Vineeth Sreenivasan

Screenplay by

Vineeth Sreenivasan

Story by

Vineeth Sreenivasan

Produced by

Visakh Subramaniam


Pranav Mohanlal, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Darshana Rajendran


Viswajith Odukkathil

Edited by

Ranjan Abraham

Music by

Hesham Abdul Wahab

Production Company

Merryland Cinemas, Big Bang Entertainments

Distributed by

Merryland Cinemas

Release date

21 January 2022





Running time

2 hours 51 minutes


₹5 crore

OTT platform

Disney+ Hotstar


Hridayam tells the student life story of Arun Neelakandan, a teenager from Kerala who joins KC Tech, a reputed engineering college in Chennai. He quickly falls for Darshana, a college sweetheart. As their relationship unfolds, a fallout with seniors and a misunderstanding over another girl lead to an intense breakup.

Post-break-up, Arun loses himself in ragging, fights, and alcohol, while maintaining an empty relationship with Maya. Amid this turmoil, he manages to protect Darshana from a manipulative ex-boyfriend, Kedar. A period of introspection with the help of his father and a peaceful hostel room leads him to a path of redemption.

Seeking peace and progress, Arun joins Selva's coaching class along with his friend Antony, marking an academic resurrection. The death of his classmate Selva leaves a mark on everyone while his complicated romance with Darshana continues.

Post-graduation, Arun leaves a dissatisfying job to pursue his passion for photography with his friend Jimmy, and they specialize in intimate weddings. A shoutout from a popular Bollywood singer leads to success and satisfaction. However, romance stirs again when he meets Nithya at a wedding.

Embarking on a relationship with Nithya, Arun's past with Darshana continues to cast a shadow. Eventually, Nithya and Arun marry, have a son, and name him Selva as a tribute to their late friend, budding happiness in their lives.

In an unexpected twist, when Darshana's wedding is imminent, unresolved emotions resurface, causing tension between Arun and Nithya. Darshana's lingering feelings for Arun drive her to him, but he advises her to look forward to her married life. Following her wedding, Arun pays one last visit to KC Tech, leaving a note of gratitude in the secret alley, thus wrapping up his journey.


The film had a worldwide theatrical release on 21 January 2022. Later it premiered on the OTT platform Disney+Hotstar on 18 February 2022.  


Hridayam movie scene

Hridayam is a refreshing cinematic dive into the nostalgia of campus life and the intense emotions that accompany young love. The direction, narrative, and performances are constructed to provide an authentic depiction of a Malayali's campus life in Chennai.

Pranav Mohanlal, who plays the lead role of Arun, exhibits noticeable growth as an actor, delivering an emotionally resonant performance that beautifully captures the journey of growth from a student to a family man. Darshana Rajendran, who plays Darshana, complements him well, bringing out the nuances of their evolving relationship with skill and sensitivity.

The direction of the movie has managed to capture different moods, flavours, and vibes, with the essence of Chennai deeply woven into the narrative. However, there is a lack of depth and development in some characters, like Kalyani's, which leaves an area of improvement in the story.

The graphics and animation of the film are visually pleasing, enhancing the overall cinematic experience. The editing, on the other hand, could benefit from a bit more attention particularly considering the film's lengthy running time of 172 minutes – some trimming, especially in the second half, could have increased its impact.

The story itself may seem familiar to some, especially those who have lived campus life in the early 2000s – taking the viewer from campus romance to career discovery, and finally the everyday life of a family man. Consequently, certain aspects of the narrative may seem overly convenient.

The film's musical core is one of its strengths, with well-placed songs adding a warm and heartfelt dimension to the movie's listening experience.

The pace of the movie is balanced, albeit the duration of the movie could be trimmed to optimize viewer engagement without losing the essence of the story.

Hridayam is likely to appeal to a range of audiences, particularly those who cherish their college memories, love a good coming-of-age story, or are just in the mood for a heart-warming film. Its realistic depiction of campus life and the emotional journey of its characters will leave viewers with a smile on their face, harking back to nostalgic memories, and potentially a melody lingering on their lips.


Critic Rating
Tring Rating 4.4/5
IMDB Rating 8.1/10
Google Audience Review Summary 4.7/5






Actor pranav mohanlal

Pranav Mohanlal

Arun Neelakandan

Pranav Mohanlal is an Indian actor and the son of renowned actor Mohanlal. He made his acting debut as a child artist in the movie Onnaman (2002) and later debuted as a lead in Aadhi (2018). Pranav is known for his performances in Aadhi, Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu, and Hridayam.

Malayalam movie actress Kalyani priyadarshan

Kalyani Priyadarshan

Nithya Balagopal

Kalyani Priyadarshan is an Indian actress and the daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Priyadarshan and actress Lissy. She made her film debut in the Telugu film Hello (2017). Kalyani is known for her work in films like Varane Avashyamund, Hridayam, and Maanaadu.

Malayalam movie actress darshana rajendran

Darshana Rajendran


Darshana Rajendran is an Indian film and theatre actress who primarily works in the Malayalam film industry. She made her acting debut in the film Rajamma @ Yahoo (2015). Darshana is known for her roles in movies such as C U Soon, Virus, and Hridayam.

Malayalam movie actor aswath lal

Aswath Lal

Antony Thadikkaran


Malayalam movie actor Vijayaraghavan


Neelakandan Moorthy, Arun's father


Malayalam movie actor Johny Antony

Johny Antony

Balagopal, Nithya's father


Malayalam movie actor Aju Varghese

Aju Varghese


Aju Varghese is a recognized Indian film actor and producer. He made a splash in the Malayalam cinema with Malarvaadi Arts Club in 2010. His comedic approach to roles is praised and recognized in movies like Oru Vadakkan Selfie and Om Shanthi Oshana.

Malayalam movie arun kurian

Arun Kurian

Akhil Sathyan

Arun Kurian is an Indian actor making most of his appearances in Malayalam cinema. Arun's debut was Aanandam in 2016. He is well-known for his roles in Vilambaram and Thattumpurath Achuthan.

Malayalam movie actor annu antony

Annu Antony 

Maya Padmanabhan

Annu Antony is a promising Indian film actress who debuted in the Malayalam film, Aadu 2. She is best known for her performance in Paipin Chuvattile Pranayam.

Malayalam movie actor Kalesh Ramanand

Kalesh Ramanand



Malayalam movie actor Abishek Joseph George

Abishek Joseph George 

Kedar Kamalesh

Abishek Joseph George is an Indian film actor, primarily appearing in Malayalam movies, who made his debut in Amen in 2013. His role in Kammatti Padam is acclaimed.

malayalam movie actor Ann Jameela Saleem

Ann Jameela Saleem


Ann Jameela Saleem, an Indian actor known for her appearances in Malayalam cinema, has shown a promising start with her debut movie Mili in 2015, while Jacobinte Swargarajyam remains one of her notable appearances.

Malayalam movie actor Megha Thomas

Megha Thomas


Megha Thomas has left her mark in the Malayalam film industry through her debut film Njandugalude Naattil Oridavela in 2017 and is also known for Kumbalangi Nights.

Malayalam movie actor Shiva Hariharan

Shiva Hariharan

Anto Abraham

Shiva Hariharan debuted in the Malayalam film King Fish in 2020. The actor has impressive performances in films such as King Fish and Roy.

Malayalam movie actor jojo jose

Jojo Jose

Prateek Tiwari

Jojo Jose is a budding actor in Malayalam cinema known for his work in the June and Fearless movies.

Malayalam movie actor Thushara Pillai

Thushara Pillai

Nithya's mother

Thushara Pillai impressed her audience with her acting in her debut film Kadam Kadha in 2017. Her role in Thamaasha is also praiseworthy.

Malayalam movie actor Manjula Mohandas

Manjula Mohandas

Nithya's elder sister

Manjula Mohandas is a budding talent within the Indian film industry, known for her work in Padayottam (2018).

Malayalam movie actor Kurian Joseph John

Kurian Joseph John

Joji Soloman

Kurian Joseph John has delighted audiences with his performances in Malayalam cinema, known for Patham Nilayile Theevandi (2009).

Malayalam movie actor Raja Rani Pandian

Raja Rani Pandian 

Tea Stall owner

Raja Rani Pandian is a recognisable actor within the Tamil film industry, with an impactful performance in Puthiyathor Ulagam Seivom (2008).

Malayalam movie actor Vijayakrishnan A B

Vijayakrishnan A. B.

Vijayettan (a.k.a. Varikkapara)


Malayalam movie actor Adithyan Chandrashekhar

Adithyan Chandrashekhar 


Adithyan Chandrashekhar offers versatile acting capabilities in films like KL 10 Patthu and Oru Kuprasidha Payyan.

Malayalam movie actress Anjali s Nair

Anjali S. Nair

Tamizh Selvi

Anjali S. Nair is an established actress primarily known for her work in Malayalam cinema, including Ben and Konthayum Poonoolum.

Malayalam movie actress Maria Vincent

Maria Vincent

Diya, Nithya's friend

Maria Vincent who showcased her impressive acting abilities in the Malayalam cinema through movies such as Almalliswari.

Malayalam movie actor Sooraj Sun

Sooraj Sun


Sooraj Sun is a recognised actor known for his work in Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam and Padanayakan.

Malayalam movie actor Noble Babu Thomas

Noble Babu Thomas


Noble Babu Thomas made his debut on the big screen with Jacobite Swargarajyam.

malayalam movie actor Meenakshi Raveendran

Meenakshi Raveendran

Antony's Orkut date

Meenakshi Raveendran is an Indian film actress mainly known for her work in Malayalam cinema. Her strong roles in Uyare and Virus mark her as a must-watch actress in the industry.

malayalam movie actress Shaun Romy

Shaun Romy

Antony's date's friend (cameo)

Shaun Romy is a talented Indian film actress and professional model demonstrating commendable acting skills in the Malayalam film, Kammatipaadam.

malayalam movie actor Vishak Nair

Vishak Nair

Andrew: A passenger in the train (cameo) 

Vishak Nair debuted in Aanandam (2016) and is primarily recognized for his strong performances in Malayalam cinema.

malayalam movie actor Mathukkutty


Priest (cameo)

Mathukkutty is an Indian Radio Jockey and actor best known for his roles in Chandrettan Evideya and Marconi Mathai.


Nayan Rosh T M

Arjun's friend



Jishnu Sreekumar

Ron Valiyaveettil



Ajith Thomas Abraham




Sanjay Menon

Sandeep Joy



Kaushik M. V 




Atul Ramkumar

Jackson, Arun's Malayali senior



Sangeeth Pratap




Ramesh Menon




Role Name
Director Vineeth Sreenivasan
Written by Vineeth Sreenivasan
Producer Visakh Subramaniam
Cinematographer Viswajith Odukkathil
Music Hesham Abdul Wahab
Production House Merryland Cinemas, Big Bang Entertainment
Composer Hesham Abdul Wahab
Editor Ranjan Abraham

Character Analysis

Arun Neelakandan as Pranav Mohanlal

Arun Neelakandan, played by Pranav Mohanlal, tracks his journey from 17-30 years of age. His character undergoes change as he grows out of college and moves into a quieter life, making a career in photography. Many of us can connect with the changes that he undergoes in life.

Darshana as Darshana Rajendran

Darshana, played by Darshana Rajendran, is Arun's college sweetheart. She is the simple next-door girl with curly tresses. In the heat of an argument breaks off with Arun but is unable to move on till the end, when she is shown getting married. She is often looking back and thinking how life would have been if they had not parted.

Nithya as Kalyani Priyadarshan

Nithya, played by Kalyani Priyadarshan, is a loving, homely character who falls in love with Arun, marries him with blessings from their parents and is soon blessed with a son. She dorns beautiful white Kerala sarees and is seen decorating the Athapookkalam. She portrays a variety of feelings - love, caring and even concern over losing her loved one to another.






Manasse Manasse

Vineeth Sreenivasan



Hesham Abdul Wahab, Darshana Rajendran



K. S. Chithra


Onakka Munthiri

Divya Vineeth, Vineeth Sreenivasan


Thathaka Theithare

Prithviraj Sukumaran



K. S. Chithra, Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor, Sachin Warrier, Hesham Abdul Wahab


Arike Ninna

Job Kurian


Pottu Thotta Pournami

Sachin Balu, Megha Josekutty


Nagumo (composition and lyrics of Tyagaraja)

Arvind Venugopal


Puthiyoru Lokam

Vimal Roy, Bhadra Rajin


Sarvam Sadha



Kural Kekkutha

Unni Menon


Bas Kar Ji

Sachin Warrier


Hridayam Theme (performed by Istanbul Ensemble and Cochin Strings)



Nagumo Revival (composition of Tyagaraja)

Arvind Venugopal, Swetha Ashok

Box Office Collection

Hridayam was a super hit at the box office. At a budget of just  ₹5 crore, the movie managed to earn over ₹78.3 crore.



Date of Ceremony




Kerala State Film Awards

27 May 2022

Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value

Producer: Visakh Subramaniam

Director: Vineeth Sreenivasan


Kerala State Film Awards

27 May 2022

Best Music Director (Songs)

Hesham Abdul Wahab


Interesting Facts


Hridayam is a beautiful coming-of-age movie based mostly around the life of Arun from when he comes to college to when he is married and becomes a dad to a son. It takes us through his life struggles, his relationships, etc. It is a movie many of us would be able to connect with because we all go through these transitions in life. With the beautiful storytelling by Vineeth Sreenivasan, it is worth a watch.

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