Chithram Malayalam-language screwball comedy film written and directed by Priyadarshan. The film was produced by P. K. R. Pillai under his production house Shirdi Sai Creations, and stars Mohanlal, Ranjini, Nedumudi Venu, Poornam Vishwanathan, Sreenivasan, M. G. Soman, Sukumari, Lizy, Maniyanpilla Raju, and Shanavas, while Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair makes a cameo appearance. The songs were composed by Kannur Rajan and film score by Johnson. Mohanlal won the Kerala State Film Award – Special Jury Award for his performance in this film.
Kalyani (Ranjini) decides to marry her boyfriend Ravi (Shanavas) against her father Ramachandra Menon’s (Vishwanathan) wishes. But Ravi breaks up when he comes to know that she would be disinherited. Kalyani’s father, who stays in the United States, is unaware of the break up and comes home in Kerala to spend time with his daughter and son-in-law. This prompts family friend and Advocate Kaimal (Venu) to hire a thief, Vishnu (Mohanlal) to act as Kalyani’s husband during Menon’s vacation stay.
Chithram was released during a Christmas weekend on 23 December 1988. The film was a phenomenal success at the Kerala box-office, it broke all existing records in Malayalam cinema until then. It had a theatrical run of 405 days in Little Shenoys (Ernakulam), it completed 366 days run with regular shows in two theatres—Little Shenoys (Ernakulam) and Ajantha (Trivandrum), and 200 days in four theatres—Little Shenoys (Ernakulam), Ajantha (Trivandrum), Asha (Kottayam), and Priya (Palakkad). Made on a budget of ₹44 lakh, the film grossed ₹6 crore at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever, surpassing My Dear Kuttichathan (1984). The film remains one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time.