Manichitrathazhu (Malayalam: മണിച്ചിത്രത്താഴ്, English: The Ornate Lock) is a 1993 Malayalam psychological thriller-horror-musical film written by Madhu Muttan, directed by Fazil, and produced by Appachan. The film was an unusual theme in Malayalam cinema but proceeded to become a high grosser at the box-office. Several other prominent directors such as Siddique-Lal, Priyadarshan, and Sibi Malayil served as second-unit directors.The story is influenced from a tragedy that happened in Alummoottil Tharavadu, a famous central Travancore family, in the 19th century. The film won the National Film Award for best popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Shobhana was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the central character Ganga. The film also stars Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Nedumudi Venu, Innocent, Vinaya Prasad, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, and Thilakan in the main roles. The music was composed by M. G. Radhakrishnan. This Film was a record breaking blockbuster running for 365 days in theatres .
After its runaway success in Kerala, it was remade after nearly 10 years in various languages, including Kannada (Apthamitra), Tamil andTelugu (dubbed) (Chandramukhi), Bengali (Rajmohol), and Hindi (Bhool Bhulaiyaa).
- Mohanlal as Dr. Sunny Joseph
- Shobana as Ganga & Nagavalli
- Suresh Gopi as Nakulan
- Nedumudi Venu as Thampy
- Vinaya Prasad as Sreedevi
- Shridhar as Mahadevan
- Innocent as Unnithan
- Sudheesh as Chanthu
- KPAC Lalitha as Bhasura
- Thilakan as Brahmadattan Nampoothirippadu
- Kuthiravattam Pappu as Kattuparamban
- Ganesh Kumar as Dasappan Kutty
- Rudra as Alli