Pazhassi Raja is a historical film. Pazhassi Raja marries Kaitheri Maakkam after the death of his wife. Even though it was a second marriage both could maintain a hearty relationship. India's freedom struggle had started with the mutiny of 1857. But many brave men like Pazhassi Raja, Kaitheri Ambu, Edachena Kungan, Thalakkal Chandu and others had fought against the British rule even fifty years before this mutiny,. The story features their fight against British Men.
Mammootty dons the role of Pazhassi Raja and Kaniha dons the role of Maakam. Tamil super star Sarath Kumar dons the role of Edachena Kungan. This is Sarath Kumar's first appearance in Malayalam. Telugu- Kannada actor Suman dons the role of Pazhyaveedan Chandu. Chandu is a villan. Thilakan dons the role of Kurubranaad king. He stood against Pazhassi Raja and was interested in capturing territories. Jagathy Sreekumar dons the role of Kannara Menon, who was an employee of the British Government. He depended on Kurubranaad king for his livelihood. Manoj K.Jayan dons the role of Chandu, the leader of Kuruchiar fighters. Kuriachiars are the aborigines of the forest. Padmapriya dons the role of Chandu's wife Neeli. Suresh Krishna dons the role of Kaitheri Ambu.
Many British, German and Mumbai based actors are aloso appearing in the film. The locations of Pazhassi Raja are Kannur, Thalasseri, Neelishvaram, Chennai, Kudagu, Madikeri, Mysore and Mannarkad . The weapons used in the film are spear, sword and bow and arrow, as carried by the tribal people at that time (around two hundred years back).
Director of the movie is Hariharan. Producer of the film is Gokulam Gopalan. Screenplay is by M.T. Vasudevan Nair. Ilayaraja has scored the music.