Odiyan is an Malayalam-language Indian fantasy thriller film directed by debutant V. A. Shrikumar Menon and written by K. Harikrishnan. The film stars Mohanlal in the lead role, with Manju Warrier and Prakash Raj in supporting roles. Odiyan is produced by Antony Perumbavoor under Aashirvad Cinemas banner. It is regarded to be the most expensive Malayalam film ever. The movie is based on the legend of Odiyan, who in Kerala folklore are men possessing shapeshifting ability, who can assume animal form. Odiyans are said to have inhabited the Malabar region of Kerala during the pre-electricity era.