Avanazhi was produced by Saj productions and directed by famous director I.V. Sasi. Movie got released in 1986; the story and screen play written by Damodaran T, one of the best dialogue writers in the 80’s. It was as a cop in the 1980s film 'Yavanika' that Mammootty became a star. Avanazhi was the second film in which his character “Balram” has been noticed by masses at that time.
After release of Avanazhi, His character “Inspector Balram” was famous among the youths of 1986. Dialogue delivery of mammootty was excellent and he becomes action king by portraying this fire band role. He played more than 25 cop roles and this is the best among them. Police officers of kerala got inspired by “Inspector Balram” and they indented to take him as their role model in the middle of 80’s.
The movie was huge commercial success and biggest grosser of 1986 by creating box office history in Malayalam cinema. Avanazhi ran more than 200 days in many centers. In capital city movie completed 200 days run in S.L. Complex.
The movie’s sequel “Inspector Balram” was released in 1991 and it become huge hit. Later on, In the middle of 90’s ‘Avanazhi’re-relased in digital sound format and it ran more than 50 days in major centers. In Tamil, Telugu and even Kannada; Avanazhi’s remake was huge success but no one performed like mammootty. People of kerala interested to watch this movie again and again to hear the fire band dialogues of mega star mammootty.