The brain does not function on an empty stomach.

—Motu's catchphrase

Motu is one of the two titular characters of Motu Patlu. He is the main protagonist of the series who loves samosas.


Motu along with his best friend Patlu lives in a small rented house located in Furfuri Nagar.

In the movie, Motu Patlu in Alien World, he was separated from his father when he was 6-7 years old.

Motu has a habit of calling people Bare/Boro Bhaiya (Big brother, in English). In Tamil, he calls people Poosanikka Mandaya (Pumpkin Head in English).

He has a great addiction of samosas when he smells them, he gets attracted to it. He can eat hundreds of samosas. He usually dreams about samosas or him eating a mountain of them. He also wants to do social work but mostly lands in trouble with his best friend, Patlu.

Even though he is not skilled in any job, he still tries to do jobs like Constable, Ward Boy, Cleaner, Delivery Boy but brings trouble to the company/organization where he is working and gets fired. He sometimes even makes his own businesses, mostly with Patlu, Dr. Jhatka, and Ghasitaram, but these too fail, mainly due to Motu's foolishness. However, due to his strength, power, and will to fight evil, he often defends his town against enemies, which is why he is considered to be the biggest enemy of burglars in Furfuri Nagar.

As he doesn't own any job, the money he owns is probably from the rewards he gains from the government, usually due to the commendation of the police or the Mayor and the small amount of money he can make from his businesses and jobs.

Friends and Enemies


Patlu is Motu's best friend. The main show concentrates on their adventures together.


He is a short, fat man in his 30's-40's. He wears a red tunic under a black vest. He is balding around the head area but has hair around the ears. He has a rather kempt mustache. In Furfuri Nagar, he had kept a mustache that had gaps between them.


Unlike Patlu, who is quite humble, Motu is very hot-headed. He dreams of fame, fortune, and lots of samosas. His body automatically rushes towards it, and is so attracted to them, that if he smells it his body will force itself in the direction of them. He is also very impatient and a lot of times the gang falls in trouble because of his impatience. Motu is selfish as he goes after many things without knowing them properly. Motu is a plump man. Due to his lack of intelligence, he is the brawn of the gang. It is shown in some episodes and movies that Motu has a habit of sleepwalking and often ends up punching objects or people, including Patlu.


Due to his natural build, Motu is naturally strong and is the strongest in his friends (except Boxer). After consuming Samosas, his favorite food his speed, strength, vision, and intelligence are enhanced, allowing him to lift boulders and vehicles. He can also beat down multiple opponents at once, and even a person as strong as Boxer is easily beaten by him. As a child, he was able to walk 5 kilometers to Dr. Mohan Sinha's lab, as seen in Motu Patlu in Alien World.


  • When he hasn't eaten samosas, he easily loses to strong enemies.
  • He cannot think on an empty stomach.
  • He is not clever and can be fooled by people.


  • His design is a parallel version of Dr. Jhatka's.
  • In the episode "Rupiya Dus Karod", Motu's uncle Kuber Singh, who has not met him in 30 years, seems to know Patlu well, telling that they were friends since childhood.
  • In Salim Robot, Motu’s weight is shown as being 80 kilograms (176 pounds), and his height is 5’03. In the later episode Wajan however, his weight changed to him weighing much more than 120 kilograms to the point of causing the weighing scale to malfunction. 
  • He got his famous catchphrase from his grandfather, as he said at the beginning of the first episode.
  • He is named Matin in the Sinhalese dub.
    Fakebook in Motu Patlu

    Motu's Fakebook Page; this appears in the episode Flying Helmet.

  • In the Motu Patlu social media site, he was born on 31, February, which is impossible as February only has 28 days or 29 days during a leap year.
  • This is also ironic because, in Motu ka Birthday, it is shown that he was born on 16th October.
  • In Motu ka Birthday, Motu’s birthday was on a Monday on the 16th of October 2013 in the show. In real life, however, that date took place on a Wednesday, not a Monday. Motu’s age was also never revealed in this episode.
  • According to Motu's Fakebook page, he also studied at Furfuriya University.
  • He owns an iPhone X. It can be occasionally seen in the newer episodes.
    Motu's IPhone X

    Motu's iPhone X.

  • Motu's name is often incorrectly spelled as "Moto", this is most likely because the letter "O" is near the letter "U" in the QWERTY keyboard.
  • Motu's eyes are shown to be either brown or black.


Hindi -

  • "Khushbooooo!"(Smell!)
  • "Nahiiiiiiiiin!" ("Nooooo!")
  • (To Patlu) "Khaali pait mere dimaag ki batti nahi chalti tum he kuch karo!" ("You do something, I cannot think while having an empty stomach!")

Tamil -

  • Vaasanaaaaa (Smell!)
  • Illllaaaaaaa ( Noooooo!)
  • Vairu Kaaliyaa irukumpothu ennoda moolha vela seiyaathu ("I cannot think while having an empty stomach!")


In Furfuri Nagar, he lives in a simple house which is firstly for rent but after some time they purchase the house from their house owner.

Motu Patlu transform Furfuri Nagar into New Modern City he owns a good house

When Motu Patlu transformed Modern City into New Modern City he buys a flat in Furfuri Apartment and lives in it.

During their tour to Europe, they stayed at hotels.


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