Chidambaram (1985)

 ●  Malayalam ● 1 hr 43 mins

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Unfolding in exquisitely photographed poetic rhythms and coloured landscapes, this is the simple but cynical tale of Muniyandi (Srinivas), a labourer on the Indo-Swiss Mooraru farm in Kerala. He gets married to Shivagami (Patil), an innocent young woman from the temple town of Chidambaram. In course of her stay at the estate, she befriends Shankaran (Gopi), the estate manager and amateur photographer, who is an enigmatic man with a shady past. Their friendship transgresses the hypocritical but deeply felt codes of conduct the local men inherited from previous social formations: i.e. that women are to be denied what men are allowed to enjoy. When Shankaran and Shivagami close connection causes Muniyandi to resort to the extreme step of committing suicide. How will Shankaran deal with the guilt that consumes him? How will Shivagami’s life unfold? This touching and thought-provoking tragedy artistically condenses the tensions between socioeconomic change (as tractors and machinery invade the landscape) and people’s refusal to confront the corresponding need to change their mentality.
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Cast: Mohanlal

Crew: Govindan Aravindan (Director), Paravoor Govindan Devarajan (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1985 (India)

Malayalam Name: ചിദംബരം

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Did you know? This movie is the cinematic adaptation of a short story by C. V. Sreeraman. Read More
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Many popular actors like Innocent, Nedumudi Venu and Mohan Lal made cameo appearances in this movie as themselves.

A bulk of the shooting for this movie took place around Mattupetty, near Munnar in Idukki District, Tamil Nadu.

Unlike earlier films directed by Aravindan, this movie comprises a cast of many popular actors. Smitha Patil, who had expressed her desire to work with Aravindan and Gopi joined the project.

This movie is the cinematic adaptation of a short story by C. V. Sreeraman.

This movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film and five Kerala State Film Awards including Best Film and Best Direction.

The music was composed by G. Devarajan.