Chitra Mela (1967)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 52 mins

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Malayalam cinema’s first portmanteau film, consisting of three short films, is also Tamil/ Malayalam actor Muthaiah’s debut as director. Nagarathinte Mukhangal [Faces of the City] (38’) shows the tragic fate of children left at home by pleasure-loving parents who frequent nightclubs. Penninte Prapancham [A Woman’s World] (39’) is a Laurel and Hardy-inspired comedy speculating on life 50 years in the future when sex-change operations become commonplace. The longest story, Apaswarangal [Discordant Notes] (95’), is a tragic love story between a street singer and a blind woman. To achieve success, the street singer has to accept the patronage of a famous dancer, which estranges him from his girl. In the end she dies in his arms.

Cast: Prem Nazir

Crew: TS Muthaiah (Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1967 (India)

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Black & White
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)