Kalaapani (1996)

 ●  Malayalam ● 3 hrs 21 mins

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This powerful patriotic saga is set in 1915, when the British government used to send Indian freedom fighters to a Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This poignant saga revolves around Govardhan, a doctor by profession, is wrongly accused of bombing a train and thus jailed by the British and sent to the infamous prison. He witnesses sufferings of hundreds of Indian prisoners there. How will he react to the tortures of this prison? Will he survive to breathe free air and reunite with his lover who ever patiently awaits his return?
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Cast: Mohanlal, Prabhu Ganesan, Tabu Hashmi

Crew: Priyadarshan Nair (Director), Santosh Sivan (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Drama

Release Dates: 12 Apr 1996 (India)

Malayalam Name: കാലാപാനി

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as Govardhan Menon
as Mukund Iyengar
as Parvathi
as Mirza Khan
as Veera Savarkar
as Ahmed Kutty
as Pandiyan
Supporting Actor
as Sreekandan Nair
as Moosa
as Ram Lakhan
Supporting Actor
as GS Sethu





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Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Music Label


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Sound Mix:
Dolby SR
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24 fps
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Music Label: T-Series

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: KS Chithra, MG Sreekumar

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar, KS Chithra

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: KS Chithra, MG Sreekumar

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: Ilaiyaraaja, KS Chithra

Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Saza-E-Kala Pani (Hindi)
Dubbed into: Siraichalai (Tamil)
Dubbed into: Kaala Pani (Telugu)
The film is shot in the Malayalam language. However, numerous portions contain dialogues in Hindi, English, Tamil, Bengali, and German.

The name "Kalapani" is derived from the mode of imprisonment in British India.

The film won three National Film Awards including the awards for Best Art Direction (Sabu Cyril), Best Special Effects (S. T. Venky) and Best Cinematography (Santosh Sivan). Along with that it won six Kerala State Film Awards.

It was dubbed into Telugu as "Kaala Pani".

It was dubbed into Tamil as "Siraichalai".

It was dubbed into Hindi as "Saza-E-Kala Pani".