Moonnam Pakkam (1988)

 ●  Malayalam ● 1 hr 54 mins

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Embedded with charged emotions, this touching family drama delves into the life of Thampi (Thilakan), who retired as an accountant from Indian Railway in mid-1980s following his son's death. He leads a quiet and solitary life in his ancestral house. Thampi's grandson Bhasker aka Pachu (Jayaram) had completed his medicine from Bangalore. Thampi is excited when his grandson Pachu, comes along with his friends- Lopez (Rahman), Renjith Menon (Ashokan) and Krishnankutty (Ajayan) to spend his vacation with his grandpa. Their presence brings joy and happiness into Thampi's house. Pachu is engaged to a girl, Bhadra (Keerthy) who happened to be the granddaughter of Thampi's friend. During the vacation Pachu and his friends often go to the nearby beach for a swim. During one such visit Pachu and Lopez gets pulled into the ocean and only Lopez manages to escape. The Police and the locals conduct a rescue operation in the ocean but in vain. It is believed among the locals that whatever that is taken by the ocean is returned on the third day (as meant by the title of the movie). Thampi refuses to acknowledge the fact that Pachu is dead and puts on a brave face, consoling Pachu's mother, his friends and Bhadra. Eventually the body is found on the third day. The funeral is held on the same day and Pachu's friends gets ready to leave the day after. They all visit the beach one last time to say goodbye to Pachu where they see Thampi arriving with priests to perform the funeral rites of Pachu. Will Thampi come to terms with the devastating loss or will he resort to more extreme measures?

Cast: Jayaram Subramaniam, Surendranatha Thilakan

Crew: P Padmarajan (Director), Venu Isc (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 28 Aug 1988 (India)

Malayalam Name: മൂന്നാം പക്കം

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Did you know? Actors Keerthy and Ajayan made their debut in this film. Read More
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Actors Keerthy and Ajayan made their debut in this film.

This movie received immense critical and commercial acclaim, and is widely regarded as a cult classic.