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aka False Pride 1971 164’ b&w Malayalam d A. Vincent p R.S. Prabhu pc Shri Rajesh Films s Thoppil Bhasi lyr P. Bhaskaran c Surya Prakash m A.T. Ummar lp Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Veeran, Sharada, Madhu, Raghavan

An adaptation of Anant Mane’s Manini (1961). Malathi (Sharada) is the daughter of a wealthy family. She forces her father Shankara Menon (Nair) to let her marry a poor music teacher, Madhavan (Madhu), claiming to be pregnant by him. The father rejects the couple, who manage to make a meagre living in the husband’s village. The mother dies of grief and her spirit visits the daughter, soon followed by a repenting father. P.K. Nair suggests that the end sequence echoes Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu Monogatari (1953).