Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of Advaitham

Jun 28, 2012, 5:07:12 PM (10 years ago)



  • Advaitham

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     41991 181’ col Malayalam 
     5d Priyadarshan pc Grihalakshmi Prod. 
     6s T. Damodaran lyr Kaithapram c S. Kumar 
     7m Johnson 
     8lp Mohanlal, Jayaram, Revathi, Thikkurisi 
     9Sukumaran Nair, Chitra, Soman, Innocent 
     12A Hindu chauvinist film set in contemporary 
     13Kerala. Shivaprasad (Mohanlal), disowned by 
     14his Brahmin Namboodiri father, becomes a 
     15pawn of power-hungry Communists. Having 
     16committed several violent crimes at their 
     17behest, he is jailed but ‘rewarded’ when the 
     18Communists come to power and appoint him 
     19chairman of a rich temple trust. The hero’s 
     20‘redemption’ is prepared by presenting his 
     21efforts at embezzlement - part of his job’s 
     22privileges - as an attempt to finance the 
     23recovery of his feudal rights and to restore his 
     24now-politically sanitised joint family. However, 
     25opposing him are the honest leader of the 
     26temple workers, the good administrator 
     27Lakshmi (Revathi) who is also his estranged 
     28former lover, and Vasu (Jayaram), a reformed 
     29ex-accomplice. When the Communists have 
     30Vasu murdered, Shivaprasad sees the light and 
     31turns into a saffron-clad sanyasi, soon gaining 
     32fame as a peace-preaching godman. In this 
     33role, he is invited to mediate in a religious 
     34dispute over a mosque (a direct reference to 
     35the violent attack on the mosque at Ayodhya). 
     36His honesty now makes him an enemy of all 
     37the political factions in the dispute, who 
     38collectively plot to kill him, but he is rescued 
     39by his now-repentant former girlfriend, 
     40Lakshmi. Shivaprasad then massacres the 
     41corrupt politicians and the film ends with him 
     42addressing Hindu devotees, asking them to 
     43‘judge’ whether slaughtering one’s opponents 
     44is wrong. The film also recalls the heroic and, 
     45in Kerala, controversial figure of the former 
     46Naxalite Ajitha, who, according to legend 
     47would kill landlords and policemen leaving her 
     48bloodied palm print on the wall as a signature.