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Alkoottathil Thaniye

aka Alone in the Crowd 1984 139’ col Malayalam d I.V. Sasi pc Century s M.T. Vasudevan Nair lyr Kavalam Narayana Panicker c Jayanan Vincent m Shyam lp Balan K. Nair, Mammootty, Seema, Shubha, Sumitra, Unni Mary, Mohanlal, Pappu, Lalu Alex, Adoor Bhasi, Prashab

A film from a prolific sexploitation director advocating adherence to old-style family values and unconditional submission to patriarchy. A dying father’s three children rush to his bedside but, as the old man clings on to life, his two daughters return to their busy urban lives and his son’s wife leaves for fear of missing out on her Harvard fellowship. The son, Rajan (Mammootty), stays and the old man’s niece Ammukkutty (Seema), a schoolteacher who helped Rajan in his education but was not allowed to marry him, is summoned to come and look after the men. With exemplary devotion Ammukkutty tends to their needs while reconciling all members of the family with each other. The happy ending demonstrates the transcendent value of filial piety.