Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of Kathapurushan

Jul 3, 2012, 6:48:28 PM (10 years ago)



  • Kathapurushan

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     41995 107’ col Malayalam 
     5d/sc/co-p Adoor Gopalakrishnan pc Japan 
     6Broadcasting Corporation NHK, Adoor 
     7Gopalakrishnan Prod. co-p Tokiuchi Ogawa 
     8c Ravi Varma m Vijayabhaskar 
     9lp Vishwanathan, Mini, Aranmula Ponnamma, 
     10Urmila Unni, Jagannatha Varma, Narendra 
     11Prasad, Babu Namboodiri, Lalitha, Ravi 
     12Vallathol, Mukesh, P.C. Soman 
     15A dramatisation of Kerala’s history since the 
     16onset of the Independence struggle, this film 
     17narrates the life of Kunjunni (Vishwanathan), 
     18perennially pining for his absent father but 
     19warmly looked after by the women in his 
     20family, and especially close to a servant’s 
     21daughter, Meenakshi (Minni). Uncle Vasu 
     22(Prasad) is the activist in the family, first as a 
     23Gandhian independence fighter, then as 
     24member of the Kerala Communist Party. At 
     25university, Kunjunni also turns towards the CP 
     26and witnesses the first-ever democratic election 
     27of a Communist government in 1959. However, 
     28the government’s land reform measures 
     29drastically impoverish his family. Turning to a 
     30Maoist group and taking part in their naxalite 
     31insurgent activities including terrorist attacks, 
     32Kunjunni is eventually arrested and tortured by 
     33the police until a court confirms his innocence 
     34and orders his release. The disillusioned 
     35Kunjunni then establishes a life of quiet 
     36domesticity with Meenakshi until the wayward 
     37uncle re-emerges, now dressed in saffron robes 
     38and claiming to have espoused a life of 
     39spiritual values, all of which does not prevent 
     40him from making serious financial claims on 
     41Kunjunni. The solution arrives when a rich 
     42parvenu buys Kunjunni’s house. The film 
     43depicts with finely judged, dramatic and 
     44occasionally ironic tones the twists and turns in 
     45Kerala’s recent history and its elaboration of a 
     46democratic social system. 
     481995 95’ col Malayalam 
     49d/co-s M.P. Sukumaran Nair pc Rachana Films 
     50p T.N. Sukumaran co-s M. Sukumaran 
     51c Ashwini Kaul m Jerry Amaldev, Kaithapram 
     52lp Urvashi, Nedumudi Venu, P.C. Soman, 
     53Valsala Menon, Ravi Vallathol, Kukku 
     54Parameshwaran, Mullanezhi, Mukundan, 
     55Master Mohan 
     56Nair, having worked with Gopalakrishnan, 
     57returns to the mother-son relationship 
     58adumbrated in his first feature Aparahnam 
     59(1990), with this bitterly ironic tale of a 
     60woman’s religious mania, a variation on the 
     61theme of Radha and Krishna. The poor villager 
     62Radha (Urvashi) becomes unbalanced with 
     63grief when her husband and son die. Going to 
     64live with her mother (Menon), the two women 
     65derive some income from pilgrims visiting the 
     66local temple, an institution representing a 
     67complex knot of contradictory currents: 
     68indolence and moral corruption in the shape of 
     69its guardians (Venu, Mullanezhi) as well as 
     70traditional ideologies while remaining an 
     71important conduit for contact with outsiders. 
     72When the teacher Nandini (Parameshwaran) 
     73arrives to visit the temple with her young son 
     74Kannan (Mohan), the distraught Radha latches 
     75on to the son imagining him to be Krishna. 
     76When Kannan falls ill and dies, Radha’s 
     77delusional mania, the only source available to 
     78her in an impossibly constricted and oppressed 
     79situation, overwhelms her.