Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of Swathi Thirunal

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     1'''Swathi Thirunal''' 
     41987 133’ col/scope Malayalam 
     5d/co-s Lenin Rajendran p G.P. Vijay Kumar 
     6pc Seven Arts Films co-s Varaham Balakrishnan 
     7c Madhu Ambat m M.B. Srinivasan 
     8lp Anant Nag, Srividya, Ambika, Ranjini, 
     9Nedumudi Venu 
     12Biographical fantasy about Swathi Thirunal, 
     13best-known of the 19th C. Travancore kings. 
     14The British treaty (1795) established 
     15Travancore as an independent state 
     16figureheaded by its royalty. As with e.g. the 
     17Mysore state and other capitals of former rulers 
     18reduced to ceremonial function, this period 
     19saw a major revival of classical music and 
     20performing arts. However, Swathi Thirunal’s 
     21reign has received special attention, as a 
     22relatively uncomplicated era preceding 
     23Travancore’s decline into the 20th- C. rule of 
     24the despotic Diwan C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyer 
     25against whom the 1940s communist uprising 
     26was directed. The big-budget CinemaScope 
     27film, by a director noted for his CPI(M) 
     28sympathies, appropriates what it presents as a 
     29‘golden age’ in Travancore history. Its 
     30resemblance to G.V. Iyer’s Hamsa Geethe 
     31(1975) in this regard is further heightened by 
     32the presence of leading man Nag, whose 
     33naturalist underplaying of the king contrasts 
     34with the elaborate period decor. After 
     35establishing the king’s credentials as lover and 
     36patron of art and music, and as staunch antiimperialist, 
     37the film devolves into a love story 
     38with the Tanjore dancer Sugandhavalli 
     39(Srividya). The escalating political crisis is 
     40represented by the arrival of a new general, 
     41and ends with the king’s death.