Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 38 mins

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Interspersed with humour, this socially relevant saga the lessons in the life of Vijayan, the village schoolteacher. Believing his degree in economics to guarantee success in business, he runs around from scheme to scheme, tasting utter failure every step of the way. While he roams in search of lucrative returns, taking long leaves of absence from work, his family – wife, Shyamala and two daughters – suffer in abject poverty. Will Vijayan ever recognise the error of his ways and return to his work and family?
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Cast: Sangeetha Saravanan, Sreenivasan

Crew: Sreenivasan (Director), S Kumar (Director of Photography), Johnson Master (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 15 Oct 1998 (India)

Malayalam Name: ചിന്താവിഷ്ടയായ ശ്യാമള

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Did you know? This film was later remade into Tamil as Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy (2005) by Thangar Bachan. It was remade in Telugu as 'Avide Shyamala' by Kodi Ramakrishna. It was also remade in hindi as 'S.R.K', with Vinay Pathak but it remains unreleased. Read More
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as Shyamala
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as Achuthan Nair
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Malayalam
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
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Music Director: Johnson Master
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
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Music Director: Johnson Master
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar
Trivia:
Sangita won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for her role Shyamala. It was Mohanlal who suggested Sangita for Shyamala. The character still remains one of the best female characters in Malayalam cinema.

This movie won several awards and accolades, including the prestigious National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film.

This was Sreenivasan's second directorial effort and won critical and commercial success and further established his position in Malayalam cinema as a gifted comedian and screenwriter.

This film was later remade into Tamil as Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy (2005) by Thangar Bachan. It was remade in Telugu as 'Avide Shyamala' by Kodi Ramakrishna. It was also remade in hindi as 'S.R.K', with Vinay Pathak but it remains unreleased.

The title and plot of this film are inspired by 'Chinthavishtayaaya Sita', a celebrated work by Malayalam poet and social reformer Kumaran Asan. The poem describes the philosophic musings of Sita and her confrontation with her husband Rama, towards the end of the Ramayana epic. As in the poem, the film portrays the silent struggle, sacrifice, and finally the emancipation of the character Shyamala.