Kariyila Kattu Pole (1986)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 18 mins

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Embedded with mystery and suspense, this fast-paced detective thriller delves into the investigation conducted by Achuthankutty (Mohanlal), the Deputy Superintendent of Police who is assigned the high-profile investigation into the death of a famous movie director, Harikrishnan (Mammootty). Using his exceptional skills as a detective, Achuthankutty identifies key clues that unravel secrets from the director's past, taking him closer and closer towards identifying the killer. Who is the killer? What were his or her reasons for committing such a heinous crime?
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Cast: Karthika PKR Nair, Mammootty, Mohanlal Nair, Sripriya Raj Kumar

Crew: P Padmarajan (Director), Venu Isc (Director of Photography), Johnson Master (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Release Dates: 21 Mar 1986 (India)

Malayalam Name: കരിയില കട്ട് പോലെ

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Did you know? This movie was originally titled 'Aram', but later changed to 'Kariyilakkattu Pole' that was inspired from a short story written by Padmarajan. Read More
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Feature Film
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This film was highly acclaimed for the skillful narrative by the director and outstanding performances by the cast. Padmarajan skillfully presented Harikrishnan as a very complicated character and the viewers are left to decide whether Harikrishnan had a romantic angle for Shilpa or his feelings from the beginning were paternal. The director shows a scene where Harikrishnan is bewildered to see Shilpa with her mother, recognizing their history, making viewers feel that Harikrishnan had other plans for Shilpa, while in a later interrogation from Achuthankutty, Shilpa mentions that Harikrishnan never crossed a line with her and was always very loving and guiding like a father.

This movie was originally titled 'Aram', but later changed to 'Kariyilakkattu Pole' that was inspired from a short story written by Padmarajan.

This movie is based on the radio drama 'Sisirathil Oru Prabhatham' by Sudhakar Mangalodayam (credited as Sudhakar P. Nair).