Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 48 mins

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Critically acclaimed and commercially successful adaptation of Kerala’s well-known legend, set in the 16th century, of the brave Aromalunni, his beautiful sister Unniyarcha and their poor adopted relative Chandu. Scenarist Nair filled in the story’s ‘silences’ and emphasised important, but traditionally marginalised, characters, making Chandu (Mammootty) a misunderstood victim of jealousy and betrayal. Aromal (Gopi) is transformed into a brash, arrogant and devious warrior, less skillful than Chandu but promoted because of his caste pedigree. When Aromal dies accidentally in a fight, Chandu is accused of treachery. Unniyarcha (Madhavi) is shown as a fickle woman with a flexible notion of morality who repeatedly betrays Chandu. In flashback, Chandu narrates the facts omitted from the public version to a young woman in a closed arena, while Unniyarcha’s sons wait outside to challenge him to a duel. One of the most expensive Malayalam films to date, it is famous for its reconstruction of the famed martial arts form of kalaripayattu and for Mammootty’s remarkable performance (which the actor regards as his best film work). Following on from his novel Randaamoozham, the film continues Nair’s efforts to make the silences in our epics ‘speak’ the caste and kinship aspects traditionally glossed over in the narration.
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Cast: Geetha Vasan, Madhavi Sharma, Mammootty, Suresh Gopi

Crew: T Hariharan (Director), Ramachandra Babu (Director of Photography), Ravi Shankar Sharma (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, History

Release Dates: 14 Apr 1989 (India)

Malayalam Name: ഒരു വടക്കന്‍ വീരഗാഥ

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as Kunji
as Unniarcha
as Chandu Chekavar/Chathiyan Chandu
as Aromal Chekavar
as Valiya Kannappan Chekavar
as Aringodar's Student
as Child Artist
as Aringodar
as Unnikonnar
as Young Unniarcha
as Aringodar's Student
as The King
as Kannapan Unni
as Kannappa Chekavar's Wife
as Kunjiraman
as Young Chandu




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Screenplay Writer
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Camera and Electrical

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Music Director
Playback Singer


Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Director: Ravi Shankar Sharma
Lyricist: K Jayakumar
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
Music Director: Ravi Shankar Sharma
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
Music Director: Ravi Shankar Sharma
Lyricist: K Jayakumar
Playback Singer: KS Chithra
'Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha' to Re-release
21 Jul 2014, by One India Entertainment