Padamudra (1988)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 24 mins

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Set against the stark backdrop of abject poverty, this poignant and powerful tale delves into the life of Kutappan, and angry and disgruntled young man who labels in a stone quarry. Over a period of time, he finds himself unable to control his rage, guilt, anger and resentment increasingly becoming anti-social. Everytime he called by his nickname 'Soap Kutappan' he flies into a rage and eventually ‘ascends’ into insanity. In flashback, the tale portrays the actions and exploits of his father, tracing the reasons behind Kutappan's guilt and anger. Symbolic and subtle, this evocative tale works with numerous allusions to both biblical and folk sources as it investigates the meaning of fatherhood, the youth’s main problem.

Cast: Mohanlal Nair, Ramya Krishnan, Rohini

Crew: R Sukumaran (Director), Vidhyadharan Master (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Family

Release Dates: 24 Jun 1988 (India)

Malayalam Name: പാദമുദ്ര

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Did you know? This symbolic tale is an existential fable designed to highlight Mohanlal’s acting skills. He plays both a part-time theyyam dancer and travelling salesman as well as his guilt-ridden son. Read More
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as Soap Kuttappan / Maathu Pandaaram
Actress
as Ashwathy
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
as Lakshmi

Direction

Director

Music

Music Director
Playback Singer
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Malayalam
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Stereo
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Trivia:
This symbolic tale is an existential fable designed to highlight Mohanlal’s acting skills. He plays both a part-time theyyam dancer and travelling salesman as well as his guilt-ridden son.

This movie is noted for George’s camerawork and for Mohanlal’s repeated efforts to extend his dancing skills (cf. also Kamalathalam, 1992).