Perumthachan (1990)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 20 mins

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Noted Malayalam author Nair skilfully elaborates a minor Puranic legend from Kerala into a complex tale of violent customs, parenthood in crisis and professional rivalries. Raman (Thilakan), the ‘perunthachan’ or chief carpenter/architect in Kerala’s feudal system, is the most accomplished craftsman of his time until his son Kannan Vishwakarman (Prashant) surpasses his father’s skill and fame. Kannan also dares to fall for the daughter (Manisha) of his father’s chief Namboodiri (Brahmin) patron and friend (Venu). Hurt and angered by his son’s success and consequent arrogance, Raman ‘accidentally’ drops a chisel and kills his son. The murder is presented as a question to viewers: was it the father’s honourable defence of traditional values that caused him to kill his son, or merely envy?

Cast: Manoj K Jayan, Monisha Unni, Prashanth Thiagarajan

Crew: Thoppil Ajayan (Director), Santosh Sivan (Director of Photography), Johnson Master (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Family

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1990 (India)

Malayalam Name: പെരുംതച്ചൻ

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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Veteran actor, Thilakan's performance in this movie was highly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, and is regarded by many as one of the best performances in the history of Malayalam cinema.

The idea of brahmin's jealousy of lower castes gaining respect causing the spread of the brahmin father sudra mother theory in parayi petta panthirukulam is fully explored in this movie.

This movie marks the directorial debut of Ajayan.