Summer in Bethlehem (1998)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 23 mins

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This upbeat, family-oriented relationship drama revolves around the adventures and experiences of two friends, Ravishankar, a fun-loving but failed investor, and Dennis, a supremely successful farmer. Dennis owns a huge estate with vast farmland and myriad cattle and Ravishankar lives with him. In order to keep his family happy, Ravishankar has fabricated tales in which he is a successful businessman, and Dennis is the friend who lives at his expense. As a result, Ravishankar's grandfather, Colonel C. R. Menon arrives at the estate with all his granddaughters in tow for a vacation, and also to try and interest Ravishankar to marry one of them. Dennis who is an orphan is thrilled with the idea of having an extended family, and welcomes the group with enthusiasm and warmth. While everyone is enjoying the colours and merriment of the holiday, Abhirami another of Menon's grandchildren arrives and Dennis finds himself deeply attracted to her. However, she seems depressed and hiding some dark secret. How will events unfold from this critical juncture, especially with everyone believing Dennis to be worthless and living off Ravishankar's success?
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Cast: Jayaram Subramaniam, Manju Warrier, Suresh Gopi

Crew: Sibi Malayil (Director), Sanjeev Shankar (Director of Photography), Vidyasagar (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 21 May 1998 (India)

Malayalam Name: സമ്മര് ഇന് ബെത്ലെഹേം

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Did you know? The producer of this movie of the film Siyad Kokker had accused Priyadarshan of remaking it in Tamil without taking his permission or paying for the rights.The Kerala film producers association had banned the screening of all the films of director Priyadarsan in the state. Kokker had alleged Priyadarshan's Tamil film 'Laysa Laysa' is an exact copy of this movie. Priyadarsan refuted by alleging that this movie is a copy of Hollywood films like 'Fiddler On The Roof' and 'Come September'. The matter was later settled out of court. Read More
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as Ravi Shankar
as Abhirami
as Dennis
as Niranjan
Supporting Actor
as Colonel C.R. Menon
as Monai
as Gayathri
as Ravishankar's Grandmother

Direction

Director

Production

Producer
Production Company

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Screenplay Writer
Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Editorial

Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Malayalam
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: Satyam Audios
01 
05:21
Music Director: Vidyasagar
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas, KS Chithra
02 
04:59
Music Director: Vidyasagar
Playback Singer: KS Chithra
03 
04:27
Music Director: Vidyasagar
Playback Singer: Biju Narayanan, Srinivas
04 
05:25
Music Director: Vidyasagar
Playback Singer: Sujatha Mohan, Srinivas
05 
05:09
Music Director: Vidyasagar
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar
06 
05:22
Music Director: Vidyasagar
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
07 
04:37
Music Director: Vidyasagar
Playback Singer: MG Sreekumar
08 
04:31
Music Director: Vidyasagar
Playback Singer: KS Chithra
Trivia:
This was the second script written by Renjith for Sibi Malayil after 'Maya Mayooram'. Later they joined again for Ustaad (1999).

One of the highlights of this movie, is a cameo appearance of renowned actor Mohanlal, as a convict who is on death row.

The producer of this movie of the film Siyad Kokker had accused Priyadarshan of remaking it in Tamil without taking his permission or paying for the rights.The Kerala film producers association had banned the screening of all the films of director Priyadarsan in the state. Kokker had alleged Priyadarshan's Tamil film 'Laysa Laysa' is an exact copy of this movie. Priyadarsan refuted by alleging that this movie is a copy of Hollywood films like 'Fiddler On The Roof' and 'Come September'. The matter was later settled out of court.

The soundtrack of this movie was immensely successful both critically and commercially.

Most of the shooting for this movie took place among the forest hills and farms of Ooty (Ootacamund).
Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: Lesa Lesa (Tamil)