Viswam and Seeta come to the city as eloped lovers, but although the social pressures to conform may be less stifling, the economic pressures make their survival increasingly precarious. They move from their expensive hotel to a cheaper one, and eventually to a slum, with a smuggler, a rice seller and a prostitute for neighbours. Viswam, who is also a writer, has his novel turned down, and then loses his job as a lecturer. Eventually he dies in poverty, leaving Seeta a destitute widow with a small baby.
Swayamvaram pioneered the new wave cinema movement in Malayalam cinema
The film featured no songs and but has only an original score by MB Sreenivasan
This film marked the beginning of a collaboration between Gopalakrishnan and cinematographer Mankada Ravi Varma
The film was shot in two schedules, and was delayed due to scheduling conflicts of the lead actress, Sharada.
This was one of the first Malayalam films to use synchronised sound and to be filmed in outdoor locality, for which Gopalakrishnan used his Nagra audio recorder.
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