Swayamvaram (1972)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 11 mins

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Viswam and Seeta elope to a different city to start a new life together, while they struggle to conform with the new societal guidelines and thrive on the brink of poverty.
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Cast: Adoor Bhavani, Madhavan Nair, Sharada Devi

Crew: Adoor Gopalakrishnan (Director), Mankada Ravi Varma (Director of Photography), MB Sreenivasan (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 24 Nov 1972 (India)

Malayalam Name: സ്വയംവരം

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Did you know? Due to financial crises, it took more than one and a half years for Gopalakrishnan to finish the fil Read More
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as Janaki
as Viswam
as Sita
as Dismissed Employee
as Kalyani, a prostitute
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as Vasu, a small time smuggler
as A college principal



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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Black & White
'Swayamvaram', is said to have benchmarked Malayalam films into three different categories - "uncompromising art films", "compromising films" which aimed at commercial success but tried maintaining a good deal of the artistic qualities, and the "commercial films" which purely aimed at box office success

Swayamvaram pioneered the new wave cinema movement in Malayalam cinema

The film featured no songs and has only an original score by MB Sreenivasan

The film marked the beginning of a collaboration between Gopalakrishnan and cinematographer Mankada Ravi Varma

The film was shot in two schedules, and the film was delayed due to scheduling conflicts of the lead actress, Sharada

Swayamvaram was one of the first Malayalam films to use synchronised sound and to be filmed in outdoor locales, for which Gopalakrishnan used his Nagra audio recorder

Due to financial crises, it took more than one and a half years for Gopalakrishnan to finish the fil