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?
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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. Read More