Swapaanam (2014)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 32 mins

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This masterfully crafted drama intricately depicts how the fateful rhythm of life, even for a master drummer, is at the same moment disrupted and harmonized by the love, passion, jealousy, hate and spite of those around. Unequaled in the art of playing the Chenda (Indian drums), Unni (Jayaram), and Nalini (Kadambari), peerless in Mohiniyattam, are drawn to each other by an affection that transcends the devotion to their arts and the love for each other. The pulse of their passion cannot hold up against the tumults of Unni’s life. A brother and a father figure, whose love sours to jealousy and hate, a wife who despises his drumming and a mother from whom the truth about his birth is not forthcoming, all hasten the tempo of a mental imbalance rooted in Unni’s childhood to an inevitable dark end.

Cast: Jayaram Subramaniam, Kadambari, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy

Crew: Shaji N Karun (Director), Saji Nair (Director of Photography), Sreevalsan J Menon (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 27 Feb 2014 (India)

Malayalam Name: സ്വപാനം

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as Nalini
as Kalyani
as Unni’s Mother
as Selvam
as Achyuthan’s Wife
as Shankaran Marar
as Achyuthan
as Kuttan’s Wife
as Prakashan
as Narayanan Namboodiri
as Pookatri Thirumeni
as Kuttan
as Thuppan Namboodiri


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24 fps
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2.35:1, 2.39:1 (Scope)
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For his exemplary work in this movie, D. Yuvaraj was bestowed with the prestigious National Film Award for Best Re-recordist of the final mixed track.

This film was screened in the Dubai International Film Festival.

This film released with Auro 3D sound in selected theatres, becoming the first Malayalam movie and third Indian film to employ the technology after 'Vishwaroopam' (Tamil) and '1- Nenokkadine' (Telugu).

This movie is said to be inspired from the director, Shaji N. Karun's own story.