Uttarayanam (1974)

 ●  Malayalam ● 1 hr 57 mins

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Aravindan’s debut extended a 60s Calicut modernism into cinema, drawing on the work of the writer Pattathiruvila Karunakaran, who produced the film, and the satirical playwright Thikkodiyan, who co-scripted it. The plot is about a disabused young man, Ravi, who has a series of ironic encounters while looking for a job. One of his mentors, Kumaran Master, and his now critically ill friend Setu had participated in the 1942 Quit India agitations with Ravi’s father (shown in flashback). The lawyer Gopalan Muthalaly, also a participant in those events, has become a rich contractor and an example of the corrupt post-Independence bourgeoisie. Ravi abandons the city and, in a mystical ending, is initiated into ‘eternal truths’ by a godman meditating on a mountain. The figures of the father and the ailing friend form a composite portrait of Sanjayan, a political activist, spiritualist and satirist, and major influence on the Calicut artists who participated in the film. Aravindan’s approach to his lead characters and his framing evoke the cartoon characters Ramu and Guruji from his Small Man and Big World series.

Cast: Adoor Bhasi

Crew: Govindan Aravindan (Director), Mankada Ravi Varma (Director of Photography), K Raghavan (Music Director), MB Sreenivasan (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1974 (India)

Malayalam Name: ഉത്ടരയണം

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Music Director: K Raghavan
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
Music Director: K Raghavan
Playback Singer: KP Brahmanandan
Music Director: K Raghavan
Playback Singer: KP Brahmanandan