Sunday, August 21, 2011

1992 (4 movies)

Yodha (1992)


In an unknown location in the Nepalese Himalayas, a young monk (played by Siddhartha) is about to be crowned the Rimpoche of the monastery, when a gang of black magicians led by an unnamed character (played by Puneet Issar) kidnap him. It is revealed that the leader of the black magicians wishes to make a human sacrifice of the Rimpoche in order to attain invincibility. The other monks in the monastery also understand that the Rimpoche's saviour will arrive from across the Himalayas to rescue him from the clutches of the black magicians. In the meantime, the young Rimpoche manages to escape from the clutches of the black magicians and runs away to Kathmandu.

At the other end of the subcontinent, in a small village in Kerala, Ashokan (Mohanlal) is an unemployed youth who, along with the other members of his club, whiles his time away competing with his cousin Appukuttan (Jagathi Sreekumar) and his club in a series of trivial competitions. Appukuttan finds himself on the losing side of every such competition, adding to his insecurity complex, which leads him to suspect Ashokan of having an affair with his, Appukuttan's, fiancee Damayanti (played by Urvashi).

When an astrologer predicts to Ashokan's mother, Sumathi (played by Sukumari), that Ashokan is likely to commit a murder if he remains in Kerala, Ashokan is bundled away to Nepal to stay with his uncle Captain (retired) Krishnankutty Menon (M. S. Thripunithura), whom he hasn't met since childhood. Unbeknownst to Ashokan, Appukuttan flies into Nepal beforehand and establishes himself in Krishanankutty Menon (Kutty Mama)'s house, masquerading as Ashokan. Ashokan is cast out onto the streets of Kathmandu, where he meets the Rimpoche and forms a friendship with the young lad.

Appukuttan attempts to connive his way into marrying Kutty Mama's daughter, Ashwati (Madhoo) - a researcher into Nepalese traditions and black magic at a university in Kathmandu. But Ashokan, with the Rimpoche's assistance, manages to cast doubt into the mind of Kutty Mama and win over Ashwati.

Ashokan and Ashwati then witness one of the black magician's minions kidnapping the Rimpoche. Upon following the kidnapper, they end up confronting the black magician himself. In the ensuing melee, the black magician grievously wounds Ashwati and blinds Ashokan, and leaves the two of them to their deaths in the forest. Both of them are rescued by the adivasi tribe tasked with protecting the Rimpoche's monastery. Ashokan is then told of how he is the Chosen One, and is trained by an adivasi teacher to overcome his blindness and become a warrior tasked with rescuing the Rimpoche.

In the meantime, the jealous and suspicious Appukuttan follows Ashwati and Ashokan into the forest and is captured by a tribe of adivasis who torture him.

Ashokan then ventures into the black magician's hideout, rescues the Rimpoche, and brings him back to the monastery. The Rimpoche then, aided by an ailing old monk, restores Ashokan's eyesight. As the solar eclipse nears, the monks begin the coronation of the Rimpoche. The black magician rushes to the monastery to kill the Rimpoche before he is crowned. But Ashokan stands in the black magician's way, and in the climactic fight, kills the latter.

Ashokan then discovers that Ashwati is not dead as he had previously feared. Appukuttan makes a final appearance, trained as a warrior by the adivasis who captured and tortured him previously. In the comical fight that ensues, Appukuttan is beaten up by Ashokan.
Directed by Sangeeth Sivan
Produced by Saga Films
Screenplay by Sasidharan Arattuvazhi
Story by Sangeeth Sivan
Starring Mohanlal
Master Siddhartha
Jagathy Sreekumar
Puneet Issar
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Santosh Sivan
Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad
Studio Saga Films
Distributed by Saga Films
Release date(s) 1992
Running time 149 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Thiruthalvathi (1992)


Thiruthalvaadi is a 1992 Malayalam film written by Kaloor Dennis and directed by Viji Thampi. The film stars Jagadish, Siddique, Urvashi, Jagathy Sreekumar, and Sivaranjini in the main roles.
Directed by Viji Thampi
Produced by Mudra Arts
Written by Kaloor Dennis (screenplay)
Alex I. Kadavil (story)
Starring Jagadish
Jagathy Sreekumar
Music by S. P. Venkatesh
Cinematography Sanjeev Sankar
Editing by Harihara Puthran
Distributed by Mudra Arts
Release date(s) 1992
Country India
Language Malayalam

Kunukitta Kozhi (1992)


Jagadish is a poor man who gets by any way possible in life. One day while waiting for the bus to go for a job interview , he gets asked directions by a driver to a nearby place . Jagadish tricks the driver into dropping him at the interview site , by getting in the car to show him the way. While giving him directions , the driver almost hits a women crossing the road , and Jagadish screams at her pretending it is his own car. At the job interview place he get a tip that the manager is a big cricket fan. So , Jagadish pretends to be one , but it backfires when the appointed manager does not come in and his father who hates cricket does the interview and he does not get the job. Jagadish also sees the same women that the car almost hit at the same job interview , and she pretends to be Jagadish's wife for her interview, to get sympathy for having a cricket crazed husband and gets the job... Written by Abhi

Jagathi Sreekumar

Daivathinte Vikruthikal (1992)


The story begins in 1954, when the French, the colonial rulers were packing off from Mahe, a coastal town in North Kerala, after 230 years, leaving behind remnants of a cultural history. Those, who considered themselves as belonging to Francophone culture, jumped on to the first available vessel to France.

Alphonso ignored the repeated pleas of his wife, Maggi to leave the land, where they no longer "belonged". The new social order became more, suffocating as Alphonso's earnings (as a "magician" of sorts) dwindled. The arrival of their son, Michael, from France revived hopses of a life without poverty, but Michael went back, leaving behind counterfeit gold and plunging the Alphonso family in deeper debts. Daughter Elsie's affair with Sasi became a local scandal.

Alphonso decided to leave, but the decision hung in the air. Alphonso looked around in the realisation that he cannot tear himself away from Mahe and the river to which he belonged. Mahe was within him even in a society, where he had no reason for the sense of belonging. In a way, the film reveals what is now described as authentic "ethnicity".
Directed by Lenin Rajendran
Screenplay by M. Mukundan
Lenin Rajendran
Based on Daivathinte Vikruthikal by
M. Mukundan
Starring Raghuvaran
Rajan P. Dev
Malavika Avinash
Music by Mohan Sitara
Cinematography Madhu Ambat
Editing by N. Gopalakrishnan
Studio Sowparnika Movie Arts
Release date(s) 1992
Running time 120 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

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