Avec: Mohanlal, Shobhana, Nedumudi Venu, Sreenivasan, K.P.A.C. Lalitha, Sharat Saxena, Kaviyoor Ponnamma
Réalisé par: Priyadarshan
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Vidéo: Format 16/9 compatible 4/3, Format cinéma respecté scope 2.35.
Frontier melodrama about Kerala's Thazavad manorial system which is based on matrilineal Kinship. Sreekrishna (Venu), the brother of the Madambipura House's leader, Yashoda, is extremely friendly with his servant Manikan (Mohanlal). Another servant, Appikala, envious of Manikan's favoured status, is the film's official villain. The Madambipura House is locked in an ancestral rivalry with the equally large establishment run by Ganjimuda Gandhari, which usually finds expression in the bullock cart race at the annual pongal festival. Both Sreekrishna and Manikan fall in love with the beautiful itinerant theatre actress Karuthambi (Shobhana), causing Manikan to briefly fall out of favour with both Yashoda and the local law. The film's camerawork adopts the glossy style (diffusers and angled lighting calibrated to the exposure of high-speed colour stock) made fashionable by Tamil cinematographer P.C.Sriram. Shot mostly at dawn and dusk, the camerawork creates a glittering fantasy world than in turn detemines both plot and performances.