Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu

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Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu
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Directed byFazil
Written byFazil
Produced byOusepachan Vaalakuzhy
StarringMohanlal
Nadhiya
Padmini
CinematographyAshok Kumar
Edited byT. R. Sekhar
Music byJerry Amaldev
Johnson (Score)
Production
company
Bodhichitra Films
Distributed byDinny Films
Release date
  • 26 October 1984 (1984-10-26)
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu (transl. Gazing as far as the eye can see) is a 1984 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written and directed by Fazil, and starring Mohanlal, Nadhiya, Padmini. The film features original songs composed by Jerry Amaldev and background score by Johnson. Nadhiya made her acting debut through the film, the film also marks the comeback of Padmini after a hiatus.

Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu was the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year at the box office and ran for more than 200 days in theatres. It won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value. Nadhiya won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam. The film was remade in Tamil titled Poove Poochooda Vaa (1985) by Fazil himself, and in Telugu as Muddula Manavaraalu (1986) by Jandhyala.[1]

Plot

Kunjoonjamma Thomas is a widow living in the village all by herself. People always make fun of her because she is grumpy and depressed due to the deaths of her husband and her only child. Children irritate her by ringing her door bell and running away. One day, her granddaughter Girly, who she had never met, visits her. Initially, Kunjoonjamma does not like Girly, but they soon become close to each other. Kunjoonjamma takes down the door bell, saying to Girly that its only purpose was for Girly's return. Now that Girly is with her, she does not need it.

Kunjoonjamma's neighbor, Sreekumar, falls in love with Girly. One day, Sreekumar's friend, Alexi, comes to his house and sees Girly. He identifies her as a girl missing from Delhi, and immediately informs her father about her whereabouts.

Girly had run away from Delhi because she had brain tumor and does not have much time to live. She wanted to enjoy the rest of her life. When her father comes to take her back to Delhi for an urgent operation, she refuses to go, claiming that even the doctors are not sure whether the operation will be successful. Her grandmother mixes sleeping pills in soup and gives it to Girly, and her father takes her to Delhi while she is unconscious.

The movie ends with the ambulance slowly fading away into the darkness. Sreekumar watches it leave, and when he turns away he sees Kunjoonjamma refixing the door bell with the hope that Girly will return one day.

Cast

Production

Some portions of the film was shot at the Udaya Studios in Alappuzha, such as the dance sequences of the song "Lathiri Poothiri Punthiri Cheppo" and a Christmas scene. During that scene, Nadhiya Moidu's hand was burnt with a sparkler from a fellow dancer, which left a scar on her hand since then.[2] Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu was the debut film of Nadhiya and the comeback film of yesteryear actress Padmini onscreen. It is also the acting debut and the only film appearance of Fazil as of 2017, who did a minor role until 2019 film Luficer.[3] Nadhiya's voice was dubbed by Bhagyalakshmi in the film.[4] This film marked the film debut of director duo Siddique-Lal, who worked as assistant directors to Fazil.[5][6]

Soundtrack

The music was composed by Jerry Amaldev and lyrics was written by Bichu Thirumala. The songs sung by K. S. Chithra in the film gave her first break in her career.[7]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Aaraadhana Nisha Sangeethamela" K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra, Chorus Bichu Thirumala
2 "Aayiram Kannumaay" K. S. Chithra, Chorus Bichu Thirumala
3 "Aayiram Kannumaay" K. J. Yesudas, Chorus Bichu Thirumala
4 "Aayiram Kannumaay [Pathos]" K. J. Yesudas Bichu Thirumala
5 "Kiliye Kiliye" K. S. Chithra, Chorus Bichu Thirumala

Reception

The film was One of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year at the box office.[2] The performances of Mohanlal, Nadhiya, and Padmini were critically acclaimed.

Awards

Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South

Remakes

A Tamil remake was made by Fazil himself as Poove Poochooda Vaa, in which Nadia Moidu and Padmini reprises their roles. Mohanlal's role was done by S. V. Shekhar. The film was a commercial success.[9] It was also remade in Telugu as Muddula Manavaraalu (1986), directed by Jandhyala.[10]

Sequel

Fazil once planned to make a sequel for the film, which did not materialise.[3] He had a plot of Girly after the operation and Sreekumar searching for her. He said in an interview with Vanitha.

References

  1. ^ "'Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu': Revisiting the Malayalam film that launched Nadhiya". The News Minute. 27 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Sebastian, Shevlin (8 November 2016). "A burnt arm". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b Manmadhan, Prema (23 December 2005). "His experiments with cinema". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  4. ^ M., Athira (7 March 2013). "Making herself heard". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  5. ^ Manmadhan, Prema (28 October 2005). "King Midas of Malayalam films". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 March 2011.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Nadia Moidu: It surprises me when teenagers still talk about 'Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu' - Times of India".
  7. ^ Kumar, S. R. Ashok (28 March 2008). "My first break". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  8. ^ "State Film Awards: 1984". Information and Public Relations Department of Kerala. 1984. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  9. ^ Sangeeta (26 January 2008). "Nadia spelt fun". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 12 August 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  10. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (5 October 2014). "'I think I deserve some credit'". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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