Moonnam Pakkam is a 1988 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written and directed by Padmarajan. It stars Jayaram, Kirti Singh, Jagathi Sreekumar, Rahman and Ajayan. Kirti and Ajayan made their debut in this film; this film was a commercial success. Thampi, who retired as an accountant from Indian Railway in mid-1980s following his son's death leads a solitary life in his ancestral house. Thampi's grandson Bhasker a.k.a. Pachu had completed his medicine studies from Bangalore. Thampi is excited when his grandson Pachu, comes along with his friends - Lopez, Renjith Menon and Krishnankutty to spend his vacation with grandpa, their presence brings happiness into Thampi's house. Pachu is engaged to Bhadra who happened to be the granddaughter of Thampi's friend. During the vacation Pachu and his friends go to the nearby beach for a swim. During one such visit Pachu and Lopez gets pulled into the ocean and only Lopez manages to escape; the Police and the locals conduct a rescue operation in vain. It is believed among the locals that whatever, taken by the ocean is returned on the third day.
Thampi refuses to acknowledge the fact that Pachu is dead and puts on a brave face, consoling Pachu's mother, his friends and Bhadra. The body is found on the third day; the funeral is held on the same day and Pachu's friends get ready to leave the day after. They all visit the beach one last time to say goodbye to Pachu where they see Thampi arriving with priests to perform the funeral rites of Pachu. While performing the "bali", who lost all hope, takes the rice ball/"balichoru" in his hands proceeds to the sea. To everyone's shock Thampi, along with the "balichoru" submits himself to the sea and commits suicide. Thilakan as Thampi Jayaram as Bhasker a.k.a. Bhasi a.k.a. Pachu Kirti Singh as Bhadra Rahman as Lopaz Ashokan as Ranjith Ajayan as Krishnankutty Jagathi Sreekumar as Kavala Jayabharathi as Pachu's mother Venu Nagavally as Jayan Soman Ramu Story, screenplay and direction - P. Padmarajan Producer - Balan Banner and distributor - Gandhimathi Films Cinematography - Venu Editor - B. Lenin Art - Kurian Sabarigiri Stills - Surya Jones Make-up - Mohandas Costume design - Indrans Music - Ilaiyaraaja Lyrics - Sreekumaran Thampi Major parts of the film were shot in Kanyakumari and surrounding places.
The locales include Vatta Kottai. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and the lyrics were written by Sreekumaran Thampi. G. Venugopal won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer for the song "Unarumee Gaanam". Moonnam Pakkam on IMDb More about the film
Njan Gandharvan is a 1991 Malayalam fantasy romance film written and directed by P. Padmarajan, it stars Old Mahabharat fame Nitish Bharadwaj and Vaishali fame Suparna Anand in lead roles. The film is an esoteric fantasy about a girl and her passion for a celestial lover, who keeps appearing from a wooden statue that she found on a beach but is invisible to others. On a study tour, Bhama, a final-year degree student, finds a wooden sculpture on the beach, she decides to keep it. The same night in her hotel room, when all her friends have gone for dinner, Bhama takes it out and keeps it on her bed; the sculpture magically turns into a young man. Bhama is attracted to him. At her study leave, while preparing for examinations, Bhama again feels his presence, she is stunned to find a beautiful blue butterfly. She hears his voice in the air, introducing himself as a gandharva who has developed a particular liking for her. At her request, he appears in front of her as a normal man; the gandharva asks her to call him Devan and she falls in love with him.
Bhama asks her grandmother about gandharvas. Gandharvas, according to Hindu mythology, are celestial musicians and Soma providers in Devaloka, are destined to entertain devas and lords, they are born from the sweat of Lord Brahma and have no death, with the ability to change form or appear anywhere at will. When gandharvas commit crimes, they are cursed to roam the earth for several kalpas, inhabiting Paala trees, seducing mortal women and stealing their virginity before abandoning them. Bhama asks Devan if he would desert her, to which he replies that he is just a slave of Lord Indra and has no power to remember the past once they left the earth, but Devan assures her that he will never return to Devaloka. Devan hands her a diamond named Rudhiraksham, holy and divine, he adds. Meanwhile, Bhama's fiancé, is trying to woo her, which she flatly refuses, he finds Bhama together at restaurants and parks, which he reports to her mother. One day, Devan stuns her. With his magical talent in music, he wins the hearts of both grandmother.
Both now are willing to see her married to him. Everything seems to be going fine, when Devan loses his voice. A voice speaks to Devan from the fallen branch of the Paala tree, whose sap starts to bring forth blood, warning him that he has broken the laws of Devaloka and that he is to be punished for his crimes by Chitraradhan, the king of the celestial city of the gandharvas. Devan and Bhama frantically try to run away in vain; as he is about to be taken away from Bhama, Devan motions to Bhama to not summon him with the holy Rudhiraksham again. A lost and gloomy Bhama pines for her beloved in the forthcoming period, which worries her family, making them agree to her marrying Devan, assuming that would make her happy. However, when her father asks her to request Devan to bring his parents so that their marriage may be fixed, Bhama finds herself in a quandary. Left without a choice, she is forced to violate Devan's warning and summon him with the Rudhiraksham. Devan does not appear before her. More than a week passes, one night Bhama finds, to her joy, that Devan has returned to her.
Devan informs Bhama that he had to undergo cruel tortures in the halls of Chitraradhan's celestial palace for seven nights and seven days. While a gandharva is not supposed to come in daylight and is not permitted to meet human beings other than his lover, Devan had broken the law by appearing in public and singing songs for others. Strong winds blow at the couple; as the winds die down, a burning celestial handcuff falls onto Devan's forearm and as he painfully manages to remove it, the Divine Creator and the gandharvas' celestial father, Lord Brahma, speaks to the gandharvan, informing him that he and his crimes, which include his persistence in desiring the lowly mortality of earth, have once again been discovered. Lord Brahma warns him that the harsh punishments of Indra, lord of the devas, await him in Naraka, including having to embrace and sleep with molten hot female figurines, each one representing a moment he spends with Bhama that night, among other tortures in hells filled with snakes, poisoned spears and floors slipping with blood.
Lord Brahma informs his son that he is now forbidden from all sunlit days and moonlit nights for all time to come and that the holy Rudhiraksham which he had given Bhama will turn into powerless white dust, which Bhama confirms to be true, to her utter horror. The only way for him to alleviate some of the gravity of his punishment is to take Bhama's virginity from her before the Seventeenth Wind of the Night comes to take him to hell, thus erasing both their mutual memories forever, failing which, Brahma tells Devan, he will be sentenced to turn into a hideous, foul-smelling beast, neither human nor gandharva, roaming around for a billion kalpas. Devan decides to refuse his Divine Father's advice, prepares to welcome his terrible fate. Bhama advises him to leave her and go back, so that he will not have to undergo the severe tortures of Indra, she wants to give up her virginity to him, for although Devan's memories are her most valued possession, she wants to sacrifice them in order to save him and to not have to bear th
Madhavi Sharma is an Indian film actress known for her works in Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Oriya cinema. In a career spanning seventeen years, she has acted in around three hundred films, she was one of the top actresses from 1976 to 1996 in Tamil films. Madhavi was born in Hyderabad, India to Sasirekha and Govindaswamy, on 12 August, 1962, she grew up with a brother, named Keerthi Kumari and Dhananjay respectively. She learnt Bharat Natyam from Uma Maheswari and folk dance from Mr. Bhatt from an early age and gave more than a thousand dance performances, she attended Stanley Girls High School in Abids Branch. Director Dasari Narayana Rao gave her a starring role in the Telugu film Thoorupu Padamara when she was a teenager; the film became a huge hit. She acted in a number of films with Telugu Megastar Chiranjeevi, her first movie with Chiranjeevi was Intlo Ramaiah Veedhilo Krishnaiah in 1982. She acted again with Chiranjeevi in the movie Khaidi, a massive hit, her last movie in Telugu was Big Boss.
K. Balachander cast her in a supporting role in his Telugu film Maro Charitra, she reprised her role in its Hindi remake Ek Duuje Ke Liye, which became the top-grossing film of 1981. In both films, she showed remarkable sensitivity as a lonely wealthy woman who falls in love with Kamal Haasan's character, she earned a Filmfare Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. K. Balachander was so impressed with her performance in both films that he introduced her to the Tamil film industry with Thillu Mullu, opposite Rajinikanth. By the end of the decade, she was starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi film Agneepath, she has acted in a number of Kannada movies alongside popular Kannada actors including Rajkumar, Anant Nag and Ambareesh. With Rajkumar, she acted in many commercially successful and critically acclaimed movies like Haalu Jenu, Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma, Anuraga Aralithu, Shruthi Seridaaga, Jeevana Chaitra, Odahuttidavaru, etc, her performances in Haalu Jenu and Malaya Marutha were acclaimed.
Madhavi acted alongside Kamal Haasan in Raja Paarvai, Tik Tik Tik, Kaakki Sattai,Sattam, Ellam Inba mayam and Mangamma Sabadham. Her films with Rajinikanth include Garjanai,Thillu Mullu, Thambikku Entha Ooru, Un Kannil Neer Vazhindal and Viduthalai, she showed her ability in movies like Neethi Devan Mayakkam and Nirabaraadhi. She appeared in many Malayalam films in those starring Mohanlal and Mammootty, her portrayal of Unniyarcha in the National Award-winning movie Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha was critically appreciated and is recognized as one of the best roles in her acting career. Her portrayal as a mother who met her end with leukemia in Akashadoothu won her the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress and Filmfare Award for Best Actress for 1993. Other notable films include Ormakkayi, Novemberinte Nashtam and Nombarathi Poovu. Most of her author-backed roles were in Malayalam films, she has won one for Best Actress and two for Second Best Actress. In 1996, her Hindu spiritual teacher Swami Rama arranged her marriage to one of his followers, a pharmaceutical businessman named Ralph Sharma, born to an Indian Hindu Brahmin father and a German mother in the United States.
Ralph first met his Hindu Guru, Swami Rama at the age of 23 at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy. Whereas Madhavi first met Guru Swami Rama, in 1995, she married within a few weeks on 14 February 1996 of their introduction. They live in New Jersey. Kerala State Film Awards1981 – Second Best Actress – Valarthu Mrigangal 1982 – Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress – Ormakkayi 1993 – Second Best Actress- AkashadoothFilmfare Award for Best Actress 1994- Aakashadoothu Complete list of Madhavi's Malayalam Movies are available from the MSI Database. Official website Madhavi on IMDb
Johny Joseph with the stage name Kundara Johny is an Indian actor in Malayalam cinema. He has acted in more than 100 films, he has done Tamil films like Vaazhkai Chakram and Nadigan. He surprised everyone with the wide range of performance as a Rowdy in Kireedam and as a reformed person in its sequel Chenkol, he acts in villain roles. Johny hails from Kollam, he was born as the youngest son of Joseph Catherine. He has 5 brothers, he studied at Sree Narayana College, Kollam. He was football player at college, he worked as a sales executive before entering the movie industry. He made his debut, at the age of 23, through 1979 Malayalam movie, Nithya Vasantham, playing a 55-year-old character, he is married to a Hindi professor at Fatima Mata National College, Kollam. They have Ashima and a son, Achu, he resides at Kollam with family. He holds prominent positions in different clubs in Kollam, he is the past president of Lions Club, a founder of the I. C. C, member of Boat Club, ex vice-chairman of C. S. S, President of Fine Arts Society and a lifetime member of Red Cross.
Kireedam Rowdyism Nasinchali Modadha Mareyalli 2017: Nilavum Nakshatrangalum 2017: CBI Diary Kundara Johny on IMDb Johnny at MSI
Johnson was an Indian film score composer and music director who has given music to some of the most important motion pictures of Malayalam cinema, including those for Koodevide, Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal, Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam, Vadakkunokkiyantram, Njan Gandharvan, Ponthan Mada, Bhoothakkannadi. Regarded as one of the finest composers in the industry, he was noted for his lyrical and expressive melodies together with simple but rich tonal compositions of thematic music. Johnson is Kerala State Film Awards five times, he started his career as an assistant to G. Devarajan in the 1970s, debuted as an independent composer in late seventies with Aaravam, he was a recurrent collaborator for directors Padmarajan, Sathyan Anthikkad, T. V. Chandran, Lohithadas, Balachandra Menon and Mohan, he has composed music for more than 300 Malayalam films, the most by any composer except for Devarajan. He was the first Music Director from Malayalam cinema to be honored with the National Award.
He died of a heart attack in Chennai on 18 August 2011. Johnson was born in Nellikkunnu near Trichur in the state of Travancore-Cochin, on 26 March 1953, his father was a bank employee. His secondary education was at St. Thomas School in Trichur. Johnson was a singer in the choir of Nellikkunnu St. Sebastian's Church, he obtained training in harmonium from his colleagues during this early periods itself. He used to sing in youth festivals and musical shows and joined the orchestra team of some local troupes and played harmonium in many concerts, he used to sing in female voice in ganamelas. In 1968, Johnson and his friends formed. Johnson was the main instrumentalist in the club where he played wide varieties of instruments – guitar, flute and violin. Within a few years, the club became one of the most sought after musical troupes in Kerala, had more than fifty members; this club used to give accompaniment music to playback singers Jayachandran and Madhuri in their musical shows. It was Jayachandran who introduced Johnson to G. Devarajan, one of the most prolific composers of South Indian cinema then.
Devarajan adopted Johnson and brought him to Chennai in 1974. Johnson bought an accordion, during this period, from R. K. Shekhar, began assisting Devarajan in filmscoring and composing. Johnson began his independent career by composing the film scores of Bharathan's Aaravam and Chamaram, he composed his first soundtracks for the film Inaye Thedi, debut film of director turned still photographer Antony Eastman and actress Silk Smitha. It was Devarajan himself. Came Bharathan's Parvathi and Balachandra Menon's Premageethangal. Premageethangal was a notable success with four of its songs – "Swapnam Verumoru Swapnam", "Nee Nirayoo Jeevanil", "Muthum Mudipponnum" and "Kalakalamozhi" attaining cult status, he came to prominence through his collaboration with Malayalam director Padmarajan. Koodevide was their first venture, which had one of the most famous songs of Johnson "Aadivaa Kaatte", a pathbreaking song in Malayalam music history, it was one of the first songs in Malayalam to so many western classical elements.
The song was born out of Padmarajan's need for a western song for his innovative film. Song composition took place in Chennai. Another notable feature of this song was the lyrics by O. N. V. Kurup, who for the first time wrote lyrics for a pre-composed song. Johnson worked for 17 films including his last film Njan Gandharvan; this productive collaboration saw the detailed screenplay and cinematography of Padmarajan become a fertile ground for expressive musical narration and thematic scores for Johnson. This is seen like Nombarathipoovu. Another notable collaboration of Johnson was with director Sathyan Anthikkad, with whom he associated in 25 films, he was able to provide some of his most popular songs with Anthikkad and this combo is accepted to be one of the greatest director-composer collaborations in Malayalam cinema. Acclaimed Malayalam director Bharathan collaborated with him in multiple films including Parvathy, Ormakkayi, Kattathe Kilikkoodu, Ente Upasana, Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam, Malootty and Churam.
His major other collaborations with directors include Mohan, Sibi Malayil, Lohithadas (Bhoothakkannadi and Balachandra Menon. He is noted for his collaboration with the Malayalam lyricist Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri, their association began in 1989 with Sathyan Anthikkad's social satire Varavelpu. Most of Johnson's notable works were in early nineties. In 1991, he scored a record number of 31 films, including 29 with Kaithapram. Johnson won National awards for two consecutive years, he won his first National Award in 1994 for the motion picture Ponthan Mada. The next year he got his second award for Sukrutham. Both the awards were for the background score in films. After an successful career of more than a decade, Johnson took a sabbatical from film scoring by the end of the
B. Lenin is an Indian film editor and director who works in Tamil and Hindi films; the son of Tamil film maker A. Bhimsingh, Lenin entered the film industry as an assistant editor and went on to work in numerous projects before making his debut as an independent editor with J. Mahendran's Uthiripookkal. In the mid 1980s, Lenin started jointly working with his long-time assistant V. T. Vijayan and the duo has so far edited over a hundred films in Tamil, Kannada and Hindi films, apart from an English film, Eli My Friend; as of 2017, Lenin has won five National Film Awards, including the awards for Best Direction and Best Editing. He was the chairman of the Film Federation of India of India in 2011. Lenin was born in a Bondil Rajput family consisting of eight children, his father A. Bhimsingh was a well known director in Hindi films. Lenin has a younger brother named B. Kannan, a cinematographer. Lenin started his career as an associate director of his father and assisted in editing many of his films.
He had experience as a lab technician and sound engineering department as well. After several films as working as an assistant, Lenin made his debut as an independent editor in 1979 through Uthiripookkal, a Tamil film directed by J. Mahendran. Although he started as an independent editor, he associated himself with his assistant V. T. Vijayan, the duo went on to work together in a number of films during the 80s and 90s, including Nayakan, Geethanjali and Kadhalan, which won them the National Film Award for Best Editing, he made his directorial debut in 1983 through Ethanai Konam Ethanai Paarvai, went on to direct four feature films and four non-feature films. His short film Knock-out was critically acclaimed as it went on to win the Islamia critics Award for Best Short Film at the Cairo International Film Festival, it won the National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature Film of a Director for Lenin. The jury noted: "The director has given us a powerful insight into the labyrinth of the human mind faced with a disaster situation".
Three years he directed his second short film tilted Kutravali, which won the Best Editing at the 43rd National Film Awards. In 2002, Lenin made Ooruku Nooruper; the film fetched him the Best Direction award, apart from winning the Best Regional Film. The film was received with critical response, he has directed a few TV serials including Solladi Sivasakthi. Lenin has held important positions such as the jury member of 57th National Film Awards and the chairman of Oscar selection committee in 2011, and now he is contributing to the education society thorough various institutions like Pune Film Institute, Clusters Media College,Coimbatore. Etc. 1992 – Knock-Out – Best First Non-Feature Film of a Director 1994 – Kaadhalan – Best Editing 1995 – Kutravali and Oodaha – Best Non-Feature Film Editing 2001 – Ooruku Nooruper – National Film Award for Best Direction 2001 – Ooruku Nooruper – National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil 1988 – Best Editor 1994 – Best Editor – Kaadhalan 2010 – Best Editor – Namma Gramam 1990 – Best Editor 1993 – Best Editor – Sopanam 2006 – Vijay Awards Special Jury Award for Editing 2017 -Dronacharya Award B.
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Murali (Malayalam actor)
Muraleedharan Pillai, popularly known as Murali was an Indian film and television actor and author. He appeared in Malayalam films and a few Tamil films, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Appa Mestry, a communist freedom fighter and professional weaver in the 2002 film Neythukaran. Regarded by film critics as one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema, he was known for his powerful portrayal of character roles, lead roles and negative roles. Murali soon turned to character acting, he played the leading role in the 1992 film Aadhaaram. The film was well received at the box office and Murali ascended to the status of a star in Malayalam cinema, which he enjoyed for a few years during the 1990s. Besides acting, he was the chairman of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy from 2006 until his death, he authored five books, was a Sangeetha Nataka Academy award winner. He contested at the 1999 Lok Sabha polls as a communist candidate without success, he was the Director of the CPI promoted television company Malayalam Communications, which runs Malayalam TV channels Kairali TV, People TV and WE TV.
His last film was the 2009 Tamil film Aadhavan. He is one of the founders of the Malayalam film actors association AMMA. Murali was born on 20 February 1954 as the first of five children to P. Krishna Pillai and K. Devaki Amma at Kudavattoor, Kerala, India, he has four siblings, Sheela,Harikumar and Sheeja. He did his schooling from Kudavattoor L. P. School and Thrikannamangalam S. K. V. High School, he passed the pre-degree from M. G. College, Thiruvananthapuram and his Degree from Devaswom Board College, Sasthamkotta, he was an active member of the Students Federation of India. He took an LL. B degree from the Kerala Law Academy Law College, Thiruvananthapuram. After studies, he worked for some years as Lower Division Clerk in the Department of Health, Government of Kerala and as Upper Division Clerk in the office of Kerala University, he has a daughter Karthika. His daughter is married to Sonoop R. Nair on July 15, 2016 Murali debuted in films with the lead role in Njattadi, directed by Bharath Gopi.
But the film was never released. He got chance to act in Chidambaram, directed by the National Award-winning filmmaker Aravindan, he acted in Meenamasathile Sooryan and Panchagni, directed by Lenin Rajendran and Hariharan, respectively. Panchagni got released first and it gave him the break in his acting career, he soon established himself as a powerful actor in the Malayalam film industry. Aadhaaram, directed by George Kittu, was the first film to be released with Murali in a lead role, he acted in a variety of roles, ranging from lead roles to villain roles, won accolades. Some of his other notable films include Nee Ethra Dhanya, The King, Chakoram, Achan Kombathu Amma Varambathu, Meenamasathile Sooryan, Swarnam and The Truth. Murali acted in the longest TV commercial on Indian TV, spanning 150 seconds; this was for Air Deccan in 2005. Murali was involved with Natyagriham, a drama venture started by actor Narendra Prasad. Murali won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Ravana in the Malayalam play Lanka Lakshmi, based on C. N. Sreekantan Nair's novel of the same name.
He was associated with G. Sankara Pillai in doing theatre plays. Murali authored five books, his book on Kumaranasan, Abhinethavum Asan Kavithayum won him the Sangeetha Nataka Academy award. One of his other critically acclaimed books was Abhinyathinte Rasathanthram. Murali was a member of Communist Party of India and has contested the 1999 Lok Sabha polls from the Alappuzha constituency as a Left Democratic Front candidate, but lost to V. M. Sudheeran of Indian National Congress. Murali died in Thiruvananthapuram on 6 August 2009 at the age of 55, due to acute diabetes which led to a heart attack at 8.20 PM IST. He was cremated with full state honours at his home in Aruvikkara, which he had bought some years prior to his death. National Film Awards: 2001 - Best Actor - NeythukaaranKerala State Film Awards: 1992- Best Actor - Aadhaaram 1996 - Best Actor - Kaanakkinavu 1998 - Best Actor - Thalolam 2001 - Best Actor - Neythukaaran 1991 - Second Best Actor - Amaram 2007 - Second Best Actor - Veeralipattu, PranayakalamKerala state TV Awards 2008- Kerala State Television Award for Best Actor - AranazhikaneramFilmfare Awards: 1992 - Best Actor - AadharamOther awards: Madras Film Fans Award Kerala Film Critics Award Shivaram Award Best columnist award: for his feature "Vyazhaporul" in the Malayala Manorama newspaper Sadhurangam - Posthumous film Aadhavan Polladhavan Majaa Raam Ullam Ketkumae Joot Raajjiyam Gemini Dumm Dumm Dumm Gemini Lisa Mukhchithram Ennu Nadhante Nimmi Aranazhika Neram Murali on IMDb Murali at MSI Official Website of Information and Public Relation Department of Kerala