Ashokan is an Indian actor known for his roles in Malayalam films. He made his film debut with Peruvazhiyambalam. He's best known for his roles in Yavanika, Thoovanathumbikal, In Harihar Nagar, 2 Harihar Nagar, he made his debut in 1979 in Peruvazhiyambalam, directed by Padmarajan, where he played a 15-year-old boy who becomes a fugitive after killing a bully. This was followed by star turns in Padmarajan's films Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil, Thoovanathumbikal and Moonnam Pakkam, he did the main role in Anantaram a film by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. He acted in the NFDC film Parinamam, directed by P. Venu that won the Best Screenplay Award in the Ashdod International Film Festival held in Israel. In his early career he aspired to be a playback singer. With a clear talent for singing, he has hosted various film-song-based programs on television. Ashokan was born as youngest among the four children to Samudayathil N. P. Unnithan and Azhakath Savithri on 23 May 1961 at Cheppad, Alappuzha, his father was a public prosecutor at CBI and his mother was a housewife.
He has Radhakrishnan Unnithan, Prasanna Kumar and Hari Kumar. He lost his father when he was young, was brought up by his mother. Ashokan completed his basic education at Chingoli L. P. School, Chingoli,Upper Primary Education completed in PMDUPS,Cheppad and High Schizo education at St. Thomas H. S. Karthikapally, he graduated in Arts from T. K. Madhava Memorial College, Haripad, he was studying for pre degree first year. He has a daughter, Karthiyayani, they reside in Chennai. Mikhael... Antony Panchavarnathatha.. Udayan Ramaleela.. SP Balachandran Vimanam Two Countries... Mukundan Nirnayakam Nadodimannan.... Vinayachandran Crocodile Love Story... Narayanan Namboothiri Mizhi... Santhosh Melvilasom.... Dr. Gupta Sarkar Colony Teja Bhai and Family.... Gopan Three Kings Paappi Appacha.... Shashankan Muthalali In Ghost House Inn.... Thomaskutty Vairam: Fight For Justice Calendar 2 Harihar Nagar.... Thomaskutty Ayudham Oru Pennum Randaanum Swarnam Ottakkayyan.... Mr. B Nagaram.... Stephen Hello.... Sebastian Romeoo....
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Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil
Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil is a 1986 Malayalam film directed by P. Padmarajan, based on his own short story of the same name; the film revolves around three men, Zechariah and Gopi, who go to a brothel in a remote village and the problems they had to face there in the next 24 hours. It stars Kanakalatha, Sukumari and Jagathy Sreekumar in other pivotal roles; the film is considered as a cult classic by Padmarajan's fans. Sukumari won both the Kerala State Film Award and the Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Maluvamma. One night at a dance bar, Joseph, a rich, but spoiled brat of a textile businessman offers a trip to a brothel to his three friends. Zechariah and Hilal, accept the offer and set out in Joseph's car, but on the way and Joseph get into a fight and the trip gets canceled, with Joseph leaving them back. But Zechariah decides to take both his friends to the brothel, though he just has a vague knowledge of the route; the trio reaches the remote village.
The suspicious look of the villagers frightens both Gopi and Hilal, but Zechariah is cool in his moves. The trio reaches the brothel run by Maluvamma, her ancestral house, they enter inside the huge house, is shocked to find a few children playing and an old man scribbling something on a paper, without bothering to take a look at them. The trio enters inside the house and comes across a girl, both deaf and dumb. From her body language, the trio finds out that she is a prostitute kept by Maluvamma and Gopi gets wooed by her. In a couple of minutes arrives Devaki, more ravishing and sensual, she informs them that Maluvamma has gone outside with Gowrikutty, a new girl and will be back in few minutes. But the trio is shocked by the sudden entry of Bhaskaramenon, who asks them to vacate the house as a group of Muslims are planning to attack the house, he shows them the injury marks caused a few days back in a riot and shows them the door to outside. On their way back, a group of Muslims verbally abuses them.
With Zechariah beginning to retaliate, they turn violent. But the leader of the mob pacifies the crowd and takes them to a nearby tea stall, deciding to consult with Moopan about the next move. By keeping the trio under the custody of the mob, he reaches the house of Moopan; the girls brought by Maluvamma are first enjoyed by Moopan and it was the opposition of Gowrikutty to be a prey to Moopan that caused all the riot in the village. Maluvamma by this time convinces Moopan that Gowrikutty will be brought to him in a couple of days and Moopan is convinced, he orders release of the trio and Maluvamma takes them to her house. She lets Gopi to go for the deaf and dumb girl, while Zechariah opts to play cards with Devaki and the old man. Hilal enters inside the room of Gowrikutty, but while trying to fondle her, she turns violent. Hilal is shocked to find out that Gowrikutty is forcefully brought in to the business by Maluvamma and is still a virgin, he asks her to tell her story. She tells him, it was only a few days after the arrival at the house.
On refusing to entertain the clients, she was brutally assaulted by Maluvamma. She pleads Hilal to save her from the brothel, he promises to marry her. But his plan to take her out is foiled by Maluvamma's son. Hilal tells Gopi and Zechariah about Gowrikutty and Zechariah promises him to help him in saving her. Narayanan, a pimp of Panicker, a local feudal landlord and demands Maluvamma to release Gowrikutty along with him at night. Maluvamma asks him to come at night; that night, Gowrikutty refuses to go along with Narayanan. He returns to collect more people to avenge on Maluvamma, but she is now supported by Moopan. A few hours Narayanan is back with a dozen of his goons, he is attacked by the goons of Moopan and a riot sets out. Zechariah decides making Maluvamma to come out of her room. Using this opportunity and Gopi take Gowrikutty and run out of the house. While escaping, Zechariah is attacked by Narayanan. In an attempt to save himself, Narayanan stabs Zechariah to death. Reaching a safe place, Gopi asks Hilal to run away with the girl and decides to go back to find out what had happened to Zechariah.
He calls out Zechariah's name loudly, but gets no response. Mammootty as Zechariah Ashokan as Hilal Kanakalatha as Sreedevi Nedumudi Venu as Gopi Unnimary as Devaki Sukumari as Malu Amma Jagathi Sreekumar as Bhasi Kunjandi as Moopan Soorya Kunjandi Achankunju as Narayanan Though the movie was adapted from his own short story with same name, P. Padmarajan brought several changes to the script. While the short story does not gives out the reason of how Zechariah and Bilal reach the brothel, the film explains it in detail. While the short story had just a handful of characters, the film had more than a dozen characters. Several characters including Joseph, Panikkar and Devaki were added by Padmarajan. Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil on IMDb
Padmarajan was an Indian film director and author, known for his landmark works in Malayalam literature and Malayalam cinema. Padmarajan was the founder of a new school of film making in Malayalam cinema, along with Bharathan and K. G. George, in the 1980s, which created groundbreaking films that were received while being critically acclaimed. Padmarajan was noted for his fine and detailed expressive direction style. Padmarajan made some of the landmark motion pictures in Malayalam cinema, including masterpieces like Oridathoru Phayalvaan, Thinkalaazhcha Nalla Divasam, Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil, Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal, Thoovanathumbikal, Moonnam Pakkam, Innale and Njan Gandharvan, he wrote several short stories which were unique in presentation. His novels considered as Classics. Most plots were nascent for that age literature. All works were so cinematic and Can be visualized to celluloid version. Padmarajan was born on 23 May 1945 in Muthukulam near Haripad in Aappuzha. Which was under the princely state of Travancore.
He was the sixth son of Njavarakkal Devaki Amma. After early schooling at Muthukulam, he studied at M. G. College and University College Trivandrum, graduating with a B. Sc. in chemistry. Subsequently, he learned Sanskrit from the scholar Cheppad Achyutha Warrier at Muthukulam, he joined All India Radio, starting as a programme announcer, settled at Poojappura, Trivandrum. Padmarajan's stories deal with deceit, romance, passion, libertinism, individualism and life of peripheral elements of society; some of them are considered as among the best in Malayalam literature, his first novel Nakshathrangale Kaaval won the Kerala Sahithya Academy award. He entered the world of Malayalam films by writing the screenplay for Bharathan's directorial debut Prayaanam to take first steps to be one of the most talented script writers to have graced Malayalam cinema, he began to direct films based on his own screenplays, beginning with Peruvazhiyambalam, which are popular among the common people as well as intellectuals and film critics, while maintaining richness in artistic and thematic originality and excellence.
Padmarajan was a great experimenter. His screen plays had such hitherto-unheard of features and subjects – such as casting rain as a character in Thoovanthumbikal, gay love in Desatanakkili Karayarilla, unusual climax in Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal and Oridaththoru Phayalvaan. Forbidden love and characters that strive to rise above the limitations of middle-class Malayali society of the seventies and eighties is a recurring theme in many of his greatest works. Many of his films bear the mark of his romanticism, he is celebrated for his unparalleled attention to detail in his screenplays. Some of his scripts are arguably the smoothest narratives penned in the Malayalam language, they are ample proof for his keen observation, acute perception, astute portrayal of human relationships and emotions. Many of his films have stunning and haunting climaxes, most of them not portrayed in Malayalam movies, his characters were portrayed with great sensitivity and intensity on the screen and many of the scenes are generously sprinkled with humor.
The dialogues of characters are quite natural, in the language of the common man, yet have a subtle lyrical quality. Indeed, a just case may be made that his directorial merit flowed from his exquisitely crafted screenplays: he never directed a film based on a script written by someone else, adapted his script from a story not his own, he had an unusually intimate knowledge of the characters in his films in combination with his mastery of the script. Together with Bharathan and K. G. George, he laid the foundation for a school of Malayalam cinema that strove to tread a middle ground by striking a fine balance between intellectual and commercial appeal, without sacrificing the strong points of either approach; the term "Parallel film" is used to describe his style of film making. Along with Bharathan, he displayed mastery in handling sexuality on the screen, hitherto less known in Malayalam cinema, he was quite adept in spotting talent, introduced many fresh faces who would make their mark in Indian cinema, including Ashokan, Rahman, Ramachandran, Ajayan.
Artists like Nitish Bharadwaj, Suhasini. He coaxed sparkling and inspired performances from many actors, such as Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Jagathy Sreekumar, Suresh Gopi a, Sumalatha and Nedumudi Venu.
Conch is a common name applied to a number of different medium to large-sized shells. The term applies to large snails whose shell has a high spire and a noticeable siphonal canal. In North America, a conch is identified as a queen conch, indigenous to the waters of the Bahamas. Queen conchs are valued for seafood, are used as fish bait; the group of conchs that are sometimes referred to as "true conchs" are marine gastropod molluscs in the family Strombidae in the genus Strombus and other related genera. For example, see Lobatus gigas, the queen conch, Laevistrombus canarium, the dog conch. Many other species are often called "conch", but are not at all related to the family Strombidae, including Melongena species, the horse conch Triplofusus papillosus. Species referred to as conchs include the sacred chank or more shankha shell and other Turbinella species in the family Turbinellidae; the English word "conch" is attested in Middle English, coming from Latin concha, which in turn comes from Greek konchē from Proto-Indo-European root *konkho-, cognate with Sanskrit śaṅkha.
The meat of conchs is eaten raw in salads, or cooked, as in burgers, chowders and gumbos. All parts of the conch meat are edible. Conch is most indigenous to the Bahamas, is served in fritter and soup forms. Conch is eaten in the West Indies. Restaurants all over the islands serve this particular meat. In the Dominican Republic and Haiti, conch is eaten in curries or in a spicy soup, it is locally referred to as lambi. In the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Annual Conch Festival is held in November each year, located at the Three Queens Bar/Restaurant in Blue Hills. Local restaurateurs compete for the best and most original conch dishes, which are judged by international chefs. Free sampling of the dishes follows the judging. In Puerto Rico, conch is served as a ceviche called ensalada de carrucho, consisting of raw conch marinated in lime juice, olive oil, garlic, green peppers, onions, it is used to fill empanadas. In Panama, conch is known as cambombia and is served as ceviche de cambombia consisting of raw conch marinated in lime juice, chopped onions, finely chopped habaneros, vinegar.
Conch is popular in Italy and among Italian Americans. Called scungille, it is eaten in a variety of ways, but most in salads or cooked in a sauce for pasta, it is included as one of the dishes prepared for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. In East Asian cuisines, this seafood is cut into thin slices and steamed or stir-fried. Eighty-percent of the queen conch meat in international trade is imported into the United States; the Florida Keys were a major source of queen conchs until the 1970s, but the conchs are now scarce and all harvesting of them in Florida waters is prohibited. Conch shells can be used as wind instruments, they are prepared by cutting a hole in the spire of the shell near the apex, blowing into the shell as if it were a trumpet, as in blowing horn. Sometimes, a mouthpiece is used. Pitch is adjusted by moving one's hand out of the aperture. Various species of large marine gastropod shells can be turned into "blowing shells", but some of the best-known species used are the sacred chank or shankha Turbinella pyrum, the Triton's trumpet Charonia tritonis, the queen conch Strombus gigas.
Many different kinds of mollusks can produce pearls. Pearls from the queen conch, S. gigas, are rare and have been collectors' items since Victorian times. Conch pearls occur in a range of hues, including white and orange, with many intermediate shades, but pink is the colour most associated with the conch pearl, such that these pearls are sometimes referred to as "pink pearls". In some gemological texts, non-nacreous gastropod pearls used to be referred to as "calcareous concretions" because they were "porcellaneous", rather than "nacreous", sometimes known as "orient"; the GIA and CIBJO now use the term "pearl"—or, where appropriate, the more descriptive term "non-nacreous pearl"—when referring to such items, under Federal Trade Commission rules, various mollusc pearls may be referred to as "pearls" without qualification. Although not nacreous, the surfaces of fine conch pearls have a unique and attractive appearance of their own; the microstructure of conch pearls comprises aligned bundles of microcrystalline fibres that create a shimmering iridescent effect known as "flame structure".
The effect is a form of chatoyancy, caused by the interaction of light rays with the microcrystals in the pearl's surface, it somewhat resembles moiré silk. Conch shells are sometimes used as decoration, as decorative planters, in cameo making. In classic Maya art, conchs are shown being used in many ways, including as paint and ink holders for elite scribes, as bugles or trumpets, as hand weapons. Conch shells have been used as shell money in several cultures; some American Aboriginals used cylindrical conch columella beads as part of breastplates and other personal adornment. In India, the Bengali bride-to-be is adorned with conch shell and coral bangles
Kaattu is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language period film directed and produced by Arun Kumar Aravind. It was written by Ananthapadmanabhan based on the short story by his father Padmarajan; the film is set in late 1970s, it stars Asif Ali, Murali Gopy, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Manasa Radhakrishnan. Kaattu was released in India on 13 October 2017. Asif Ali as Nuhukannu Murali Gopy as Chellappan Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as Muthulakshmi Shebin Benson as Afsal Manasa Radhakrishnan as Ummukkulsu Unni P. Dev as Pauly Pankan Thamarassery as Moopan Saritha Sunil as Kochuparvathi N. Santhanam as Nunkalaisangamam The film scripted by Ananthapadmanabhan is based on his father Padmarajan's short story; the filming commenced in April 2017. The story happens in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border set in late 1970s; the film was shot in Kerala. According to Aravind, the film is "a mix of many genres". Ali plays the character Nuhukannu, "we happened to make a few sketches to shape the look of Nuhukannu and it's the face of Asif Ali that came to our mind, once they were complete", said Aravind.
Gopy plays the role of Chellappan, which he describes as "unapologetically characterised and has an intricate nature of its own". Varalaxmi plays a village belle. Manasa plays the role of "a chirpy and energetic Muslim girl" as she describes. Kaattu was released in India on 13 October 2017, it was released on Netflix on 1 August 2018. Meera Suresh of The New Indian Express wrote: "Arun Kumar Aravind proves he is good at his craft, making this drama a treat." S. R. Praveen from The Hindu wrote: "The film treads the thick line between outdated and refreshing, taking detours to both sides, but managing to finish on a strong note". Veeyen rated the film as "Good" and said: "A primitive allure, long lost makes a revisit through ‘Kaattu’, it’s a peculiar combo of the dismal and the lyrical that Arun Kumar Aravind comes up with in his new film. It’s a complex character drama, tonally and visually notable. Sanjith Sidhardhan of The Times of India gave the movie three stars out of five and stated that "It is a lesson in classical filmmaking and storytelling that develops its characters, narrates a good story and has a satisfying denouement, all without the use of any modern gimmicks."
K. R. Rejeesh of nowrunning.com gave the movie three stars, writing: "Kaattu is a refreshing and captivating film with its powerful statement about the craft of a filmmaker and the smart writing by a scenarist." Aswin Bharadwaj S of lensmenreviews.com rated it 3/5 and wrote: "The well etched characters and the honest performances make Kaattu an indulgent watch." Kaattu on IMDb