MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 58,753 this week

Kodiyettam (1977)

8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 46 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

Sankarankutty, a village simpleton, lives a carefree life, indulges in childish pursuits, lives off the money given to him by his sister (working elsewhere as a servant), and eats quite ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 26 Oct 2011
 
list image
a list of 50 titles
created 06 Jul 2012
 
list image
a list of 27 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 9 titles
created 15 Dec 2013
 
a list of 61 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Kodiyettam" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Kodiyettam (1977)

Kodiyettam (1977) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Kodiyettam.
4 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pilgrimage (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A depressed Kathakali artist falls in love with a member of an aristocratic family.

Director: Shaji N. Karun
Stars: Suhasini, Mohanlal, Mattanoor Shankara Marar
No Smoking (2007)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man fights against a tyrannical institution for his right to smoke, hence, for individual freedom.

Director: Anurag Kashyap
Stars: John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Paresh Rawal
Rat-Trap (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Stars: Jalaja, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Rajam K. Nair
Sphadikam (1995)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Chacko Master(Thilakan)is a school headmaster in Mathematics. He is a very strict teacher and does not go easy with his own son Thomas(Mohanlal).When Thomas realizes that the school ... See full summary »

Director: Bhadran
Stars: Mohanlal, Thilakan, Sphadikam George
Kala Pani (1996)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Govardhan, a doctor by profession, is wrongly accused of bombing a train and is jailed by the British in Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He witnesses sufferings of hundreds of Indian prisoners there.

Director: Priyadarshan
Stars: Mohanlal, Amrish Puri, Prabhu
Comedy | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Unexpected happenings occurs when the forbidden doors were reopened in the old haunted bungalow.

Director: Fazil
Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Suresh Gopi
Vidheyan (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Stars: Aliyar, Sabitha Anand, Asha
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Fazil
Stars: Mohanlal, Padmini, Nadia Moidu
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The movie features the lives of six different persons from different strata of the social life of the city, interconnected due to unexpected events beyond their control.

Director: Arun Kumar
Stars: Indrajith, Tanushree Ghosh, Murali Gopy
Mathilukal (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Stars: Mammootty, Thilakan, Karamana Janardanan Nair
Kamaladalam (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of love, grief and betrayal with the back drop of dance and arts.

Director: Sibi Malayil
Stars: Mohanlal, Monisha, Parvathi
Amaram (1991)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Bharathan
Stars: Mammootty, Mathu, Murali
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gopi ...
Sankarankutty
K.P.A.C. Lalitha ...
Santhamma (as Lalitha)
Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair ...
(as Thikkurissi)
Azeez ...
Lorry Driver
B.K. Nair
Aranmulla Ponnamma
Vilasini ...
Sankarankutty's Sister (as Vilasini)
Kaviyoor Ponnamma ...
Kamalamma
Adoor Bhawani ...
Santhamma's Mother
Adoor Pankajam
Kavalam Narayana Panicker ...
Vareeth
Venukuttan Nair ...
(as P.K. Venukuttan Nair)
S. Ramankutty Nair
Varadarajan Nair
P.C. Soman ...
Tea Shop Owner
Edit

Storyline

Sankarankutty, a village simpleton, lives a carefree life, indulges in childish pursuits, lives off the money given to him by his sister (working elsewhere as a servant), and eats quite voraciously. Then one day he gets married, but the wife is frustrated by his aimless lifestyle & irresponsible attitude (even after she gets pregnant). So she goes back to her parents. Meanwhile, his sister who is now living with her lover, can no longer provide for him, and a kind widow who used to care for him passes away. He has nowhere & nobody to fall back on, and from this point on, as he starts a job as assistant to a lorry driver, he starts looking at life in a whole new way and begins to mature as well. Written by ajmal hussain

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Ascent  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
a sweet-tempered idler gets real - amusing drama comedy!
7 March 2015 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

i always enjoy film where protagonist develops somehow during the film and begins to show some symptoms of personal growth or ethical reorientation. adoor gopalakrishnan's film from 1977 is such a delightful film. the main character is a lazy good-for-nothing already in his thirties and some kind of a harmless village idiot though he is not a dope. sankarankutty is only lazy and inefficient fellow because he has apparently been spoilt by the over-nurturing women around him all his life (like many other Indian men i guess?). his sister who visits him frequently takes care of his material needs because sankarankutty just loafs around his time. sankarankutty likes to play with village kids but he also has a soft spot for a widow next door although nothing comes out of it. however social norms force him eventually to marry a girl who soon grows tired of the husbands idle loitering and the disappointed wife returns back to her mother. the sad state of affairs is perhaps not permanent: the film appears to have a happier ending when sankarankutty finally gets real and grows up. he even manages to have a job thus being able to take responsibility of his life - and of his family as well because there is now a baby he has to take care of, too. the reasons for this gradual maturation to adulthood are not explicitly articulated but there are few hints for the interpretation. the observant viewer will quite easily find them.

on basic level kodiyettam is a drama comedy about a jovial and good-natured man who is lost in the modern world. on more allegorical level you can interpret it as description of Indian civilisation process from the British colonialist rule to independence. on ethical and ideological level you can see it as personal evolution from natural state of a child with no worries towards more mature and more serious adult way of living which always means transition into more established (middle-class) cultural and social order. its charm is that it offers many interpretations but does not feed you anything by force. you can even watch it without any deeper interpretations (like most viewers usually do).

the black and white cinematography is fine and the movie has many intelligent visual compositions to be spotted though you may sometimes feel a little awkward when the linearity of the story vaguely vanishes somewhere and then it continues from a different point but that does not happen too often to be really disturbing. i could almost see that the film has some kind of "satyajit ray" touch in its storytelling though essentially lacking ray's psychological deepness of the characters or his poetic visual aesthetics.

if you have a chance to watch this - or any other of gopalakrishnan's film, especially "rat-trap" (1982) or nizhalkkuthu (2002) - use it. i do not think you regret it. and indians: you should appreciate more your old movies. i have no doubt there are even more hidden gems yet to be discovered in India which are also internationally interesting and reward the audience with their appealing charm.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Kodiyettam (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?