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Anantaram (1987)

 |  Drama  |  1 October 1987 (India)
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The film develops through a commentary by Ajayan (Ashokan) about himself in the first person. Later he tells another story about his life with the same background. Finally both these ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Mammootty ...
Dr. Balu
Asokan ...
Ajayan
Shobana ...
Suma, Nalini (as Shobhana)
Bahadur ...
Mathai
Vembayam Thampi ...
Raman Nair (as Vembayam)
Krishnan Kutty Nair
Kaviyoor Ponnamma ...
Yoginiyamma
Adoor Pankajam
Kukku Parameshwaram ...
Nurse
Sudheesh ...
Ajayan
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The film develops through a commentary by Ajayan (Ashokan) about himself in the first person. Later he tells another story about his life with the same background. Finally both these stories fuse together. Ajayan was born an orphan. He is brought up by a doctor. A brilliant child, Ajayan grows up into an introvert and confused youth. The beautiful Suma (Shobhana) arrive at their house after marrying Balu (Mammootty), his foster-brother. Ajayan at the very first sight of his sister-in-law gets sexually attracted to her. This creates internal conflict within him and ultimately he leaves the house. In the second story Ajayan narrates his confused youth and about the beautiful girl, Nalini who enters his life. Ajayan's mind shifts often between reality and an imaginary romantic world. Finally both these stories converge to a point where both Nalini and Suma become a single entity.

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did not live up to the expectations
15 January 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Supposed to be one of Adoor Gopalkrishnan's most abstract movies. had gone in the hope of seeing a brilliant work, but tremendously disappointed.A very bad execution of the dual personality theme.Adoor killed the movie in trying to sound too abstract. Art house films in India(unlike that of the West),have a disturbing trend of artificial abstraction (Satyajit Ray was an honourable exception), making it incomprehensible to the general public. Indian cinema in general has never been quite comfortable with the schizophrenic theme and experimentation on this theme has been few and far between.In that sense, Adoor's idea of such experimentation is commendable.However, on the whole "Anantharam" comes out to be a typical slow,sleepy art house cinema.


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