Depiction of shakesperian novel 'othello' in another background,where Suresh gopi plays the role of kannan(othello)


(as Jayaraaj Rajasekharan Nair)


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The film directed by Jayaraj,is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Othello against the backdrop of the Hindu Theyyam performance.Suresh Gopi plays the role of Kannan Perumalayan, the equivalent to Othello. Lal plays Paniyan, the equivalent to Iago.Manju Warrier - Thamara, the Desdemona version and Biju Menon plays Kanthan, Cassio's version. The story revolves around Paniyan's attempt to create disputes in the relationship between kannan and kanthan for which he uses a forged affair between Thamara and Kanthan. . The film received national awards for best actor and director category Written by Anonymous

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29 August 1997 (India)  »

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2.35 : 1
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A brilliant adaption of Othello...
23 March 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

To call 'Kaliyattam' just a regional adaption of Shakespeare's 'Othello' would be doing great injustice to it. Jayaraj's focus on bringing to the fore the nuances in the interplay between characters pays off beautifully, complemented by wonderful acting by the lead characters. Suresh Gopi returns the performance of a lifetime as the lead (Othello) and Manju Warrier is totally convincing as Desdemona.

But Lal(as the cunning & wicked-hearted Iago) steals the show. The film is very well localized and imbibes the spirit of Shakespeare's original but still stands on its own by retaining its Indian cultural influences.

Though my native language is not Malayalam(the language spoken in the Indian state of Kerala), i found it easy to appreciate the movie, and like other great movies, you don't really need a sub-titled version to be able to enjoy the movie.

In short, i would recommend this movie highly to all movie lovers across the world.

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