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Manichithrathazhu (1993)

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Credited cast:
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Shobana ...
Suresh Gopi ...
Nakulan
Vinaya Prasad ...
Sridevi
Nedumudi Venu ...
Thampi
Innocent ...
Unnithan
K.P.A.C. Lalitha ...
Bhasura
Sudheesh ...
Chanthu
Thilakan ...
Brahmadattan Nampoothirippadu
Ganesh Kumar ...
Dasappan Kutty
Rudra ...
Alli
Pappu ...
Kattuparamban
Shridhar ...
Mahadevan
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Ganga / Nagavalli (voice)
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Renowned Psychiatrist Dr. Sunny Joseph lives in America. He decides to travel to a town in India after he gets a distress call from his friend, who belongs to a very noble and wealthy family, to counsel and treat a female family member, who he suspects is responsible for a variety of incidents. Sunny accepts this assignment not realizing that there is another side to this tale, namely a vengeful spirit, who may not respond to his methods, and he may end up endangering everyone's lives. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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25 December 1993 (India)  »

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When the movie was announced several filmmakers suggested director Fazil to cast Mammootty for the part of psychiatrist "Dr. Sunny Joseph", but he wanted the character to be light hearted and funny, so he cast Mohanlal instead. See more »

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Kattuparamban: Heard about a Psychiatrist from America.
Dr. Sunny Joseph: Yes, See, I am that fortunate man.
Kattuparamban: People think I have something wrong with my behavior. Can you please check it?
Dr. Sunny Joseph: Yes, I guess something wrong!
Kattuparamban: Then what should we do?
Dr. Sunny Joseph: I cannot help it right now because I have tranquilized Sreedevi inside. Come after some days!
Kattuparamban: Okay! Should I take any precaution?
Dr. Sunny Joseph: Of Course! Try not to touch water!
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One of the greatest Malayalam movies ever made
22 May 2005 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

The first half of Manichithrathazhu may be slow, but the second half becomes gripping. The amazing climax, featuring Shobana's spectacular dance with her partner, pushes this movie from a simple Malayalam thriller to the level of high art. Although the film isn't perfect--there are minor plot holes, and Mohanlal's entertaining performance goes over the top in some scenes--Manichithrathazhu is one of the best Indian movies I've seen.

After watching this movie, I couldn't believe it was directed by Fazil, the same guy who churned out overly sentimental mush like Aniyathi Pravu (1997) and shameless, cookie-cutter Hollywood remakes like Life Is Beautiful (2000). Manichithrathazhu has to be the high point of Fazil's career.

After a lifetime of avoiding most Malayalam movies like the plague, old classics like this film are turning me into a big fan of Malu films. Also, after watching his charismatic performances in films like Nadodikattu (1987), Pattana Pravesham (1988), Akkare akkare akkare (1990), and Manichithrathazhu, I find myself becoming an enthusiastic fan of Mohanlal. If you're not already a Mohanlal fan, watching Manichithrathazhu may make you one.


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