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Kadalamma (1963)


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A Classic of the Classics, the best movie of all time
11 September 2014 | by (Kerala,India) – See all my reviews

"Kadalamma" a movie of Black & White celluloid era, in-my-humble- opinion, should be added to the national Movie Hall of Fame. Why? Just for one simple reason. OK. There are more than one reasons. This movie entertains, educates, makes you laugh and cry all at the same time. And to top it all, sends a striking message of humanity to the human beings all around.

What a realistic depiction of a common man's life! The movie narrates the naked truth of life's challenges in a tinsel town - the city of Thiruvananthapuram, especially for those unsophisticated, naive, innocent souls, who dreamed of making it big in that La-La land.

Every second of your life is a struggle even if it's for a princess. What a great acting by (my idol) Sathyan (R.I.P)! A very simple concept, a great story & a script and the deep message it sent to the society or should I say the world over.

How a poor innocent man is deliberately branded a bandit by some of the biggest phonies of this world who like to call themselves "Shareef" (reputable) citizens. And these so-called reputable citizens make a scapegoat out of this poor, helpless and vulnerable soul, just so that they can hide the skeletons of their own in the proverbial "closet".

It absolutely disappoints and saddens me to see a man go through what he went through, in one night just for a princess to quench his lover.

What a great performance by the entire crew (on and off the screen), and especially, Sathyan and Shankaradi!

One has to watch the movie with a perspective that even today, millions of people back home in Kerala(and many other parts of the world) who are in jail and innocent…

…And this makes my heart cry and eyes filled with water. Too bad they don't make movies like this anymore.

Long live Sathyan and "Kadalamma".

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