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Priyadarshan (story)
T. Damodaran (screenplay)
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mohanlal ... Govardhan Menon

Amrish Puri ... Mirza Khan
Prabhu ... Mukund Iyengar

Tabu ... Parvathi
Sreenivasan ... Moosa (as Sreenivasen)
Vineeth ... G.S. Sethu
Tinnu Anand ... Ram Lakhan
Cochin Hanifa ... Ahmed Kutty

Annu Kapoor ... Veera Savarkar

Alex Draper ... David Berry
Nedumudi Venu ... Sreekandan Nair
Maniyanpilla Raju ... Nair
Tom Alter
Javed Khan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Dodd ... The Judge
Delhi Ganesh ... Pandiyan
Govind Menon ... Parmanand
Laxmi Rattan

Joachim Zons ... English Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
T. Damodaran  screenplay
Priyadarshan  story

Produced by
R. Mohan .... producer
Mohanlal .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Santosh Sivan 
Art Direction by
Sabu Cyril 
Other crew
K.S. Ravindran .... post production coordinator

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British Prison Official:How do you pronounce this name?
British Prison Official:What does that mean?
Parmanand:Height of happiness
British Prison Official:[laughing] Are you happy?
Parmanand:I will be, when the Britishers are out of my country
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Saza E Kala Pani.... a hard hitting historical movie......, 14 November 2013
Author: Suman Shakya from Nepal

"Saza E Kala Pani" is a period film on early 19th century when the British rulers sent the prisoners to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as a punishment. The film effectively portrays the sufferings the prisoners had to endure in the Islands. The film was made in Malayalam; so the narration of the film at times is very obscure. Forget it if you are going for entertainment. The film is highly remarkable for the hard hitting account of the gruesome sufferings perpetuated from the film which is rarely accounted in the movies. The film succeeds in recreating a part of the history with highly realized and terrifying accounts of atrocities done to the prisoners which makes it an Indian equivalent of "Schindler's List." The film deserves the acclaim for its hardly realized historical accounts, photography, and performances.

Rating: 3 stars out of 4

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