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Priyadarshan (story)
T. Damodaran (screenplay)
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12 April 1996 (India) See more »
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 the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He witnesses the 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
Ilaiyaraaja  (as Ilayaraja)
Cinematography by
Santosh Sivan 
Art Direction by
Sabu Cyril 
Other crew
K.S. Ravindran .... post production coordinator

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178 min
Sound Mix:

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First Dolby Stereo sound system in Malayalam cinema.See more »
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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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A must-see, 18 December 2001
Author: negimp ( from Mumbai, India

Priyadarshan's magnum-opus is one of the finest depictions of pre-independence India that i have ever seen. In this moving cinematic spectacle, Mohanlal essays the role of Govardhan with elan, while Prabhu acts as a perfect foil, with the supporting cast also doing a commendable job. The cinematography is breath-taking, and the screenplay and editing are top-class. Being one of the first Indian movies to use DTS technology, it has been used very effectively in the movie. The plot is brilliantly crafted, and the ending is superb. An absolute must-see.

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