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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
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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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4 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
malayalam version of schindler's list, 28 February 2006
Author: vinod-10 from India

I can not give full mark to this movie even though it was one of the movie which can be considered as in a Hollywood flavour .Kaalapani is the first movie in Malayalam, recorded in "Dolby Stereo SR" (The tamil version of this film is released in DTS .But original malayalam version and Hindi version used "Dolby stereo SR" only ) . The sound effects are awesome. But we can see the scenes of some famous Hollywood films in this movie such as directly copied.

Eg , 1. The hero (Mohan Lal) and second hero (Prabhu ) are caught by tribals in Andaman. They are kept inside a big tub (a wooden tub half of which poured water ) .They tries to rescue themselves from there . All these sequence can be seen in the Hollywood film "King Solomon's mine" ( if my memory is right ) .

2. ALl the other scenes (yes, almost 70% scenes in andaman) can be scene in the Oscar winning film "Schindler's List " . I think the director Priyadarshan is very much impressed by this Spielberg movie. Even the conclusion of the film is just same as "Schindler's List" .

Ilaya raja has given some beautiful songs again. Also back ground music is remarkable. Santhosh Sivan has done excellent photography in the film .

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