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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

One of the BEST movie in Malayalam

10/10
Author: Midhun J (zizourono) from India
2 May 2009

If a movie has a solid storyline,brilliant acting,superb music,beautiful screenplay it can be categorized as one of the best..& 'PAVITHRAM' certainly falls in that category.It is one of the movies that will always be remembered for its brilliance.Outstanding acting by Mohanlal(one of the finest actors in India) is the highlight of the movie.This film is set in a village in Kerala.The movie captures your heart with every scene being lit up with brilliant acting,music..The film has one of the most solid stories ever made in malayalam movie history.Supporting roles by nedumudi venu,Thilakan,Vinduja menon,KPAC lalitha,innocent,late narendra prasad etc is simply superb.Female lead,Shobhana is brilliant.Music is composed by Sharath which is outstanding..PAVITHRAM has a story that is realistic..

Overall this is a beautiful movie..Everybody who has a heart that cares will love this..One of the best movie I've seen till date..Mohanlal's performance will glue you towards this movie for sure...I rate it 10/10...

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

My first Malayalam film, and a very sad one indeed!

7/10
Author: Sherazade from United States
18 November 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Pavithram is dated at this point but quite well made for its time. The movie begins with an older man's dream. In this dream, Unni (played by Mohanlal) is roused from his house in haste and told to come along to see his father (someone Unni has longed believed to be dead) and upon reaching the destination, he is greeted by a crowd of people who begin to make fun of him. When Unni wakes up in the morning he consults a shaman who informs him that the fact that Unni had this dream for the first time in the 15 years since his father's disappearance, marks the death of his father and that he (Unni) should begin to do death rituals in honour of his dead father. During the rituals, Unni walks away and declares that he doesn't believe his father is dead.

After that, we begin to see what led up to that very point in Unni's life as he begins to flashback to various events. In these flashbacks we learn that Unni has a brother who is more well to do that he is. We also meet Unni's mother, and older lady who suddenly becomes pregnant. The birth of this child would mark a very poignant part of Unni's life, as at that point he was an unwed man, who still lived with and was very fond of his mother.

Engaged to marry a beautiful country vixen named Meera (played by Shobhana) Unni is forced to choose between his lover and his newborn sister when his mother passes away during childbirth. To add insult upon injury an argument with his father causes the latter to leave the house one day and never return. With all these burdens cast upon Unni, it is no wonder that he becomes very attached to his little sister, a girl whom they name Meenakshi (played by Vinduja Menon). But as the child grows into a beautiful young woman, so does Unni slowly go insane while trying to keep up with her rebellious teenage ways. For instance, when she goes away to boarding school, she begins to hang out with rebellious teens, enter beauty contests etc. etc.

Excellent performances by Mohahlal (even though he could have done without the overly-babyish mannerisms due to the fact that he looked ridiculous acting like a kid with a moustache), and Vinduja Menon who is an excellent dancer but looked a little undermined by her catastrophic beauty. The film is well-rounded but is not only dated, it has its here and there's and then some.

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I have cried every time i have seen this movie

10/10
Author: jamesjoseph2770 from Ahmedabad
12 May 2013

One of the best ever movies in Malayalam(Indian cinema actually).. Brilliant acting by Mohanlal(He is India's best ever actor).... It deals with the relationship between a brother and his very young sister.. This sister is born at a time when Mohanlal is already ready for marriage and his mother dies during childbirth.. Mohanlal forgoes his love life and marriage plans as his dad also deserts him and decides to take care of his young sister's upbringing... But as she grows big she goes to a city for college studies and soon the city culture gets embedded inside her.. Her aunt(Mohanlal's brother's wife) who had not even cared for her when she was young now becomes close her and is a big reason for this change.. Mohanlal becomes very sad and depressed on the changes which the city life brings upon his sister.. The climax will definitely leave you crying!!!!!!!!!!! He sacrifices everything for his sister and in the end loses her.. She does realize all her mistakes and comes back to him at the end.. But by that time Mohanlal has become mentally unstable and doesn't even recognize her..... 10/10....

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