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Anantaram (1987)

The film develops through a commentary by Ajayan (Ashokan) about himself in the first person. Later he tells another story about his life with the same background. Finally both these ... See full summary »
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... Dr. Balu
... Ajayan
... Suma, Nalini (as Shobhana)
... Mathai
Vembayam Thampi ... Raman Nair (as Vembayam)
... Yoginiyamma
Adoor Pankajam
... Nurse
... Ajayan
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The film develops through a commentary by Ajayan (Ashokan) about himself in the first person. Later he tells another story about his life with the same background. Finally both these stories fuse together. Ajayan was born an orphan. He is brought up by a doctor. A brilliant child, Ajayan grows up into an introvert and confused youth. The beautiful Suma (Shobhana) arrive at their house after marrying Balu (Mammootty), his foster-brother. Ajayan at the very first sight of his sister-in-law gets sexually attracted to her. This creates internal conflict within him and ultimately he leaves the house. In the second story Ajayan narrates his confused youth and about the beautiful girl, Nalini who enters his life. Ajayan's mind shifts often between reality and an imaginary romantic world. Finally both these stories converge to a point where both Nalini and Suma become a single entity.

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1 October 1987 (India)  »

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A thought provoking drama that emphasizes the importance of relationships that shapes the identity of a person.
16 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Monologue" is a film about perceptions or specifically the duality of perceptions.From Adoor's own words Ajayan is both introvert and extrovert at the same time. Duality plays a key role in the film, as a media film itself is dual in nature. We know what we see is fiction, but it's by convincing the viewers into believing in the film it succeeds. The film shows us two stories, both narrated by Ajayan like a monologue. After the first story, there seems to be something missing and the second is told like telling the odd number of events first and then the even number of events. But there still seem to be some parts which happened outside the frame. The Malayalam title "Anantaram" (translation: Thereafter) suggests either about the events being consequences or about the after effects. Full review at http://www.asianfilmvault.com/2017/09/monologue-1987-by- adoor-gopalakrishnan.html


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