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Manichitrathazhu (1993)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Musical | 23 December 1993 (India)
When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed.

Director:

Fazil

Writer:

Madhu Muttam
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Asokan ... du pe of Jimit
Idavela Babu ... dupe of Jiimit
Mohanlal ... Dr. Sunny Joseph
Shakeela Shakeela ... body of Jiimit
Shobana ... Ganga / Nagavalli
Suresh Gopi ... Nakulan
Vinaya Prakash ... Sridevi (as Vinaya Prasad)
Nedumudi Venu ... Thampi
Innocent ... Unnithan
K.P.A.C. Lalitha ... Bhasura
Sudheesh ... Chanthu
Thilakan ... Brahmadattan Nampoothirippadu
Ganesh Kumar ... Dasappan Kutty
Rudra Rudra ... Alli
Kuthiravattam Pappu ... Kattuparamban (as Pappu)
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Storyline

Renowned Psychiatrist Dr. Sunny Joseph lives in America. He decides to travel to a town in India after he gets a distress call from his friend, who belongs to a very noble and wealthy family, to counsel and treat a female family member, who he suspects is responsible for a variety of incidents. Sunny accepts this assignment not realizing that there is another side to this tale, namely a vengeful spirit, who may not respond to his methods, and he may end up endangering everyone's lives. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Malayalam

Release Date:

23 December 1993 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kochi, Kerala, India See more »

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Swargachitra See more »
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Dr. Sunny Joseph: When she came here with you, she heard all the superstitious stories here. At first she sympathised and then empathised with the character of Nagavalli.
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One of the greatest Malayalam movies ever made
22 May 2005 | by mervkvSee all my reviews

The first half of Manichithrathazhu may be slow, but the second half becomes gripping. The amazing climax, featuring Shobana's spectacular dance with her partner, pushes this movie from a simple Malayalam thriller to the level of high art. Although the film isn't perfect--there are minor plot holes, and Mohanlal's entertaining performance goes over the top in some scenes--Manichithrathazhu is one of the best Indian movies I've seen.

After watching this movie, I couldn't believe it was directed by Fazil, the same guy who churned out overly sentimental mush like Aniyathi Pravu (1997) and shameless, cookie-cutter Hollywood remakes like Life Is Beautiful (2000). Manichithrathazhu has to be the high point of Fazil's career.

After a lifetime of avoiding most Malayalam movies like the plague, old classics like this film are turning me into a big fan of Malu films. Also, after watching his charismatic performances in films like Nadodikattu (1987), Pattana Pravesham (1988), Akkare akkare akkare (1990), and Manichithrathazhu, I find myself becoming an enthusiastic fan of Mohanlal. If you're not already a Mohanlal fan, watching Manichithrathazhu may make you one.


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