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Nizhalkkuthu (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama | 5 November 2003 (France)
Kaliyappan, the last hangman of Travancore dynasty is dragging his remaining life by consuming alcohol and worshipping the Mother Goddess.
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Cast overview:
Oduvil Unnikrishnan ... Kaliyappan the executioner
Sukumari ... Marakatam, his wife
Reeja Reeja ... Mallika, the younger daughter
Thara Kalyan ... Madhavy, the older daughter
Murali ... Vasu, Madhavy's Husband
Sivakumar ... Mallika's Lover
Narain ... Muthu, Kaliyappan's son (as Sunil)
Nedumudi Venu ... Jailer
Vijayaraghavan ... Jailer
Jagathi Sreekumar ... Maharajah's Officer
Indrans ... Barber
Kukku Parameshwaram ... Woman seeking treatment in Kaliyappan
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Kaliyappan, the last hangman of Travancore dynasty is dragging his remaining life by consuming alcohol and worshipping the Mother Goddess. Written by Abhijith Radhakrishnan

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Malayalam

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5 November 2003 (France) See more »

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executioner's dilemma
13 June 2014 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The first Malayalam-language movie that I've ever seen focuses on a hangman's questioning the moral implications of his job after learning that he executed an innocent man. Adoor Gopalakrishnan's "Nizhalkkuthu" ("Shadow Kill" in English) is set during the final days of the British occupation, although there is no mention of the British presence. There is a mention of the caste system, and the arrival of the Maharajah's officer towards the end of the movie affirms the disconnect between the lives of most Indians and those of the subcontinent's elite.

I like seeing movies that show us cultures that we don't often see, in this case people's lives in Kerala. To be certain, India leads the world in movie production, but the west tends to see very few of them. We hear a lot about Bollywood, but South Asian cinema is much more diverse than that. I would like to be able to see more Indian movies, and in particular movies like this one.


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