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Sandesham (1991)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 October 1991 (India)
A satire on contemporary Kerala politics where brothers turn local leaders of rival parties, leading to distress for their aged and once-proud parents.


Sathyan Anthikad


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sreenivasan ... Prabhakaran
Jayaram ... Prakashan
Thilakan ... Raghavan Nair
Mathu ... Lathika
Kaviyoor Ponnamma ... Bhanumathi
Rahul Lakshman Rahul Lakshman ... Prashanthan (Raghavan Nair's youngest son)
Siddique ... Udayabhanu
Oduvil Unnikrishnan ... Achuthan Nair
Mala Aravindan ... Anandan
K.P.A.C. Lalitha ... Anandan's Wife
Mammukoya ... K. G. Pothuwal
Sankaradi ... Kumara Pillai
Innocent Vareed Thekkethala ... Yaswanth Sahai (as Innocent)
Bobby Kottarakkara ... Uthaman
T.P. Madhavan ... Police Officer


A satire on contemporary Kerala politics where brothers turn local leaders of rival parties, leading to distress for their aged and once-proud parents.

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Raghavan Nair: Law points?
Prabhakaran: [Jumping from his seat] It is you Father! I thought you were some monopolists! I was startled.
Raghavan Nair: Why are you afraid of monopolists?
Prabhakaran: They are the ones who must be feared. Enemies of the revolution! Obstacles in the path of social equality! Poisonous snakes!
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One of My Favorites.
30 May 2010 | by Sandhya SreedharSee all my reviews

Hugely popular political satire penned by Sreenivasan. The film is equally brutal in its admonishment of both major political formations in Kerala. Veteran actor Thilakan, as always, is brilliant as the Station Master who returns home after retirement to find his sons Prabhakaran (Sreenivasan) & Prakashan (Jayaram) as jobless petty politicians. Their political rivalry spills over & begins to dictate every aspect of family life, this is the central theme of the film. The movie skillfully & hilariously exposes the double-speak & hypocrisy of the Communists and the corruption & sycophancy in the Congress party. No character or situation felt out of place during the entire film. Every character had a message for the masses- be it Siddique, as the upright agriculture officer, Mala Aravindan as the cowardly police inspector, Shankaradi as the Marxist ideologue or even Bobby Kottarakara as the small time party worker. "Sandesham" without any doubt ranks among the best Malayalam movies of all time & is best remembered for its dialogues, some of which have become part of the Kerala folklore. Kudos to Sathyan Anthikad & Sreenivasan for this fantastic creation!

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