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Vadakkunokkiyantram

Brilliant satirical dark comedy Malayalam movie “Vadakkunokkiyantram” (1989) starring Sreenivasan, Parvathy Jayaraman, Innocent among others.

Its a landmark movie that subtly explores the dark side of a man, who is suffering from severe inferiority complex because of his short height and dark skin. The man (Dineshan) – Sreenivasan in an extraordinarily brilliant role marries the fair looking beautiful Parvathy Jayaram (Shobha) who is a dutifully cast wife in a traditional mould.

Dineshan’s suspicious nature and his lack of confidence plays out in various experiences that slays his mind to no extent. He starts imagining things that are not there and starts facing imaginary enemies and fighting with them. It starts of as a dark comedy but beautifully weaves into a satire on the perplexing nature of Dineshan to a tragedy when he is admitted to a mental hospital for treatment.

The movie won a clutch of awards from the Kerala state government but missed out on a best actor award to Sreenivasan for his exemplary portrayal of a besieged human being. IMDB 7/10

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