|Written by||M. T. Vasudevan Nair|
Manoj K. Jayan
Sukrutham is a 1994 Malayalam film directed by Harikumar, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, with background music by Johnson. It is considered one of the outstanding Malayalam films of the mid-1990s. The film is based on the subject of complex human relationships and mind and inevitable human death and the consequences to relations of the deceased.
Mammootty plays journalist Ravishankar who is a victim of blood cancer. The knowledge of his disease and the death on its way hugely disappoints him and he loses all his hope in life. His wife Malini (Gauthami) is on her way to a life forward after Ravishankar's death and is in a relationship with Rajendran which is found out to much of his dismay by Ravi but has to acknowledge it as he tries to understand the reality.
Meanwhile a doctor who is a friend of Ravishankar convinces him to undergo holistic treatment in his centre. The centre is driven by a theme that each and every cell in our body has a mind which decides whether the body it belongs to should live or die. The treatment does wonders to Ravi and he is on his way to recovery and final checkups confirm that his blood count is normal. Ravi is delighted to come back to his dear life but everything in his hope and joy of life is squandered when he learns that his recovery is a blow to all his relatives including his wife who by now has played without sleeping with Rajendran. He again feels resentment when he learns that his death was more awaited than his recovery.
Ravi finally commits suicide as his childhood sweetheart Durga also leaves him.
The final line to the audience is the old message that death is the ultimate truth, an inevitable part of life and is in its own way a moment to rejoice.
Penned by the writer, M.T.Vasudevan Nair. The story, music and lyrics of the songs in the film are highly rated by critics. The film was selected for both state and national awards, including the 1995 National Film Awards for best feature film in Malayalam and best background score.
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