Aakasha Ganga

Aakasha Ganga is a 1999 Indian Malayalam-language horror-thriller film directed by Vinayan, starring Divya Unni and Mukesh and produced by Aakash Films. It was dubbed in Tamil as Avala Aaviya and in Hindi as Maaya Ka Saaya. A sequel of the movie Aakasha Ganga 2 has been released on November 1,2019.

Aakasha Ganga
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byVinayan
Produced byVinayan
Screenplay byBenny P Nayarambalam
Story byVinayan
StarringMukesh
Divya Unni
Mayuri
Madhupal
Music by
CinematographyRamachandra Babu
Edited byG. Murali
Production
company
Aakash Films
Distributed byAkash Films
Release date
  • 26 January 1999 (1999-01-26) (India)
Running time
143 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

PlotEdit

Years ago, Devan (Madhupal), a member of the Maanikesseri royal family, fell in love with Ganga (Mayuri), a 'dasi' (servant) girl. On getting to know about this, Devan's father, Thampuran (Spadikam George), calls him to know what is going on. Devan goes to have an audience with his father holding hands with Ganga and he admits that he loves Ganga and she is going to be the mother of his child. Enraged, the Thampuran slaps and beats Ganga and his goons throw Devan inside a room and lock him inside. The Thampuran slaps Ganga forcefully where she falls against a pillar and lose consciousness. Panicker, a loyal servant of the family, tries to revive her but fails. He comes to the conclusion that Ganga may be dead. So Thampuran and Panicker decide to cremate Ganga, but while doing so, she regains consciousness, asking for water. The merciless Thampuran sets the pyre ablaze and burns her alive.

Later Ganga's soul becomes a Yakshi and starts haunting the family members. Devan kills himself too. Ganga gets hold of Thampuran and kills him. Fearing her wrath, the Maanikesseri family members hires an exorcist, Mepaddan (Rajan P. Dev), who successfully gets hold of the spirit and imprisons her in a Banyan tree. Meppaddan warns the family that the male members of the family should now lead a life of celibacy and that if the spirit is freed, then nobody, even Meppaddan himself, can't stop her.

Years roll by, the family remains true to their word. But trouble starts brewing when Unnikuttan (Riyaz), befriends and falls in love with Maya (Divya Unni), a girl whom he met in the sets of a movie shoot. She too reciprocates his feelings and requests his family to get her married to him. After a lot of persuading, the family members arrange for their marriage only in name, provided that the young couple should not consummate the marriage, to which Maya promises.

One day, when the young couple were shopping, a man named James (Mukesh) interrupts them and identifies Maya as Daisy, his missing fianceé, which Maya opposes. Though the family members think James maybe nuts, Panicker sensed something wrong. In the process, Maya kills Panicker, who reveals that she is actually 'Ganga' but in the body of another girl. Things go haywire; Maya begins attacking family members who suspect her identity, seducing Unni and becomes pregnant. When things become unbearable, the family consult Meppaddan along with Father Mikhayel, another priest, about Maya.

Alas, it is revealed that Maya is in fact a possessed Daisy. Meppaddan reveals the reason; Daisy is actually a college girl hailing from a Christian background. During a college excursion, Daisy happened to pass by the very same banyan tree where 'Mayaganga' was imprisoned. Out of curiosity, she frees Ganga and becomes unconscious. After that incident, her habits changed drastically, even in her diet and prayers. Then, one night, she goes missing, which is then revealed that she was on her way to take revenge on the Maanikesseri family. Through Unni, she was successful in her mission. Meppaddan also reveals that since Ganga has now become powerful, it would be difficult to exorcise her and that she would either take the life of any of the family member or else would kill her host Daisy. Leaving no other choice, Meppaddan proceeds on with an exorcism.

The fiery exorcism takes place with Meppadan battling the stubborn Ganga, who wouldn't leave Daisy until she fulfils her wishes. Then Meppaddan finally exorcises Ganga by deliberately trying to burn her host alive, just like the way she had been burnt years ago, while also taking care that Daisy doesn't burn up. An unconscious Daisy is then hospitalised and on regaining consciousness, does not remember anything when she was possessed, even the Maanikesseri family, but remembers her own family members. Unni accuses both James and his own family for her present condition and leaves, heartbroken. James then reveals to a confused Daisy everything that had happened to her. In the end, James brings Daisy back to the Maanikesseri, who tells them that his love was nothing as compared to Unni's love for Daisy, who also accepted Unni without any hesitation. He also tells them that Daisy is going to be a mother. Hence, he reunites them, with Daisy now acquiring the name 'Maya' and becomes part of the Maanikesseri family, which leads to a happy ending.

CastEdit

SongsEdit

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Puthu Mazhayayi vannu nee"S. Ramesan NairK. J. Yesudas02:38
2."Puthu Mazhayayi vannu nee"S. Ramesan NairK. S. Chithra03:06
3."Vaikasi thingalirangum vaidooryakadavil"S. Ramesan NairK. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra04:07
4."Kai niraye snehavumay"S. Ramesan NairK. J. Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan02:22
5."Kovalanum Kannakiyum"S. Ramesan NairK. S. Chithra03:05
Total length:36:12

Box officeEdit

The film was a commercial success.[1][2][3] The film collected 15 crore from box office.[4]

SequelEdit

A direct sequel to the movie, Aakasha Ganga 2 has been announced[5] by Vinayan on his Facebook page on April 22, 2019. The shooting began on April 24, 2019. The film will star Sreenath Bhasi, Vishnu Vinay, Vishu Govind, Salim Kumar, Hareesh Kanaran, Dharmajan Bolgatty, Rajamani, Hareesh Peradi, Sunil Sukhada, Idavela Babu, Riyas, Saju Kodiyan, Naseer Sankranthy, Ramya Krishnan, Praveena, Thesni Khan, Valsala Menon, Saranya, Kanakalatha, and Niharika.

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Will the Yakshi save Vinayan?". Sify. 23 July 2010. Archived from the original on 28 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Vinayan". Sify. 1 February 2002. Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Raghuvinte Swantham Rasiya will release this Friday". Rediff.com. 19 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Porn again". India Today. 26 June 2000.
  5. ^ "Aakasha Ganga 2: Sequel to The Horror Movie Announced". Mighil.com. 22 April 2019.

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