Evidam Swargamanu (transl. It's heaven here) is a 2009 Indian Malayalam-language family drama thriller film directed by Rosshan Andrrews and written by James Albert. It was produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the company Aashirvad Cinemas. The film stars Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Lalu Alex, Thilakan, and Lakshmi Rai. The music was composed by Gopi Sunder. It tells the story of Mathews, a farmer who has to fight the real estate mafia over selling his farm land which he refuses to give away.
|Directed by||Rosshan Andrrews|
|Produced by||Antony Perumbavoor|
|Written by||James Albert|
|Music by||Gopi Sunder|
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Distributed by||Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments|
Evidam Swargamanu was released on 25 December 2009. The film won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value.
'Ividam Swargamanu' concerns the story of a hard-working farmer known as Mathews (Mohanlal) and his fight against a land mafia which tries to take over his farmland. Mathews and his father, Jeramias (Thilakan) are hard-working farmers, who have successfully built a farm, along with a cow shed which holds of huge number of cattle. His agricultural land is a matter of envy for many. Mathews has led a calm, silent and happy life along with his family, consisting of his father, mother Aleyamma (Kaviyoor Ponnamma) and her sister Rahelamma (Sukumari).
Problems start when Aluva Chandy (Lalu Alex), a powerful land dealer, eyes the farm of Mathews, who tries to convince him to sell the land to him, which Chandy wants for flipping to resell to a Mumbai-based businessman at a high profit. But Mathews is not ready to accept the demands by Chandy and files a complaint at the police station, against Chandy for intruding into his property. The police officer, instead, acts as an agent of Chandy, which puts Mathews into a helpless situation.
Chandy's fake promises, including the setting up of a model township, allures the people around to support Chandy. They try to convince Mathews to sell off the land, and his continued opposition makes him an enemy of the rest of the villagers. Several of his friends leave the village, by selling their land, but Mathews and his father are adamant to stay. Aluva Chandy fabricates several civil cases against Mathews and his farm, prompting the court to appoint a one-man committee to visit and submit and report. Advocate Sunitha (Lakshmi Rai), who visits the farm, finds it quite satisfactory and submits a report to the court. Her senior, on instruction from Chandy, dismisses her from his team. Several government departments now start raising up legal issues against the farm of Mathews, including financial irregularities and repayment of the loan, failing to which Jermias will be arrested.
Betsy (Priyanka), a reporter with a news channel, tries to bring out the hassles faced by Mathews, broadcast on her channel, but the channel authorities block her from doing so. Sunitha, now takes up the case of Mathews. She approaches the court on his behalf and gets an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") appointed to look into the illegal property dealings in the state. Advocate Prabalan (Sreenivasan), an efficient lawyer, is appointed as the amicus curiae. The rest of the story is how Mathews, with the help of Prabalan, exposes the corruption of several government agencies and wins back his land.
- Mohanlal as Mathews
- Lakshmi Rai as Adv. Sunitha (voice over by Vimmi Mariam George)
- Priyanka as Betsy Varghese
- Lakshmi Gopalaswamy as Maria (Voice over by Bhagyalakshmi)
- Lalu Alex as Aluva Chandy
- Sreenivasan as Adv. Prabhalan
- Thilakan as Jermias
- Shankar as Sudheer
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Bhuvanendran
- Maniyanpilla Raju as Adv.Jayaraj
- Innocent as Kaimal
- Idavela Babu as Village officer
- Sadiq as Sudhakaran
- Assim Jamal
- Babu Namboothiri
- Manikandan Pattambi
- T. P. Madhavan
- Kaviyoor Ponnamma as Elsamma
- Sukumari as Rahelamma
- Shobha Mohan as Betsy's mother, teacher, poetess
- Geetha Vijayan as Collector
- Pradeep Chandran as Shibu Areekutty
- Manjusha Sajish
- Meena Ganesh as Tea shop owner
- Bindu Murali as Maria's mother
- Omana Ouseph as Sunitha's mother
The film was made on a budget of ₹4 crore. The crew bought a land of 15acres to build the farm of protagonist including the cattles. Vegetable cultivation was initiated 6 months prior to production with instructions from agricultural department
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The film which was released on 25 December 2009.
The film received positive reviews from the audience and critics and also did a good business at the box office.
- Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Antony Perumbavoor, Rosshan Andrrews
- Amrita Mathrubhumi Film Awards
- Atlas State Film Critics Award
- Best Film
- Best Screenplay – James Albert
- Most Popular Actor – Mohanlal
- Best Screenplay – James Albert
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