Kamaladalam (transl. Lotus petal) is a 1992 Indian Malayalam-language musical drama film written by A. K. Lohithadas and directed by Sibi Malayil, starring Mohanlal, Murali, Vineeth, Nedumudi Venu, Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair, Monisha, Parvathy Jayaram and Sukumari. The film was produced by Mohanlal through his company Pranavam Arts and features original songs composed by Raveendran with a background score by Johnson. The story was inspired by the Telugu film Sagara Sangamam directed by K. Viswanath.
|Directed by||Sibi Malayil|
|Written by||A. K. Lohithadas|
|Edited by||L. Bhoominathan|
|Music by||Raveendran (Songs) |
|Distributed by||Seven Arts Release|
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Nandagopan is an alcoholic and finds faults in everyone’s performances at the Kerala Kala Mandiram (alluding to the famed Kerala Kalamandalam repertory, which performs Kerala's temple arts). Malavika, a bharatanatyam student is well renowned for her dancing skills, but still is ridiculed by Nandagopan multiple times. Other students are also not happy with his attitude. Soman is also a student of the Kala Mandiram, and is in love with Malavika.
A few days later, the institution decides to have Malavika's Arangettam. On the day of the performance, Nandagopan decides to test her focus and creates chaos, she immediately stops and the whole Arangettam doesn't happen. All the students strike, and Nandagopan apologises to everyone. One day when Malavika asks him to stop drinking, he tells her his story.
Nandagopan is a respected dance teacher at the Kerala Kala Mandiram (alluding to the famed Kerala Kalamandalam repertory, which performs Kerala's temple arts). However, his life turned upside down when his wife Sumangala committed suicide as a result of a heated spat between them, during which Nandagopan challenged Sumangala that he wouldn't care if she died and that he would be much relieved if she were dead. A broken-hearted Sumangala taking his words seriously, alighted herself on fire. Nandagopan's efforts to save her were in vain. People blame him for her actions and he turns into an alcoholic. He had specially composed Sita Ramayana for his wife and now she is dead. Later Malavika decides to perform it.
Meanwhile, while the closeness of the Nandagopan and Malavika increases there are many rumours. Soman is unhappy with this development and decides to kill off Nandagopan. On the day Malavika's program he mixes pesticide in a drink and passes it on to Nandagopan.
By the time he realizes they have a teacher-student relationship , and nothing else, he tries to reach Nandagopan on time. But it is too late and Nandagopan dies in the arms of Soman and Malavika and he dies, imagining Sumangala calling him to her.
- Mohanlal as Nandagopan, a respected dance teacher at the Kerala Kala Mandiram
- Monisha as Malavika Nangyar, A talented dance student at the Kerala Kala Mandiram
- Parvathy Jayaram as Sumangala, Nandagopan's wife
- Vineeth as Somashekharanunni, Malavika's lover
- Murali as Madhavanunni, Somashekharanunni's elder brother
- Oduvil Unnikrishnan as Ravunni Nambeesan Aasan, Malavika's father and Principal of Kerala Kala Mandiram
- Nedumudi Venu as Velayudhan, Secretary of Kerala Kala Mandiram
- Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair as Director of Kerala Kala Mandiram (as Himself)
- Sukumari as Dance Teacher at Kerala Kala Mandiram
- Bindu Panicker as Madhavanunni's wife
- Mamukoya as Kala Mandiram Hydrose, Nandagopan's friend
- Kozhikode Shantha Devi as Nandagopan's mother
- Santhakumari as Malavika's mother
- Kozhikode Narayanan Nair as Nadagopan's uncle
- Valsala Menon as Dance Teacher at Kerala Kala Mandiram
- Bobby Kottarakkara as Mridangam Teacher at Kerala Kala Mandiram
- Kunchan as Sankaran, a staff at Kerala Kala Mandiram
- Alummoodan as Theatrical troupe owner
- Nandhu as student at kala mandiram
- Yadu Krishnan
- Suma Jayaram as Maya, cameo role in Nandagopan's "Pennukanal"
|Soundtrack album by|
The acclaimed soundtrack of this movie was composed by Raveendran, for which the acclaimed lyrics were penned by Kaithapram and Alaipayuthey by Oothukkadu Venkatasubba Iyer.
|1||"Premodaaranay"||K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra||Kambhoji|
|3||"Sayanthanam"||K. J. Yesudas||Maand|
|4||"Aananda Nadanam"||Latha Raju||Bilahari|
|5||"Aananda Nadanam"||K. J. Yesudas||Raagamalika (Bilahari, Hindolam, Darbari Kanada, Devagandhari, Sankarabharanam)|
|6||"Kamaladalam Mizhiyil"||M. G. Sreekumar, Sujatha||Raagamalika (Shanmukhapriya, Mohanam)|
|7||"Sayanthanam"||K. S. Chithra||Maand|
|8||"Jayagajamukhane"||Kanhangad Ramachandran||Atana, Amritavarshini|
|9||"Sumuhoorthamaay"||K. J. Yesudas||Ragamalika (Hamsadhwani, Abhogi, Saramati, Hamsanandi, Madhyamavathi)|
The film was a critical and commercial success. The film had a 150-day run in Kerala. The performances of Mohanlal, Parvathy, Vineeth and Monisha were well received. It was one of the last films acted by Monisha before her death. This film was one of the biggest hits in Parvathy's career.
- Kerala Film Chamber Award
- Best Music Director - Raveendran
- Best Male Playback Singer - K. J. Yesudas
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