Piravi (English: The Birth) is a 1989 Indian Malayalam feature film directed by Shaji N. Karun. It stars Premji, Archana and Lakshmi Krishnamurthy. The film is inspired by the life of Prof. T. V. Eachara Warrier, whose son, a student in Regional Engineering College (Kozhikode), is believed to have been murdered during the National Emergency Period of 1976. The film's music is composed by G. Aravindan and Mohan Sithara. Piravi received widespread critical acclaim upon release. The film was screened and very well received at many film festivals and won at least 31 awards, including the Caméra d'Or — Mention Spéciale at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.[2] It also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film at the Indian National Film Awards in 1989.

Directed byShaji N. Karun
Produced byS. Jayachandran Nair
Written byS. Jayachandran Nair
Reghunath Paleri
Shaji N. Karun
Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy
C. V. Sreeraman
K. Gopalakrishnan
Music byG. Aravindan
Mohan Sithra
CinematographySunny Joseph [1]
Edited byVenugopal
Release date
January 1989
Running time
110 minutes


Raghu is one of two children born to Raghava Chakyar (Premji) and his wife. Born quite late in his parents' marriage, Raghu is brought up with immense devotion and love until adulthood.

Now studying in an engineering college far from home, Raghu must return home for the engagement ceremony of his sister (Archana), but fails to turn up. His father Raghavan waits endlessly for his son to return. Raghavan takes daily trips to the local bus stop, waiting all day in the hope that Raghu will eventually come home. Soon it emerges, and the family come to know through newspapers, that Raghu has been taken into custody by the police for political reasons.

Raghavan sets out to try to find his son, and he eventually reaches police headquarters. However the police pretend not to know about Raghu, or his whereabouts, and furthermore, deny the fact that Raghu was taken into custody. Raghu's sister eventually comes to the realization that her brother has probably died as a result of police torture, but hasn't the heart to tell her father. Raghavan slowly begins to lose grip of reality and starts to dream of his family reuniting once more.


  • Archana as Chakyar's daughter
  • Premji as Raghava Chakyar
  • M. Chandran Nair
  • Mullanezhi
  • Surendran
  • V. K. Sreeraman
  • K Gopalakrishnan
  • Kottara Gopalakrishnan Nair
  • Lakshmi Amma
  • Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy
  • Shantha Ramachandran
  • Leela
  • Ammini


The film was nominated for or won the following awards:

1989 Filmfare Awards South

1989 Cannes Film Festival (France)

1989 Kerala State Film Awards (India)

1989 Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK)

  • Won - Sir Charles Chaplin Award - Piravi - Shaji N. Karun

1989 Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland)

  • Won - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention - Shaji N. Karun
  • Won - Silver Leopard - Shaji N. Karun
  • Nominated - Golden Leopard - Shaji N. Karun

1989 National Film Awards (India)

1989 Hawaii International Film Festival (United States)

  • Won - Best Feature Film - Piravi - Shaji N. Karun

1989 Chicago International Film Festival (United States)

  • Won - Silver Hugo - Piravi - Shaji N. Karun

1990 Bergamo Film Meeting (Italy)

1990 Fribourg International Film Festival (Switzerland)

  • Won - Distribution Help Award - Shaji N. Karun

1991 Fajr Film Festival (Iran)

  • Won - Crystal Simorgh - International Competition: Superb Film - Piravi - Shaji N. Karun


  1. ^ "Monsoon vignettes". The Hindu. 20 June 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Piravi". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2 August 2009.

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