Utharam (English: Answer) is a 1989 Malayalam mystery-thriller film, starring Mammootty, Suparna, Sukumaran and Parvathy. It was written by Malayalam writer M. T. Vasudevan Nair based on the short story No Motive by Daphne du Maurier.
|Directed by||V. K. Pavithran|
|Written by||M. T. Vasudevan Nair|
|Based on||No Motive by Daphne du Maurier|
|Distributed by||Srudhi Combines|
Selina Joseph (Suparna) a budding poet leading a very happy family life, commits suicide on a very "usual" day by shooting herself with her husband's gun. Upon request from Planter Mathew (Sukumaran), her husband, Balachandran Nair (Mammootty), his friend, a Delhi-based journalist, who was so close to both Selina and Mathew, decides to look into the reasons that led her to suicide.
Balu starts his investigation from Selina's past. He unfolds the truth behind Selina's death with the help of her childhood friend Prof. Shyamala Menon (Parvathy), who lost touch with Selina after she discontinued her grade 10 studies abruptly. In course of investigation, they discover that Selina happened to become pregnant in her childhood following a gang rape and her father forcibly took her back from school after the school quietly dismissed her. Selina was unaware of this incident, as during a day out from school she and Shyamala smoked cigarettes laced with narcotics offered to them by locals during a festival and was unconscious when she was gang raped. She did not accept the fact even after the birth of her baby. She considered herself as a virgin and called her son Immanuel, meaning the son of Holy virgin Mary. Her child was moved to an orphanage by her father Antony (Karamana Janardanan Nair) without her knowledge. She lost her memory after losing a car accident. Seeing her son after a decade as a rag picker, she is emotionally shocked and commits suicide. The film ended with Shyamala and Balu falling in love with each other, finding Immanuel - Selina’s son and adopting him for Selina.
- Mammootty as Balachandran a.k.a. Balu
- Suparna as Selina Joseph a.k.a. Leena
- Sukumaran as Mathew a.k.a. Mathukkutty
- Parvathy as Shyamala Menon
- Karamana Janardanan Nair as Antony a.k.a. Kunnathurachan
- Innocent as Nanu
- Sankaradi as Achuvettan
- Sukumari as Molly Aunty
- Chandran Nair as Kapyar Mathai
- V. K. Sreeraman as Superintendent
- Valsala Menon as Warden Annie
- Santhakumari as Nurse
- Jayalalitha as Dr. Malathi Krishna
- Jagannathan as Manager Subrahmaniyam
- Thrissur Elsy as Annamma chettathi
- Akbar as 'Principal
- Murukan as Immanuel
- James as narayanan
- Shanthi as nurse
|1||"Manjin Vilolamam" (M)||G. Venugopal|
|2||"Manjin Vilolamam" (F)||B. Arundhathi|
|4||"Swaramidarathe"||G. Venugopal, B. Arundhathi|
|6||"Snehikkunnu Njan"||B. Arundhathi|
|7||"Tibetan Folk Song"||Various Artists|
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