Vaanaprastham, directed by Shaji N Karun, has won three major national awards,
including best film, best actor for Mohan Lal, and best editing for
Sreekar Prasad. The movie is about the identity crisis that a Kathakali
artist faces in his life. Mohanlal plays Kunhikuttan, the Kathakali artist.
The movie is based during the late 1930's. At the age of 10, Kunhikuttan
begins the long and difficult apprenticeship of the most noble Kerala art
form, that of Kathakali, which is a combination of dance, pantomime and theatre.
He is barely 18 when he is forced to marry Savithri. Their union turns out to
be a very unhappy one, despite the birth of their daughter, Sharada.
While Kunhikuttan gains more and more recognition for his performances, his
modest life is often difficult. He meets Subhadra, who turns his world upside
She is a young woman married into high society and seems to be lost within
her closed world, in which she can no longer distinguish between reality and
fiction. She is consumed by the passion she feels for the hero of the
Mhabharata Epic, Arjuna, as she truly believes that her first name is
predestined: Subhadra is the lover of Arjuna. She falls in love, not with
Kunhikuttan, but with the Arjuna he embodies on stage...