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Adoor Gopala Krishnan

Story/Screenplay: Adoor Gopala Krishnan
Camera: Ravi Varma
Starring: Ashokan, Sudheesh, Sooraj, Mammootty, Shonbana, N B. Thampi, B K Nair, Vempayam

Anantharam explores the fine line between truth and perception, in the persona of a disturbed young man, Ajayan (played by Ashokan). He tells his story; he then retells it from a different perspective. And we realize that both these are valid interpretations of some objective 'truth'. In fact, is there anything but subjective realities?

Adoor always looks for actors who can portray his characters. Ashokan was the main character in Anantharam, but he needed another actor as his elder brother. This elder brother was better than the main character in looks, profession and in real life. So Adoor's search was not just for an actor, but an attractive and imposing person -- physically and personality-wise. Adoor's choice was Mammootty.

Adoor GopalaKrishnan was born in the Adoor village of Kerala in 1941. Kathakali was part of life, when he was a kid, in the family. But later, the theatre and camera took that place. By the time he entered the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune in 1962, he had already written over a dozen plays and produced eight. Adoor made several documentaries and films which won several national and international awards.

1972: Swayamvaram (One's Own Choice)
1977: Kodiyettam (Ascent)
1981: Elippathayam (Rat Trap)
1984: Mukhamukham (Face to Face)
1987: Anantaram (Monologue)
1989: Mathilukal (The Walls)
1993: Vidheyan (The Servile)
1995: Kathapurushan (Man of the Story)

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