Adoor Gopala Krishnan
Production: An NHK Co-Production
Story: Paul Zacharia
Camera: Ravi Varma
Music: Vijaya Bhaskar
Starring: Viswanathan, Akhil, Midhun, Urmira Unni, Mini, Sreeja, Aranmula Ponnamma
In this powerful commentry on his own times, Adoor goes back to the politically turbulent years between 1937 and 1980, charting Kunjunni's journey through life against the background of the independence movement, and later the rise and fall of the left movement in Kerala. Kathapurushan was selected Best Film of the Year in India in 1995 and won awards at various film festivals.
Kunjunni, born into a traditional landowning family, grows up without ever
knowing his father - indeed, without ever being told anything about him.
His mother is often ill and occasionally bed-ridden. What might be a recipe
for a misfit, however, produces instead a warm-hearted, gentle boy. Perhaps
it is due to the love and care lavished on the boy by his doting grandmother,
by his devoted estate manager, and by his charming playmate Meenakshi,
the daughter of a maid.