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The Servile

Adoor Gopala Krishnan

Story: Paul Zacharia

Starring: Mammootty, Gopa Kumar

Vidheyan is based on a story by the famous novelist Paul Zacharia called "Bhaskara Pattelar and My Life".

Vidheyan examines the immobilizing force of power and a man's eventual freedom from it. A degenerate, whimsical landlord (Bhaskara Pattelar played by Mammootty), takes over the life of Thommi (played by Gopa Kumar), an immigrant landless laborer, making him a mute and passive accessory to many acts of untold cruelty. Finally, when nemesis overtakes him, Thommi is still at his side, but no longer in thrall.

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)

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.

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