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Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)

The film offers an alternative version of the fight between two legendary Chekavars from Chanthu's perspective.

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T. Hariharan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mammootty ... Chanthu Chekavar (as Kalari gurukkal)
Madhavi ... Unniyarcha
Devan ... Unikonar
Suresh Gopi ... Aromal Chekavar
Balan K. Nair ... Valiya Kannappan Chekavar
Oduvil Unnikrishnan ... Naduvazhi
Ramu ... Unichandror
Tony ... Unnikannan
Soorya Soorya ... Blacksmith Girl (as smith)
Chitra ... Kunjunnooli (as Chithra)
Sukumari ... Kannappa Chekavar's Wife
Captain Raju ... Aringodar
V.K. Sriraman ... Kunjiraman
Geetha ... Kunji
Kumari Joemol ... Unniyarcha (as baby joemol)
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Storyline

The film is set in 16th-century northern Kerala. The plot unfolds at Puthooram, the house of great Kannappan Chekavar (Balan K. Nair). Kannappan Chekavar adopts the son of his estranged sister when the boy loses both his parents and brings him to Puthooram to live and learn with his cousins. The orphan boy, Chandu, a quick learner, earns the love and admiration of his uncle, while he is loathed by his cousin Aromal Chekavar (Suresh Gopi). As they grow up Chandu (Mammootty) is betrothed to Chekavar's daughter, Unniyarcha (Madhavi). Several events unfold where in Chandu finds himself being pushed to the corner by his cousin. He flees to the kalari under the guidance of Tulunadan expert and master Chekavar, Aringodar (Captain Raju). Written by Vaishakh Bahubali

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Country:

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Language:

Malayalam

Release Date:

14 April 1989 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Northern Strory of Valor See more »

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Budget:

INR200,000 (estimated)
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SDDS (Prasad 70mm theatre)

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Color
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Mammootty won his first National award for best actor in this movie performance. See more »

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Indulekha Kannthurannu
Performed by K.J. Yesudas
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A real classic if there was one!
4 January 2002 | by raj_kalliatSee all my reviews

Terrific movie & one of my all time favourites. Everything about this movie is in superlatives. Great sets, casting, cinematography, music etc. M.T.Vasudevan Nair has worked wonders with the script & dialogues, and direction by Hariharan is innovative. Mammootty's portrayal of the central character "Chandu" was so realistic that whenever one reads or talks about this historical character from the Northern ballads,it's Mammootty who springs to mind. Captain Raju too did a great job as the much misunderstood martial arts Guru "Aringodar". In fact, there were fantastic performances all around -Balan K.Nair, Suresh Gopi, Madhavi, each one of them "lived" their characters. Another lasting factor of this film are the two songs by Yesudas which have become perennial favourites. I hope the copyright holders of this movie will urgently start working on its DVD version. It would be a great tribute to one of the best movies ever made in India.


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