of Release : 1989
Language : Malayalam
by : Sibi
: Mohanlal, Thilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Keerikkadan Jose
Kireedam in Malayalam means crown. The story is about how a man loses his crown of social respect, which every person in
society ought to have. The film starts with Achuthan Nair (Thilakan),
a Police Constable dreamingabout his son Sethumadhavan
(Mohanlal) becoming a Police Inspector. Sethumadhavan was highly likely
to cherish his father's dream when fate takes a turn. Sethumadhavan, in an attempt to help his father
from a local goon Keerikkadan Jose (Mohan Raj is his actual name, but
the actor still is known by his character's name in the film), involves in fight with the goon and ends up in a criminal case.
The way society typecasts a person is shown quite impressively. He is treated as a criminal by everyone, while Keerikkadan
targets him. At the end Keerikkadan is killed by Sethumadhavan when the
former tries to attack the latter and he retaliates. I think the role of Sethumadhavan is every
actor's dream. It gives immense scope for exploring your abilities, but to portray the role is no child's play and I can't
imagine anybody other than Mohanlal doing it this perfectly. Thilakan
and Kaviyoor Ponnamma as Sethumadhavan's parents
are excellent. M.G.Sreekumar's dsong
"Kanneer poovinte..." is heart wrenching. The screenplay by Lohithadas and direction by Sibi Malayil are amazing.
The film gives new dimentions to father-son relationship and we almost believe that Kaviyoor
Ponnamma is indeed Mohanlal's mother.
: The scene in which Achuthan Nair beats up Sethumadhavan in jail
is really poignant and was a strong contender for the best scene. But I think the best one is at the climax, after Sethumadhavan
kills Keerikkadan at a crowded market and hysterically threatens to kill anybody who dares to come
near him. It was then Achuthan Nair arrives at the scene and he asks Sethu
to drop the knife he was carrying. When Sethu avoids that command, Achuthan
Nair says "Its your father saying-drop the knife", and Sethu obeys it weeping
loudly. It was only after my vision got blurred when I realised that my eyes were filled.