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Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha

Year of Release  : 1989

Language            : Malayalam

Directed by         : Hariharan

Cast                    : Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Balan K Nair, Madhavi

Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha (a saga from the north) is written by renowned literary figure M. T. Vasudevan Nair and is about a legend belonging to vadakkan pattu, a series of songs praising the bravery of fighters in the Northern Kerala. In the legend has it that Aromal Chekavar is a great warrior and he was betrayed and killed by his cousin Chandu. M.T., very much like his novel Randamoozham(Second Turn) which takes a second look at Mahabharatha through the eyes of Bheema, takes a different look at the legend, from the side of Chandu. What we see is a gem of a film with perhaps the most perfect screenplay with no flaws or dull moments whatsoever. To add to it is the comprehensive direction by Hariharan and life-like portrayal of Chandu Chekavar by Mammootty. You will go speechless about Mammootty's facial expressions, body language, dialogue delivery and sheer charm. Bombay Ravi's music is brilliant and the film's melodies are world class. The supporting cast, especially Suresh Gopi is awesome. Suresh Gopi as Aromal Chekavar is one of the best villain acts I have seen. He generates hatred and anger for his character in the audience to such an extent that you will hate him even when he is dying. Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha, inspired by a classic folklore is a classic in its own respect; to even such extreme that some people believe the story of the film is the actual legend.

Best Scene         : If you have seen this film, there is no thinking about it. The scene also has one of the most memorable dialogues in malayalam film history: "You boys can't defeat Chandu". It was when a middle-aged Chandu Chekavar meets with the son Aromal Chekavar and the son of Unniyarcha(Madhavi), who came to seek vengeance for Aromal's death. I can't explain the magic that Mammootty does while he delivers that dialogue. You have to see it for yourself.

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