Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha
of Release : 1989
Language : Malayalam
by : Hariharan
: 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.
: 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.