Kaazcha (Malayalam : കാഴ്ച) is a 2004 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written and directed by Blessy, in his directorial debut. The story revolves around the boy Pavan (Yash Pathak) who reaches Kerala after he loses everything in the 2001 Gujarat earthquake on Republic Day. Operator Madhavan (Mammootty) happens to meet the boy among the beggars. Initially he dislikes the boy but soon the young chap becomes a part of Madhavan's family - until the government decides to send him back to Gujarat.
Madhavan (Mammootty), a simple village man who in childhood got bitten by the film bug, threw up his studies and finally ends up as 'Operator' Madhavan, who tours the countryside with his 16 mm projector and shows films at temple festivals and other public functions. Madhavan's family consist of his wife (Padmapriya) and a daughter (Sanusha). (Innocent) enacts the role of a priest. Madhavan comes across a six-year-old boy (Yash) who is displaced from his native Gujarat and separated from his family after the devastating earthquake. This boy was taken into a gang of beggars from where he manages to escape. Madhavan takes the boy home and cares for him, just like a son. He and his Family takes a fondness for the boy, later finding out that legally he cannot adopt the boy. The boy is taken away from Madhavan to a juvenile home and allegations of ill treatment is charged on Madhavan, but soon dismissed. The issue gets media coverage. Madhavan then goes to Gujarat with the boy in hopes of finding his family or adopting him. At the disaster camp in Gujarat Madhavan understands that the boys relatives are all most probably dead but due to legal hurdles, the boy must stay on in the hope that his real parents might be traced. Madhavan dejected has to return to his family in Kerala.
Mammootty as Madhavan
Padmapriya as Lakshmi (Voice Dubbed By Bhagalekshmi)
Yash Pathak as Pavan aka Kochundapri
Sanusha as Ambily
Manoj K. Jayan as Joy
Innocent as Fr. Kuriakose
Augustine as Suresh
Venu Nagavalli as Magistrate
Hakim Rawther as man at film club society
T. S. Raju as Police Officer
Nedumburam Gopi as Madhavan's father
Pala Aravindan as Mathai mapla-Film Distributor
Sify gave a verdict "Excellent" saying "The biggest asset of Kazhcha is the story and screenplay by Blessy, (an associate of Lohithadas) which is perfect. Another plus point of the film is the racy way in which the director has been able to tell the story with right mix of comedy and sentiments woven into the plot." The critic praised Mammootty for his "perfect comedy timing", also saying "Mammooty is the heart and soul of the film and he has proved once again that no actor can match up to him in such roles."
The songs of Kaazhcha were composed by Mohan Sithara and lyrics by .They were critically acclaimed.
The film was a critical and commercial success. The debutant director Blessy was well appreciated for his work as was Mammootty for his portrayal of 'Operator Madhavan'. The movie marked a sea change in the existing trend and restored quality in Malayalam movies. The film won several awards and international nominations. The major awards won by Kaazhcha are
The film won 5 Kerala State Film Awards for the year 2004.These are:
Best Film with Popular appeal & Aesthetic quality – Kaazhcha
Best Debutant Director-Blessy
Best Actor – Mammootty
Best Child artist – Baby Sanusha& Master Yash
The film won three Filmfare Awards South for the year 2004. These are
Best Film – Kaazhcha
Best Director – Blessy
Best Actor – Mammootty
The film won five Asianet Film Awards for the year 2004. These are