November 4, 2004 (India)
| 4/10 |
| November 4, 2004 (2004-11-04)|
Asianet Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Mohanlal (Puramanayil Chandran), Shobana (Indira), Sudheesh (Ganeshan), Sanusha (Indira's Daughter), Kaviyoor Ponnamma (Lakshmi), Innocent (Chandran's Uncle)
Mohanlal and Kalabhavan Mani appear in Mampazhakkalam and Balettan
Mampazhakkalam is a 2004 Malayalam family film by Joshi starring Mohanlal and Shobana.
Following his father's death, Puramanayil Chandran (Mohanlal) was forced leave for Abu Dhabi to amortise all his father's debts. The film commences with his mother, Lakshmi (Kaviyoor Ponnamma), faking an illness to persuade Chandran to come back to India to get him married. Chandran takes care of his big family including his mother and younger brothers. During his vacation in India, Chandran has an excellent time with his family. However, Chandran's marriage doesn't take place because a suitable bride couldn't be found. Depressed by this, Chandran decides to go back to Abu Dhabi. On his way to the airport, Chandran sees his childhood friend Indira (Shobhana). Chandran's quest to meet Indira becomes unsuccessful and he decides to cancel his trip to Abu Dhabi.
As the plot uncovers, Chandran's love for Indira is realised. However, Indira is now a single mother of ten-year-old Malu (Sanusha) after her ex-husband went to jail. One day Chandran sees Indira and her daughter. Malu does not like Chandran because of her bad experiences with her father. Indira's husband, Dr. Raghuram (Adithya Menon), is a drug addict and he used to physically abuse his ex-wife and kid. Malu warns Chandran to keep away from her mother.
When Dr. Raghuram is released from the jail, he meets Chandran and warns Chandran not to see Indira again. However, Chandran meets Indira once again to enquire about Dr. Raghuram. Dr. Raghuram issues another threat against his family. This forces Chandran's brothers to leave him because of this relation. On a rainy night, Malu pays a visit to see Chandran and his mother. On this incident, Malu reveals her past: that Malu is not Indira's daughter. Malu's mother, who was Dr. Raghuram's first wife, was killed by Dr. Raghuram in front of Indira when the two argued over his new marriage. Indira took Malu and ran away from him. Dr. Raghuram later comes to Indira's house to kill Malu and rape Indira. However, Chandran arrives in time and rescues Indira. Chandran warns Dr. Raghuram to keep away from Indira and Malu. Chandran's mother decides to get Chandran married to Indira and she accepts Malu as her adopted granddaughter.Mohanlal ... Puramanayil Chandran
Shobana ... Indira
Adithya Menon ... Dr. Raghuram, Indira's Ex-Husband (The Anti-Hero)
Vishnu Prasad ... Sethu
Baiju ... Sivan
Sudheesh ... Ganeshan
Sanusha ... Indira's Daughter
Kaviyoor Ponnamma ... Lakshmi
Innocent ... Chandran's Uncle
Harisree Asokan ... Sulaiman
Rekha Rateesh as Sethu's Wife
Kavitha Nair as Sivan's Wife
Suja Karthika ... Kavitha
Manka Mahesh as Chandran's Aunt
Kalabhavan Mani ... Jose
Shammi Thilakan ... Chackochan
Cochin Haneefa ... Manathudi Madhavan
Poornima ... Mallika
Kozhikode Narayanan Nair
Nedumudi Venu ... Raghavan Mash
Kulappulli Leela ... Chakha Ammayi
Kalpana ... Neelima
Nivedya as teacher
Ambika Mohan as Kavitha's mother
The film was a critical failure; according to Rediff.com, it "is disappointing as it is nothing but a pale imitation of Balettan, and should have been aptly titled Chandrettan".'
However, this film reveals many family lessons and gives an insight to an NRI's life. Overall this film is an average family entertainer. If you are looking for a good family drama, this movie will be your ideal cup of tea.
The film was a hit at Boxoffice.It ran for 75 days.
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