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Director  Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Country  India
7.4/10 IMDb

Language  Malayalam
Mathilukal (film) movie poster
Release date  May 18, 1989
Based on  Mathilukal  by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
Writer  Vaikom Muhammad Basheer (novel), Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Mathilukal aniyava nammalkothu arayum thalayum bandikam mammootty sreenath

Mathilukal (English: Walls) is a 1990 Indian feature film written, directed and produced by Adoor Gopalakrishnan based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. The film focusses on the prison life of Vaikom Muhammad Basheer and the love between him and Narayani, a female inmate of the prison, who remains unseen throughout the film. Mammootty plays the role of Vaikom Muhammad Basheer while K. P. A. C. Lalitha gives voice to Narayani. The film was well received upon screening at the Venice Film Festival, and won four awards at the National Film Awards in 1990.


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On the centenary of Indian cinema in April 2013, Forbes included Mammootty's performance in the film on its list, "25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema". About casting Mammootty as Basheer, Adoor says: "To play someone when he is living is no mean challenge, and the Malayalam star rose up to it".

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Confined to the narrow space of a prison cell, Bashir falls in love with a woman in the neighbouring prison compound. They are separated by a high wall so that they never see each other and have to devise ingenious ways for communicating. Narayani, Bashir's love is presented as a female voice and never appears in person in the film.


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  • Mammootty as Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
  • Murali as Basheer's friend
  • Ravi Vallathol as Razaq
  • Sreenath as Aniyan
  • Karamana Janardanan Nair as a prisoner
  • Thilakan as Warden
  • M. R. Gopakumar
  • Azeez as Inspector
  • Babu Namboothiri
  • K. P. A. C. Lalitha as Narayani (She doesn't appear in the film, but she voiced the female lead)
  • Awards

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    The film has won the following awards since its release:

    1990 Venice Film Festival (Italy)
  • FIPRESCI Prize - Adoor Gopalakrishnan
  • UNICEF Award - Adoor Gopalakrishna
  • 1990 National Film Awards (India)
  • Best Director - Adoor Gopalakrishnan
  • Best Actor - Mammootty also for Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha
  • Best Audiography - N. Harikumar
  • Best Regional Film (Malayalam)
  • 1990 Kerala State Film Awards (India)
  • Best Story - Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
  • 1990 Amiens International Film Festival (France)
  • OCIC Award - Adoor Gopalakrishnan
  • 2002 Aubervilliers International Children's Film Festival (France)
  • Best Film
  • Grand Prize for Best Director - Adoor Gopalakrishnan
  • References

    Mathilukal (film) Wikipedia
    Mathilukal (film) IMDb Mathilukal (film)

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