Mazha (Malayalam: മഴ, English: The Rain) is a 2000 Malayalam film directed by Lenin Rajendran starring Biju Menon, Samyuktha Varma and Lal. The film is based on the short story Nashtappetta Neelambari by Malayalam novelist Madhavikkutty.
Mazha tells the immaculate love story of Bhadra (Samyuktha Varma) and her music teacher Sastrigal (Biju Menon). The film begins with teenager Bhadra coming to learn music under Sastrigal and getting infatuated with him and his singing in Sivapuram. The story describes the teenager Bhadra's characters and behavior in a nice mood. At her teenage time the madhura is a beautiful village having a lot of Tamil Brahmins, the shasthrikal is also one of them. Bhadhra falls in love with her music teacher (shasthrikal) because of her teenage nature and curiosity toward his music. One incident, that makes Bhadra feel love towards the shasthrikal is..... Bhadhra falls downs into the pool of temple accidentally... at that time the shasthrikal gets into the pool and gives a rebirth to Bhadra.
The story runs in the surroundings of the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple in Tamil Nadu. Bhadra's creative talents for poetry start to flourish, under his influence. Sastrigal is not much aware of Bhadra's love and considers her only as his talented student. Coming to know about Bhadra's infatuation, her parents took her with them and Sastrigal is obliged to marry his Murappennu (Sindhu).
Bhadra becomes a doctor (like her father) and is married to Chandran (Lal) who is a computer engineer. Chandran happens to see her diary one day and the relationship goes for a toss. Of course, there are no names in the diary. So he goes off to doubt every male in her life – including the elderly senior doctor Thilakan. He becomes a victim to his drinking and dies of related illness.
In the end, Bhadra sets out in search of Sastrigal to Madurai where she discovers that Sastrigal also has lost much – his wife is a mental patient and the final shock is when she finds out that Sastrigal has lost his beautiful voice due to cancer.Biju Menon as Sastrigal
Samyuktha Varma as Bhadra
Lal as Chandran
Sindhu Shyam as Sastrigal's wife
Thilakan as doctor
National Film Awards 2000National Film Award for Best Lyricist : Yusufali Kechery
Kerala State Film Awards 2000Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress : Samyuktha Varma
Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics : O. V. Usha
Best Background Score : Baiju P
Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer : Asha G Menon
Kerala State Film Award for Best Sound Recordist : N.Hari Kumar
Asianet Film Awards 2000Best Actress : Samyuktha Varma
Best Lyrics : O V Usha & Jayakumar
Music Direction : Ravindran
Best Female Playback Singer :K S Chithra
Voice of the year :Asha G Menon
Best Supporting Actor : Biju Menon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest Malayalam Actress : Samyuktha Varma
Mazha lacks the commercial elements, much like other movies from Lenin Rajendran. The film was critically acclaimed and the acting of the lead charatcres gained recognition. The music by Ravindran was well accepted and the songs like "Ashadam Padumpol", "Ithramel Manamulla Kudamullapoovukal", "Varmukile Vaaname", "Geyam Harinamadheyam" and "Aaradyam Parayum" were well received by music fans.
The song "Aaradyam Parayum" won Asha G. Menon the Kerala State Film Award for Best Female Singer in 2000. The song "Geyam Hari Nama Dheyam" won Yusufali Kechery the National Film Award for Best Lyrics in 2000.Samyuktha varma got kerala state best actress award for her performance.
The film's soundtrack contains 9 songs, all composed by Ravindran. Lyrics by Bharathiyar, Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri, O. V. Usha, Yusuf Ali Kecheri and K. Jayakumar.