GenreDrama Running time2h 23m ScreenplayM. T. Vasudevan Nair CountryIndia
Release date2 April 1981 (1981-04-02) CastBalan K Nair, Menaka (Malu), Sankaradi, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Master Arvind (Appu) Similar moviesRelated K S Sethumadhavan movies
Oppol (English: Elder Sister) is a 1980 Malayalam-language film written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair and directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan. The film was based on a short story of the same name written by M. T. in 1975. Balan K. Nair won the National Film Award for Best Actor in 1980 for this film.
The film revolves around Malu (Menaka), her younger brother Appu (Aravind) and Malu's husband Govindan (Balan K. Nair). Malu and 6-year old Appu were living together. When Malu is married to Govindan, an ex-military officer, she takes Appu with her to Govindan's house. Govindan is a bit annoyed, but adjusts to the situation to win over his wife, who is much younger to him. Appu on the other hand becomes jealous of Govindan and worries he will isolate him from his dear sister. He attacks Govindan during honeymoon and Malu scolds him. The boy runs away from the house and Malu becomes distressed. Towards the end it is revealed that Appu is actually the son of Malu. When Govindan discovers the truth, he tirelessly searches for the boy and brings him back.
Balan K Nair
Master Aravind/M. P. Ramnath
The music was composed by MB Sreenivasan and lyrics was written by P. Bhaskaran.
National Film Award for Best Actor for Balan K. Nair
National Film Award for Best Child Artist for Aravind
National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for S. Janaki (song: "Ettumanoor Ambalathile")
Kerala State Film Award for Best Film
Kerala State Film Award for Best Director for K. S. Sethumadhavan.