GenreDrama ScreenplayM. T. Vasudevan Nair CountryIndia
Release dateSeptember 2000 WriterM.T. Vasudevan Nair (screenplay) CastOduvil Unnikrishnan (Krishna Kuruppu), Lena (Beena), Nirmala Sreenivasan (Ammalukutty Amma), Manka Mahesh (Subhadra), Thampi Kannanthanam (Ravi) Similar moviesM T Vasudevan Nair directed A Slender Smile and Nirmalyam
Malayalam classic full movie oru cheru punchiri
Oru Cheru Punchiri (English: A Slender Smile) is a 2000 Malayalam film written and directed by M.T. Vasudevan Nair. This is his sixth film as a director. The film stars Oduvil Unnikrishnan and Nirmala Sreenivasan in the lead roles. The film is based on Telugu writer Sriramana's short story Mithunam from the novel of the same title.
Oru Cheru Punchiri tells the story of a retired estate manager Krishna Kuruppu (Oduvil Unnikrishnan) in his mid seventies and his wife Ammalukutty (Nirmala Sreenivasan) in her mid sixties continuing their married life in a honeymoon mood. This couple wake up to romantic mornings dense with sweet herbal aroma with the melodious music of birds as the background. They spend their time engaged in games of mischief and even some social activities that they could manage. They make it clear that they would never surrender to the plea of their children coated in love, to sell the ancestral property in the village and move to the city with them. They are happy doing agriculture in the land they own. They have some good neighbours in Janu (Roslyn), her daughter Malathi (sindhu) and helper-boy Kannan (Master Vignesh). Krishna Kuruppu was instrumental in Janu getting a sweeper's job in the Urban bank there. He also sponsors for Kannan's education. Krishna Kuruppu helps Bhaskaran (Jayakrishnan) get a job in the estate he worked. He also arranges the marriage of Bhaskaran and Malathi. He also supports the love affair of his granddaughter Beena (Lena) with a Muslim youth.
The movie ends with Ammalukutty's decision to continue with this celebration of life even after the death of Krishna Kuruppu.
Oduvil Unnikrishnan as Krishna Kuruppu
Nirmala Sreenivasan as Ammalukutty
Jayakrishnan as Bhaskaran
Sindhu Shyam as Nirmala
P. K. Venukuttan Nair as Govindettan
Aliyar as Postman Ramankutty
Master Vignesh as Kannan
Thampi Kannanthanam as Ravi
Sreedevi Unni as Radha
Paul as Kesu
Manka Mahesh as Subhadra
Lena as Beena
Mukundan as Jayan
Roslyn as Janu
Vijayan Peringode as Paulose
Sarada as Chinnamani
The film was shot on the banks of the Periyar River at Parappuran, Puthiyedam, Chowwara, Sreemoolanagaram, and Aluva in Kochi, India.
Awards and recognitions
Special mention at the FIPRESCI awards in 2000.
Indian National Film Award for the Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation in 2001.
The Kerala State Film Award for the best director of 2000.
Screened at the third Mumbai International Film Festival in November 2000.
Screened at the International Film Festival of Kerala in 2001.
Selected for the Munich International Film Festival.
last few scenes of the screen play of this movie has bee included in the Malayalam textbook for class IX formulated by SCERT