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Meleparambil Aanveedu

Meleparambil Aanveedu
File:Meleparambil Aanveedu.jpg
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Directed by Rajasenan
Produced by Mani C. Kappan
Screenplay by Raghunath Paleri
Story by Gireesh Puthenchery
Narrated by Narendra Prasad
Starring Jayaram
Shobana
Narendra Prasad
Meena
Jagathy Sreekumar
Janardanan
Oduvil Unnikrishnan
Vinu Chakravarthy
Vijayaraghavan
Music by Johnson
Cinematography Anandakuttan
Editing by G. Murali
Studio Okay Productions
Distributed by Okay Release
Release date(s) 1993
Running time 160 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget INR40 lakh ()
Box office INR3 crore ()

Meleparambil Aanveedu (Malayalam: മേലേപ്പറമ്പിൽ ആൺവീട്, English: The All-Male House Of Meleparambil) is a 1993 Malayalam musical-romantic comedy film starring Jayaram and Shobana in the lead roles. It also stars Narendra Prasad, Meena, Jagathy Sreekumar, Janardanan, Vijayaraghavan, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, and Vinu Chakravarthy in other pivotal roles. Its story was conceived by lyricist Gireesh Puthenchery and the screenplay was written by Raghunath Paleri.[2] The film was directed by Rajasenan, produced by Mani C. Kappan in the banner of Okay Productions and distributed by Okay Release. It was one of the highest grossing Malayalam films of the early 1990s. It made the list of "14 Greatest Malayalam Movies Ever" as compiled by Manorama News.[3]

The title comes from the fact that all three sons, Jayakrishnan (Jagathy Sreekumar), Gopikrishnan (Vijayaraghavan), and Harikrishnan (Jayaram), of Thrivikraman Pillai (Narendra Prasad) and Bhanumathi (Meena) of the Meleparambil family are bachelors. Along with that includes Kannappan (Janardanan), Bhanumathi's brother who is also a bachelor.

Plot

Harikrishan (Jayaram) is the youngest son of Thrivikram Muthallali. His brothers Jayakrishnan and Gopikrishan are not as handsome as him. He wants to earn a good living and so sets forth to a Tamil village as manager of a courier company. Hari sees a young Tamil woman named Pavizham (Shobana) who is being forced by her father to get married against her will. The two fall in love and elope.

Hari is afraid of whether or not his parents would agree to their marriage, so he keeps Pavizham undercover as a maid in his home. When Hari goes away on business, his parents realize that Pavizham is pregnant and decide to dismiss her from her job. When Hari returns home, he is forced to reveal that Pavizham is his wife. Hari's mother, who likes Pavizham, scolds Hari for keeping his wife as a servant — she and her husband express their willingness to accept Pavizham as their daughter-in-law.

Cast

  • Jayaram as Harikrishnan. Hari is the only educated person from the Meleparambil family.
  • Shobana as Pavizham. Pavizham is the wife of Harikrishnan. Circumstances force Hari to make her a servant at his home.
  • Narendra Prasad as Thrivikraman Pillai. He is the father of Harikrishnan. This was the first comedy role played by the thespian.
  • Meenakumari as Bhanumathi, mother of Harikrishnan. She is sad that none of her children are married.
  • Janardanan as Kannappan. He is the uncle of Harikrishnan. Following a love tragedy, he remains a bachelor. His name is called only at a single sequence, by Bhanumathi, his sister. He is called by the names Ammavan, Machambi and Aangala. The actor, famous for semi-villain roles was typecast as a comedian only after this film.
  • Jagathy Sreekumar as Jayakrishnan. He is the eldest brother of Harikrishnan and Gopikrishnan. Being an uneducated and funny person, the comedy is centred around him.
  • Vijayaraghavan as Gopikrishnan. He is the younger brother of Jayakrishnan and elder brother of Harikrishnan. Being little talkative, he is somewhat a serious character.
  • Oduvil Unnikrishnan as Kuttan Nair. He is a wellwisher of Harikrishnan from Pollachi. He acts as the father of Pavizham when she is brought to Hari's house.
  • Paravoor Bharathan as Paramashivan. He is a worker for the Melepparambil family but holds a status of a family member.
  • Vinu Chakravarthy as Veeramuthu Gounder, father of Pavizham.
  • Indrans as marriage broker
  • V. D. Rajappan as Samy, the manager of the company where Harikrishnan works
  • Priyanka as the daughter of Kuttan Nair.

Crew

  • Director: Rajasenan
  • Screenplay: Raghunath Paleri
  • Story: Gireesh Puthenchery
  • Producer: Mani. C. Kappan
  • Distributor: Okay Productions
  • Music: Johnson
  • Editing: G. Murali
  • Cinematography: Anandakuttan
  • Art: Valsan
  • Makeup: Karumam Mohan
  • Costumes: Indrans
  • Choreography: Madhuri
  • Stunts: Malaysia Bhaskar
  • Advertisement: Sabu Colonia
  • Lab: Prasad Colour Lab
  • Stills: Surya Peter
  • Effects: Murukesh
  • P. R. O.: Abraham Lincoln, Vazhoor Jose
  • Production Controller: Gireesh Vaikom
  • Outdoor: Sreemovies
  • Titles: Ganga Thalaivi

Production

Development

After the success of Jayaram - Rajasenan team's Ayalathe Adyeham, they planned to do another family entertainer. At this time, lyricist Gireesh Puthenchery told an interesting story to Jayaram about four bachelors with the youngest the one only educated, in a Corleone-like family. Jayaram, who was highly inspired by this probably untold story, decided to produce it himself. The thread was developed by Gireesh and introduced to Rajasenan. It was first developed into a novel and then to a complete film script. Jayaram suggested Goodknight Mohan distribute it. However, Mohan set an unusual demand to Rajasenan, to include some experienced directors to supervise him on script. This was unacceptable to Rajasenan and the project was shelved.

At this time, Rajasenan was replaced from the crew of a political film, Janam, produced by Mani. C. Kappan. Kappan assured Rajasenan to produce a film for him, obviously as a compensation for his move. The shelved story of Meleparambil Aanveedu was returned by Mohan, for the reasonable amount of INR20,000. Calicut-based film writer Raghunath Paleri was selected to write the screenplay.

Casting

The originally decided cast included obviously Jayaram, along with Shobhana, Meena, Jagathy Sreekumar, Oduvil Unnikrishnan etc. Vijayaraghavan was later signed in to do the mostly serious character in the film. Narendra Prasad, who was typecast for villain roles, was later selected. Innocent was originally cast for the role done by Janardhanan. He rejected the role as he was busy with another film, Sakshal Sreeman Chathunni. Janardhanan, widely known for his villain roles was thus selected to do that comedy role. The others in the cast are Vinu Chakravarthy, Priyanka etc.

Filming

The film was initially set in Salem in the script and was to be shot there, too. However, a practical change was made to replace Salem with Pollachi, both in the script as well as the filming location.

Reception

The film is considered a magnum opus romantic comedy in Malayalam film history. Not only does it have an unusual plot but also the performances of the lead as well as supporting actors made the film a classic. The film was a break in the career of Jayaram as well as Rajasenan. It marked the transition of thespian Janardhanan to comedy roles (though he had played a few comedy roles earlier in films like Maanaar Mathai Speaking) and typecasted Narendra Prasad to character roles. Critically, it is regarded as a trendsetter and one of the best films in the nineties.

It was a big hit at the box office. The movie, made at a cost of INR40 lakhs, collected INR2 crores (unadjusted for inflation) from Kerala alone. The comparatively huge collection it made from Tamil Nadu adds to that. Its rights were sold for a then-record amount: INR 25 lakhs.

Soundtrack

The soundtrack for the film is composed by Johnson Master and lyrics penned by Girish Puthenchery, I.S. Kundoor and Kavinjar Kaalidasan. It proved popular upon release.

Song Artist(s) Lyrics
"Vellithinkal" K. J. Yesudas Girish Puthenchery
"Madhura Swapnangal" K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan I. S. Kundoor
"Vellithinkal" K. J. Yesudas, Minmini Girish Puthenchery
"Ooru Sanam Odi Vannu" K. J. Yesudas, Minmini, Chorus Girish Puthenchery, Kannadasan

Remake

In August 2012 the producer of Meleparambil Aanveedu, Mani C. Kappan announced to remake the film in Assamese language in a press conference held in Guwahati.[4] Kappan himself produced and directed the film, titled Borolar Ghor, under the banner of Okay Productions.[5] The film was released on November 2, 2012 starring Utpal Das and Debasmita Benarjee in the lead roles.

This film was remade in Tamil as Naiyaandi to a poor response.

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • http://popcorn.oneindia.in/title/6262/meleparambil-aanveedu.html
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