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|Screenplay by||John Paul|
|Story by||Balakrishnan Mangad|
|Music by||M. G. Radhakrishnan, Raveendran
(Background Score - Johnson)
|Distributed by||Central Pictures|
Chamaram (Malayalam: ചാമരം) is a 1980 Malayalam film written by John Paul Puthusery and directed by Bharathan starring Nedumudi Venu, Zarina Wahab, Prathap Pothan, Ratheesh. The story is about the tumultuous affair between a student and his college lecturer, an uncommon type of love story in Indian Cinema. This film has the evergreen song "Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan" sung by S. Janaki.
Vinod a student in the college falls in love with his lecturer Indhu played by Zarina Wahab.The Story revolves around the Romantic relationship between the lecturer and her student.
- Prathap Pothan as Vinod
- Nedumudi Venu as Father
- Zarina Wahab as Indu
- Ratheesh as Ravi
|1||Kathiraadum Vayalil||K. J. Yesudas||Poovachal Khader|
|2||Naadha Neevarum kaalocha||S Janaki||Poovachal Khader|
|3||Varnangal||K. J. Yesudas, Lathika, Tomy, Reeba||Poovachal Khader|
The film was based on a novel written by Balakrishnan Mangad. However scriptwriter John Paul said in an interview that most part of the film was based on his own college life. A popular online portal quoted his words: "The story of my first movie was based on the life that I had experienced in my campus. Though the script was inspired by the novel written by Balakrishnan Mangad, a large part of the movie was based on my college life."
Kerala State Film Awards
- Second Best Film
- Best Second Actor - Nedumudi Venu
- Best Female Playback Singer - S. Janaki
- Best Art Director - Bharathan, Padmanabhan
The soundtrack has three songs ("Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan", "Kathiradum vayalil" and "Varnangal"). "Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan" and "Kathiradum vayalil" composed by M. G. Radhakrishnan and "Varnangal" composed by Raveendran, with lyrics by Poovachal Khader. "Varnangal" was the first song of Lathika in a Bharathan film. The opening song "Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha Kelkkuvan" is one of the most melodious songs sung by S. Janaki in Malayalam cinema under Radhakrishnan.
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