|Directed by||M. T. Vasudevan Nair|
|Produced by||M. T. Vasudevan Nair|
|Screenplay by||M. T. Vasudevan Nair|
by S. K. Pottekkatt
Balan K. Nair
|Music by||Rajeev Taranath|
|Edited by||B. Lenin|
Kadavu (English: The Ferry) is a 1991 Indian Malayalam film scripted, directed and produced by M. T. Vasudevan Nair based on S. K. Pottekkatt's story Kadathuthoni. The film won numerous awards at state, national and international levels, including awards at the Singapore International Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival.
Deserted by his mother, teenaged Raju is adopted by Beeranikka, a Muslim ferryman. Raju soon starts accompanying Beeranikka in ferrying people. One day, he meets a young girl who is returning to her native town Kozhikode after the death of her mother. The girl invites Raju to Kozhikode where she would be staying with her father and uncle. Not interested in leaving the ferrying job, Raju rejects the invitation. A few days later, he finds himself in possession of an ornament which he thinks belongs to the girl. He travels to Kozhikode to return the ornament and finds the girl after many days of search. The girl does not recognise Raju and says the ornament does not belong to her. Disheartened, Raju returns to the ferry.
The lead character Raju was portrayed by Santhosh Antony. A native of Koodaranhi in Kozhikode district, this was Santhosh's only film. Veteran actor Balan K. Nair played Beeranikka while Monisha played the role of the young girl. Kunjandi, Thilakan and Bhagya Roopa, Biyon played other pivotal roles.
- International awards
- Special Jury Award at Singapore International Film Festival
- Award at Tokyo International Film Festival
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