|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|
|Editing by||B. Lenin|
|Running time||104 minutes|
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 a special jury award at the Singapore International Film Festival and Grand Prix at the Japanese 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 recongnise 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 played other pivotal roles.
- International awards
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