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Mukhamukham (Face to Face)
Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Produced by K. Ravindran Nair
Written by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Starring P.Gangadharan Nair
Kaviyoor Ponnamma
Karamana Janardanan
Music by M. B. Srinivasan
Cinematography Mankada Ravi Varma
Edited by M. Mani
General Pictures
Release dates
  • 16 September 1984 (1984-09-16)
Running time
107 mins
Country India
Language Malayalam

Mukhamukham (Translation: Face to Face; Malayalam: മുഖാമുഖം) (1984) is a Malayalam feature film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.[1][2][3]


The film starts in the early 1950s showing Sreedharan, the protagonist, as a very popular communist leader and trade union activist. He is forced to go underground after his name is associated with the murder of the owner of a tile factory. He is considered to be dead by his party and they even erect a memorial for him. But he makes an unexpected comeback almost 10 years later, after the first communist ministry gained and lost power in Kerala and after the Communist Party of India has split. On his return, he spends his time sleeping and drinking. His comeback is first a puzzle and then an embarrassment to his comrades and family. As the disappointment on his new face grows, he is found murdered. The film ends when both the communist parties jointly celebrate his martyrdom.


  • Ashokan as Sudhakaran as a man
  • P. Gangadharan Nair as Sridharan
  • Krishan Kumar
  • Vishwanathan as Sudhakaran as a boy
  • Alummoodan
  • Azeez


The film has been nominated for and won the following awards since its release:

1984 FIPRESCI Price (New Delhi)
1984 National Film Awards (India)
  • Won - Best Director - Adoor Gopalakrishnan
  • Won - Best Screenplay - Adoor Gopalakrishnan
  • Won - Best Feature Film in Malayalam
  • Won - Best Audiography


  1. ^ "Mukhaamukham". Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Mukhaamukham". Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Mukhaamukham". Retrieved 2014-10-20. 

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