My Dear Kuttichathan
|My Dear Kuttichathan|
|Directed by||Jijo Punnoose|
|Produced by||Navodaya Appachan
|Written by||Raghunath Paleri
T.K. Rajeev Kumar
|Editing by||T. R. Sekar|
My Dear Kuttichathan (1984) is a 3D Malayalam film and the first 3-D film made in India. The movie was produced by Maliampurackal Appachan of Navodaya studio in Kerala. It was dubbed in Hindi as Chhota Chetan in 1997 and became a big box office hit Scenes with Urmila Matondkar were added. In 2010, further scenes were added in Tamil with Prakash Raj and Santhanam and was released as Chutti Chathan. Overall My Dear Kuttichathan is considered as the all-time blockbuster of Malayalam films.[by whom?] It reached the Blockbuster status in 1984 and 1997. A new re-mastered version with additional footage released on August 25, 2011.
The character "mathew" is formed on the basis of the specialties of a deity popularly known as 'Chathan' who is being worshiped mainly in the south Indian state, Kerala. There are cruel magicians everywhere in the world. One of them is the Karimbhootham (black magician), who enslaved an invisible spirit with his magic spells, whom he calls Kuttichathan ("Little Ghost" in English and "Chhota Chetan" in Hindi). Two boys and a girl befriend Kuttichathan by accident and release him from the grip of the magician. They understand that this Chathan is friendly to kids and is a very good friend. Therefore, the girl promises to keep Kuttichathan in a house for two reasons: one, her father drinks too much, so she wants Chathan, who is a very good magician, to make him himself, as her mother has died, there is no one to control him; second, Chathan, being a small boy, also drinks a lot. He could drink all that her father drinks, thereby changing her father's attitude.
At the same time, the cruel magician wants the Kuttichathan to lay hands on a treasure. Even though the magician is the owner of the Kuttichathan, he is burnt and killed by the Chathan in the climax. Chathan turns into a bat and flies away (in the Hindi version '
- Alummoodan/Prakash Raj
- Jagathy Sreekumar
- Dalip Tahil - Laxmi's father
- Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair - The Cruel Magician
- Baby Sonia - Laxmi
- Master Suresh - Vijay
- Arvind - Vinod
- Sainuddin - Bartender
- Rajan P. Dev - School Teacher
My Dear Kuttichathan was the first 3D movie to be produced in India; it used the latest technologies available.
It was re-released in 1997 with new sequences. This second version introduced DTS sound in Malayalam for the first time. The third version was released in 2011 by integrating latest 3D technologies and added an extra 30 minutes.
The first 3D film in India Navodaya Appachan's My Dear Kuttichathan released again digital 3D, in late August 2011. It is the first film in the world to first release in 3D and then re-release in Digital 3D in the successive third time of production.
- "Casting a Magic spell"
- Social and political study of modern Hindi cinema: past, present, and future perspectives, by Ram Awatar Agnihotri. Commonwealth Publishers, 1990. ISBN 81-7169-049-1. page 121.
- Indian Cinema by National Film Development Corporation of India, India. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Publications Division. Published by Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, 1986.