Bharath Gopi, Ashokan and K. P. A. C. Lalitha in Peruvazhiyambalam
|Produced by||Prem Prakash|
K. P. A. C. Lalitha
|Music by||M. G. Radhakrishnan|
Peruvazhiyambalam is a 1979 Malayalam film directed by P. Padmarajan based on his novel of the same name. It marked Padmarajan's directorial debut and the acting debut for Ashokan who plays the central character Raman.
The film is an incisive examination of how violence or totalitarianism works in our society; it dealt with disturbing questions relating to masculinity and how people adore and dread it at the same time. The Hindu described this film as one of the finest films in Malayalam. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam. The film was included in IBN Live's list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time.
Fifteen-year-old Raman (Ashokan) lives alone with his older sister Bhagyam, their parents having died several years prior. The town bully Prabhakaran Pillai (Azeez) rapes Raman's sister who later commits suicide. Raman kills Pillai in anger and escapes from murder charges by hiding from the police with the help of a teashop owner (Bharath Gopi) and a prostitute (K.P.A.C. Lalitha) until he faces Pillai's children.
- Ashokan as Raman
- Bharath Gopi as Teashop owner
- Jose Prakash
- Azeez as Prabhakaran Pillai (as Aziz)
- K P A C Lalitha as Devayani, the prostitute
- "Storyteller beyond compare"
- "100 Years of Indian Cinema: The 100 greatest Indian films of all time". IBN Live. April 26, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
- "'Mayabazar' is India's greatest film ever: IBNLive poll". IBN Live. May 12, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
- "IBNLive Poll: Vote for India's greatest film of all time". IBN Live. April 26, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2013.