Pushpaka Vimana (film)
Official DVD cover
|Directed by||Singeetham Srinivasa Rao|
|Produced by||Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
|Written by||Singeetham Srinivasa Rao|
P. L. Narayana
|Cinematography||B. C. Gowrishankar|
|Release date(s)||10 September 1987|
|Running time||131 minutes|
|Budget||3.5 million (US$58,000)|
Pushpaka Vimana is a 1987 Indian silent black comedy film written and directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao. Set in a large unnamed Indian city (shot in Bangalore), the film is based on the king-for-a-day story. The film is notable for its inventive re-casting of the silent film form.
An unemployed youth (Kamal Haasan) suddenly has lady (Amala) luck smiling upon him, when he takes up the Identity of a rich man. The young man gets to live in a 5 star hotel, where he meets a girl who could be the love of his life. However, a hired killer (Tinu Anand) has also set his eyes on the young man, as he has mistaken the young man for the rich man too. What turn will this story take next?
Posing as the rich man, our hero enters the hotel and starts living a life of luxury. There, he meets a girl, who is the daughter and assistant of a magician (K.S.Ramesh), who is residing in the hotel with his daughter and wife (Farida Jalal). Unknown to everybody, the rich man's brother has ordered a hit on him. The brother plans to usurp the whole estate by later killing his sister-in-law (Ramya). The hired killer too thinks like everybody else that the hero is actually his target.
The killer comes up with ingenious ways to kill the hero, but he always fails, falling in his own trap. All this time, the hero remains ignorant about the danger his life is in. One day, however, the hero figures out that the killer is in the hotel to kill someone, but is unable to find the identity of his target. Suddenly, the hotel owner (Loknath) dies in his own hotel of old age. In a montage shown about the owner, the hero realises that the owner was a poor man, just like him. Seeing what the owner achieved by fair means, the hero begins to question his actions.
Some days later, the roadside beggar dies and municipality people come to take his dead body. However, seeing the beggar's stash, they nearly throw his body on the pavement and start stealing the money. The hero decides to make things right. Meanwhile, the killer and the rich man's brother realise that they were targeting the wrong man all the time. At this time, the rich mans wife learns of her brother-in-laws treachery, upon which he locks her up in the bungalow.
The hero figures out the killers plan and sets the rich man free. He explains the situation to the rich man. The rich man goes back to his bungalow, where he learns the truth. While the rich man and the hero are able to rescue the rich man's wife, the police arrest the villains. After the matter has been taken care of, the hero decides to come clean to the heroine as well. He learns that the heroine's family is about to leave the hotel.
The hero confesses the truth to the heroine, but to his surprise she forgives him. While leaving the hotel, she drops a rose wrapped in a paper from her car, meaning that she has given him her address. However, before the hero can get the rose, another car comes and mows down the rose, taking it with it implying the lovers never unite . The hero is not able to get the heroine, but some days later, he is shown in a line for a job vacancy, although this time he has a rose in his hands and hope in his eyes. While it is not clear that the hero got the job or not, it is certain that his outlook towards life has changed.
|Kamal Haasan||Unemployed youth|
|P. L. Narayana||Beggar|
|Farida Jalal||Magician's wife|
|Sameer Khakhar||The millionaire|
|K. S. Ramesh||Magician|
|Prathap K. Pothan||The lover of the wife of the millionaire|
The hotel shown in the movie is Windsor Manor hotel in Bangalore. This film is also released in major Indian languages with only changes in names in that particular local language since it does not require dubbing because of SILENT MOVIE.
- 1988 – National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment – Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and Sringar Nagaraj.
- "35th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060326/spectrum/main1.htm Return of silent movie era – Pushpak by Sringar Nagaraj and Singeetam Srinivasa Rao