Spadikam

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Spadikam
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DVD movie poster
Directed by Bhadran
Produced by R. Mohan
Screenplay by Bhadran
Dr. Rajendra Babu (dialogue)
Story by Bhadran
Starring Mohanlal
Thilakan
Urvashi
Spadikam George
KPAC Lalitha
Silk Smitha
Nedumudi Venu
Chippy
Music by S. P. Venkatesh
P. Bhaskaran (lyrics)
Cinematography J. Williams
S. Kumar
Edited by M. S. Mani
Production
company
Shogun Films Ltd.
Distributed by Manorajyam Release
Release dates 30 March 1995 (Kerala)
Running time 150 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Spadikam (English: Prism) is a 1995 Indian Malayalam drama film written and directed by Bhadran, starring Mohanlal in the lead role of a village rowdy Thomas Chacko aka Aadu Thoma. The film's name "Spadikam" means prism, which is a metaphor for the human nature. Just like how white light splits into many colors by a prism, every human transforms themselves into a different character when faced with various experiences in life. Mohanlal won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor and Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the young man who becomes a thug, estranged from his narcissistic father Chacko Master (Thilakan), upon failing to meet the latter's high expectations.

Plot[edit]

Chacko Master (Thilakan) is a high-school headmaster who is a president's medal winner in Mathematics. He is a very strict teacher and emphasizes memorization and discipline at the expense of analysis and creativity in school. He punishes his students ruthlessly and gives no special treatment to his son Thomas, who is also a student in his class. Chacko always assumes that his son is behind every mischief in class, and punishes him until the actual culprit gives himself in.

Unlike his father, Thomas isn't good in math (he cannot memorize the binomial theorem) but he is very creative and productive in designing mechanical and electronic gadgetry like a mechanical school bell which his father destroys later. For instance, he impresses his mother and sister by developing an AM radio receiver inside a soap-case at a time when phonographs were more prevalent in his village. When his father finds out about the receiver he throws it into flames and destroys it; he forces his son to focus on his studies instead of being an inventor. Thomas works hard, and he does well in his language paper, but his dad asks his language teacher(Ravunni Master-Nedumudi Venu) to grade his paper with no leniency and fail him; his father believes that only low grades will provoke Thomas to study harder with a competitive spirit. His language teacher does as asked, but regrets it later on! When Thomas finds out that even his most beloved language teacher was biased against him he becomes outraged. He runs away from home.

Fourteen years later, he returns to his village. Thomas, by now, had changed into a totally different person. He was no longer interested in clockwork and gadgetry; he owned a stone quarry and had become a well known rowdy wanted by the authorities as a prime suspect in many unsolved crimes. His father still hated him and never accepted him as family. Toma and Ravunni master's daughter Thulasi Urvashi also his childhood friend grow closer. But as the film progresses, both father and son regret what they had done to each other. In an interesting turn of events the father and the son reunite in a very emotional way, but only to find the evil forces chasing Thoma.The movie ends with Chacko master taking his last breath lying in Thoma's lap and police taking Thoma into custody.

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Crew[edit]

Shooting Location[edit]

The film was entirely shot in the town of Changanassery and nearby places. Most of the locations still look exactly as depicted in the film and some of the place names used in the story are also real.

Remakes[edit]

The film was remade in Telugu as Vajram with Nagarjuna, in Tamil as Veerappu with Sundar C. and in Kannada as Mr. Theertha with Sudeep.

Year Film Language Cast Director Box Office
1995 Vajram Telugu Nagarjuna S. V. Krishna Reddy
2007 Veerappu Tamil Sundar C. Badri
2010 Mr. Theertha Kannada Sudeep Sadhu Kokila

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