Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||K. P. Kumaran|
|Produced by||Tutu J. Sharma|
Taizoon F. Khorakiwala
Manu S. Kumaran
|Screenplay by||K. P. Kumaran|
|Based on||The Master Builder|
by Henrik Ibsen
Manoj K. Jayan
|Music by||John Altman|
|Edited by||B. Ajithkumar|
Medient & Tarlac
Aakasha Gopuram (English: Castle in the Air) is a 2008 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written and directed by K. P. Kumaran. It is a cinematic adaptation of Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen's 1892 play The Master Builder. The film stars Mohanlal, Nithya Menon, Bharath Gopi, Manoj K. Jayan, Sreenivasan, Geethu Mohandas, and Shweta Menon. Santosh Thundiyil handled the cinematography of the film, while British composer John Altman composed the music. The film received positive response from critics. Music was praised by the audience.
Akasha Gopuram is set among the Indian immigrant community in London and tells the story of Albert Samson (Mohanlal), a middle-aged architect who has clawed his way to prominence.
His single-minded focus on his job, however, has hardened him and prevented him and his wife Alice (Swetha Menon) from having a meaningful family life. The costs of Samson's ambition are also symbolized in his assistant, Abraham Thomas (Bharat Gopy), Samson's own former employer whom he treated badly to reach the top. Thomas, now dying, wants his son Alex (Manoj K Jayan) to have more independence in the firm. Samson, however, fears that he will be eclipsed by a younger generation of architects, and refuses to allow Alex either to design original houses or to leave the firm and strike out on his own.
Into this tense situation, enter Hilda Varghese (Nithya Menen), a vivacious young woman who idolized Samson ten years ago when, in the early stages of his career, he built a large church in her hometown and climbed to the top of its tower during its dedication ceremony. At that time Samson had promised "a kingdom" to Hilda, then a girl of twelve; now, Hilda who earnestly believes his word has come to collect her kingdom.
As Samson struggles with the destructive consequences of his pursuit of glory and his growing fear that he has lost his creative powers, the mysterious Hilda helps him gain a glimpse of his former self.
- Mohanlal as Albert Samson
- Nithya Menen as Hilda Varghese
- Shweta Menon as Alice
- Bharat Gopy as Abraham
- Sreenivasan as Dr. Isaac
- Manoj K. Jayan as Alex
- Geetu Mohandas as Catherine
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