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A still from the movie
Directed byM. G. Sasi
Produced byAravind Venugopal
Written byM. G. Sasi
Based onAnubhavangal
by Nandanar
StarringGovind Padmasoorya
T. G. Ravi
Anirudh Ravi
V. K. Sreeraman
Music byVidyadharan
Valluvanadan Talkies
Release date
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  • 5 September 2008 (2008-09-05)

Atayalangal (English: The Imprints) is a 2008 Malayalam-language biographical drama film directed by M.G. Sasi and produced by Aravind Venugopal under the banner Valluvanadan Talkies. Govind Padmasoorya plays the lead role of autobiographical character of Nandanar (1926–1974), well known for his child literature and philosophical army stories. The film is particularly based on Nandanar's autobiography Anubhavangal.[1]


Set in the backdrop of a Valluvanadan hamlet in Kerala, the film depicts the three different types of hunger of human life: that of body, spirit, and mind. Jyothirmayi plays the female lead role of Meenakshikutty whose love transforms the hero into a soldier fighting for his cause. The film opened in Kerala theatres on 5 September, after several post-production difficulties.[2]

The film received Kerala State Film Awards for the Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Processing Lab and Special Jury award for Supporting Actor, the role done by yesteryear's villain T. G. Ravi.[3] It received the NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film at the 13th International Film Festival of Kerala.[4] The film also got Aravindan National Awards - Special Jury Mention for Best Film of a Debutante Director.

Director M. G. Sasi has commented, "Atayalangal takes you through the kaleidoscopic world which Nandanar created through his works comprising children's literature, re-creations of rural life and stories which smell of blood and gunpowder. Hunger is the leitmotif of the film, especially hunger of the body and mind. The movie presents in a frame work all these hungers, heightened or lessened, which form the substance of all human life in all ages."[5]


  • Master Anirudh Ravi / Govind Padmasoorya / Govind Menon -Padathuparambil Gopinathan (Gopi)
  • Jyothirmayi - Meenakshikutty
  • T. G. Ravi - Raman Namboothiri
  • V. K. Sreeraman - Damu ettan
  • Sathi Premji - Amma (Madhavi)
  • T. V. Chandran - Bhaskara Kuruppu
  • Madampu Kunjukuttan -Adhikari namboothiri
  • Manikandan Pattambi - Ravunni
  • C.K.Babu- Velichappadu
  • Sobha Teacher - Valyamma
  • M.G.Shailaja - Cheriyamma
  • Geetha Joseph - Kunjeduthi
  • Leela Namboothirippadu - Muttashi
  • Pariyanampatta Divakaran - Achan
  • Harigovindan - Cheriya Pothuwal
  • Madhu - Valya Pothuwal
  • Master Ullas - Ramankutty
  • Baby Medha - Malootty


Kerala State Film Award 2008
International Film Festival of Kerala
  • IFFK 2008 - NETPAC award for the best Malayalam film
Aravindan National Awards
  • Special Jury Mention for Best Film of a Debutante Director
Amrita Film awards 2008


  1. ^ Abdul Latheef Naha (27 May 2005). "A Valluvanadan tale retold". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Atayalangal finds few distributors". 6 September 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Atayalangal is best film". The Hindu. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Parque Via wins best film award". The Hindu. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Why Atayalangal won accolades". Retrieved 10 April 2011.