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Kathapurushan (The Man of the Story)
A screenshot from the movie
Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Produced by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Written by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Starring Vishwanathan
Mini Nair
Aranmula Ponnamma
Narendra Prasad
Urmila Unni
Babu Namboothiri
Music by Vijaya Bhaskar
Cinematography Mankada Ravi Varma
Edited by M. Mani
Release date
Running time
107 mins
Language Malayalam

Kathapurushan (Translation: The Man of the Story) (1995) is an Indian Malayalam language period drama film directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It stars Vishwanathan, Mini Nair, Aranmula Ponnamma, Narendra Prasad and Urmila Unni. It won the Golden Lotus Award for Best Film at the National Film Awards in 1996. Kathapurushan is a journey exploring the recent history of the state of Kerala in India.


Kunjunni's (Vishwanathan) parents separate soon after his birth, and he's left to be cared by his mother, void of paternal care and affection. He is brought up by his mother with the help of his grandmother, an estimate manager and his friend Meenakshi (Mini Nair), the daughter of a maid servant working in Kunjunni's house. Inspired by his Uncle (Narendra Prasad), who was initially a Gandhian, and eventually a Marxist, Kunjunni finds himself drawn to left-wing ideologies during his studies at college, believing that communism is the answer to heal all social hardships and inequalities. Eventually he joins an extremist Marxist group, and his affairs land him in trouble. After an attack at a police station, Kunjunni is arrested and taken to court, but later acquitted of all charges. Kunjunni finds himself maturing with experience, yet he feels lonely and disillusioned. Kunjunni tries to turn his life around, and sets off on a quest to find his childhood friend Meenakshi and he does so and marries her. Later he sells all his properties to a new rich man (Mukesh),whose father was once a servant in Kunjuni's house.Then he moves to an ordinary house and tries to live a normal family life with his wife and son.One day, one of his old day college juniors (Jagadish), a journalist, arrives his home for an interview.But Kunjunni denies it. Later Kujunni, with the help of his journalist friend, publishes his first story "Karaksharangal".But due to its Marxist supporting content and revealing nature, government banned it. When Kunjunni reads this news in the newspaper with his family, he began to laugh. Then he and his family laugh together at this dirty world, which reveals that the revolution had not yet happened completely.


The film has won the following awards since its release:

1996 National Film Awards (India)

1997 Bombay International Film Festival (India)

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