Meleparambil Anveedu

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Meleparambil Anveedu
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Directed byRajasenan
Produced byMani C. Kappan
Screenplay byRaghunath Paleri
Story byGireesh Puthenchery
StarringJayaram
Shobana
Narendra Prasad
Meena
Jagathy Sreekumar
Janardanan
Oduvil Unnikrishnan
Vinu Chakravarthy
Vijayaraghavan
Narrated byNarendra Prasad
Music byJohnson
CinematographyAnandakuttan
Edited byG. Murali
Production
company
Okay Productions
Distributed byOkay Release
Release date
1993
Running time
160 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Meleparambil Anveedu (English:The All-Male House of Meleparambil) is a 1993 Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy film directed by Rajasenan and scripted by Raghunath Paleri from a story by Gireesh Puthenchery. The film stars Jayaram and Shobana, along with Narendra Prasad, Meena, Jagathy Sreekumar, Janardanan, Vijayaraghavan, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, and Vinu Chakravarthy. The film was produced and distributed by Mani C. Kappan.[2]

The title comes from the fact that all three sons of Thrivikraman Pillai (Prasad) and Bhanumathi (Meena) of the Meleparambil House—Jayakrishnan (Sreekumar), Gopikrishnan (Vijayaraghavan), and Harikrishnan (Jayaram)— are bachelors. Their family also includes Kannappan (Janardanan), the bachelor brother of Bhanumathi.

Plot[edit]

Harikrishan (Jayaram) is the youngest son of Thrivikraman Muthallali (Narendra Prasad). His brothers Jayakrishnan and Gopikrishan are uneducated and unmarried. He wants to earn a good living and so sets forth to a Tamil village as manager of a courier company. Hari sees a young Tamil woman named Pavizham who is the daughter of a landlord. The two fall in love and when her father forces her to marry against her will, they elope. But they were caught and presented before naattukoottam presided over by Pavizham's father. Finally her father has no other option other than to allow their marriage.

Hari is afraid of whether or not his parents would agree to their marriage, so he keeps Pavizham undercover as a maid in his home. When Hari goes away on business, his parents realize that Pavizham is pregnant and decide to dismiss her from her job. When Hari returns home, he is forced to reveal that Pavizham is his wife. Hari's mother, who likes Pavizham, scolds Hari for keeping his wife as a servant — she and her husband express their willingness to accept Pavizham as their daughter-in-law.

Cast[edit]

Other crew[edit]

  • Art: Valsan
  • Makeup: Karumam Mohan
  • Costumes: Indrans
  • Choreography: Madhuri
  • Stunts: Malaysia Bhaskar
  • Advertisement: Sabu Colonia
  • Lab: Prasad Colour Lab
  • Stills: Surya Peter
  • Effects: Murukesh
  • P. R. O.: Abraham Lincoln, Vazhoor Jose
  • Production Controller: Gireesh Vaikom
  • Outdoor: Sreemovies
  • Titles: Ganga Thalaivi

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

After the success of JayaramRajasenan team's Ayalathe Adyeham, they planned to do another family entertainer. At this time, lyricist Gireesh Puthenchery told an interesting story to Jayaram about four bachelors with the youngest the one only educated, in a Corleone-like family. Jayaram, who was highly inspired by this probably untold story, decided to produce it himself. The thread was developed by Gireesh and introduced to Rajasenan. It was first developed into a novel and then to a complete film script. Jayaram suggested Goodknight Mohan distribute it. However, Mohan set an unusual demand to Rajasenan, to include some experienced directors to supervise him on script. This was unacceptable to Rajasenan and the project was shelved.

At this time, Rajasenan was replaced from the crew of a political film, Janam, produced by Mani. C. Kappan. Kappan assured Rajasenan to produce a film for him, obviously as a compensation for his move. The shelved story of Meleparambil Aanveedu was returned by Mohan, for the reasonable amount of 20,000. Calicut-based film writer Raghunath Paleri was selected to write the screenplay.

Gireesh initially told the story to director Shaji Kailas, who turned down since he was interested in action films at that time, but offered to direct it some other time. Later, Kailas invited producer Goodknight Mohan to the film and after Gireesh briefed the story, Mohan immediately gave an advance of 10,000.[3]

Casting[edit]

The originally decided cast included obviously Jayaram, along with Shobhana, Meena, Jagathy Sreekumar, Oduvil Unnikrishnan etc. Vijayaraghavan was later signed in to do the mostly serious character in the film. Narendra Prasad, who was typecast for villain roles, was later selected. Innocent was originally cast for the role done by Janardhanan. He rejected the role as he was busy with another film, Sakshal Sreeman Chathunni. Janardhanan, widely known for his villain roles was thus selected to do that comedy role. The others in the cast are Vinu Chakravarthy, Priyanka etc.

Filming[edit]

The film was initially set in Salem in the script and was to be shot there, too. However, a practical change was made to replace Salem with Pollachi, both in the script as well as the filming location.

Reception[edit]

The film is considered a magnum opus romantic comedy in Malayalam film history. Not only does it have an unusual plot but also the performances of the lead as well as supporting actors made the film a classic. The film was a break in the career of Jayaram as well as Rajasenan. It marked the transition of thespian Janardhanan to comedy roles and typecasted Narendra Prasad to character roles. Critically, it is regarded as a trendsetter and one of the best films in the nineties.

It was a big hit at the box office. The movie, made at a cost of 40 lakhs, collected 2 crores (unadjusted for inflation) from Kerala alone. The comparatively huge collection it made from Tamil Nadu adds to that. Its rights were sold for a then-record amount: 25 lakhs.

Box office[edit]

The film was a commercial success and ran more than 200 days.[4][5][6][7]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack for the film is composed by Johnson Master and lyrics penned by Girish Puthenchery, I.S. Kundoor and Kavinjar Kaalidasan. It proved popular upon release.

Song Artist(s) Lyrics
"Vellithinkal" K. J. Yesudas Girish Puthenchery
"Madhura Swapnangal" K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha Mohan I. S. Kundoor
"Vellithinkal" K. J. Yesudas, Minmini Girish Puthenchery
"Ooru Sanam Odi Vannu" K. J. Yesudas, Minmini, Chorus Girish Puthenchery, Kannadasan

Remake[edit]

In August 2012 the producer of Meleparambil Aanveedu, Mani C. Kappan announced to remake the film in Assamese language in a press conference held in Guwahati.[8] Kappan himself produced and directed the film, titled Borolar Ghor, under the banner of Okay Productions.[9] The film was released on 2 November 2012 starring Utpal Das and Debasmita Benarjee in the lead roles.

This film was remade in Tamil twice, as Valli Vara Pora (1995)[10] and Naiyaandi (2013).[11]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Full Story". sify.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  3. ^ ഗോപിനാഥ്, വിജീഷ്. "'ആനി'യുടെ ആൺവീട്". Malayala Manorama (in Malayalam). Archived from the original on 31 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Completes 25 years in cinema: Jayaram". Asianet. 1 December 2013.
  5. ^ "kk_vin Posters – Old Malayalam Movie Paper Advertisements !! Nostalgic !! - Page 371 – Snehasallapam – Malayalam Cinema Reviews, News and Updates". snehasallapam.com. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Mani C Kappan to give K M Mani tight fight in Pala". Deccan Chronicle. 1 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Dhanush marks his 25th film Velaiyilla Pattathari". Khaleej Times. 17 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Now, a film for Assam from God's Own Country". Seven Sisters Post. Guwahati. 10 August 2012. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Borolar Ghor, remake of super hit Malayalam film "Meleparambil Aanveedu"". 1 November 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  10. ^ "'நய்யாண்டி' தயாரிப்பாளர் மற்றும் இயக்குநர் மீது வழக்கு!". The Hindu Tamil. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  11. ^ Bhaskaran, Gautaman (6 November 2013). "Tamil film accused of plagiarism". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 25 October 2016.

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