Mrugaya (1989 film)
Poster designed by Gayathri Ashokan
|Directed by||I. V. Sasi|
|Screenplay by||A. K. Lohithadas|
|Story by||AK Lohithadas|
|Music by||Shankar Ganesh|
|Edited by||K. Narayanan|
|Distributed by||KRG Release|
Mrugaya (English: The Hunt) is a 1989 Malayalam drama film written by A. K. Lohithadas and directed by I. V. Sasi. The film stars Mammootty and Sunitha in the lead role, with Thilakan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Lalu Alex and Urvashi in supporting roles. It tells the story of Varunni (Mammootty), the uncultured and drunkard hunter who arrives in the village to kill a man-eating leopard. The film won two Kerala State Film Awards. The leopard, used in a number of scenes in the film, was lent by animal trainer Govindarajan Naidu.
The story takes place in a Highrange village, terrorised by the frequent attacks of a man eating leopard. Tired of waiting for help from the authorities, the villagers under Reverend Father Panangodan (Thilakan) and Philipose Muthalali (Jagannatha Varma) decide to hire a hunter. The hunter whom they wanted had recently died, so his son Varunni (Mammootty) is summoned to the village. The uncultured life of Varunni soon became a headache for the village. The villagers try to avoid the drunkard hunter.
However, a woman named Bhagyalakshmi (Sunitha) (whose mother was killed by the leopard) befriends Varunni. This relation makes Thomaskutty (Mahesh), who is in love with Bhagyalakshmi, jealous. Seeing Varunni talking to Bhagyalakshmi, Thomaskutty gets angry and starts fighting with the hunter. In the fight, Thomaskutty accidentally slips and falls from the top of the cliff. Varunni feels responsible for the death of Thomaskutty and confesses secretly to Reverend Father Panangodan. Father Panangodan realises the big heart inside the hunter. He decides to protect Varunni despite the objections from the villagers and arranges a livelihood for him. Varunni gradually starts to help the villagers and the family of Thomaskutty. The villagers also develop a soft corner for the hunter. Meanwhile, the leopard again comes to the village and Varunni fails to kill it. The leopard escapes with a wound.
The preparations of the betrothal of Thomaskutty's sister Annamma (Urvashi) is going on. But the groom fails to show up at the function. At the directions of Father Panangodan, Varunni decides to marry Annamma. This makes Bhagyalakshmi, who was in love with Varunni, jealous. On the eve of the wedding, she informs Annamma that Varunni had killed her brother Thomaskutty. Varunni gets exposed on the wedding day and flees to his hut. On reaching the hut, Varunni finds his dog barking alarmingly. He concludes that the dog has rabies and kills it. Soon he spots the leopard at the top of his hut and realizes that his dog was actually signalling about the leopard. He manages to kill the leopard with an axe. The villagers celebrate the death of the leopard. However, the police soon arrive and arrest Varunni for murdering Thomaskutty.
- Mammootty as Varunni
- Sunitha as Bhagyalakshmi
- Thilakan as Reverend Father Panangodan
- Uravashi as Annamma
- Jagathy Sreekumar as lawyer Ramankutty
- Lalu Alex as Anthony
- Sankaradi as Shankunni
- Kuthiravattom Pappu as Kunjabdullah
- Jagannatha Varma as Philipose Muthalali
- Bheeman Raghu as Kunjachan
- Paravoor Bharathan as Pillai
- Mahesh as Thomaskutty
- Kunjandi as Kuriachan
- Shari as Selina
- Vaishnavi as Radhamani
- Kousalya as Zeenath
- Priya as Yashoda
- Kerala State Film Award for Best Director – IV Sasi
- Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor – Mammootty
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