N. F. Varghese
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Distributed by||Kokers Release|
Nandanam (English: The Flower Garden) is a 2002 Malayalam film co-produced, written, and directed by Ranjith, starring Navya Nair and Prithviraj Sukumaran along with Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Revathi, and Aravindar. Singer K. J. Yesudas made a cameo appearance. The music was composed by Raveendran.
Balamani (Navya Nair) is a young orphaned girl and housemaid, she is an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. Balamani takes care of Unni Amma (Kaviyoor Ponnamma) who lives in the ancestral house. Unni Amma considers Balamani like her daughter. For Balamani everything is her Lord Krishna and Unni Amma. Unni Amma's grandson Manu (Prithviraj) comes from Bangalore to stay with his grandmother for a few days before he leaves for the US. Balamani is infatuated at the sight of Manu for the first time, because she had dreams about her groom as him and believes it is him. Eventually, they fall in love.
Manu's mother (Revathy), who was unaware of the affair, asks Manu to marry her friend's daughter. Manu discloses his wish to his mother, but in vain, as his mother had taken the marriage preparations to a point of no-return. His decision to marry the housemaid was not welcomed and Manu was forced to go through the arranged marriage that was set for him. Disheartened Balamani prays to Guruvayurappan for giving her strength to let go of her love. Unnikrishnan (Aravindar), who is her neighbor boy, consoles her and tells about everything will be all-right. Unni Ama makes a scene and it gains support for Balamani being united with Manu from the family and they get happily married in Guruvayur Temple in front of Lord Guruvayurappan. Later when she meets Unnikrishnan(Sudheesh), she rationalizes that whom she imagined that came to console her as the neighbor lad, Unnikrishnan(Aravindar) in her sadness was the Lord himself.
- Navya Nair as Balamani
- Prithviraj Sukumaran as Manu Nandhan
- Kaviyoor Ponnamma as Unni Amma
- Revathi as Thankam (M/o Manu)
- Aravindar as Unnikrishnan/Guruvayurappan
- Siddique as Balan
- Innocent as Kesavan Nair
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Kumbidi/Palarivattom Sasi
- Vijayakumari as Parootty Amma
- Subbalakshmi as Veshamani Ammal
- Meena Ganesh as Karthyayani Amma
- N. F. Varghese as Sreedharan
- Mala Aravindan as Sankaran Mushari
- Kalabhavan Mani as Manikandan (S/o Sankaran Moosari)
- Jagadeeshas Elder S/o Sankaran Moosari
- Kalaranjini as Janaki, (Janu Ettathy) (Unnikrishnan's Mother)
- Gayathri as Sakunthala
- V. K. Sreeraman as Shankaran
- Zeenath as Unni Amma's relative
- Subair as Venu Menon
- Sudheesh as Unnikrishnan (cameo)
- Jolly Easo as Sumam Venu
- Jyothirmayi as D/o Venu Menon
- Bindu Ramakrishnan as Unni Amma's relative
- Ambika Mohan as Unni Amma's relative
- Nivia Rebin as Unni Amma's relative
- K. J. Yesudas (cameo appearance)
|Soundtrack album by Raveendran|
The most clitically acclaimed and popular songs of this film were written by Gireesh Puthenchery and composed by maestro Raveendran. The songs were on chart for weeks and the song Karmukil Varnante become highly popular and won Kerala State Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer.
|1||Sreelavasantham||Dr. K. J. Yesudas||Yamuna Kalyani|
|2||Manassil||M. G. Sreekumar, Radhika Thilak||Naatta|
|3||Aarum||P. Jayachandran, Sujatha||Shuddha Dhanyasi|
|4||Mouliyil||K. S. Chithra||Mohanam|
|5||Gopike||Dr. K. J. Yesudas||Megh|
|6||Karmukil||K. S. Chithra||Harikambhoji|
|7||Aarum||Sujatha||Shuddha Dhanyasi, Abhogi|
|8||Manassil||M. G. Sreekumar||Naatta|
The film became commercial success at the box office.
- Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress-Navya Nair
- Best Female Playback Singer - K.S.Chitra
- Best Music Director - Raveendran
- Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics - Gireesh Puthenchery
Ranjith also worked on a Tamil remake of the film, which was shelved after some pre-production activities, and the movie was remade as Seedan by director Subramaniya Shiva. It was also remade in Telugu as Maa Baapu Bommaki Pellanta by Raviraja Pinisetty and in Kannada as Nanda Gokula.