Oru Maravathoor Kanavu
|Oru Maravathoor Kanavu|
|Directed by||Lal Jose|
|Produced by||Siyad Koker|
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham 8|
Oru Maravathoor Kanavu (Malayalam: ഒരു മറവത്തൂർ കനവ്) is a 1998 Malayalam comedy-drama musical film directed by Lal Jose and written by Sreenivasan. It stars Mammootty, Biju Menon, Mohini, Divya Unni, Sreenivasan, Kalabhavan Mani, Sukumari and Nedumudi Venu. The music was composed by Vidyasagar.
The story of the film is adapted from 1986 French period drama film Jean de Florette
It was the directorial debut of Lal Jose, who had previously worked as an assistant director in many Malayalam films. Playback singer Devanand also debuted through this film. The film was a box-office success.
Michael (Biju Menon), his wife Mary (Mohini) and their son buy a farmland in Maravathoor that was coveted by a rich man (Nedumudi Venu). In order to drive away all prospective buyers the rich man and his nephew Maruthu (Sreenivasan) try everything. When they realise that Michael has bought the farm, they block up a spring water source on the farm to make things hard for Michael and thus force him to sell the farm.
Michael and his family stay at the house of Annie (Divya Unni) and her grandmother (Sukumari), while they work on the farm. The farm struggles due the lack of availability of water, and due to Michael's vices (gambling and alcoholism). To support Michael, his brother Chandy (Mammootty) comes to Maravathoor. Chandy is an active party worker in Southern Kerala and acts as a muscle for his party's needs. His arrival changes the fortunes of the farm and halts the activities of Nedumudi Venu.
To support Chandy's activities, Antappan (Kalabhavan Mani) and friends (party workers/goons) arrives as well from Chandy's hometown. To eliminate Chandy's threat, Nedumudi Venu spreads a rumour of an illicit relationship between Michael's wife, Mary and Chandy. Evil plans of the rich man comes to a fruition when one morning Maravathoor wakes to the news that Chandy and Mary have run away together.
The movie ends with Chandy coming back to bury his deceased brother Michael and has to face the wrath of his nephew and the villagers. He explains that he left that day earlier because the leader, Korah Sir of his political party has died. Later Michael comes to see Chandy and says under the influence of Alcohol he gambled away his money and accidentally caused the death of his wife. Michael tells about the rumor that's been passing around the village and Chandy comforts Michael not to worry - Let the rumor stay as it is. He produces a series of cordial letters him and Michael made to each other to support his story. The scandal is resolved and Chandy finds his home again in Maravathoor.
- Mammootty as Chandy
- Biju Menon as Michael (Younger brother of Chandy)
- Mohini as Mary (Wife of Michael)
- Divya Unni as Annie
- Sreenivasan as Maruthu
- Kalabhavan Mani as Antappan (Friend of Chandy)
- Sukumari (Grandmother of Annie)
- Nedumudi Venu
- Oduvil Unnikrishnan
- Ottapalam Pappan
- Cherthala Lalitha
Oru Maravathoor Kanavu was one of the highest grosser of 1998, and ran over 150 days in releasing centers.
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- "Kanninila" — K. S. Chithra & Chorus
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- "Karunaamayane" — K. J. Yesudas
- "Mohamaay" — K. S. Chithra & Raveendran
- "Pandengadee Naattil" — K. S. Chithra & Chorus
- "Sundariye Sundariye" — K. J. Yesudas, Pushpavanam Kuppusamy & Sujatha
- "Thaarakkoottam" — M. G. Sreekumar, G. Venugopal & Srinivas
- "Thinkalkkuri" — K. S. Chithra & Raveendran (Music: Raveendran)
- "Thinkalkkuri Thottum" — Devanand, K. S. Chithra & Raveendran (Music: Raveendran)
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