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|Directed by||Rajeev Nath|
|Screenplay by||Anoop Menon|
|Story by||Rajeev Nath|
|Produced by||Chaya Films|
|Narrated by||Anoop Menon|
|Edited by||K. Sreenivas|
|Distributed by||Chaya Films|
Pakal Nakshatrangal (transl. Daytime Stars) is a 2008 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by Rajeev Nath and written by Anoop Menon from a story by Nath. It was the debut screenplay of Menon. The film stars Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Murali, Kalpana, Anoop Menon, and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy. It is about the lives of a group of intellectuals in Kerala in the later half of the 1990s. The film was critically acclaimed.
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Pakal Nakshatrangal tells the story of Siddharthan (Mohanlal), narrated by Siddharthan's son Adi (Anoop Menon) to his wife (Lakshmi Gopalaswamy) as the content of his new book. Siddharthan is a brilliant film maker but leads a Casanova lifestyle entwined with women, alcohol and drugs. His house 'Daffodils' is his salvation and the epicentre for art with his big bunch of friends.
One day Siddarthan is found dead at Daffodils. His untimely death is considered suspicious but eludes the police due to lack of evidence. Adi decides to dig into his father's past and solve the mystery surrounding his death. Adi converse with Siddharthan's friends, read his diary and articles, and get help from a psychic Dr. Vaidyanathan (Suresh Gopi). The story revolves around what Adi finds out about his father's life and whether and how he finds out the truth about the mysterious death.
- Mohanlal as Sidharthan
- Suresh Gopi as Dr. Vaidyanathan
- Anoop Menon as Adi Sidharthan
- Lakshmi Gopalaswamy as Adi's wife
- Manianpilla Raju as Tharakan
- Kalpana as Raji
- Reena Basheer as Dr. Usha
- K. B. Venu as Madhavan, Sidharthan's friend
- Nishanth Sagar as Thushar
- N. L. Balakrishnan
- Balachandran Chullikkadu
- Ganapathi as young Adi Sidharthan