Piravi

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Piravi
Piravi.jpg
Directed by Shaji N. Karun
Produced by Shaji N. Karun
Written by S. Jayachandran Nair
Reghunath Paleri
Shaji N. Karun
Starring Premji
Archana
Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy
C. V. Sreeraman
Mullenezhi
K. Gopalakrishnan
Music by G. Aravindan, Mohan Sithra
Cinematography Sunny Joseph [1]
Edited by Venugopal
Release dates
January 1989
Running time
110 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Piravi (Malayalam: പിറവി, meaning The Birth) is a 1989 Malayalam feature film directed by Shaji N. Karun. It stars Premji, Archana and Lakshmi Krishnamurthy. The film was made on the life of Prof. K. Eachara Warrier, the father of Rajan, a student in Kozhikode Engineering College, who is believed to have been murdered during the National Emergency Period of 1976. The film's music is composed by G. Aravindan and Mohan Sithara. Piravi met with widespread critical acclaim upon release. The film was screened and very well received at many film festivals across the world, winning at least 31 awards in total, including the Caméra d'Or — Mention Spéciale at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.[2] It also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film at the National Film Awards in 1989.

Plot[edit]

Raghu is one of two children born to Raghava Chakyar (Premji) and his wife. Born quite late in his parents' marriage, Raghu is brought up with immense devotion and love until adulthood.

Now studying in an engineering college far from home, Raghu must return home for the engagement ceremony of his sister (Archana), but fails to turn up. His father Raghavan waits endlessly for his son to return. Raghavan takes daily trips to the local bus stop, waiting all day in the hope that Raghu will eventually come home. Soon it emerges, and the family come to know through newspapers, that Raghu has been taken into custody by the police for political reasons.

Raghavan sets out to try to find his son, and he eventually reaches police headquarters. However the police pretend not to know about Raghu, or his whereabouts, and furthermore, deny the fact that Raghu was taken into custody. Raghu's sister eventually comes to the realization that her brother has probably died as a result of police torture, but hasn't the heart to tell her father. Raghavan slowly begins to lose grip of reality, and starts to dream of his family reuniting once more.

Cast[edit]

  • Archana as Chakya's daugthter
  • Premji as Raghava Chakyar
  • M. Chandran Nair
  • Mullanezhi
  • Surendran
  • C. V. Sreeraman
  • K Gopalakrishnan
  • Kottara Gopalakrishnan Nair
  • Lakshmi Amma
  • Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy
  • Shantha Ramachandran
  • Leela
  • Ammini

Awards[edit]

The film has won the following awards since its release:

1989 Filmfare Awards South

1989 Cannes Film Festival (France)

1989 Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK)

  • Won - Sir Charles Chaplin Award - Piravi - Shaji N. Karun

1989 Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland)

  • Won - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention - Shaji N. Karun
  • Won - Silver Leopard - Shaji N. Karun
  • Nominated - Golden Leopard - Shaji N. Karun

1989 National Film Awards (India)

1989 Hawaii International Film Festival (United States)

  • Won - Best Feature Film - Piravi - Shaji N. Karun

1989 Chicago International Film Festival (United States)

  • Won - Silver Hugo - Piravi - Shaji N. Karun

1990 Bergamo Film Meeting (Italy)

1990 Fribourg International Film Festival (Switzerland)

  • Won - Distribution Help Award - Shaji N. Karun

1991 Fajr Film Festival (Iran)

  • Won - Crystal Simorgh - International Competition: Superb Film - Piravi - Shaji N. Karun

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monsoon vignettes". The Hindu. 20 June 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Piravi". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 

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