|Directed by||Hari Kumar|
|Produced by||Dr. M.M Ramachandran (Atlas Ramachandran)|
|Written by||M. T. Vasudevan Nair|
Manoj K. Jayan
|Edited by||G. Murali|
|Distributed by||Chandrakanth Release|
Sukrutham is a 1994 Malayalam film directed by Hari Kumar, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, with background music by Johnson. It is considered one of the outstanding Malayalam films of the mid-1990s. The film is based on the subject of complex human relationships and mind and inevitable human death and the consequences to relations of the deceased.
Mammootty plays journalist Ravishankar who is a victim of blood cancer. The knowledge of his disease and the death on its way hugely disappoints him and he loses all his hope in life. He forces his wife Malini (Gauthami) to get involved with their friend Rajendran (Manoj K Jayan) so that she won't be alone after Ravi's death. Ravi goes back to his village where his cousin, Durga (Shanthii Krishna) who is still unmarried starts taking care of him.
Meanwhile a doctor who is a friend of Ravishankar convinces him to undergo holistic treatment at his centre. The centre is driven by a theme that each and every cell in our body has a mind which decides whether the body it belongs to should live or die. The treatment does wonders to Ravi and he is on his way to recovery and final checkups confirm that his blood count is normal. Ravi is delighted to come back to his life; but everything in his hope and joy of life is squandered when he learns that his recovery is a blow to all his relatives including his wife, who by now has started sleeping with Rajendran. He feels resentment again when he learns that his death was more awaited than his recovery.
Ravi finally commits suicide after his childhood sweetheart Durga also leaves him, and he reads his obituary in his office.
The final line to the audience is the old message that death is the ultimate truth, an inevitable part of life and is in its own way a moment to rejoice.
Sukrutham opens enlightening truths about human life and relationships in the background of death. The impending death that arrives to Ravishankar in the form of a fatal disease, arrives as a phenomenon that is capable of bringing out truths, mostly bitter truths which its counterpart, the life would not be able to bring out. Life and death, the opposites in human conditions shape human beings to behave differently according to each of these conditions. The idea that the mind can actually change the body from a diseased state to a healthy state has scientific proofs and is still practiced in many parts of the world. Ideas related like these adopted in the movie reflect also in a book named The Secret by Rhonda Byrne published in 2006 (After the movie’s release). The point that the mind can change the body in a miraculous way is rooted in a man’s belief in oneself. Such a man who has recovered from any kind of illness would have gone through many ordeals to reach a healthy state and therefore would possess a healthy indestructible mind which in turn would be capable of facing many other ordeals that might come after the recovery. However the movie contradicts this by the character Ravishankar who had gone through such a treatment and recovered but eventually succumbs to the decision to end his life. Though the movie tells how people shape their dreams upon a person’s death, it fails miserably when it does not promote the idea from which it gained its main momentum (mind-healing).
- Mammootty as Ravishankar
- Gouthami as Malini
- Manoj K.Jayan as Rajendran
- Kaviyoor Ponnamma
- Narendra Prasad as Doctor
- Oduvil Unnikrishnan
- Shanthi Krishna as Durga
- Kuttyedathi Vilasini
- Krishna Kumar (actor)
- V K Sreeraman
Sukrutham was one of the finest work of Bombay Ravi in Malayalam. And he won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1995 along with Parinayam. Background score was composed by Johnson and he won the second National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1995. The lyrics were penned by O. N. V. Kurup.
- Bandhangale - K. S. Chithra
- Kadalinnagaadhamaam neelimayil - K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra
- Om poorna - K. J. Yesudas
- Poroo[Ennodothunarunna pularikale] - K. J. Yesudas
- Sahasradalasam - K. J. Yesudas, Chorus
Penned by the writer, M.T.Vasudevan Nair. The story, music and lyrics of the songs in the film are highly rated by critics. The film was selected for both state and national awards, including the 1995 National Film Awards for best feature film in Malayalam and best background score.
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