Dear Constant Reader,
This is specifically for all those who have read through the two expansive posts on the classic Kottaram Vilkanundu (1972) by the Gopalkrishnan-Nilambur Hyderali team, and everyone who is reading this by virtue of being here on this blog.
It so happens that all the images that were part of the two articles which were deemed to be screen grabs from the VHS copy of Kottaram Vilkaanundu is in fact taken from the Hemant Kumar Classic, Bees Saal Baad (1962).
If not for an innocuous mention by Anu about the “Claw”, I wouldn’t have pulled out my DVD copy of Bees Saal Baad (1962), and gone through it. I did it 10 times. And she is spot on.
Go through the first five minutes and you know what I’m talking about.
I am hereby pulling down both the posts, as it being out there in published form, would be a sustained case of deception, which I feel is criminally wrong. When I began actively encouraging anyone who had the willingness to share information on old Malayalam films here, it was essentially building relationships built on implicit trust. And once you take that goodwill and rub its nose in the ground, it becomes all the more painful.
Once again, my personal apologies, and thank you for being here,