The OMC Filmgrimages | Revisiting Kakkothikkavu ( Chamakkavu) 25 years on

The Frontage of the Sharngakkavu Temple (Chamakkavu)

The Frontage of the Sharngakkavu Temple (Chamakkavu)

Here is one more reason to wax eloquent on one of my favorite movies, Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal (1988). On a recent visit to Kerala, yours truly had the good fortune of making an unscheduled stop at Chamakkavu, the “Kakkothikkavu” that we  are so familiar with, from the movie, where the Sacred grove becomes the central eco-system  in which the characters enact their life’s roles with a delightful ending to the proceedings. Continue reading

Kakkothi Kaavile Appoppan Thaadikal (1988)


Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal

There is no other film that weaves a story around childhood and sibling love  like Kakkothi Kaavile Appoppan Thaadikal (1988), in Malayalam, written by Fazil and  directed by Kamal , and looking at the way things are progressing, there never will. Kamal calls it the movie closest to his heart, Vipin Mohan (legendary cinematographer) says there can be no film like this, ever. It doesn’t have a single superstar of the times, no sky-high budgets, no glitz. All it has  is a beautiful story of separation, independence and the inevitable reunion, deftly woven around a myth that stays sacred in the collective consciousness of one’s childhood – everything that is embodied by an appoppan thadi ( Grandpa’s beard a.k.a Calotropis Gigantea) ! Continue reading