Chillu (1982) | Of Fragile relationships and frightening escape hatches.

Chillu (1982) - Title Card [ SPOILERS AHEAD ! ]

To anyone who has a part of his/her yester years safe in a cookie jar deep down, the lyrics of “Oru vattam koodiyen” from this movie are unforgettable. From the same movie is the song “Chaithram chayam” whose melody captures a deep sorrow within it – a sorrow that seems to echo the collective sorrow of a universe. It was this music that led me to the movie.

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The Unsound Mind in Malayalam Cinema

Iruttinte Athmavu - Velayudhan undergoes another exorcism
Iruttinte Athmavu – Velayudhan undergoes another exorcism

Malayalam cinema has always been inspired by the complexity of the human mind. Its narrative has been powered by the need to understand man’s innermost drives. It has closely looked at what motivates people and how people go about their lives, driven by these motives. Portrayal of the different personality types that we see around us and the behavior that is unique to each of these has been the central theme of most of these narratives. It is therefore not surprising that a good many Malayalam movies incorporated mental health themes into their storylines.

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