Oduvil in Sathyan Anthikkad’s films – 2

A trip through Mazhavilkaavadi [1989], Sandesham [1991] and the ones in between.
Oduvil UnnikrishnanThere is an interesting observation by Director Kamal in the video that discusses the phenomenon called Oduvil Unnikrishnan. He says that there seems to be no one who could bring those characters to life who were crucial to the narratives they often put together. Conversely, by virtue of their absence, the characters are surgically removed from the plot and substituted with those of a different sensibility and nature. I think it is obvious. Forget the change in social dynamics that would eventually reflect in the movies’ plotlines, but would we be again seeing a Vedikkaaran Kunjappu in a Malayalam Movie of the future, or for that matter a benevolent patriarch and a maternal uncle, brought to life in a million different forms by Shankaradi?

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Oduvil in Sathyan Anthikkad’s films -1

Oduvil Unnikrishnan in Ponmuttayidunna Thaaravu (1988)

A Journey through Rustic Goodness in Malayalam Cinema.

Oduvil UnnikrishnanIt wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it was Sathyan Anthikkad‘s movies that played a major part in shaping up the composite memory of the Oduvil we all have in our hearts. And that memory, across all age-groups, am sure,  its surprisingly more or less the same. In fact, a journey through the varied ‘faces’ that Oduvil portrayed on screen, at times with more than one in a movie, is also a journey through the rural heart of Kerala, an environment that is scarily being reconstituted to resemble the glass-and-chrome monstrosities of its urban peers. Also Sathyan Anthikkad’s movies would bring together a delightful set of regulars in his movies that usually spoke of the ‘hearts and heart-breaks in hamlets’ – characters that came alive through Paravoor Bharathan, Shankarady, KPAC Lalitha, Philomena, Sukumari, Maamukkoya, Innocent, Jagathy – with a rock-solid script from Sreenivasan who most of the times joined the fun. The stories most often spoke of current issues with dark sarcasm and pure humor, through this set of actors who essayed characters who were no different from the ones we knew from our neighborhood. Oduvil took to this fraternity like  fish to water!

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The List | Oduvil Unnikrishnan in Sathyan Anthikkad’s Movies

Oduvil Unnikrishnan in Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu
Oduvil Unnikrishnan got some of the best roles in his career from  the 20-odd years of a deep and wonderful friendship he had with Sathyan Anthikkad. From Appunni in 1984 till his last movie, Rasathanthram in 2006, the Sathyan-Srinivasan team led us through a gamut of characters brought to life by Oduvil, pulsing with the innate goodness of the simple life and simple living. I have tried to collate all the movies of Sathyan Anthikkad that  Oduvil appeared in, but I do not claim this list to be definite .

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