Estheppan - 1979
Estheppan is set against the backdrop of the Christian fisher folk's life on the Western coast of India.
Estheppan is a fisherman, who lives in a seashore colony. His story unfolds through narrations by other fishermen about his miraculous acts. Through the contradictory statements of these people, a mystical figure of Estheppan unfolds.
The first sequence of Estheppan is a long shot of Estheppan walking by the seashore, which creates an illusory feeling that he is walking over the waves and crossing the sea. He is described as a prophet, miraculous healer, thief and charlatan by different people. By the end of the film when the disappearance of Estheppan from the colony creates concern among fellow fishermen, the priest of the church consoles them that Estheppan would definitely come back.
Arivandan draws parallels with the Biblical story of Christ and the mystic image of Estheppan constructed through reports about him by the people. While the Biblical myth is created as a reality, the simple life of Estheppan is converted to a myth.
Estheppan won the State Film award for best film and Aravindan won the award for best director.
Direction, Co-Screenplay & Co-Music: G Aravindan
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