Swayamvaram - 1972
Swayamvaram pioneered the Malayalam New Wave Cinema. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, fresh from the newly constituted film institute at Pune, took a new path of filmmaking unfamiliar to the common Malayale viewer at that time.
Vishwam and Seeta arrive in a city as eloped lovers. Vishwam is in lookout for a job, while he hopes for a life as a writer. When he fails so, economic pressure force them to shift to a cheaper hotel from their expensive one and eventually to a slum, with a prostitute as the neighbour. Vishwam has to be satisfied with a job at a tutorial college and later when he looses it he settles with a job at a timber mill. Poverty ultimately leads Vishwam to illness and his death, leaving Seetha a destitute widow with a small baby. The film ends with the scene of Vishwam's perplexed wife gazing at a closed door.
The climax scene, which makes the ending of the film 'without an end' gives a larger meaning for the film.
Swayamvaram won the President's Gold Medal for best film and Sharada won the National award for best actress in 1972.
Direction & Screenplay: Adoor Gopalakrishnan
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