history of malayalam cinema


Bhargavi Nilayam - 1964
(The Ghost House)

A novelist arrives in a desolate mansion to stay, where he encounters the beautiful ghost Bhargavi. He starts writing her story, a tragic tale about her love for a poet and her evil cousin who ruined the affair. As the novelist reads out the story to the ghost, the cousin turns up and tries to kill the novelist. They fall into a well but the ghost helps the hero out, leaving the villain to drown.

Direction: A Vincent
Story & Screenplay: Vaikom Mohammed Basheer
Cast: Prem Nazir, Madhu, Vijayanirmala, P J Anthony
Cinematography: P Bhaskar Rao
Music: Baburaj



Thulabharam - 1968

The film based on a play by Thoppil Bhasi for the legendary drama troupe KPAC, tells the story of two friends Vijaya and Vatsala, who part ways when Vatsla's father, a lawyer, causes Vijaya's father, a businessman to loose a case, which leads him to death. Vijaya is forced to marry a trade union leader Ramu, who leads a strike but dies when the strike turns violent. The suffering Vijaya kills her three starving children and is arrested before she can commit suicide. She is sent to the gallows by her former friend Vatsala, now a noted lawyer.

Direction: A Vincent
Screenplay: Thoppil Bhasi
Cast: Prem Nazir, Madhu, Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair, Adoor Bhasi, Sharada
Cinematography: Bhaskar Rao
Music: P Devarajan


Nadi - 1969
(The River)

The families of Varkey and Thomman rekindle their ancient feud when they happen to hire adjacent boathouse in the river. Things get worse when Varkey's daughter Stella falls in love with Thomman's son Jhonny. Dramatic events lead the infant daughter of Stella's sister to drown, which leads to the reconciliation.

Direction: A Vincent
Story: P J Anthony
Screenplay: Thoppil Bhasi
Cast: Prem Nazir, Madhu, Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair, P J Anthony, Sharada
Cinematography: P N Sundaram, A Venkat
Music: P Devarajan


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