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Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)

The film offers an alternative version of the fight between two legendary Chekavars from Chanthu's perspective.

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T. Hariharan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mammootty ... Chanthu Chekavar (as Kalari gurukkal)
Madhavi ... Unniyarcha
Devan ... Unikonar
Suresh Gopi ... Aromal Chekavar
Balan K. Nair ... Valiya Kannappan Chekavar
Oduvil Unnikrishnan ... Naduvazhi
Ramu ... Unichandror
Tony ... Unnikannan
Soorya Soorya ... Blacksmith Girl (as smith)
Chitra ... Kunjunnooli (as Chithra)
Sukumari ... Kannappa Chekavar's Wife
Captain Raju ... Aringodar
V.K. Sriraman ... Kunjiraman
Geetha ... Kunji
Kumari Joemol ... Unniyarcha (as baby joemol)
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The film is set in 16th-century Northern Kerala. The plot unfolds at Puthooram, the house of great Kannappan Chekavar (Balan K. Nair). Kannappan Chekavar adopts the son of his estranged sister when the boy loses both his parents and brings him to Puthooram to live and learn with his cousins. The orphan boy, Chandu, a quick learner, earns the love and admiration of his uncle, while he is loathed by his cousin Aromal Chekavar (Suresh Gopi). As they grow up Chandu (Mammootty) is betrothed to Chekavar's daughter, Unniyarcha (Madhavi). Several events unfold where in Chandu finds himself being pushed to the corner by his cousin. He flees to the Kali under the guidance of Tulunadan expert and master Chekavar, Aringodar (Captain Raju). Written by Karim1267

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A legend of a movie
18 February 2012 | by sarin_28See all my reviews

A movie that literally rewrote history. The launch of this movie saw a much maligned character of Kerala's folklore turn into a magnificent hero. Whatever the veracity of the account, the movie saw a million hearts warm to the hapless fate of Chandu. A name that would otherwise have evoked images of treachery and deceit, tuned overnight into a legend in its own right. A movie that still after decades of its launch makes goosebumps crawl through your skin and makes your heart ache for the protagonist. The writer and the movie have successfully portrayed the character in a positive light without completely overturning the folklore. Not only did it portray an image of the protagonist as completely opposed to the folklore but it also managed to change the audience perceptions as well. The kudos goes to the excellent script written by M.T. If this movie were a propaganda effort of Chandu in his lifetime i am left in no doubt that he would have become a hero in his own lifetime. No word of praise would be enough for this legendary movie. It would not be an exaggeration to say that its a poetry written in celluloid.


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Release Date:

14 April 1989 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Northern Strory of Valor See more »

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INR200,000 (estimated)
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