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            Manichitrathazhu (1993)

            When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed.




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            Cast overview, first billed only:
            Mohanlal ... Dr. Sunny Joseph
            Shobana ... Ganga / Nagavalli
            Suresh Gopi ... Nakulan
            Vinaya Prakash ... Sridevi (as Vinaya Prasad)
            Nedumudi Venu ... Thampi
            Innocent ... Unnithan
            K.P.A.C. Lalitha ... Bhasura
            Sudheesh ... Chanthu
            Thilakan ... Brahmadattan Nampoothirippadu
            Ganesh Kumar Ganesh Kumar ... Dasappan Kutty
            Rudra Rudra ... Alli
            Kuthiravattam Pappu ... Kattuparamban (as Pappu)
            Shridhar ... Mahadevan
            Bhagyalakshmi ... Ganga (voice)


            Renowned Psychiatrist Dr. Sunny Joseph lives in America. He decides to travel to a town in India after he gets a distress call from his friend, who belongs to a very noble and wealthy family, to counsel and treat a female family member, who he suspects is responsible for a variety of incidents. Sunny accepts this assignment not realizing that there is another side to this tale, namely a vengeful spirit, who may not respond to his methods, and he may end up endangering everyone's lives. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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            Release Date:

            23 December 1993 (India) See more »

            Also Known As:

            The Ornate Lock See more »

            Filming Locations:

            Kochi, Kerala, India See more »

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            Swargachitra See more »
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            Dr. Sunny appeared in the spin-off film Geethaanjali (2013) directed by one of the four second-unit directors of the film, Priyadarshan. See more »


            Dr. Sunny Joseph: l consider you as one of my teachers who have studied the human mind. But l have to surpass all that l have learnt.l will travel the paths not tried by any other psychiatrist.For the sake of Nakulan and his wife.l am going to break all conventional concepts of psychiatry
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            One of the greatest Malayalam movies ever made
            22 May 2005 | by mervkvSee all my reviews

            The first half of Manichithrathazhu may be slow, but the second half becomes gripping. The amazing climax, featuring Shobana's spectacular dance with her partner, pushes this movie from a simple Malayalam thriller to the level of high art. Although the film isn't perfect--there are minor plot holes, and Mohanlal's entertaining performance goes over the top in some scenes--Manichithrathazhu is one of the best Indian movies I've seen.

            After watching this movie, I couldn't believe it was directed by Fazil, the same guy who churned out overly sentimental mush like Aniyathi Pravu (1997) and shameless, cookie-cutter Hollywood remakes like Life Is Beautiful (2000). Manichithrathazhu has to be the high point of Fazil's career.

            After a lifetime of avoiding most Malayalam movies like the plague, old classics like this film are turning me into a big fan of Malu films. Also, after watching his charismatic performances in films like Nadodikattu (1987), Pattana Pravesham (1988), Akkare akkare akkare (1990), and Manichithrathazhu, I find myself becoming an enthusiastic fan of Mohanlal. If you're not already a Mohanlal fan, watching Manichithrathazhu may make you one.

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