N for Neelathamara

Younger readers will instantly associate the title to the Lal Jose directed hit that released in 2009. This post examines the original that released in 1979 with a story by MT Vasudevan Nair. Starring Ambika, Ravikumar, Bahadoor and Ador Bhavani in key roles, the movie explores the relationship of a rich upper caste lad with a young lower caste maid-servant and the problems that arise out of this affair. The movie shot in one schedule at a modest budget of Rs 5 lakhs was a success and is a character study into the minds of the rich, the poor and those stuck in between!

I would actually leave you with a song from the 2009 version because I love the song 🙂

The original movie:


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