Murappennu (1965) - Title

1965 | Murappennu

Murappennu (1965 ) scripted by MT Vasudevan Nair, which was also his debut into Malayalam films, told the story of an extended family, the bitterness and feud brought about by tradition and customs, of frayed, estranged relationships and helpless souls caught amidst them in the joint Hindu family.

Vijayanirmala in Bhargavinilayam ( 1964 )

B Vijay Kumar on Bhargavinilayam in The Hindu

This first ghost story film in Malayalam is 45 years old. Released on November 22, 1964, the film confirms the existence of supernatural powers unlike some of the early Indian films in this genre.

Vijaya Nirmala in Bhargavi Nilayam (1964)

1964 | Bhargavi Nilayam

Adapted from the Sultan’s short story Neelavelicham from the compilation of his short stories Paavappettavarudey Veshya (The Destitutes’ Whore), the story emphatically told you and showed you the existence of the supernatural and a narrative that was heart-warming and gut-wrenching at the same time, told in simple prose, the way only the Sultan could.

Bhargavi Nilayam (1964)

Bhargavi Nilayam (1964) at Drummer’s Diaries

Bhargavi Nilayam (1964) at Drummer’s Diaries

The movie has some incredibly melodious and yet simple songs, which became a part of Malayali’s musical heritage once they were released in 1964.

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B Vijay Kumar on Murappennu in The Hindu

B Vijay Kumar on Murappennu in The Hindu

The film revolves around a joint family headed by Kunjikrishna Menon (P. J. Antony). His sister Madhavi Amma (Shanta Devi) and her children, Balan (Prem Nazir), Aniyan (K. P. Ummer) and Kochammini (Jyothilakshmi) stay with him.