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Directed by Priyanandanan
Written by N. Sasidharan
Starring Murali
Sona Nair
Cinematography Jain Joseph, FTII
Release dates
Country India
Language Malayalam

Neythukaran is a 2002 Malayalam movie directed by debutant Priyanandanan starring Murali. The movie told the story of a weaver, a supporter of E. M. S. Namboodiripad who dies the next day after his leader dies.[1]

Murali won the National Film Award for Best Actor in 2002 for his performance in this film.


EMS, the leader of the first ever democratically elected Communist Government is dead (His death was on the same day, which the BJP lead Government came to power in the centre. This coincidence strengthened the mystic cloud around the man called EMS among his friends). Appa Mestry (Murali), a veteran Communist, who lives in the nostalgia of 'those great days', is unable to believe that EMS has died. For him EMS is a great leader, whose death is unthinkable. He goes back to those ages, where they worked for freedom struggle, risking their own lives. He proudly remembers the day which he took Comrade P. Krishnapilla on his shoulder across the river safely. He remembers contemptuously the day which the first EMS ministry was dismissed by the Central Government as a result of the unjust agitation by the religious lobbies of Kerala. He even had observed fast when AKG had gone on fast against a Government decision.

Appa Mestry's next generation, his son-in-law (Vijayaraghavan) and his friend Bahuleyan (M. R. Gopakumar), who have discarded their extremist leftist ideology, are illustrated as frauds. Here are some images that suggest they are fraudsters: Bahuleyan no more have his beard, which he had worn during his Communist days. He no longer uses bedis. According to Appa Mestry, his son-in-law has done wrong by not closing his office even after hearing about the death of EMS. They drive their car to get alcohol, even when entire Kerala grieves the death of EMS by observing harthal. Appa's grandchildren are indifferent and are immersed in their own worlds. During the television relay of the funeral procession of EMS, Appa's grandson sits watching a cricket match, completely oblivious of EMS's legacy.

Appa Mestry dies broken hearted on the day of funeral of EMS.




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The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:18:45 -0700

While the role in Priyanandan's Neythukaran fetched her the Kerala State Film Award for the second best actress, she won the state television award twice, for her roles in 'Rachiyamma' and 'Thyagam' (2004) and 'Samasya' and 'Jalam' (2006). Sona who ...


Thu, 28 Apr 2011 04:51:21 -0700

The story is written by writer-director Ranjith and the shooting took place in Kannur, Kerala. Priyanandanan has made well-appreciated films like Neythukaran, Pulijanmam and Sufi Paranja Katha. Pulijanmam bagged the National award for the Best Feature ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 27 Oct 2011 03:14:42 -0700

... M.R. Bhattathiripad, and Premji. He came to cinema late in his life, but essayed some very striking roles in films like 'Piravi,' 'Uppu,' 'Kazhakam,' 'Swam,' 'Garshom,' 'Neythukaran,' and 'Neelathamara.' An active political worker before he became ...

Times of India

Times of India
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:39:05 -0800

While most of his films, including Neythukaran, Sufi Paranja Kadha and Pulijanmam have made it to the festival circuits, Priyanandan says he doesn't believe in the concept of a festival film. "There is no such thing as a festival film or a commercial film.


Tue, 10 Feb 2009 21:19:49 -0800

His debut film Neythukaran won Murali a National Award for Best Actor in 2001. His second film, Pulijanmam, won the National Award for Best Film last year. He is currently in the process of making Sufi Paranja Kadha (The story told by Sufi) based on ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 11 May 2011 04:44:36 -0700

In the entertainment industry, what happens if every movie that is released is slapstick? Or, serious tragedies, or issue-based ones, one after another? Or cloying romance, in a line? Yes, we would all get bored. So every movie has space, as everyone ...


Thu, 06 Aug 2009 22:03:14 -0700

He won the National Award for his stellar performance as Appa Mestri in director Priyanandanan's Neythukaran in 2002. He also won many state and other awards for his roles in films like Amaram, Aadharam, Kanakkinavu and Thalolam among others.

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