The Bogeyman

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The Bogeyman


by Govindan Aravindan




Director: Govindan Aravindan

Script: Govindan Aravindan, Kavalam

Cinematographer: Shaji N. Karun

Music: M. G. Radhakristan

Cast: Ramunni, Master Ashokan, Vilasini Reema

Production: General Pictures, Quilon

Fribourg Film Festival

Year: 1979

35 mm, B & W, 100 min, 
OV With French Subtitles


The film is a Pied Piper-like figment of Malabar's folklore about a partly mythic and partly real magician called Kummatty (bogeyman).

Kummatty materialises from nature one day to mingle with and weave a spell of carefree abandon around the children of the village. Kummatty travels from place to place and entertains children with dancing, singing and performing magic. At one such performance at a village, Kummatty starts to mingle with and weave a spell of carefree abandon around the children of the village. He turns a group of children into animals. But one boy, who was changed into a dog, is chased away and misses the moment Kummatty changed the children back to their human form. The dog-boy has to wait a year until Kummatty returns to the village to get back his human form. All ends well and Kummatty melts back into nature. …

Aravidan's joie de vivre and peotry has never been as beautiful as in his 37th movie. The movie has been done on a shoestring with non-professional actors and animals. First thought as a kids' movie, it is rather a movie fro children from 7 to 77 years old.

The works of Aravidan are unique in Indian and contemporary world cinema. During his whole career, he tried to express complex ideas and feelings in a very simple way. We will fondly remind him as a poet, who brought joy even to people he didn't know.

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