The Man of the Story
Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Script: Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Cinematographer: Ravi Varma
Editor: M.S. Mani
Music: Vijay Bhaskar
Cast: Viswanathan, Mini Nair, Aranmulla Ponnamma, Urmila Unni, Jagannatha Varma, Narendra Prasad
35 mm, Colour, 107 min
OV Malayalam with French Subtitles
With kind support of Indian Embassy in Paris
Kunjunni, a gentle and sensitive child, was born in a family of landlords in Kerala, in a society in transition. He experiences a rational yet difficult growth and development through political and emotional awareness and choices. He ultimately finds release from his inhibitions when he discovers creativity in himself as a writer. The film covers 50 years of history during which the feudal community of Kerala started to transform it self into a modern elective democracy. Mahatma Gandhi let the nation wide freedom struggle, then came the first democratically elected Communist government in 1959. 10 years later came the Land reform and the Naxalites, a Maoiste movement, launched violent attacks. Soon after the State of emergency was declared.
The film is an attempt to epitomise the eternal struggle of the human spirit to assert itself against the regimentation and repression that any system of government is bound to impose on the free will of the individual..