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|Produced by||K. Radhakrishnan|
|Screenplay by||Balram Mattanoor|
|Based on||William Shakespeare's Othello|
Rajamani (Film score)
|Cinematography||M J Radhakrishnan|
|Distributed by||Surya Cine Arts|
Kaliyattam (English: The Play of God) is a 1997 Malayalam film directed by Jayaraaj, and starring Suresh Gopi, Lal, Manju Warrier, and Biju Menon. The film is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Othello against the backdrop of the Hindu Theyyam performance. Suresh Gopi played Kannan Perumalayan, the equivalent to Othello. Lal played Paniyan, the equivalent to Iago. Manju Warrier played Thamara, the Desdemona version. And Biju Menon played Kanthan, Cassio's role.
This is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, revolving around Kannan Perumalayan (Suresh Gopi)), a Theyyam artist who corresponds to Othello, and Thamara (Manju Warrier), the beautiful daughter of the village head. While Unni Thampuran hates Kannan because he had a crush on Thamara, and Paniyan, (Lal) who plays a Koomali, covets the role of Theechamundi which Perumalayan holds. Paniyan plants the seeds of doubt about Thamara's fidelity in Kannan's mind, making him suspect that Thamara and his assistant Kanthan (Biju Menon) are having an affair. Kannan spots a silk robe which he had presented to Thamara in Kanthan's hands.
Kannan, out of grief and anger, takes Thamara's life by suffocating her with a pillow. On the same night, Paniyan plans to get Kanthan killed by Unni Thampuran, but the plan goes awry and Thamburan is killed. Amidst these events, Kannan is told of his mistake by Paniyan's wife Cheerma, before Paniyan murders her. Kannan overpowers Paniyan, crushing his legs with a stone, and allows him to live the rest of his life crippled. Kannan Perumalayan gives the Theechamundi role to Kanthan and commits suicide in the Theyyam ritual fire.
- Suresh Gopi as Kannan Perumalayan (Othello)
- Lal as Paniyan (Iago)
- Manju Warrier as Thamara (Desdemona)
- Biju Menon as Kanthan (Cassio)
- Bindu Panicker as Cheerma (Emilia)
- Narendra Prasad as Thamburan (Brabantio)
The music and lyrics were composed and written by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri.
|"Ennodenthinee Pinakkam"||Bhavana Radhakrishnan|
|"Vannathi Puzhayude"||K. J. Yesudas|
|"Velikku Veluppaankaalam"||K. J. Yesudas|
|"Ennodendinee Pinakkam"||K. J. Yesudas|
|"Kathivanoor Veerane"||Kallara Gopan|
|"Sree Raagam Paadum Veene"||K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha|
|"Paadathe Paadunna Raagam"||M. G. Sreekumar|
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- "jayaraj". cinemaofmalayalam.net. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- "Monsoon moods on film". The Indian Express. 26 June 1997. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- "Thai Saheb bags national award for best film". The Indian Express. 10 May 1998. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- "Indrani Haldar, Karisma bag national awards". Rediff.com. 9 May 1998. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
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