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  • 1992
  • 2 hr 23 min
  • 8.0  (596)

Kamaladalam is a Malayalam movie released in 1992, directed by Sibi Malayil and produced by G.P. Vijayakumar. The film stars Mohanlal, Parvathy, and Monisha in the leading roles. The story revolves around Dasan, a Kathakali artist, played by Mohanlal, who is struggling to cope up with his past. He is haunted by memories of his mentor, Gopi, played by Vineeth, who was a Kathakali artist himself. Dasan, once a potential leader of the troupe, rids himself of alcohol and women until one day when he is sent to retrieve a fan dancer, Bhanumathi, played by Parvathy, for the troupe's next performance.

Bhanumathi, a skilled dancer who specializes in Mohiniyattam, a classical Indian dance form that is traditionally performed by women, is initially hesitant to join the Kathakali troupe. However, Dasan convinces her, and both of them travel to the troupe's location for rehearsals. The two become close friends and spend their time learning from each other.

Meanwhile, the troupe's lead actor, played by Nedumudi Venu, is jealous of Dasan's talent and begins to create problems for him. The story follows Dasan's rise to the top of the troupe, his groundbreaking performance, and his redemption from his past.

The film's outstanding performances by Mohanlal and Parvathy, the beautiful locations, and the music captivates the audience. Kamaladalam is one of the few movies that captures the essence of Indian classical arts, especially Kathakali and Mohiniyattam.

The movie sets an excellent example of how different art forms can be combined and showcased, from the traditional Kathakali makeup that Mohanlal sports in the movie to Parvathy's graceful Mohiniyattam performance. The breathtaking visuals present the viewers with a glimpse into the world of classical dance and music.

The plot of the film revolves around Dasan's journey to redemption, which is a blend of cultural and philosophical themes. The movie presents the idea of how one's life can change for the better with the help of good friends and a passion for art. It also highlights the importance of striking a balance between one's personal and professional life.

Kamaladalam also explores the intricacy of human relationships through the portrayal of the developing relationship between Dasan and Bhanumathi. The chemistry between the two actors, their expressions and conversations, the slow progression from being acquaintances to sincere friends is all captured beautifully.

The film's title, Kamaladalam, means Lotus petal, and it refers to the makeup used in Kathakali, which resembles a lotus flower. The movie's music, composed by Perumbavoor G. Raveendranath, is another highlight. The songs, especially the songs that accompany Parvathy's Mohiniyattam performance, are beautifully performed, and the lyrics are meaningful.

In conclusion, Kamaladalam is a must-watch film for those interested in classical dance and music, those who admire artistic talent, and those who appreciate good cinema. The movie offers a unique perspective into how different cultures blend together and how art can change an individual's life. Mohanlal and Parvathy's performances, the locations, and the music leave an indelible imprint on the viewers' minds.

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    2 hr 23 min
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    8.0  (596)