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Shaji N. Karun

Vanaprastham (Vanaprastham - The Last Dance)

Edition 1999
119' - 1999 - Drama - Dialogue: Malayalam
Director: Shaji N. Karun Composer: Zakir Hussain With: Mohanlal, Suhasini, Mattanoor Shankara Marar
Kerala, southern India during the late 1930's. At the age of 10, Kunhikuttan begins the long and difficult apprenticeship of the most noble Kerala art form, that of Kathakali, a combination of dance, pantomime and theatre. He is barely 18 when he is forced to marry Savithri. Their union turns out to be a very unhappy one, despite the birth of their daughter, Sharada. While Kunhikuttan gains more and more recognition for his performances, his modest life is often difficult. He meets Subhadra, who turns his world upside down. She is a young woman married into high society and seems to be lost within her closed world, in which she can no longer distinguish between reality and fiction.

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Shaji N. Karun


Zakir Hussain


Mohanlal, Suhasini, Mattanoor Shankara Marar


Shaji N. Karun, Pierre Assouline, Reghunath Paleri

Director of Photography

Renato Berta, Santosh Sivan


Joseph Guinvarch, A. Sreekar Prasad


Pierre Assouline

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Countries of production

India, Germany, France



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