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Sandesham (1991)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 October 1991 (India)
A satire on contemporary Kerala politics where brothers turn local leaders of rival parties, leading to distress for their aged and once-proud parents.


Sathyan Anthikad


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sreenivasan ... Prabhakaran
Jayaram ... Prakashan
Thilakan ... Raghavan Nair
Mathu ... Lathika
Kaviyoor Ponnamma ... Bhanumathi
Rahul Lakshman Rahul Lakshman ... Prashanthan (Raghavan Nair's youngest son)
Siddique ... Udayabhanu
Oduvil Unnikrishnan ... Achuthan Nair
Mala Aravindan ... Anandan
K.P.A.C. Lalitha ... Anandan's Wife
Mammukoya ... K. G. Pothuwal
Sankaradi ... Kumara Pillai
Innocent ... Yaswanth Sahai
Bobby Kottarakkara ... Uthaman
T.P. Madhavan T.P. Madhavan ... Police Officer


A satire on contemporary Kerala politics where brothers turn local leaders of rival parties, leading to distress for their aged and once-proud parents.

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Prabhakaran: Don't ever speak about 'Poland'! I will not bear it any longer!
Prakashan: [to Raghavan Nair] Is Poland his heirloom?
Prabhakaran: Don't even pronounce 'Poland'!
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One of My Favorites.
30 May 2010 | by sandhya-sdrSee all my reviews

Hugely popular political satire penned by Sreenivasan. The film is equally brutal in its admonishment of both major political formations in Kerala. Veteran actor Thilakan, as always, is brilliant as the Station Master who returns home after retirement to find his sons Prabhakaran (Sreenivasan) & Prakashan (Jayaram) as jobless petty politicians. Their political rivalry spills over & begins to dictate every aspect of family life, this is the central theme of the film. The movie skillfully & hilariously exposes the double-speak & hypocrisy of the Communists and the corruption & sycophancy in the Congress party. No character or situation felt out of place during the entire film. Every character had a message for the masses- be it Siddique, as the upright agriculture officer, Mala Aravindan as the cowardly police inspector, Shankaradi as the Marxist ideologue or even Bobby Kottarakara as the small time party worker. "Sandesham" without any doubt ranks among the best Malayalam movies of all time & is best remembered for its dialogues, some of which have become part of the Kerala folklore. Kudos to Sathyan Anthikad & Sreenivasan for this fantastic creation!

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