Dir : K. S. Sethumadhavan / India / 141 minutes / Malayalam / 1968
The story is about a college lecturer Sreenivasan (Sathyan), who is doing research on the Yakshis. He is disfigured in an accident in his college lab, while experimenting with acids. Everyone who used to adore him begins to hate him and keep away from him for his looks. He meets a beautiful woman, Ragini (Sharada). She is willing to accept him despite his disfigurement. Sreeni marries Ragini and they lead a happy life. But after a while, Sreenivasan has doubts about the identity of his wife; he suspects that she is a “Yakshi”. He dreamed that Ragini wants to kill him for immortality. Sreeni allowed her to take his life, but because of the strong passion and love towards Sreeni, Ragini lets him live and disappears. When Sreeni woke up from the dream, some cops take him to a psychiatrist on the basis of the missing of Ragini and Sreeni’s retarded behaviour. Sreeni told to the cops that, Ragini is a Yakshi and disappeared in front of him. But no one believes him. The psychiatrist revealed to the cops that, Sreeni is mentally unstable because of his constant thoughts about Yakshi. Actually, Sreeni (because of his mental imbalance) killed Ragini by thinking, she’s Yakshi. At the end of the film, Sreeni admits to the cops, “I love my Ragini,I killed her, I’m a Psycho..”.
Director biography and filmography:
K. S. Sethumadhavan was born to Subrahmanyam and Lakshmi in Palakkad, Kerala, India in 1931. He has three sisters and one brother. His childhood was spent in Palakkad and in North Arcot, Tamil Nadu. He completed his degree in biology from Government Victoria College, Palakkad. He debuted in the film industry as the Assistant Director to K. Ramnath. He later assisted directors L. V. Prasad, A. S. A. Swamy, Sunder Rao and Nandakarni.
He debuted as an independent film director with Veeravijaya, a Singhalese film in 1960. His first Malayalam film was Jnanasundari, produced by T. E. Vasudevan under the banner of Associates Pictures based on a short story by Muttathu Varkey. He then went on to direct over 60 films including noted films Odayil Ninnu, Daaham, Sthanarthi Saramma, Koottukudumbam, Vazhve Mayam, Ara Nazhika Neram, Anubhavangal Palichakal, Karakanakkadal, Achanum Bappayum, Punarjanmam, Chattakkari, Oppol and Marupakkam. His only Kannada film was Manini. His film Achanum Bappayum won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration, a part of National Film Awards, in 1973. His Tamil film Marupakkam won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 1991. Thus it became the first Tamil film to win the award, the feat was repeated by Kanchivaram in 2007.
In 1996, his Telugu film Stri won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Director 4 times: for films Ara Nazhika Neram (1970), Karakanakkadal (1971), Pani Theeratha Veedu (1972) and Oppol (1980). He was a jury member for the National Film Awards in 1975 and 1980. In 1982, he was the chairman of the jury for the Kerala State Film Awards. He was the chairman of the National Film Awards jury in 2002, and was awarded the J. C. Daniel Award for the year 2009, honouring his achievements and contribution to Malayalam Cinema. In 2011, he was honoured with the Chalachitra Ratnam Award by the Kerala Film Critics Association.
Producer – M. O. Joseph
Scriptwriter – Thoppil Bhasi
Based on Yakshi by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan
Music – Devarajan
Cinematographer – Melli Irani
Editor – M. S. Mani
Sarada, Sathyan, Sreelatha Namboothiri, Adoor Bhasi, Sukumari, Bahadoor, N. Govindankutty, Radhika