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Chullikkad lauds film as a powerful political satire

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Thiruvananthapuram: The movie Sakudumbam Shyamala is, perhaps, the best political satire in Malayalam to have come on screen after Panchavadippaalam in 1984, directed by K.G. George, Balachandran Chullikkad, poet and actor, said here on Monday.

Mr. Chullikkad, in the cast of the movie, was addressing a press conference here on Monday, along with its director, Radhakrishnan Mangalath, and scriptwriter, Krishna Poojappura.

Mr. Mangalath's debut movie has Urvashi in the central role as Shyamala, a foolish yet ambitious housewife, whose unexpected tryst with politics and the power that comes with it forms the focal point of the film. Mr. Chullikkad's portrayal of a straightforward and uncompromising comrade in the film has come in for much appreciation.

He said Panchavadippaalam still made powerful comments of the political system and the establishment. Sakudumbam Shyamala might seem like an exaggeration and one general comment about the movie was that the central character of Urvashi was a bit overdone. However, her character was more a caricature.

“Behind the caricature format, the movie exposes the weaknesses in our electoral process, which should not be missed,” he said.

The exaggeration of Urvashi's character was very deliberate, Mr. Mangalath and Mr. Krishna said.

Mr. Chullikkad said the reflection of society could be found in any work of art. In that way, some of the contemporary political situations were akin to those presented in the movie.

The posts of people's representative and Minister were so powerful; yet, how these had been reduced to a mere draw of lots.

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