Director: Shaji N. Karun
Music: Zakir Hussain
Cinematographer: Santosh Sivan, Renato Berta
Runtime: 119 min
Time: 9:00 pm
Won National Award 2000
Kunhikuttan (Mohanlal) is a respected Kathakali dancer but a member of lower caste. His birth was questionable as his wealthy father had a fling with a lower caste woman. Being brought up in a poor family his dreams of becoming a master are halted due to an arranged marriage. One night, while performing as Arjuna from Mahabharata, his dance amuses Subhadra (Suhasini), a well educated member of upper caste family. She falls in love with “Arjuna” on the stage but not Kunhikuttan the dancer. Subhadra rejects him and he is not privileged to see his son as well. He leaves his heroic roles on the stage and takes up demonic characters to expressing his dark side of the heart. The story ends with Kunhikuttan’s stunning performance from the Mahabharata demonstrating a man who essentially has no father and no son.
The title stems from Sanskrit and alludes to the place where all artists need to be, free of all emotional attachments and material possessions.