Malayam cinema will remember Director Fazil for ever.as his Manichithrathazhu created history in Malayalam cinema. It went on to become one of the most loved films in Malayalam and was remade into several languages. It turned 25 years last week.
It was in 2004 that the first remake of that came out – Apthamitra (Kannada), followed by Chandramukhi (Tamil), Rajmohol (Bengali) and Bhool Bhulaiyya (Hindi).
They all paled in comparison.
“People still talk to me about it, and that makes me happy,” Fazil said on Friday. “I had worked on the script (written by Madhu Muttom) for a couple of years, and it was a challenge shooting the film.”But its success had not come as a surprise to Fazil. For, it had everything – a brilliant script, an exceptional cast led by Shobana and Mohanlal, a melodious music score by M.G. Radhakrishnan and splendid camera work by Venu.
The story of Ganga, a woman who believes she is the reincarnation of dancer Nagavalli from a different period, was told with great skills by Fazil, who had already proved himself with major box office hits like Manjil Virinja Pookkal, Nokkekkatha Doorathu Kannum Nattu and Ente Mamattikuttiyammaykku.