The Blue Koel
Release date : 22 October 1954
Neelakuyil’s release was clearly a watershed moment in Malayalam cinema, drawing a distinct line in cinematic grammar, and heralding a new direction in film-making for the coming generations. Malayalam Cinema went through a huge make over post Neelakuyil. Before Neelakuyil, Malayalam movies were shot indoors, had music which was influenced by Tamil & Hindi music and had stories that didn’t quite feel authentic. However, Neelakuyi changed all that. It had an authentic story, penned by Uroob and was directed by P Bhaskaran-Ramu Karyat duo, who would go on to make many more such authentic creations. The story dealt with untouchability & class differences, was wonderfully enacted by Miss Kumari & Sathyan; who went on to become stars post the success of this movie. Songs were truly original, lyrics of which were written by P Bhaskaran and music composed by K Raghavan. Neelakuyil, which went on to bag many awards, announced the arrival of Malayalam cinema on the Indian film stage.
Movie Still from Neelakkuyil (1954)
More about the Movie
|Balakrishna Menon||JAR Anand|
|Manavalan Joseph||P Bhaskaran|
|Neelakkuyil Rajam||Thankamani Bharathan|
|Director(s)||P Bhaskaran, Ramu Kariyat|
|Story||Uroob (PC Kuttikrishnan)|
|Screenplay||Uroob (PC Kuttikrishnan)|
|Dialogues||Uroob (PC Kuttikrishnan)|
|Playback Singers||P Bhaskaran, K Raghavan, Janamma David, Kozhikode Pushpa, Mehboob, Shantha P Nair, Kozhikode Abdul Khader|
|Art Direction||KP Sankarankutty|
Copyrights & Courtesy : The Hindu (B Vijayakumar’s MetroPlus Kochi Column)
The plot revolves around rustic life in a small village. Neeli (Miss Kumari), a Harijan peasant girl, falls in love with Sreedharan Nair (Sathyan), a school teacher. Neeli becomes pregnant. Sreedharan Nair refuses to marry Neeli fearing protest from society. Neeli becomes an outcaste. She is later found dead leaving behind her child. Sankaran Nair (P.Bhaskaran), the village postman adopts the child challenging the protests from the society.
Sreedharan Nair marries Nalini (Prema), a member of an aristocratic family. Neeli’s son Mohan (Master Vipin) is brought up by the postman. The film ends with Sreedharan Nair and Nalini accepting the boy as their own child.
Songs from the Movie
Neelakkuyil cooed its melodious loudest. It became the first Malayalam feature film to win the President’s Silver Medal !