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Marmaram (1982)“Whisperings” – (Lit. Translation)
1982 had a unique offering for Bharat Gopy – he was present in all the four productions of Bharathan that were released that year; all distinct and rich in characterisation and narrative. All four went on to win critical praise and accolades at the national and international levels, for the film and the performances. Marmaram (1982) had Bharat Gopy playing the brief, yet crucial role of an armed insurgent, who had thrown away his life for the sake of his political ideology and then lives to regret every moment of it. Marmaram, with sterling performances by Nedumudi Venu and Jalaja won the Kerala State Award for the Best Film, the Best Story, the Best Lyricist and for the Best Edited Film, for the year 1982.
|Lyrics||Kavalam Narayana Panicker|
|Singers||S Janaki, Unni Menon|
|Distribution||Vijaya Movies Release|
Narayana Iyer, the Head Master of the local primary school, slightly past his prime is desperately seeking a suitable match on his own terms, to settle down with. He feels attracted to a colleague, who has recently joined the school. Demure and timid with an air of sadness around her, she does not resist his overtures and seems to look forward to a life with him, even against the wishes of his staunchly orthodox mother. The marriage soon turns into an emotional cesspool as his wife’s past catches up with them, with possibly disastrous consequences.
A Movie Clipping from Marmaram (1982)
How can you not fall in love with this actor ?
Karnaamritham Kannanu Karnaamritham
Angam Prathi Anangan
Kerala State Film Awards – 1982
Best Film : Marmaram
Story : Vijayan Karottu
Lyricist : Kavalam Narayana Panicker
Editor : N.P.Suresh
Bharat Gopy as The Insurgent : An Overview
Bharat Gopy as the Nameless Insurgent has only a brief appearance in the movie, but like all his onscreen appearances, it is transformed into one of the most memorable sequences in the entire narrative.
The political, militant ideologist who flees from the trappings of his domesticity including his new-born baby to disrupt and rework the existing system through an armed insurgence, sadly realises that he cannot, and that he could never sever away the ties that bind him to his loved ones and his family.
A marked and wanted man by the authorities through the succeeding years in the movement, and fully aware of his wife’s new found love and subsequent marriage, he visits them one night, in the knowledge that it might be his last night alive. So much for a life steeped in militant political activism!
Marmaram went on to win the Kerala State Film Awards for the Best Film, the Best Film Story, the Best Editor and for the Best Lyricist. Though Bharat Gopy won his second State Award for Best Actor in Ormakkayi – another Bharathan production of the same year, his appearance as the insurgent in Marmaram shines as one of the finest examples of his capability in turning an appearance onscreen, however brief, into a lasting performance.