Eettillam (1983)“ Sanctuary” – (Lit. Translation)
1983 had three releases from Fazil, two of which featured Bharat Gopy in leading roles – Eettillam and Ente Mamattykutty Ammakku. Eettillam had a simple story line infused with poetic imagery, and its mendicant singer was a far cry from the heart-wrenching portrayal of the father surrounded by overwhelming losses of separation in Ente Mamattykutty Ammakku.
|Menaka Suresh Kumar|
|DEBUT PERFORMANCES: Khaiz, Udayanan, “Flower” Anil, Babu Sabu, George, Venu John and Master Sunil|
|Producer||Abdul Salam, G Kaladharan Nair, HM Muhammad Illyas|
|Lyrics||Kavalam Narayana Panicker|
|Singers||KJ Yesudas, Jency|
|Art Direction||S Konnannattu|
Kavungaad is a sleepy hamlet, bordering a river and in the shadow of the hills that hold dread for the villagers. Perched on the edge of poverty and mostly hand-to-mouth livelihoods, live Abida and her aged grandfather Moideen Bawa, the mendicant singer and their neighbor Kousalya who is also Abida’s best friend. Abida lives with this dream of her handsome groom who would come down the hill range one day and redeem her from poverty. And soon a stranger arrives, amongst the ruins of the mosque by the village river bank and Abida is deliriously happy that her dream is about to come true.
The stranger, though, is not what he seems to be and comes with a personal agenda. And his secrets are also inextricably woven with Abida and Moideen Bawa.
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Bharat Gopy as Moideen Bawa, the Mendicant Singer : An Overview
Moideen Bawa is part magical realism and part fatalist masochism. A portrayal that could have gone over board with the kind of emotional mapping the character disperses across the movie, Bharat Gopy ensured it was reined-in, and brilliant. The hapless and helpless grandfather who cannot bear to see his granddaughter sad, seeks the comfort of his wanderings and the subsistence it gives to calm his soul. This granddaughter is also interestingly, the testimony of his shattered life
The calm demeanor cracks wide open as he witnesses history repeating itself, with his granddaughter and the stranger at the ruins and his plea to the latter is arguably the most poignant and beautiful moment of the movie.