Oru Swakaryam (1983)

  • A suppressed inferiority complex and supreme spinelessness lived in perfect harmony inside Kaimal, the houseowner.

Oru Swakaryam (1983)

A Private Matter” – (Lit. Translation)

Oru Swakaryam was Bharat Gopy’s second movie with Harikumar. Gopy collaborated with him in three movies, the first being Snehapoorvam Meera in 1982, and the breezy comic caper Puli Varunney Puli in 1985. Oru Swakaryam featured an ensemble cast of Mammootty, Nedumudi Venu, Venu Nagavally and Jagathy Sreekumar as fellow boarders in a rented house – a concept impossible in the current times of cinema. Oru Swakaryam was also probably the only movie where Bharat Gopy was paired with Thodupuzha Vasanthy.

Nedumudi Venu
Venu Nagavally
Bharat Gopy
Jagathy Sreekumar
Thodupuzha Vasanthi
Director Harikumar
Producer Vindhyan
Banner Bhadra Productions
Screenplay Harikumar
Dialogues Harikumar
Lyrics Vayalar, MD Rajendran, Sugathakumari
Music MB Sreenivasan
Singers KJ Yesudas, S Janaki, Venu Nagavally
Cinematography Vipin Mohan
Editing G Venkittaraman
Art Direction Mani Suchitra
Jalaja in Oru Swakaryam
Four roving bachelors who have their weekend fun and weekday fun if they could, find themselves in a quandary as the ‘girl’ that they got home turns out to be a complicated case.

A Movie Clipping from Oru Swakaryam (1983)

The Original Inspiration of Kaimal's Song from Malaysia

Kaimal’s “Malayasian Song” that he sings for his tenants is the popular Manmadha Leelai  by M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar from his 1944 hit Haridas.

Aalolam Thaalolam Aalolamaadi (F)

Singer : S Janaki   |   Lyrics : MD Rajendran   |   Music : MB Sreenivasan

Aalolam Thaalolam Aalolamaadi (M)

Singer : KJ Yesudas   |   Lyrics : MD Rajendran   |   Music : MB Sreenivasan

Daaham Kollum (Aare Kaanan)

Singer : Venu Nagavally   |   Lyrics : Vayalar   |   Music : MB Sreenivasan

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Engane Engane

Singer : KJ Yesudas   |   Lyrics : MD Rajendran   |   Music : MB Sreenivasan

Karutha Chirakumaay

Singer : Venu Nagavally   |   Lyrics : Sugathakumari   |   Music : MB Sreenivasan

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Bharat Gopy as Kaimal  : An Overview

Kaimal is a fine example of the middle-class hypocrisy that is so incisively brought out by Bharat Gopy in this brief yet memorable supporting role. Obnoxious and cowardly, with a “Malaysian” history to boot, his days are spent trying to address his gnawing inferiority complex with plans of daring and fortitude that he would accomplish if he does not get his way. Most often, decisions on his behalf are already made and put to use before he is even aware of them.

Pushing 50’s, he refuses to find fault with himself as he pesters his wife for medical examinations one after the other, to prove his virility to himself and the society at large.

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