Revathikkoru Paavakkutty (1986)“A Doll for Revathy” – (Lit. Translation)
Revathikkoru Paavakkutty was Bharat Gopy’s third movie with Sathyan Anthikkad. Based on a theatre production by Ravi Vallathol and developed into a screenplay by John Paul, the narrative landscape was a familiar one for Bharat Gopy. It would be another twenty years before Bharat Gopy would act in another of Sathyan Anthikkad’s projects, Rasathanthram in 2006.
|Menaka Suresh Kumar
|Shalu Mol [ Debut ]
|KJ Yesudas, KS Chithra
Mangalathu Balan Menon lives estranged from his wife and only daughter Revathy who has been brought up by her mother with the singular agenda of hating her father for how their lives have turned out. Terminally ill, he expresses his desire to meet his daughter Revathy, now a sprightly, cheerful teenager who still harbors hatred for her father. She in turn sends her best friend Susanna to masquerade as her to her father. Mangalathu Menon, in the company of his daughter has an amazing recovery, but tragedy is waiting in the wings.
A Movie Clipping from Revathikkoru Paavakkutty (1986)
Chinnakkutti Chellakkutti Thankakkatti (M)
Chinnukkutti Chellakkutti Thankakkatti (F)
Courtesy : Hungama Malayalam
Bharat Gopy as Mangalathu Balan Menon : An Overview
1986 had been a mixed bag of fulfillment as far as Bharat Gopy’s onscreen performances were concerned, and Mangalathu Balan Menon stood a shade apart from the rest (aside from Shankaran in the internationally acclaimed Chidambaram) amongst his filmography for the year.
An engaging screenplay and virtuoso performance by the entire cast, especially Bharat Gopy as the father of Revathy, ensured a popular draw at the box-office. Balan Menon accepts his past but is always hopeful of what the future could hold. The room full of toys and figurines that he buys for his darling estranged daughter bears testimony to his love. To him Revathy would always be his child, no matter how she feels about him. His desire to see her one last time leans more towards his fatalistic sensibilities; but what destiny has in store for him and his loved ones makes Revathykkoru Pavakkutty one of the most memorable movies in his repertoire.