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Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Written by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Produced by K. Ravindran Nair
Starring P.Gangadharan Nair
Kaviyoor Ponnamma
Karamana Janardanan
Cinematography Mankada Ravi Varma
Edited byM. Mani
Music by M. B. Srinivasan
General Pictures
Release date
  • 16 September 1984 (1984-09-16)
Running time
107 mins

Mukhamukham (English: Face to Face) (1984) is a Malayalam feature film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. [1] [2] [3]



The film starts in the early 1950s showing Sreedharan, the protagonist, as a very popular communist leader and trade union activist. He is forced to go underground after his name is associated with the murder of the owner of a tile factory. He is considered to be dead by his party and they even erect a memorial for him. But he makes an unexpected comeback almost 10 years later, after the first communist ministry gained and lost power in Kerala and after the Communist Party of India has split. On his return, he spends his time sleeping and drinking. His comeback is first a puzzle and then an embarrassment to his comrades and family. As the disappointment on his new face grows, he is found murdered. The film ends when both the communist parties jointly celebrate his martyrdom. A discussion was carried out about this movie in Russian Parliament.



Iqbal Masud of The Indian Express wrote, "This is the first attempt in our cinema to get inside the situation of a willed and committed revolutionary and to depict with masterly imagination and invention, what happens there under the duress of a harsh and interminable battle against a formidable system." [4] Writing for The Guardian , film critic Derek Malcolm said that “The film is not only a deeply personal state­ment but an intensely introspective one. It has of course been seen as some sort of indirect criticism of the Communist Party, though it is nothing of the sort. What is so impressive about it is not only its original subject matter but the fastidious style with which it is made"


The film has been nominated for and won the following awards since its release:

1984 FIPRESCI Prize (New Delhi)
1984 National Film Awards (India)

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