Pathram

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Pathram
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Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Joshy
Screenplay by Renji Panicker
Produced by
  • K. Gangaduth
  • Executive Producer:
    G. P. Vijayakumar
Starring
CinematographySanjeev Shankar
Edited by K. Sankunni
Music by S. P. Venkatesh
Gireesh Puthenchery (Poem)
Production
company
Seven Arts Films
Distributed by
  • Seven Arts International Ltd.
  • Surya Cine Arts
  • Kavyachandrika & Manu International (PJ Entertainments UK)
Release date
  • 15 February 1999 (1999-02-15)
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Pathram (transl. Newspaper ) is a 1999 Indian Malayalam-language political thriller film written by Renji Panicker and directed by Joshi. The Movie star Suresh Gopi in lead role as an associate editor of a Popular Newspaper.

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The film collected over 5.15 crore in 25 days at the box office. It became a blockbuster and was the second highest grossing film of 1999 behind Friends . [1] [2] [3] [4] The film ran for over 250 days in theatres. [5] The film was known for the controversies surrounding it when leading Malayalam dailies Malayala Manorama and Mathrubhumi boycotted the film for portraying them in a bad light. [6] The film's music and lyrics were by S. P. Venkatesh and Gireesh Puthenchery, art direction By Sabu Pravadas, and publicity designing by Gayathri Ashokan. The film's location was Ernakulam and surrounding places.

Plot

Nandagopal, an associate editor with one of the leading newspapers Kerala Reshmi, is an aggressive and daring journalist who enjoys a reputation among the media circle. He is the son of Venugopal, an iconic journalist, who was killed by the textile mafia for being a staunch supporter of trade unions. In Kochi, Nandan meets Shekaran, an old naxalite and his father's friend, who is running Jagratha, a newspaper which is feared by the hypocritical political class. Shekaran's outspoken and belligerent nature has earned him more enemies than friends, and he is constantly fighting Vishwanathan, an estranged ideological disciple of Shekaran, who rules the city with his money and power.

Vishwanathan holds a large share in Kerala Reshmi (acquired through deceit) and enjoys huge political clout at the state and central levels. C.I Haridas, a close friend of Shekaran, informs him about a vital source to collect evidence against Vishwanathan. Shekaran decides to expose Vishwanathan's role in the murder of Vincent Peter and numerous other crimes by publishing the confessions made by a henchman of Vishwanathan. The plan is revealed to Vishwanathan by a key journalist in Jagratha, effectively double-crossing Shekaran. A bomb explosion orchestrated by Vishwanathan eliminates Shekaran and C.I. Haridas.

Jagratha, the newspaper run by Shekaran is inherited by Devika Shekar, the only daughter of Shekaran, who is a fiery journalist like her father. Nandan, who was very close to Sekharan, manages to ensure that the case is investigated by an incorruptible investigating officer. Firoze Mohammed IPS, an old admirer of Nandan, is gathering evidence against Vishwanathan. Nandan is arrested by the police in a fabricated case and sacked from Kerala Reshmi. Meanwhile, Firoz decides to arrest Vishwanathan as he makes a drastic headway into the case. While arresting Vishwanathan, Firoz is killed by the latter and his henchmen. Nandan is released on bail and takes the law into his hands. He shoots down Vishwanathan and takes over as the new chief editor of Jagratha.

Cast

Reception

K Jayalakshmi of Deccan Herald wrote, "Given the publicity and promise preceding the film, one was expecting more than the usual crime and punishment drama. However, do not go expecting a behind-the-scenes peek at a newspaper office. What one is offered is a highly unrealistic, idealistic, fired-up illusion of investigative journalism. Time-pass stuff. Malayalam movie can never have a dearth of bad guys. Check out the baddies in this one, the one in Khadi and the other in khaki. Take your pick. Equally repulsive, both. This action-packed movie from Joshi has some very realistic fights and some explicit scenes on police atrocities, if nothing else." [7]

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