Manichitrathazhu to get a rerelease in theatres after 30 years

The iconic 1993 film won two National Awards, including Best Actress for Shobana and Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Posters of Manichitrathazhu
Posters of Manichitrathazhu

Filmmaker Fazil's magnum opus Manichitrathazhu is gearing up for a rerelease after 30 years, announced the producer Swargachitra Appachan on Thursday in a press conference. He also added that they are eyeing to bring it to the screens in July. According to the makers, the film has been painstakingly restored in 4K resolution and mixed in Dolby Atmos. The landmark psychological thriller features Mohanlal as Doctor Sunny, Shobana as Ganga, and Suresh Gopi as Nakulan.

Manichithrathazhu follows the ominous happenings around an infamous mansion, believed to be haunted by the ghost of a vengeful dancer Nagavalli, after a couple (Suresh Gopi and Shobana) inhabits it against their family's warning. The crux of the plot revolves around a dynamic psychiatrist (Mohanlal) who takes on the challenge of restoring peace in the mansion.

Producer Swargachitra Appachan announcing the rerelease window
Producer Swargachitra Appachan announcing the rerelease window

The film, remade in numerous languages across India over the years, won two National Awards including Best Actress for Shobana and Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. It also starred the late veterans Nedumudi Venu, KPAC Lalitha, Innocent, Thilakan, and Kuthiravattam Pappu in prominent roles. Vinaya Prasad, KB Ganesh Kumar, and Sudheesh was also part of the cast.

Interestingly, seasoned directors like Sibi Malayil, Priyadarshan, and Siddique–Lal served as the second-unit directors of Manichithrathazhu, scripted by Madhu Muttam. The film, edited by TR Sekhar, has cinematography by Venu, Anandakuttan and Sunny Joseph. The songs were tuned by M G Radhakrishnan, while the score was composed by Johnson.

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