• Fri. Mar 31st, 2023

Elippathayam is a critically acclaimed Malayalam-language film directed by and released in 1981. The title of the film translates to “Rat Trap” in English, which is a metaphor for the protagonist's entrapment in his own emotional and psychological struggles.

The story of the film revolves around Unni, a middle-aged man from a wealthy family, who lives in a large ancestral house. Unni is emotionally attached to the house and is unable to adapt to changes in his life or the world around him. He is also deeply attached to his sisters, who control his life and wealth, and is unable to move beyond his dependency on them.

The film portrays Unni's gradual descent into madness and his ultimate isolation from the world around him. It explores themes of family, tradition, and the struggle for individual freedom in the face of societal and familial expectations.

Elippathayam won several awards, including the coveted British Film Institute award for the Most Original and Imaginative Film of 1982. It is widely considered to be one of the finest works of Indian cinema and a masterpiece of world cinema.

Directed by
Produced by K. Ravindran Nair
Written by

Rajam K. Nair
Music by M. B.
Cinematography Mankada Ravi Varma
Edited by M. Mani
Release date 30 April 1982
Running time 121 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

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