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Yavanika (1982)

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StatusReleased on
DirectorKG George
ProducerHenry Fernandez
BannerCarolina Films
ScreenplayKG George
DialogueSL Puram Sadanandan
LyricsONV Kurup, MB Sreenivasan
MusicMB Sreenivasan
SingersKJ Yesudas, Selma George
CinematographyK Ramachandrababu
EditingMN Appu
Art DirectionGO Sundaram
DistributionApsara Pictures

After playing almost moron like characters in Kodiyettam and Kallan Pavithran, Gopi turned the tables on an unsuspecting audience and shocked them with the out and out negative role of Ayyappan,the protagonist of 'Yavanika'!
The film, a detective thriller, explores the backstage drama of a travelling drama troupe. Ayyappan was a sadist, a cold-blooded Thabala player with criminal tendencies. Gopi on the character “The moustache that my character, Ayyappan, sported was real. George made me pose for still photographs in the costumes of Ayyappan and that was it. What was strange about the film was that almost all the scenes in which I was there were shot between 8 PM and 5:30 AM. Ayyappan was a creature of the night. He was a drunkard and a womaniser. Even the theatre scenes where shot at night...." It is said that he learnt Thabala to play the role to perfection. Later on George has reportedly said that 'Ayyappan' was loosely structured on a real life Thabala artist, Alleppey Usman. Ayyappan is still being talked about, perhaps much more than his award winning roles in other films. No wonder, Gopi said once - "The character does not go inside me, I go inside the character. The character is formless, unseen, in front of me, and I enter the outline drawn by me. If an actor takes the character inside him, what you see will be the actor and not the character."

Bharath Gopi
as Tablist Aiyappan

as Sub Inspector Jacob Eeraly

Venu Nagavally
as Joseph Kollapally

as Rohini

Supporting Roles

as Vishnu
Jagathy Sreekumar
as Varunan
Nedumudi Venu
as Balagopalan
as Vakkachan
as Chellapan
Kuttyedathi Vilasini
as Ammini
Thodupuzha Vasanthy
as Rajamma
PA Latheef
as Molly Jacob Eeraly
Pushpa (Old)Mohan Jose
as Danny
S Henry
Perumana Bhaskar Captain MathewCaptain Thomas

Bharatha Muniyoru Kalam Varachu
Singer : KJ Yesudas, Selma George   |   Lyrics : ONV Kurup   |   Music : MB Sreenivasan
Chembaka Pushpa
Singer : KJ Yesudas   |   Lyrics : ONV Kurup   |   Music : MB Sreenivasan
Singer : Selma George   |   Lyrics : MB Sreenivasan   |   Music : MB Sreenivasan
Mizhikalil Nirakathiraayi
Singer : KJ Yesudas   |   Lyrics : ONV Kurup   |   Music : MB Sreenivasan