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Pearl View (1970)



Pearl View , a film with a strong social theme and set in a Christian milieu, was a huge hit. Produced and directed by M. Kunchacko for Udaya Studios, the films had story and dialogues by Ponkunnam Varkey.

The film was a musical hit too with some brilliant compositions by G. Devarajan. The black and white film even had a song sequence that was shot in colour.

The story pivots around two Christian families settled in the coastal area of the State. Xavier (P. J. Antony) and his wife Prastheena (Aranmula Ponnamma) are blessed with a son, Lawrence (Prem Nazir). The family, headed by Marian (Kottarakkara), consists of his wife Annie (Adoor Bhavani), daughter Stella (Sarada) and Bastian (Govindankutty).

The two families, whose occupation is fishing, are ideal neighbours who support each other. A ‘bad boy’ in school, Bastian is sent to his uncle in Colombo and he grows up there. Cholera spreads in the coastal area and Marian’s family is hit by the disease. The municipal authorities set their house and belongings on fire as a precautionary step to check the spread of the disease. Xavier spends all his savings to build a new house for Marian. Lawrence and Stella fall in love and their parents decides to conduct their marriage.

Xavier and Marian get hold of a box full of gold bars which was dumped in the sea by smugglers when pursued by the police. They bury the box on the beach fearing the police and plan to utilise this wealth for their benefit later. Bastian returns from Colombo. He comes to know about the buried gold and secretly takes possession of it by influencing Marian. Xavier finds he is cheated.

Marian buys ‘Pearl View,’ huge mansion. Bastian protests against Stella’s marriage to Lawrence. He takes advantage of Stella’s passion for music and takes her to Bombay to enrol her at the Bombay Music Academy. He misleads Stella by forcing to her to sign marriage documents instead of the music academy admission documents. He manages to get Stella married to Prof. Stephen (K.P. Ummer) at the academy.

At this juncture Lawrence reaches Bombay accompanying a drama troupe. He comes to know of Stella’s marriage and returns home disappointed.

Stella comes to know about the ‘trap’ on the first night of her marriage. Stephen, also unaware of the trap set by Bastian, sends Stella back home. Stella reveals the whole story to Lawrence, who accepts her and allows her stay with his family. Bastian tries to separate Stella from Lawrence. Now it is time for everyone to forget and forgive. Everyone come to know about Bastian’s wicked deeds. Xavier and Marian re-unite; Lawrence and Stella get married.

Sarada, Prem Nazir, P.J. Antony and Kottarakkara impressed with their natural style of acting. The comic scenes involving Adoor Bhasi, S. P. Pillai, and Adoor Pankajam provided moments of laughter.

The songs written by Vayalar Rama Varma and tuned by Devarajan became super hits. Songs like Kaithappoo vishariyumaay … (K.J. Yesudas-P. Madhuri ), Yavanasundari …(Yesudas-B.Vasantha ), Thanka thaazhikakkudamalla… .(Yesudas), Vishudhanaaya Sebastaanose …(Yesudas- Vasantha & chorus), Pushpavimaanavum …(Vasantha & chorus) all became very popular.

Will be remembered : As a good social movie and for its excellent music.

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