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Inspired by a fact-based novella by South Indian writer and revolutionary Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, this meditation on the nature of freedom by director Adoor Gopalakrishnan takes place during Basheer's political imprisonment in the 1940's. Using his considerable charm and fame, Basheer (Mammootty) befriends everyone from prison guards to hardened criminals, making his life behind bars relatively tolerable until his fellow political prisoners begin to be released, and he is left alone in the compound. His...more