The movie PRIYAMANASAM focuses on one of the greatest creative geniuses who lived in Kerala during the late 17 th century, Unnayi Warrier and his masterpiece, the incredible romantic composition Nalacharitham Attakadha. The film gives a true and authentic record of the agony and ecstasy experienced by the poet Unnayi Warrier during the creation of Nalacharitham Attakadha. The film is set in the serene background of Travancore in the later part of the 17th century.
The story swings between real life characters and the characters borne from the poet’s pen. The characters of Nalacharitham Nalan, Damayanthi, Kali ,Bahukan and Hamsam in their “kathakali veshams” come alive in his mind. They communicate with him their innermost thoughts and feelings. They question him about the way they have been portrayed in the story. The past, the present and the future intermingle creating several temporal loops in the mind of the audience with the clever depiction of the three female characters who influence the poet, Thankam his lost love, Vishalam, the maid who loves him and Damayanthi, his heroine, his embodiment of love.
“Priyamanasam” brings out how an artist’s personal and creative lives intermingle.
Vinod Mankara who hails from Palakkad district in Kerala, a southern Indian state, is a multitalented and versatile personality. A writer, journalist, lyricist, film maker and orator, Vinod has been able to leave an indelible mark in every one of these fields.
A prolific film maker, Vinod has more than 600 documentaries and three feature films to his credit.He is a multiple award winning director who has a national award and seven state awards to his credit.He won the prestigious Kerala Kalamandalam award for his documentary, Nalacharitham 5 th day, in the year 2008.
His debut feature film, Karayilekkoru Kadaldhooram, fetched him many accolades including the award for Best Debut Director from the Kerala Film Critics Association in 2011. His second film, Ottamandharam (2014), based on real life events was widely appreciated and won him great critical acclaim.
Priyamanasam, the third full length Sanskrit feature film to be made in the history of World cinema, is Vinod’s most ambitious project to date. This is a biopic on the life of Unnayi Varrier , the creator of the magnum opus Nalacharitham Aattakatha.