|Directed by||Ramu Kariat|
|Produced by||T. E. Vasudevan for Jaya Maruthi|
Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair
K. P. Ummer
|Music by||V. Dakshinamoorthy|
|Edited by||B. S. Mani|
Maaya is a 1972 Malayalam-language Indian feature film, directed by Ramu Kariat for Jaya Maruthi, starring Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair in the lead role. Prem Nazir and Sharada also play pivotal roles, supported by Vijayasree, Sujatha, Sankaradi and T. R. Omana playing other important roles. The film was based on an award-winning 1963 novel with the same name by popular novelist K. Surendran.
Sankarappillai (Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair) is a local businessman who runs a grocery shop in the village centre. He also owns the little textile shop of the village which his son Raghuvaran Pillai (Adoor Bhasi) operates. Sankarappillai's family also includes his second wife Eeswari (T. R. Omana) and daughter Gomathy (Sharada). Sankarappillai is separated from his first wife Kalyani (Adoor Bhavani), but visits and supports his daughter Omana in the first marriage.
Gomathy is in love with Madhavankutty (Prem Nazir) an educated, but unemployed young man. Sankarappillai and Eeswary also encourages their relation. Madhavankutty takes up a job in a newspaper in the town. Raghu wishes to expand the textile business, Madhavankutty introduces Raghu and Sankarappillai to his old classmate Vasukkutty (K. P. Ummer). Vasukkutty's uncle Pankippillai (GK Pillai) run a bigger textile shop in the town. Though the two head-strong men clash at first, Pankippillai agrees to loan textiles worth Rs 30,000 to Sankarappillai. Vasukkutty meets Gomathy during a business visit to Sankarappillai's home and falls head over heels for the beautiful girl. Seeking a business advantage, Sankarappillai decides to arrange Gomathy's wedding with Vasukkutty, leaving a heartbroken Madhavankutty to writing.
Sankarappillai's calculations fail when Pankippillai refuses to honour the loan arrangement even after the wedding. In the meantime, a relation slowly develops between Madhavankutty and Omana. Raghu falls in love with Vasukkutty's sister Kamalam (Vijayasree). Gomathy and Vasukkutty visit Sankarapillai with this proposal. Sankarappillai agrees with the condition of Rs 10,000 as dowry from Pankippillai. During the wedding arrangements, Sankarappillai visits Pankippillai and demands the dowry beforehand. This angers Pankippillai, who refuses to give the money. This cancels the wedding and angers Vasukkutty.
The rest of the story is Sankarappillai's fall, clashing with his own family.
- Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair as Sankarappillai
- Prem Nazir as Madhavankutty
- Sharada as Gomathy
- K. P. Ummer as Vasukkutty
- Adoor Bhasi as Raghuvaran Pillai a.k.a. Raghu
- Vijayasree as Kamalam
- Sujatha as Omana
- Sankaradi as Veluppillai
- T. R. Omana as Eeswari
- Paul Vengola as Anthony Muthukulam
- Raghavan Pilla as Beedi Maker
- Adoor Bhavani as Kalyani
- G. K. Pillai as Pankippillai
- Paravoor Bharathan as Mute
- Thodupuzha Radhakrishnan as Kumaran
|1||Ammathan Kanninamritha||S. Janaki||Sreekumaran Thampi|
|2||Chenthengu Kulacha||K. J. Yesudas||Sreekumaran Thampi|
|3||Sandhyaykkenthinu Sindooram||P. Jayachandran||Sreekumaran Thampi|
|4||Valampiri Shankil||S. Janaki||Sreekumaran Thampi|
|5||Kaattile Poomaramaadyam||P Madhuri||Sreekumaran Thampi|
|6||Dhanumaasathil Thiruvaathira||P Leela, Chorus||Sreekumaran Thampi|
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- Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Routledge. p. 618. ISBN 978-1-135-94318-9.
- "Maaya Film Details". malayalachalachithram. Retrieved 15 August 2014.