Director: Sathyan Anthikad; Writer: Sathyan Anthikad; Producer: P. V. Gangadharan, Suku Nair; Cinematographer: Vipin Mohan; Editor: K. Rajagopal; Cast: Jayaram, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Kalidas Jayaram, Kavya Madhavan, Lalu Alex, Bhanupriya, Innocent, Siddique, Kalabhavan Mani, Lena
Duration: 02:25:29; Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1; Hue: 324.615; Saturation: 0.131; Lightness: 0.263; Volume: 0.224; Cuts per Minute: 11.080
Summary: Gopan (Jayaram) is living with his 6-year-old son Ashok (Kalidas Jayaram). His neighbor Celin (Kavya Madhavan) falls in love with him. But he reveals that Ashok's mom is alive and he narrates his story.
Asha Lakshmi (Lakshmi Gopalaswamy) is Ashok's mother. Gopan and Asha were in love before they got married. Asha is from a rich family but Gopan is just a videographer at a local studio. Asha, an admired classical dance artist prior to her marriage, left her career to lead a life with Gopan, becoming a simple housewife. Maya Varma (Bhanupriya), a famous classical dance artist, learns of Asha's talent and asks her to join her dance troupe. Asha's aspiring career starts to conflict with the peaceful life she had with Gopan and their child; this, fueled by tensions between Gopan and Asha's father, results in Gopan leaving with his son, Gopan thinks she has a change of heart after dancing with Maya Varma. After that he keeps his child away from Asha. He thinks she is in peace without a family. After he explains the story Celin understands his feelings and one day she brings Maya Varma who tells Gopan that Asha had not even danced after her husband had left her. At last Gopan and Asha reunite and live together happily with their son on the advice of Maya Varma that there should be a balance between art and family life.
Following the same patterns and narrative conventions of what can be regarded as the genre of family melodrama in Malayalam, the film Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal subtly problematizes the existing societal attitude towards the complex position of the female artist after her entry into the domains of heterosexual marriage and motherhood. It is indeed a very popular trend in Kerala for female artists(especially those working in the film industry) to go into an artistic hibernation post-marriage. One of the most publicized incident was that of Manju Warrier, a famous actor in Malyalam cinema, deciding to take a break from films at the peak of her career, while Dileep,the actor she married, went on to act in more films to become a major star in the industry. It is quite interesting to note here that Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal was released at a time when Manju Warrier's incident was very current(the film was released in 2000, two years after the marriage of Manju Warrier and Dileep (1998): and Manju Warrier's last movie in the first phase of her career came out in 1999). However, a note of caution is that the relevance of the film is not restricted to any particular incident: the film should also be analysed within the broader contexts of the complexities of the various subject-positions that a female artist engages with in the course of her career and personal life.
Kala, the choreographer of the film, won the National Film Award for Best Choreographer. This is one of the two National Awards the film got in the year 2000, the other one being the National Award for Best Feature Film In Malayalam.
This film marks the debut of Malayalam actor Kalidasan Jayaram, son of popular actor Jayaram who is also the lead of this film. Kalidas was seven years old when he made his debute, and his performance was a noted one. Three years later, he won the National Award for Best Child Artist, for his performance in the film Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum(2003). Interestingly, in this film also he played the role of the son to the character of Jayaram. The story is that of a young boy who happens to kill his step-brother, because of his fear of losing affection and attention from his parents.