MUKHAMUKHAM (Face to Face) Adoor Gopalakrishnan

MUKHAMUKHAM (Face to Face)
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
India. 1985.107 min
Cast :  Asokan, P. Ganga, Vishwanathan

The film starts in the early 1950s showing Sreedharan, the protagonist, as a very popular communist leader and trade union activist. He is forced to go underground after his name is associated with the murder of the owner of a tile factory. He is considered to be dead by his party and they even erect a memorial for him. But he makes an unexpected comeback almost 10 years later, after the first communist ministry gained and lost power in Kerala and after the Communist Party of India has split. On his return, he spends his time sleeping and drinking. His comeback is first a puzzle and then an embarrassment to his comrades and family. As the disappointment on his new face grows, he is found murdered. The film ends when both the communist parties jointly celebrate his martyrdom. A discussion was carried out about this movie in Russian Parliament.