The Mist of Capricorn / Makaramanju

The Mist of Capricorn  /  Makaramanju

Dir: Lenin Rajendran/India/126/Malayalam/2011


The film tells the story of Raja Ravi Varma at a certain stage in his life. He is in the process of painting a masterpiece. The theme of his painting is Pururavas, the legendary king who fell in love with the heavenly nymph Urvashi, who later agrees to become his wife on certain conditions, but disappears without a trace when she discovers that the conditions were violated. Pururavas wanders all around to find her and ultimately does get united with his lover. Ravi Varma, during his work, finds himself attracted to his model Sugandha Bai and this relationship begin to acquire certain shades of the legend of Urvashi and Pururavas. Together they are thrown into a torrent of love and passion from which they find it difficult to escape.


International Film Festival of Kerala 2010 – FIPRESCI Prize for Best Malayalam Film
Kerala State Film Awards 2010
Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film
Best Choreography – Madhu Gopinath & Saji Vakkom
Best Costume Designer- S B Satheesh
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards 2010
Best Debut Actress – Karthika Nair
Vanitha Film Award 2010
Best Debut Actress – Karthika Nair
1st South Indian International Movie Awards 2010
Best Debut Actress – Karthika Nair
Best Cinematographer – Madhu Ambat


Santhosh Sivan – Raja Ravi Varma and Pururavas.
Karthika Nair as Suganda Baai and Urvashi
Lakshmi Sharma as Bhageerathi, Ravi Varma’s wife
Mallika Kapoor as Vasundhara, wife of Pururavas
Jagathy Sreekumar as Govardhandas Makhanji, Ravi Varma’s business partner
Saiju Kurup as Raja Raja Varma, Ravi Varma’s younger brother
Chithra Iyer as Rukku Baai, Suganda’s mother
Nithya Menon as a model
Shamna Kassim as a model
Dinesh Panicker as Divan
Chitra Iyer as Sugandha
Malavika Wales in an unaccredited role


Produced by Lenin Rajendran/B Rakesh
Written by Lenin Rajendran
Music by Ramesh Narayan
Cinematography – Madhu Ambat
Edited by Mahesh Narayanan
Distributed by Sree Gokulam Films