Keralite who got stuck in Nepal gets chance to visit Kuttimama’s house from 'Yodha' movie
Kozhikode Koyilandy native Shaji Radhakrishnan was misinformed that he could fly abroad easily via Nepal and he reached Nepal with this intention. Soon, all his plans went down the drain. But Shaji could not return without exploring the abode of mountains.
By searching for beautiful sights in the country, he finally reached the house of ‘Kuttimama’ in the superhit malayalam movie 'Yodha'. The same house of Kuttimama (played by MS Thrippunithura) where ‘Arashumoottil Appukuttan’ (played by Jagathy Sreekumar) lived pretending to be 'Ashokan' (played by Mohanlal).
Shaji was searching for the locations where 'Yodha' was shot. But he could not find the house of ‘Kuttimama’ and ‘Dolma aunty’. Later, a postman identified the house from a photograph Shaji showed and he said that the building is not a house, but a school.
Finally, Shaji discovered the building made of bricks which has turned into a hotel now. The moments of the film 'Yodha' flashed through his mind. He felt that the spiral staircase in the hotel through which Jagathy stepped down was too familiar for him.
By hearing the story behind his visit, the receptionist was shocked. They jotted down the name and details of the malayalam movie and then told him to contact the owner, Ashokan. Shaji was also shocked by hearing the name of the owner which was the same as the character which Mohanlal played in 'Yodha'.
The next day he explored the hotel with the owner Ashokan. He was excited to see the rooms of Appukuttan and Aswathy. He also noticed Dolma aunty’s kitchen which was converted into a bedroom in the hotel. When 'Yodha' was shot, the building was Astoria Hotel. Later, it became Imperial Old School and now it is Sampada Garden Hotel.
'Yodha' is considered to be an evergreen movie in Malayalam in which Mohanlal and Jagathy Sreekumar displayed outstanding performance. The movie was directed by Sangeeth Sivan and released on September 3, 1992.