Ashwamedham ★★★½

woman gets engaged (and the scenes in which the expected class conflicts of poorer woman with unmarried sisters getting married to wealthy only son evaporate are some of this film's most surprising) and almost immediately gets diagnosed with leprosy.

what is oddest about this film - the way a. vincent matches the more stylized studio shooting with the documentary exteriors of the nooranad leper colony - is what's most interesting. even the adoor bhasi comedy scenes are very cutting, as if the spread of plague (as in samskara ) was only a slight narrative shift away.