Iyobinte Pusthakam

Synopsis: The life of a native takes an upturn when a British Businessman Harrison takes him under his wing and christens him Iyob. With all the loyalty shown to his master, Iyob eventually ends up inheriting the tea estates in Munnar after Harrison's demise. With his sons, Ivan, Dmitri & Aloshy, growing up & old age setting in; Iyob is all set to be overthrown by his own children. The story is about how Iyob copes with his decision and their subsequent consequences overlapped with a slick narration by a communist leader.
Director(s): Amal Neerad
  4 wins.
158 min




The national security

bill was passed unanimously.

Today, for first time in the

histoy of post independent India..

..the trains have arrived on time.

The president has praised

a state of emergency.

He proclaimed that to fight

the conspiracy against the county..

..by destructive powers, a declaration

of emergency was inevitable.

He also said that as far

as the common man is concerned..


..the declaration of emergency

has been historically beneficial.


Okay. Okay.

l'll tell him.

Comrade, there was a phone

call from the party oice.

The police are raiding

all the places.

They have asked you to go into hiding.

l'm too old to go into hiding!

lt's all a nightmare of an old lady.

Eveything will be fine.

Get me some blacktea.

l have some writing to do. - Ok.


Why does a man migrate

from his place of birth?

Because life is elsewhere.

The British people drank tea

to sustain themselves in cold weather.

When China stopped exporting

tea leaves to Britain..

..they landed up in India.

They started to find various

ways of cultivating tea..

..leaves themselves,

to meet their needs.

Thus, the British started

to arrive in Assam..

..Nilgiri and Munnar

for cultivating tea.

When this stoy was going on..

..l wasn't aware that

even l was a part of this stoy.

The first agenda of Mr. Haryson was..

..to clearforest and

make roads for tea plantation.

When men came from England

to get the work done..

..labourers came from Adimali

Theni and from tribal territories'.

When they were scared and hesitant

of snakes, agents and supervisors..

..beat them up and made them work.


That boy was the discovey of

Mr. Haryson.

The Englishman loved

him like his pet dog.

He took him to the

Christian community..

..and baptiMd him

in the Devikulam lake

Maybe because he was a good worker

that Mr. Haryson named him as Job.



When Job became a man,

the Englishman got him married.

lt was then thatAnnamma

entered his life.

l'm fed up.

You leave me alone all the time.

You don't care about me.

l never see you.

You just le me to rot in

this blasted jungle long enough..

..and l want to leave.

Within a few yean, Haryson's

wife got fed up with him and..

..Munnar and went back to England.

lt was at that time that Kazhali got

excommunicated from her community..

..after being accused

for practicing black magic.

She left Nilgiri and reached Munnar.

The Englishman had

seen many beautiful women.

The glee that he had on his

face at that time when he saw her..

..disappeared only after supper.

lyob and Annamma had

three children by that time.

The Englishman named them aer

the characters of his favorite novel.

Dimitri, Ivan and Aloshy.

Thacho didn't die of lyob's gunshot.

But was scared and

jumped offthe cliff.

The Englishman brought

Kazhali back to his bungalow.

ln those days,

instead of pesticides children were..

.. used in fields.

For all the

insects and rats that they caught..

..the Englishman used to

throw coins sitting on his chair.

Nearthat chair,

Kazhali Stood as an English lady..

..in her new attire

and her new name as May

Being new Christians, lyob and Lazar

didn't like this new madam at all.

When men were murmuring

in the portico, women were..

..forging new bonds in the kitchen.

During World War l, Haryson's

cargo of tea leaves didn't reach..

..the destination and sank in the sea.

Haryson had to face huge losses.

Finally to collect his Dues,

the Englishman left for England..

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