Swayamvaram English Ones Own Choice is a 1972 Indian Malayalam drama film cowritten and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, starring Madhu and Sharada in the lead roles. Notable smaller roles were played by Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair, Adoor Bhavani, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, and Bharath Gopi. The film depicts the life of a coupleVishwam Madhu and Sita Sharadawho have married against their parents wishes and want to start a new life at a new place. The title is an allusion to the ancient Indian practice of a girl of marriageable age choosing a husband from among a list of suitors.

A newly wed couple, Vishwam Madhu and Sita Sharada, have married against the preference of their families, and left their hometown. Both want to start a new life at a new place. Initially, they stay in a decent hotel but soon due to financial reasons they move to another, ordinary hotel.Vishwam, an educated, unemployed youth, is an aspiring writer and had some of his short stories published in the newspapers earlier. He dreams of having his novel, titled Nirvriti Ecstasy, published in the newspaper. He meets one of the newspaper editors Vaikom Chandrasekharan Nair, who agrees to read his novel but declines to publish it as Vishwam does not have many writings to his credit. Sita is offered a job as a sales girl but cannot accept it because she is unable to pay the required security deposit of 1,000. With several unsuccessful attempts to get a job, the increasing financial pressure forces them to shift to a slum. With an old lady named Janaki Adoor Bhavani and a prostitute named Kalyani K. P. A. C. Lalitha as their neighbours, things do not work as desired for the couple and they end up selling Sitas jewellery. ........

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