Hariharan has kept the flag of good cinema flying for the last 35 years. He is one of the few surviving filmmakers whose calling card remains his artistry in mainstream cinema. He tries to combine film aesthetics with cinematic sensibilities seen in films made during the Seventies and Eighties.

Who can forget his classics like `Panchagni,' `Vadakkan Veeragatha,' `Sargam' or `Nakhashathangal?' They were huge commercial hits that appealed as much to the mind as to the heart. Now the veteran director is back after a sabbatical of five years with his latest film `Mayookham, ' which is being released on May 6.

It has an all-new star cast of Saiju Kurup and Mamta Mohandas in the lead along with veterans Nedumudi Venu, Sujatha, Jagathy Sreekumar and Indrans. The supporting cast also has debutants like Rathya, Roshan Bijli, Srijith, Javed Hussain and Vishal.

`Mayookham,' which has the Hariharan touch, tells the story of a girl who makes a difference in the life of a Brahmin boy who has turned a rebel owing to the drawbacks of the reservation system prevailing in Kerala's educational and government sectors.

Hariharan is ably supported in his effort by his favourite music director Bombay Ravi and cameraman Ramachandra Babu. Says Hariharan: "The film has been made against the backdrop of a childhood friendship that blossoms into love between the lead pair. Relationships, love, pain and sacrifice are highlighted in the film."