Gāruḍikas in the Cinema
IMDB Entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156072/
This 1984 Malayalam film by directors P. Bhaskaran and A. Vincent features actor Mohanlal as a neophyte Gāruḍika who battles various temptations from human and supernatural women while perfecting the famous Gāruḍa mantra. His descent into debauchery and evil magic is long and dramatic, and only remedied at the end with the help of a mature mantravadin. If only I understood Malayalam, there would be so many fascinating details to relate from this film.
I devote the better part of a chapter in my dissertation to the five-syllable Gāruḍa mantra, so I was delighted when Pondicherry scholar S.A.S. Sharma pointed out this film to me. It reinforces my thesis that the mantra, and of course this entire profession, is important and well known, yet not acknowledged or understood by the scholarly community.