Tuesday, September 06, 2005
This year's Dada Sahib Phalke Award has gone to the very deserving Adoor Gopalakrishnan. When I read the news I was suprised that he hadn't recieved it earlier. I guess I had just stopped following his films after the Mammooty starrer, 'Mathilukal'(1989).
He is truly one of the doyens of Indian cinema, single handedly responsible for putting Malayali cinema on the world map. He is the most decorated Indian film-maker after Satyajit Ray. He has also set up the Film Society of Kerala, 'Chalachitra', apart from actively taking part in the constitution of 'Chitralekha', Kerala's first Film Co-operative Society for film production.
All the nine films he directed, from 'Swayamvaram' to 'Nizhalkkuthu', were screened at several International film festivals and won him several National and International awards. He won the British Film Institute award for 'Elepathayam'. He also won National Film Awards four times for Best Director and three times for Best Script. The Nation honored him with the Padma Shree in 1984.
Swayamvaram, Kodiyettam, Elippathyam, Mukhamukham, Anantaram, Mathilukal, Vidheyan, Kathapurushan and Nizhalkkuthu.
To read an interview with the great man, follow this link.