Kerala to celebrate filmmaker Adoor’s 50 years in cinema   


Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Malayalam filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s 50th year in cinema and his 75th birthday will be celebrated by screening his films and documentaries on his life in Kerala.

The Federation of the Film Societies of India’s Kerala chapter will organise a three-day film festival here from tomorrow, in which six feature films by Adoor and three documentaries on his works will be screened.

“Nizhalkooth”, “Vidheyan”, “Mathilukal”, “Elipathayam”, “Anantharam” and “Swayamvaram” will be among his movies to be screened at the Lenin Balavadi here from 14 August to 16, Federation members said.

Documentaries “Images/Reflections” by Girish Kasaravalli, “Bhoomiyude Chuvadurach” by Vipin Vijay, “Lights on Adoor” by Prasanna Ramaswamy, to be screened on these days, would throw light on the life and exemplary filmmaking of the iconic Director.

Noted critics like C S Venkateswaran, Vijayakrishnan and Meerasahib are expected to be participated in a seminar on the works of Adoor, who turned 75 last month, in the city on August 16.

A large number of people from the film and literary fraternity including eminent writers Sethu and Perumbadavam Sreedharan, director Kamal and actor Madhu, are expected to take part in another felicitation programme at Ganesham open air auditorium here on 17 August.

Adoor would be felicitated by his friends from various walks of life during the event.

A caricature show connecting his movies would be a novel experience for the participants.

A live interview with the filmmaker would also be another highlight of the programme, its organsiers said.

Adoor’s latest movie, “Pinneyum” (‘Once Again’), starring Dileep and Kavya Madhavan, will hit the screens next week.

It is after eight years that the multi-time national award winning director is helming a film.

He has scripted and directed 11 feature films and about 30 shorts and documentaries and majority of them had won awards
and honours at the state, national and international levels.

“Swayamvaram”, “Kathapurushan”, “Kodiyettam”, “Elipathayam”, “Vidheyan”, “Mathilukal”, “Oru Peunnum Randanum” are among his hit films.

His debut feature film, “Swayamvaram”, won the National Awards for best film, best director, best cameraman and best actress.

Adoor’s third feature, “Elippathayam” won the coveted British Film Institute Award for the most original and imaginative film of 1982.

In 2006, he received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the country’s highest national honour for lifetime achievement in cinema.