Malayalam filmmaker Gopalakrishnan marks 50 years in films

Adoor Gopalakrishnan...His newest film  Pinneyum (Once Again) is a love story.

Adoor Gopalakrishnan…His newest film Pinneyum (Once Again) is a love story.

The 75-year-old award-winning Malayalam film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan has completed 50 years of filmmaking, and his next film after a gap of eight years is up for nationwide release on August 19.

Pinneyum (Once Again) will open in Mumbai and other cities with English sub-titles, and he says his newest film  is a love story.

National award winning filmmaker, in an interviews says Bollywood films are not “national cinema” as Hindi is just one among the many languages in which movies are made in the country.

The director who produced highly acclaimed films like Elippaththayam and Anantharan  feels the term ‘regional cinema’ is wrongly used to club together movies made in different languages. “We have this wrong habit of calling films made in different languages as ‘regional cinema’. It is a very wrong term. We are all national cinema as such. People think Hindi cinema is national cinema, no it is not,” he told reporters.

“It (Hindi cinema) is made in one language, among the many officially recognised languages, that’s all. Every film made in this country is a national cinema, not regional cinema,” he added. The filmmaker said it is important for people to watch movies of other languages and regions. “So it is very important for audience outside their respective language and regions to see these films. Probably the only filmmaker who has transcended this barrier is Satyajit Ray.

Gopalakrishnan, is a director, script writer, and producer and he  revolutionized Malayalam cinema during the 1970s and is regarded as one of the finest filmmakers of India.

Adoor’s first film Swayamvaram (1972) pioneered the new wave cinema movement in Kerala.  All the eleven films he directed, from Swayamvaram to Oru Pennum Randaanum (2008), were screened at several international film festivals and won him several national and international awards.

He won National Film Awards 16 times, Kerala State Film Awards 17 times and also won several international film awards.

He won the prestigious British Film Institute award for Elippathayam (1981). Adoor received the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2006. The Nation honoured Adoor for his valuable contributions to Indian cinema by awarding him the highest cinema award of India, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for  2004. – CINEWS

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