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SHOBHANA PARAMESWARAN NAIR
Malayalam filmdom has benefited considerably from the contributions of a group of avante-grade producers of yore whose commitment to the medium was total. Driven by the urge for artistic creativity, they made films that turned out to be landmarks in the annals of Malayalam cinema. ShobhanaParameswaran Nair was the towering figure among them.
Parameswaran Nair enriched Malayalam cinema by introducing a host of writers and artists. He roped in M T Vasudevan Nair as a scenarist in "Murappennu". It marked MT's debut in filmdom. Actors like Madhu, AdoorBhasi, Jyothilakshmi and Sreedevi and vocalists Jayachandran and Bharmanandan was his finds.
G S Paul, The Hindu

Murappennu

India/1965/35mm/B&W/176'/Malayalam
Direction: A Vincent
Producer: SobhanaParameswaran Nair
Screenplay: M T Vasudevan Nair
Cinematography: A Vincent
Editing: G Venkittaraman
Music: B A Chidambaranath
Cast: Premnazeer, Madhu, Ummar, Sharada, Jyothilakshmi, Santha Devi, P J Antony
   
K P THOMAS
K P Thomas is best known for the dark lines and refined harmless laughter of his cartoons. As a prominent cartoonist, he was always a great leading voice for budding cartoonists and artists in Kerala. But apart from his cartoons, Thomas has left behind another memorable period in filmmaking, during which he produced handful of avante-grade films including "Manimuzhakkam" starring the now popular Sreenivasan, for which he bagged the Presinetial Gold Medal as Producer.

Manimuzhakkam

Peal of Bells
India/1977/35mm/B&W/120'/Malayalam
Direction, Screenplay: P A Backer
Producer: K P Thomas
Cinematography: Vipin Das
Music: G Devarajan
Cast: Sreenivasan, Hari, Cyril, Veeran, Prabhakaran, Urmila, Charulatha, Vani
   
ADOOR BHAVANI
Adoor Bhavani entered Malayalam filmdom through "SariyoThetto" directed by ThikkurissiSukumaran Nair. During a span of fifty years long acting career she portraid typical village Malayalee woman in many films. Her characters in films like "Chemmeen", "MudiyanayaPuthran", "Thulabharam", "Koottukudumbam", "Oru CBI Diarykkurippu" etc are especially memorable. She received best supporting actress award of the Kerala State Government in 1969.

Kadalppalam

India/1969/35mm/B&W/171'/Malayalam
Direction: K S Sethumadhavan
Producer: M O Joseph
Screenplay: K T Muhammad
Cinematography: MelliIrani
Editing: M Mani
Music: G Devarajan
Cast: Sathyan, AdoorBhavani, Premnazeer, Ummar, Jayabharathi, Sheela, Bahadoor
   
     
MADHAVIKKUTTY
Madhavikkutty is a writer whose creative endeavour expanded into a wide spectrum with quality short stories, poetry, travelogues and paintings. It was two of her relatively weak works that were transformed into films. The fact that cinema which was after the romatic and the popular did not dare to enter her creative wonders is indeed a shortcoming. The intense and complex mental world of the feminine life did not harmonise into celluloid. Still "Rugmini" and "Mazha" show the sucess of entirely diverse filmic endeavors. ....Anvar Abdulla

Rain

Mazha
India/2000/35mm/Colour/145'/Malayalam
Direction: Lenin Rajendran
Story: Madavikkutty
Producer: G Harikumar
Cinematography: S Kumar
Editing: Beena Paul, Ajith
Sound: Harikumar
Cast: Lal, SamyukthaVarma, BijuMenon, Thilakan, JagathySreekumar, UrmilaUnni
   
MURALI
Inspired by the intellectual climate of 70's in Kerala, and honing his skills under the likes of AyyappaPanicker, the writer and KavalamNarayanaPaniker, the playwright, Murali brought into film acting a certain sense of rootedness through his acting style and body language. It was one that stood in stark contrast with the mindless flamboyance and empty superheroics of the star system around him. His was an acting style that resisted both the melodramatic naturalism of the 'professionals' and the vacuous stylistics if the 'ameteur/indigenious' varieties. To add to these talents were his rich and deep voice and his facility with modulation.................C S Venkiteswaran

The Weaver

Neythukaran
India/2001/35mm/Colour/Malayalam
Direction: Priyanandan
Producer: S M Das
Screenplay: N Sasidharan
Cinematography: Jayan Joseph
Editing: Venugopan
Music: John P Varkey
Cast: Murali, Sona Nair, VijayaRaghavan, M R Gopakumar
   
     
RAJAN P DEV
Rajan P Dev (29 May 1951 29 July 2009) was an Indian film and stage actor. He was born in Cherthala in the Alappuzha district of the former state Thiru-Kochi (present day Kerala). He had acted in over 140 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada language films. He was noted for his villain roles laced with a touch of humour. He came into limelight for his characterisation of Kochuvava in the play 'Kattukuthira'. Rajan P. Dev died in Kochi Wednesday 29 July 2009 due to a liver disease.

Thommanum Makkalum

India/2005/35mm/Colour/Malayalam
Direction: Shafi
Producer: Lal
Screenplay: Benny P Nayarambalam
Cinematography: Sanjeev Shankar
Editing: HariharaPuthran
Music: Alex Paul
Cast: Mammootty, Lal, Rajan P Dev, Laya
   
     
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