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Padmakumar was active in the industry for over four decades but had made just two films; Aparna (1981) and Sammohanam (1995). Sammohanam won the Best of the Fest award at the prestigious Edinburg Film Festival in 1995. But, Padmakumar just let the promise of Sammohanam wither away. He was perhaps the most tragic of Malayalam filmmakers. "Even Aparna was made at a time when space for such independent films had already dried up in Malayalam," said close friend and critic C.S.Venkiteswaran.


Direction: C.P. Padmakumar

Maliampurackal Chacko Punnoose, known as Navodaya Appachan (1925 - 23 April 2012) was an Indian film producer, director, and entrepreneur. He is best known for his work in Malayalam cinema, especially as the founder of Navodaya Studio. Appachan was born at Maliampurackal Family Pulinkunnoo and was an alumnus of St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai. He was married and had two sons and two daughters. He died on 23 April 2012 at Kochi, aged 87. Movies he produced include Manjil Virinja Pookkal and My Dear Kuttichathan. The latter was the first 3D movie made in India and released as Chota Chetan in Hindi. He created of Bible Ki Kahaniyan on Doordarshan. He first became involved in the film industry with his brother, Kunchacko, at Udaya Studio. The first cinemascope film in Malayalam was directed by him, and the first 70mm Indian movie, Padayottam, was produced by him. He founded Kishkinta, India's first theme park, in Chennai. He was given the 2011 J. C. Daniel Award for contributions to Malayalam cinema.

Ente Mamattykuttyammeke

Direction: Fazil

Surendranatha Thilakan (15 July 1935 - 24 September 2012), known mononymously as Thilakan, was an Indian film and stage actor who had starred in over 200 Malayalam films in a career spanning over three decades. Thilakan is regarded as one of the finest actors in Indian cinema, and popularly mentioned as the Perumthachan (master craftsman) of Malayalam Cinema. He is known for his excellence in character, antagonist, and protagonist roles. He has won 2 National Film Awards and 9 Kerala State Film Awards. The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri in 2009 for his contributions towards the arts


Direction: Ajayan

Producer of over 20 films in Malayalam under the banner 'Rasika Entertainments,' Vindhyan made his debut in the Malayalam film industry as the producer of 'Shalini Ente Koottukari' at the age of just 19 in the year 1980. In a gratifying relation with industry spanning over three decades, he financed and supported many innovative and trend making movies in Malayalam. His major productions are Shalini Ente Koottukari, Oru Swakaryam, Ore Kadal, Vadakkunokki Yanthram, Arike and Electra. He coproduced movies like Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum and Ayaal Kadha Ezhuthukayaanu. Vindhyan has also scripted a movie Mullavalliyum Thenmaavum that was directed by one of his close friends in the industry V K Prakash. He also acted in a few movies including the acclaimed movie Kerala Cafe.


Direction: Shyamaprasad Rajagopal

T. Damodaran (1935 - 28 March 2012) was a screenwriter of Malayalam cinema. He scripted some of the biggest blockbusters in Malayalam cinema. Damodaran and director I. V. Sasi teamed up to produce many hit movies,[3] including Angadi, Eee Nadu, Vartha, Avanazhi, Inspector Balram, 1921, Adimakal Udamakal, and Balram vs. Taradas. He also teamed up with director Priyadarshan to produce many hit movies including Aryan, Advaitham, Abhimanyu, and Kala Pani.


Direction: Priyadarshan

Jose Prakash (14 April 1925 - 24 March 2012) was an actor and singer who worked in Malayalam cinema. He was a singer turned actor who had appeared in more than 300 films mostly in antagonist roles. He was awarded with the J. C. Daniel Award for 2011 a day before he died. Jose Prakash was in the British Indian army before entering the film industry. He had served for British Indian army for 8 years. He later left army and return to his homeland and start small business. Having interest in cinema and music from childhood he started a small club with his friends called Kottayam Arts Club in which he was the lead singer. During his singing career he had done small roles and cameos for films. His first break as an actor was Bhakta Kuchela in 1961.But his major break as a villain was Olavum Theravum in 1969 and he later went on to do many films mostly in villain roles. Up to date he had acted for more than 350 films in Malayalam language.

Olavum Theeravum

Direction: P.N. Menon

Ashok Mehta (1947- August 15, 2012) was a noted Indian film cinematographer, known for films like Bandit Queen (1994), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) and Utsav (1984). [1] He won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography twice, 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) and Moksha (2000), the latter he also directed. He worked both with directors of mainstream Bollywood, like Subhash Ghai (Ram Lakhan (1989), Saudagar (1991)) and Rajiv Rai (Gupt (1997)), Mukul Anand (Trimurti (1995)), as well as parallel cinema directors, like Shyam Benegal (Trikaal (1985), Mandi (1983)), Aparna Sen (36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Paroma (1984)). Besides, he also worked on films like Shekhar Kapoor's Bandit Queen (1994), Girish Karnad's Utsav (1984), Gulzar's Ijaazat (1987) and MF Hussain's Gaja Gamini (2000).

Bandit Queen

Direction: Shekhar Kapur

Here's a good opportunity to get rid of a label that's been stuck on me. For many people, "engaged" means "political," and politics, the art of compromise (which is as it should be - if there is no compromise there is only brute force, of which we're seeing an example right now) bores me deeply. What interests me is history, and politics interests me only to the degree that it represents the mark history makes on the present. With an obsessive curiosity (if I identify with any of Kipling's characters, it's the Elephant Boy of the Just-So Stories, because of his "insatiable curiosity") I keep asking: How do people manage to live in such a world? And that's where my mania comes from, to see "how things are going" in this place or that. For a long time, those who were best placed to see "how it's going" didn't have access to the tools to give form to their perceptions—and perception without form is tiring. And now, suddenly, these tools exist. It's true that for people like me it's a dream come true.
- Chris Marker

La Jetee

Direction: Chris Marker

Shindo was born in Hiroshima Prefecture, and he made several films about Hiroshima and the atomic bomb. Like his early mentor Kenji Mizoguchi, many of his films feature strong female characters. He was a pioneer of independent film production in Japan, founding a company called Kindai Eiga Kyokai. He continued working as a scriptwriter, director and latterly author until his death at the age of 100. Shindo made a series of autobiographical films, beginning with the first film he directed, 1951's Story of a Beloved Wife, about his struggle to become a screenwriter, through 1986's Tree Without Leaves, about his childhood, born into a wealthy family which became destitute, 2000's By Player, about his film company, seen through the eyes of his friend Taiji Tonoyama, and his last film, Postcard, directed at the age of 98, loosely based on his military service.

The Naked Island

Hadaka no shima
Direction: Kaneto Shindo

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