M T Vasudevan Nair is a renowned writer and director. He is famous for Kadavu, Oru Vadakkan Veergatha, and several other movies. He has written about 54 screenplays for movies and did direction for about seven movies. He has been rewarded by several awards for his direction, screenplay and for his novels.

Nair was born on 9 August 1933, in a small village of Kudallur in Kerala. Vasudevan won his first award at the age of 20 when he wrote a short story in Malayalam for Best Short Story Writing Competition held by The New York Herald Tribune in 1953.

Nair penned down his first novel Naalukettu in 1958 and won the prestigious Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. Since then he has written about eight novels, eighteen short stories, three children literature, two plays, three essays and three travelogues. He is honored with the highest literary award in India ‘The Jnanpith Literary Award’ in 1995. Nair has acquired the respect and appreciation of the whole country and won Sahitya Akademi Award and was granted the chairmanship of Tunchan Memorial Trust.

Nair directed and produced his first movie Nirmalayam in 1973 and won the National Award. Kerala State Award for Best Film is bestowed upon him for Nirmalayam, Oru Cheru Punchiri (Slender Smile) in 2000, Bandhanam and Kadavu. He has won many awards for best screenplay for movies like Trishna, Valarthu Mrugangal, Amrutham Gamaya, and Kadavu.

 

 

Padmarajan Malayalam Actor

Padmarajan

P.Padmarajan is an acclaimed name in Malayalam literature and cinema history. He was an Indian screenwriter, author, and film director, known for his intricate writing and direction. Padmarajan, born in Alleppey, Kerala, to parents Anantha Padmanabha Pillai, and Devaki Amma, graduated in Chemistry from the University of Trivandrum. In 1965, he signed up as an announcer on All India Radio (AIR), Thrissur, and continued to work with them till 1986. He tied the knot to Radhalakshmi in 1970, who was his co-worker at AIR. Later on, Padmarajan had to retire prematurely from AIR, due to his literature and movie commitments. Padmarajan’s literary works were inherent of all the social causes that affected and influenced the society, at large. In 1972, he was the recipient of Kerala Sahitya Academy Award, for his debut novel “Nakshatrangale Kaaval.”  Most of Padmarajan’s works in writing are considered to have reached the zenith of Malayalam literature. Padmarajan set foot in Malayalam movies in 1975 when he was offered the screenplay writing of director Bharatan’s debut venture “Prayaanam,” for he received accreditation in the form of a Film Fans Award for Best Screenplay. A few years later, Padmarajan entered the fray of directing movies based on his writings and screenplays. “Peruvazhiyambalam” was the first project, based on his screenplay, and was directed by him. The film was well received by critics, actors, and the mass for its original theme, visuals and scintillating display of unmatched levels of attention to the tiniest of details.  Padmarajan always proved to be the personification of the phrase “Think out of the Box” by inculcating relatable characters and emotions, and unexpected climaxes in his films. In the year 1977, he was presented with the ‘Kerala Films Critics Award for Best Screenplay’ for his movie, Itha Ivide Vare. Right from 1978 up to 1991, Padmarajan added a legion of awards to his trophy cabinet in the category of either the Best Screenplay or the Best Story for his movies such as “Rapadikalude Gatha,” “Koodevide,” “Kanamarayathu,” “Apaaran,”, “Innale,” just to name a few. He was twice the recipient of National Awards in 1979 and ’86 for Peruvazhiyambalam and Thinkalaazhcha Nalla Divasam, respectively. Padmarajan has worked alongside most of the talented and popular actors from the Malayalam film industry, as well as other regional actors such as Nitish Bharadwaj (a Marathi actor and director), famous for the role of Lord Krishna in B.R. Chopra’s Mahabharat. Padmarajan is also known for his astute sense of scouting talents and bringing in future stars into the industry by featuring them in his movies. Actors Ashokan, Ajayan, Jayaram, Rahman, and actress Suhasini are just some of them. Padmarajan’s collaboration with director Bharathan is considered to be gilt-edged in the history of Malayalam cinema. Thoppil Ajayan, Blessy, and Suresh Unnithan, who were assisting Padmarajan in his works, flourished as individual directors and started to direct independent films.  Padmarajan left such an indelible mark in Malayalam film and literature industry that Padmarajan Award was introduced to honor individuals for their commendable contribution in the category of feature film and short story.  Sadly, on 24th of January, 1991, Padmarajan passed away as a result of a massive cardiac arrest. He breathed his last in Hotel Paramount Towers in Kozhikode, where he was on the tour of a cinema theater featuring his ultimate movie, Njan Gandharvan.                          

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Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Born into a family in Kerala, Adoor Gopalakrishnan started doing amateur plays at a young age. Later, he wrote and helmed few plays. His interest in this field was imbibed in him by his family. He had studied Economics, Political Science and Public Administration at Gandhigram Rural University in 1961. Then he studied screenwriting and filmmaking at the Pune Film Institute. His debut film was Swayamvaram, which became a milestone in the history of the Malayalam cinema. The film won four National Awards including Best Script, Best Film, Best Actress and Best Director. His third film Elippathayam fetched him the British Film Institute Award for Most Original and Imaginative Film in 1982. The International Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) was offered to him six times with great honour. For his work in Indian Cinema, he was honoured with India’s 4th highest civilian award Padma Shri. He also has a collection of beautifully written essays, which have also won him awards and accolades. He has also been given the French title called ‘The Commander of The Order of Arts and Letters’ which is a matter of great pride. In 2004, he also received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which was awarded by the Government of India. In the years 1975–1977, he was a member of the advisory board for National Film Archives, Pune. The Helsinki Film Festival was the first film festival to feature his films. A lot of respected titles had Adoor as their main person. A committee called Sivaramakarath, to frame National Policy also had him in it. He was a national film award committee member in 1974. The Venice, Singapore, Hawaii and Delhi Film Festivals had him on the jury. The Kerala Film Festival honoured him well by appointing him as the chairman. The National Film Development Corporation in the years 1980–1983 also appointed him as the head, giving him a chance to showcase his caliber more. He happens to be the director of Pune Film and Television Institute. Adoor has been an inspiration to thousands of aspiring artists who seek to enter this field.

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Adoor Gopalakrishnan Malayalam Actor