Shyamaprasad is an eminent screenwriter, director, and actor in Malayalam cinema. Although he had made a very few films, his art and meaningful cinema has always had a sweet flavor. His notable films include ‘
Akale’, ‘Arike’ and ‘
Ore Kadal’. He always made his movies based on some novels. Novels had inspired him a lot, and he tried to create a literary masterpiece in celluloid.
Since film and novels are two different media, hence he always had urged people not to compare his films with the novel as he had tried to be as close in spirit to the work which inspired him a lot. For instance, ‘Agnisakshi’ had released on 1999, but he wanted to make the films ten years ago. That was his spirit. ‘Agnisakshi’ was a critically acclaimed film on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Lalithambika Antharjanam.
The film received many awards and was showcased in many international film festivals. Agnisakshi won the National Film Award for Best feature film in Malayalam. ‘Agnisakshi’ was his debut film, and it also won the State award for best film of 1998. Also, he had been even named the best director of the year by Kerala government.
Way back in the 1980s, he joined Doordarshan in Thiruvananthapuram. He is a student of School of Drama and is the son of a BJP leader, O. Rajagopal. Earlier, he made a telefilm ‘Nilaavu Ariyunnu’ which fetched him an award in Germany. After finishing his course in School of Drama, he had gone to England to study cinematography in the University of Hull and then made a dozen of telefilms such as Venalinte Ozhivu,
Peruvazhiyile Kariyila, Viswavikhyathamaya Mooku, Uyirthezhunelppu, Niramillatha Chitrangal to name a few. His telefilms were also the adaptation of literary works and he won the best Television Director prize for the year 1993, 1994, and 1996. In 2004, he directed a Malayalam film ’Akale’ which was produced by
Tom George Kolath. The film starred
Prithviraj Sukumaran, Sheela,
Geetu Mohandas along with Tom George.
This film was based on the American classic play ’The Glass Menagerie’ by Tennessee Williams. This film fetched Tom the National Award from The President of India as it was judged as the best film in Malayalam in national level. Even Sheela received National Film Award for best-supporting actress. In 2007, he directed a film ‘Ore Kadal’ which was based on a Bengali novel Hirak Deepthi written by Sunil Gangopadhyay.
The film starred Mammootty and
Meera Jasmine in the lead roles. ‘Ore kadal’ received the National Film Award for the best feature film in Malayalam and even won National Film Award for best music direction award for Ouseppachan. In 2009, he made the most iconic film ‘
Ritu’. If all his previous films were the adaptation of published novels or plays, ‘Ritu’ was based on the original screenplay written by Joshua Newtonn.
The film represented the changing face of Malayalam cinema. In 2010, he made ‘Elektra’ and had cast Nayantara and Manishak Koirala in the lead roles. This film fetched him the best director from Kerala State. Shyamaprasad had adapted several classics on celluloid so far. ‘Arike’ (2012) was based on a Bengali short story by Sunil Gangopadhyay.
Another film ‘Artist’ was the latest in the list of his novel adaptation, and it was based on the English novel ‘Dreams in Prussian Blue’ which was written in Malayalam by a Paritosh Uttam, a techie- turned-writer. In 2015, he directed ‘
Ivide’ which was not a best cinematic effort at all. He is married to Sheeba and has two children Vishnu and Sivakami. His films had always been screened in various international film festivals and even Indian Panorama film festivals.