T. V. Chandran is a Malayalam film director whose films belonged to art-house audiences in the large Indian cities or even to film buffs on the international circuit. Most of his films in which he had acted had only achieved fair amount of success at the box-office. Sometimes he appeared in other regional cinemas too which balanced elements of art and popular cinema together. It is for his love for art cinema in Malayalam film industry that helped the art cinema grow further. 
 
 In the year 1989, he directed a film ‘Alicinte Anveshanam’. This feature was nominated in the Locarno International Film Festival. He was the face of art cinema or the parallel cinema that is why he went to direct many movies. His first such attempt was noticed in Krishnan Kutty (1981) that actually did not have a public release at all. Later on, he directed a Tamil film Hemavin Kadhalargal (1985). Since he was known for making or acting in off-beat films, he made three films based on Gujarat riots that happened in 2002 which was released after a gap of four years every time- ‘Kathavasheshan’ (2004), ‘Vilapangalkappuram’ in the year 2008 and ‘Bhoomiyude Avakashikal’ in the year 2012. 
 
He also directed a string of serious, low-budget films which were ‘Mangamma’ (1997), ‘Dany’ during the year 2001 and ‘Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam’ in the year of 2003. For his contribution to art cinema, he had won six times National Film Award and even some intentional awards too. It was for his passion to act or direct cinema; he opted out from a banking job in Kerala. He was associated with Communist Party and many of his films depict the culture of the state he belonged to. This director began his career in cinema as an assistant director to P A Backer, John Abraham and V. K. Pavithran. It was after being associated with these talented directors he had actually begun his journey as an independent film director. This Indian film director and screenplay writer and actor was born on November 23, 1950 at Thalassery, Kerala.

Joy Mathew

Joy Mathew has various feathers to his cap; he is an actor, director, writer and a political persona. But he is very humble in this real life. Hailing from an upper-class Christian family he had his initial days in Kozhikode. He initially joined Pune Film Institute but later opted for post graduation in Mass Media and Journalism. But films always remained his passion.    Born on 20th September 1961, Joy Mathew hails from Challissery, Thrissur. Joy Mathew’s films reflect his childhood days and fervent association with left-wing politics. He believes in giving equal treatment to everyone. Joy Mathew is an optimist and is service-minded. He has great passion towards theatre and films. Joy Mathew’s input to Malayalam theatre is indeed commendable. He has appeared in some movies too. Joy rocked the Malayalam film industry during the 80s.    Joy Mathew has donned the role of a main villain in the biggest 2013 grosser-Amen. The flick Shutter is his debut directorial venture and it received great critical acclaim. This film gained international recognition and was bestowed with several honours. This movie was also well received by the audience.    The 1986 flick Ammaye Kanan, in which John Abraham wielded the megaphone, had Joy donning the lead role. This film was lauded critically and it was adjudged as one of the best Indian films by British Film Institute. Then Joy was in a sabbatical for 27 years and re-entered the industry in 2013 and he donned the role of supporting actor as well as director. He has a distinction of working in 14 movies in 2013 and this indeed a commendable achievement.    Sangeeta Nataka Academy and Kerala Sahitya Academy felicitated him for a couple of his plays. Athirthikkal, Pretoria-October 18, Sankadal and Chille 73 are some of his commendable endeavors as a playwright. Joy Mathew took vigorous involvement in some cultural groups. The Campus Theatre Movement is his foundation which was started in 1980. His contribution to Malayalam plays is over 20.

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