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.