Born on 11th August 1937 in Chennamkary, Kuttanadu, John Abraham was a Malayali Indian Filmmaker, short story writer and a screenwriter although he was more acknowledged for his style of living and his way of thinking than for his films. At FTII under the guidance of Ritwik Ghatak and of Mani Kaul John studied Filmmaking, whom he assisted on Uski Roti (1969). Later in 1970, John moved to Madras, where he filmed his first feature, Vidyarthikale Ithile Ithile, in 1971, in Malayalam.

He was known to be the greatest Indian film directors. His film Amma Ariyan, in 1986 was the first and only South Indian film in the history to be counted in ‘Top 10 Indian Films’ of all time by the British Film Institute. And according to the IBN Live’s 2013 poll, this film was listed among the 100 Greatest Indian Films of all time. John earned fame and made his mark in the industry with the Tamil film, Agraharathi Kazhuthai.

Although he is more recognized and is popular for his effort towards starting a people’s cinema movement, which is an outright form of Independent Filmmaking called Odessa Collective. He belongs to the Vazhakkat Branch, Chennamkary of the Pattamukkil family. He completed his intermediate studies from the C.M.S. College, in Kottayam, while staying with his grandfather. Major credit for nurturing John’s career and talent goes to his grandfather. He pursued history and politics from Marthoma College, Thiruvalla, and later after the course, he worked as a private teacher for a few years and later worked as an office assistant with Life Insurance Corporation of India in Udupi, Karnataka.

After getting done with the job, he joined FTII, Pune from where he graduated winning several gold medals in screenwriting and film direction. John has worked on several Hindi Projects that he filmed in Kerela, but none of them released. He was considered to be an evant- Garde film director and writer. Throughout his career of only 15 years, he wrote and directed four films, named Vidyarthikale Ithile Ithi , in 1972, Agraharathi Kazhuthai, in 1977, Cheria chante Krura krithyangal, in 1979, and Amma Ariyan, in 1986.

There many other scripts which he wrote but are left half finished. He has written and directed three documentaries, Koyna Nagar (In English, 1967), Priya (In Hindi,1969) and Hides and Strings(In English, 1969) throughout his career. The Odessa Collective movement was initiated by John in 1984 in Fort Kochi through a street drama named Nayakali. John’s attempt with Odessa , was to congregate the group of movie fanatics towards changing the history of film production and distribution by making it a collaborative effort with the public and being an empowering and liberating medium. Through this, John acquired an eminent status and lived the Nomadic kind of life.

For collecting capital for his first film that was to be produced by his idea of Odessa, John along with his friends travelled through several villages and raised money from the general public. He believed that cinema con is used as an impactful and effectual tool for social changes in the society. He tried to build a relationship with people, passing the tyranny of market forces His hard work, made him win two National awards for Best Feature Film, in 1977 and Special Jury Award, in 1987.

He has also won a special Jury Award, in 1979, by the Kerala State Film Award. John died after falling and collapsing from the rooftop in Calicut on 30st May 1987 after a get-together party as he was drunk being an alcoholic. The doctors failed to diagnose his internal bleeding, and due to the hospital’s negligence, John lost his life. Throughout his short 15year span of the career, he could only write and direct four films. Many of his scripts are left incomplete. There are two books written on his life journey, Nerchakkozhi, in 1986 and John Abraham Kathakal, in 1993.

Sharada Ramanathan Tamil Actress

Sharada Ramanathan

Sharada Ramanathan is a renowned journalist, a documentary filmmaker, and even a feature film director. Media labels her as a cultural thinker and writer. She has a literary identity, in which she would embrace her cultural heritage and reach out to the international culture at large. So far she has made three films (one documentary), but all these three films speak of social issues. Sharada is a filmmaker and World Culture Forum, India's board member. Before making her way towards films, she was involved in the cultural and social movements such as CRY and SPIC MACAY. The organization SPIC MACAY encouraged youth participation in mainly classical music, dance, folk music, yoga, and meditation and other aspects of Indian culture. Also, she set up India Foundation for the Arts which has its headquarters in Bangalore, and that supports education, research, and practices related to Fine Arts. It is a non-profit organization and was set up in 1993. Plus, she was also a program officer for Ford Foundation. In the year 2007, she directed and did the screenplay for a movie (Sringaram) based on a story written by Indra Soundar Rajan who is also the author of many novels, and works for television serials and writes even screenplays. The movie ‘Sringaram’ was produced by Padmini Ravi. The film stars Y. Gee. Mahendra, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Manoj K. Jayan. The movie showed that the desire for the art of dancing never ends, and it can be passed to one family generation although, there can be so much of roadblocks to the career of a dancer. Lalgudi Jayaraman composed the film's music, and it won three national awards. Cinematographer Madhu Ambat got the best cinematographer award, Lalgudi Jayaraman won the best music direction award, and choreographer Saroj Khan won the best choreography award at the 53rd national Film festival. This film has been featured in international film festivals at Dubai, New York, Kerala, and Los Angeles. In 2014, she directed a documentary 'Natyanubhava,' for which Madhu Ambat again won the cinematography award. This documentary was based on Indian classical dance. The documentary was of 52-minute duration, and it was an initiative from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, to document Indian classical dances. Natyanubhava is an initiative by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT). The documentary was divided into two parts 'Darshan' and 'Yatra.' The film is scripted by Bharatanatyam artiste ChitraVisweswaran and S. Janaki. Her third project is 'PuthiyaThiruppangal' which deals with the subject of child trafficking is slated to release on October 30, 2018.

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K Subash

K Subash was born in Chennai in 1959. He is the son of the popular scriptwriter and director R Krishnan of Krishnan – Panju duo. Subash forayed into films in the year 1989. He is married to Suja. His career started with the movie, “Nayagan,” as an associate to Mani Ratnam, the maverick director. In 1988 Subash made a script and directed a film titled “Kaliyugam” featuring “Prabhu” in the lead. Although the film was not a super hit, it showcased the talent of Subash. His second directorial venture with “Vijayakanth” is “Chathriyan.” The film that also has “Revathi,” “Vijayakumar” and Bhanupriya was a super duper hit. In fact, Chathriyan gave a good identity to Vijayakanth. Later Subash worked on films like Ayul Kaidhi, Uthama Purushan and Vaakkumoolam. All these films were made at regular intervals. Subash hadn’t limited his talents in a genre. While his Chathriyan was a complete action entertainer with family sentiments, Uthama Purushan was a comedy caper; yet it had something to do with sentiments. One of his best films is Pavithra, featured by Radhika Sarathkumar, Ajith Kumar, “Keerthana” and “Nassar.” The film identified Ajith to the Tamil audiences. Radhika’s performance as a childless middle-aged mother was highly appreciated in Pavithra. Later, Subash directed a cop thriller Abhimanyu with “R Parthiepan,” which turned out to be a hit film in the career of the hero. Subash’s blockbusters Ninaivirukkum Varai and Aezhayin Sirippil had impressed the audiences and had proved the versatility of Prabhu Deva. Subash’s last Tamil film is with Prabhu Deva, Jyothika Saravanan, Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad, titled 123. He had also provided scripts to a lot of Hindi films like “Sunday,” Chennai Express, “Dilwale” and “Housefull 3.” Subash wanted to do a film with “Vivek” as the hero. He even named the film as Enakkenna Korachal. But, it didn’t materialize. Similarly, one of his films with Arjun Sarja and the other with Prabhu and Ramya Krishnan failed to start. Subash has worked with Ajith and Prabhu in two films each and with Prabhu Deva in four films. Due to the kidney failure, Subash died in Chennai SRM Hospital on 23rd November 2016.

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