A film by Girish Kasaravalli
88 mins, 2015
The filmmaker will be present for a discussion after the screening.
Venue: Old Conference Hall, Main Campus, TISS, Opp Deonar Bus Depot, Sion Trombay Rd., Deonar, Mumbai 400088
‘Images / reflections’ is a journey into the imagery of Adoor Gopalkrishnan, undoubtedly the greatest Indian film Director after legendary Satyajit Ray.
The film builds a narrative which illustrates his vision, philosophy of life, his aesthetic concerns and his attraction to Gandhi. The film is divided into five chapters each one named after one of his films. Kathapurushan (The Man of The Story), a film by Adoor is a Golden Lotus winner of 1995. In the chapter named after this film, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Gouridasan Nair and K.N.Panikkar explain Adoor’s significance as a film maker. Chapter 2 is named as Mukhamukham ( Face to Face). This is named after his 1986 film which is a path breaking film for its volatile content and its vision. Here Girish Kasaravalli and the critic C.S Venkiteswaran in conversation with Adoor bring out how his socio political concerns are reflected in his films. Chapter 3 is named after Naalu Pennungal, a film of Adoor based on the Jnanapeeth Award winning Malayalam Writer Tagazhi Shivashankar Pillai’s short stories. Here Adoor’s cousin, daughter, actress and a friend recollect fond memories about Adoor. In the fourth Chapter Swayamvaram, named after Adoor’s first film, also a Golden Lotus winner, Adoor talks about his aesthetics. The last chapter Anantaram, named after his multiple awards winning film, attempts to illustrate how his films anticipated certain changes in the social, political and domestic spears of India in general and Kerala in Particular.
About the filmmaker:
A gold medalist from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Kasaravalli started his career in films with Ghatashraddha (1977). Over the next 30 years he directed 11 films and a tele serial. The film he made to fulfill his diploma, Avashesh, was awarded the Best Student Film and the National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film for that year. He has received thirteen National Film Awards. He is one of the pioneers of the Parallel Cinema in India. Known internationally, he has won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film four times: for Ghatashraddha (1977), Tabarana Kathe(1986), Thaayi Saheba (1997) and Dweepa (2002). In 2011, he was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by Government of India.