“The Pioneer”, Sen Joseph’s e-book on JC Daniel is here. Download it free too.

JC Daniel - Founder of Malayalam Film Industry“The Pioneer”, a literary work on J.C.Daniel had its inspiration from the seven state-award winning feature film “Celluloid”, made by renowned film maker Kamaludeen (Kamal), which was released on February 15th, 2013.

Meant to offer a deeper historical insight of the socio-cultural ecosystem that existed and encouraged (?) JC Daniel to single-handedly pursue his creative dream on celluloid, “The Pioneer” also attempts in offering a fresh perspective on the chain of events that coalesced to create the first movie in Malayalam.

{ Also, as with every event posted here, please note that the views and the literary content expressed here in the Chapter Excerpt and the e-Book are those of the author alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, tone or views of the general content nature of this blog, per se. }

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Chitramela | Malayalam Film Quiz | Here are the Questions

Malayalam Cinema Quiz at Malabar Christian College

The Chitramela Film Quiz, conducted by Rajesh Mohanan at the Malabar Christian College, organised by Quiz Kerala Pictures, in association with the Quiz Society of India ended up being one of  the biggest and the most popular quiz shows ever  based on Malayalam cinema history, going by the buzz in the social media circles.

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The OMC Filmgrimages | Revisiting Kakkothikkavu ( Chamakkavu) 25 years on

The Frontage of the Sharngakkavu Temple (Chamakkavu)
The Frontage of the Sharngakkavu Temple (Chamakkavu)

Here is one more reason to wax eloquent on one of my favorite movies, Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal (1988). On a recent visit to Kerala, yours truly had the good fortune of making an unscheduled stop at Chamakkavu, the “Kakkothikkavu” that we  are so familiar with, from the movie, where the Sacred grove becomes the central eco-system  in which the characters enact their life’s roles with a delightful ending to the proceedings.

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Sen Joseph shares the synopsis of “The Pioneer”, his upcoming book on JC Daniel.

JC Daniel - The Father of Malayalam Cinema

{ Sen Joseph shares the synopsis of his upcoming e-book, “The Pioneer” on JC Daniel, alongwith a general introduction and overview of the perspectives and historical annotations being discussed in the book. The final distribution format of the book is yet to be finalized. Also, please note that the views expressed here in the synopsis are those of the author alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of the general content nature of this blog, per se. }

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Chitramela | Malayalam Film Quiz at Malabar Christian College

Malayalam Cinema Quiz at Malabar Christian CollegeIf you think you know your GK Pillai from Kollam GK Pillai, and happen to be in Kozhikode on June 2nd, you better be at the Malabar Christian College. Quiz Kerala Pictures, in association with the Quiz Society of India is hosting the biggest quiz show based on Malayalam cinema history at the college premises.

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The Songs of Kanyakumari (1974)

Kamal Haasan and Rita Bhaduri in Kanyakumari (1974)
Kamal Haasan and Rita Bhaduri in Kanyakumari (1974)

KS Sethumadhavan’s Kanyakumari (1974) had 2 songs in Malayalam written by Vayalar, set to music by MB Sreenivasan. There is an English song credited for its lyrics and music to MB Srinivasan but I strongly contest that and feel a collaborator on the lyrics have been left out. There are two instrumental pieces, catering to two disparate forms of dance as it were, a Shiv Parvati Lasya piece, and a music montage of Jayan’s memories of his Bohemian life, of a life-time of drugs, sex and rock-n-roll.

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Kanyakumari (1974) | Weird dialects, a strange lucky mascot and melody time-travels

Kanyakumari (1974) -Title Card

After watching Kanyakumari (1974) by the KS Sethumadhavan – MT Vasudevan Nair duo, there are places your eyebrows go, at times in puzzlement, at times in amusement and at times with sheer curiosity. These are what I felt had to be put down in a separate, yet related note. Who knows, you would find more, once you have watched the movie, or recall it from the times you watched it four decades back.

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Classic Picks | KS Sethumadhavan | Kanyakumari (1974)

This is fondly dedicated to a “Kanyakumari Evangelist “ 🙂

Kanyakumari (1974) Songbook-Cover
Credit : MSI

Kanyakumari (1974), directed by KS Sethumadhavan based on MT Vasudevan Nair’s screenplay also had a unique pairing onscreen that was never repeated ever – Kamal Haasan with Rita Bhaduri   ( NOT to be confused with the younger sister of Jaya Bhaduri), that too in a Malayalam film production! It was her second movie in her career having graduated from the Pune Film Institute in 1973. Zarina Wahab, her batch-mate, however decided to stick with Malayalam films along with her work in Hindi, and even started off paired opposite, guess whom – Kamal Haasan in Malayalam, in Madanolsavam (1978).

This was also Kamal Haasan’s first film in Malayalam in a leading (?) role, after his debut in Kannum Karalum (1961), which again was by KS Sethumadhavan. Kanyakumari (1974) portrays a brief increment in time, centred around the three focii – Kanyakaumari and its enduring myths, the main Rest House of the tourist destination and the vistors to the coastal town who stay there, the squalid tenement of the leading protagonist, Parvati and the events that bind them, riding on sheer chances and coincidences. In a way, as I see it, Kanyakumari is an interesting study of helplessness, sexual and spiritual – of the leading members of the cast pitted against unbridled virility without any morality, and the how destiny addresses each in its own celestial logic.

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Remembering Jose Prakash, the once-bard, a better actor and the best baddie of Malayalam Cinema

Jose Prakash in Olavum Theeravum Once again, thank you Jay for the reminder. Today is Jose Prakash’s  birthday ( would have been, if you are the “grammareligious” kind ), and even one year since his passing, his body of work ensures that he is still around, talking, sneering, bellowing, hollering but mostly sending a chill up your spine with the different ways that he conjured up Hate onscreen. As I caught the news of Pran Sikand being chosen for the Dadsaheb Phalke Award the other day, it didn’t fail to cross my mind on he similar aura both held onscreen in two different corners of the great cinema planet of our country, the highest recognition of the land reaching them almost with an apology, and the consummate gentlemen both were, off-screen.

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Bhaskarasandhya 2013 | A Tribute in Music and Verse to P Bhaskaran

Tribute to P Bhaskaran - Bhaskarasandhya 2013 The P Bhaskaran Foundation, based out of Kodungallur, is paying tribute to arguably the greatest combination of “Poet, Playwright, Lyricist, Actor, Broadcaster, Cine Director, Film Producer, T.V. Producer, Tele-caster, Intellectual and a Humanist” from Kerala on 25th February 2013, 4 pm onwards at the Police Station Grounds, Kodungallur.

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