Remember the excitement of opening a new book by your favorite author with that breathless sense of anticipation, the spirit ever-ready to explore the magic realms created by words ? It wasn’t anything different as I typed in the magic letters of the website url that was hoped to be the center of everything magical and shared the excitement of the new version of Rathinirvedam, the 2011 version.
I felt a short update on this was overdue ( no, there isn’t anything that you have not already read or know), but simply because the project is finally underway with the shooting of the new version progressing at Mavelikkara and they are looking for a festival release, from what I could gather from the reports.
[ Please don’t try clicking through the thumbnails. They are NOT pdf bundles of the Maestros’ Screenplays. If you love their movies, why not show your appreciation by buying them legally?]
MT Vasudevan Nair’s Screenplays
Though it took three years for all the three to come around, it just didn’t matter. I consider all three of them close to my heart and would recommend these to anyone who truly appreciates the works of the masters. Had the rest of them (read Bharathan, P Bhaskaran and the likes of them Maestros) had effected the same at some point in their career, to have their screenplays kept together for future generations, this would have been a better place. It is also poignant that all the three are brought out, courtesy of DC Books, perhaps a venture very unique to the publishing industry in India. Maybe this would serve as an example of bringing out the scripts of the Hindi Classics too – what a delightful experience would that be!
All I can say is ughhh..and a heave a deep-drawn out sigh. Why exactly do they do this? Why? Rathinirvedam was our answer to lady Chatterley’s Lover and Lolita, in a way only a genius conceive and translate it on the big screen, treading the fine ground between pornography and sexual awakening that was brilliant, beautiful, at places corny but a cinematic experience, so much like Padmarajan’s other creations.