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.
14 April 1925 – 24 March 2012
The Government of Kerala has announced its 20th JC Daniel Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award in Malayalam cinema to veteran actor Jose Prakash, today. A honor which took a long time coming.
It would have been a time of pure celebration had this come at an earlier, more opportune time, when he had more control over his faculties and his constitution to know and bask in the honor the State ( and thereby the entire Malayali community) had bestowed upon him.
That is my only grouse.
Fighting a losing and disorienting battle against Time in a physically critical condition, it would have been an entirely different celebration altogether, had it been at an earlier time and space.
The State’s gesture almost looks condescending.