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Dr. Adoor Gopalakrishnan
One of the most lauded directors in India, Adoor Gopalakrishnan has often been hailed as the filmmaker who has done the most to carry on the cinematic legacy of Satyajit Ray. Adoor Gopalakrishnan had a major role in revolutionizing Malayalam cinema. He was born in 1941 in the village of Adoor, into a family that practiced the traditional Indian dance drama known as Kathakali. He began acting on stage as a child, and eventually attended the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India.
Adoor's first film Swayamvaram (1972) pioneered the new wave cinema movement in Kerala. Most of his films go to festivals around the world, and are released in Kerala. All the eleven films he directed, from Swayamvaram to Oru Pennum Randaanum (2008), were screened at several international film festivals and won him several national and international awards. He won National Film Awards sixteen times, Kerala State Film Awards seventeen times and also won several international film awards. He won the prestigious British Film Institute award for Elippathayam (1981). Adoor received the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2006. The Nation honoured Adoor for his valuable contributions to Indian cinema by awarding him the highest cinema award of India, the Dadsaheb Phalke Award for the year 2004.
Apart from his films, Adoor's major contribution towards introducing a new cinema culture in Kerala was the constitution of the first Film Society in Kerala, 'Chitralekha'. He also took active part in the constitution of 'Chitralekha', Kerala's first Film Co-operative Society for film production. These movements triggered a fresh wave of good films in Kerala.
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Dr. Jabbar Patel
Dr Jabbar Patel is a renowned theatre and film director of India. Born in 1942 in Pandharpur in Maharashtra, he completed his MBBS from B.J.Medical College, Pune. A pediatrician by profession, Jabbar Patel founded the best-known Marathi experimental theatre group, 'Theatre Academy'. Their works include the landmark stage production of Vijay Tendulkar's play Ghashiram Kotwal (1972) and also the adaptation of Brecht's Threepenny Opera (Teen Paishacha Tamasha, 1974) to the stage in Marathi. His films, often scripted by Vijay Tendulkar rely on topical political references and theatrical acting styles.
He is the maker of classics films in Marathi cinema, like, Jait Re Jait (Mohan Agashe, Smita Patil), Umbartha (Smita Patil, Girish Karnad), Simhasan (Nana Patekar, Shreeram Lagoo, Reema Lagoo). Some of his other films are, Mukta, Ek Hota Vidushak, and Musafir(Hindi). His most acclaimed film is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar released in 1999. He won the 1995 Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for his Marathi film, Mukta.
Girish Kasaravalli graduated from FTII Pune in 1975, with a specialization in 'film direction'. The world of Kurosawa, Ray, Ozu, Fellini and Antonioni inspired him and his conviction in neo-realist cinema deepened. His first film as an independent director was Ghatashraddha in 1977, which won him the Golden lotus, and also won a few international awards. He won his second Golden Lotus for Tabarana Kathe in 1987. Considered as one of the best-edited films in India, the film deals with the futile efforts of a retired government servant to earn his pension. In 1997, he came up with, Thaayi Saheba which won him his third Golden Lotus award. Thaayi Saheba is considered to be the most mature work of the director, dealing with the transition in the Indian socitey from the pre independence to the post independence periods.
He repeated his success with Dweepa in 2002 starring late actress Soundarya. This film won his fourth Golden Lotus award. Dweepa was different from his earlier films. His next film Naayi Neralu dealt with a very intense and bizarre concept of reincarnation, based on the novel with the same name by S.L. Bhyrappa, Girish Kasaravalli has given a different interpretation of the subject. The International Film Festival of Rotterdam held a retrospective of Girish Kasaravalli's films in 2003.
He has been awarded Padma Shri in 2011, Fourth highest civilian award awarded by Government of India.
Goutam Ghose was a strident political activist and a photo journalist who toured the country to document images of life and times in India. His encounter with reality, in stark close-up, inspired him to use cinema as an effective instrument of self-expression. he is the only filmmaker to have highlighted the socio-economic problems in rural India.
Goutam (born at Calcutta, 1950) graduated from the University of Calcutta and then became involved in the theatre as entertainer and director. He acted in Grihajudda by Buddahaeb Dasgupta in 1982. He is a professional photo-journalist and directed his first short New Earth in 1973. His first film MABHOOMI depicted the uprising of the workers against the Nizam of Hyderabad. It was a moving account of the era of Independence struggle, from 1930 to 1948 and is a very well-made film. Made in Telugu, it was about the Telangana peasant's revolt of 1948 based on a short story by noted Hindi Writer Krishna Chander. It ran for a year in Andhra Pradesh.
Goutam Ghose has been conferred the prestigious DE SICA AWARD for highest achievements in Films in 1997. This is a big recognition for Ghose who is the first Indian recipient of this award. The previous winners includes such names as Visconti, Fellini, Kurasawa and Bergman. Goutam Ghose is probably the youngest of Indian film directors to have a documentary made on him. The person who convinced the initially-skeptical director to face the camera is a lanky 27-year -old with no former experience of filmmaking. Amar Roy, who took full two years to shoot THE VIEW FINDER, has tried to capture the socially committed filmmaker's dreams and aspirations on celluloid. Interesting anecdotes, interviews of people from the world of films and footage from Goutam's own films make the documentary a lively portrait.
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