Born: 21 January 1935
Died: 15 March 1991
- He popularly known as G. Aravindan, was a film director, screenwriter, musician, cartoonist and painter from Kerala, India.
- He studied in CMS College kottayam.
- He was one of the pioneers of Parallel Cinema in Malayalam and is considered one of the greatest filmmakers in India.
- He was known for his unorthodox way of filmmaking; he changed his cinematic forms consistently and experimented in storytelling without regular narrative styles.
- Before venturing into the film field, he was an established cartoonist.
- He had also worked with documentaries and theatre.
- He also occasionally directed music for other filmmakers.
- The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri in 1990.
- In this period he did a number of documentaries and short films.
- He composed music for films like Aaro Oral, Piravi and Ore Thooval Pakshikal. Aravindan’s 1989 film Unni had a starcast mainly consisting of foreigners.
- His final project Vasthuhara (1991) about refugees in Bengal was based on C. V. Sreeraman’s short story in the same name.
- The film had Mohanlal and Neena Gupta in major roles.
- He died on 15 March 1991, before the release of Vasthuhara.
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