Govindan Aravindan

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Govindan Aravindan

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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