‘Swayamvaram’ producer Kulathoor Bhaskaran Nair passes away, he was 83

One of many pioneers of the movie society motion in Kerala, he together with Adoor Gopalakrishnan and others based Chitralekha, the primary movie society within the state.

Kulathoor Bhaskaran Nair, Malayalam film producer and one of many pioneers of the movie society motion in Kerala, handed away on Monday. He was 83 and breathed his final at his house in Thiruvananthapuram.

Bhaskaran Nair produced two of Malayalam cinema’s iconic movies – Swayavaram and Kodiyettam – each directed by legendary filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan.


Scene from Kodiyettam

Swayamvaram, which launched in 1972, marked the debut of Adoor as a filmmaker. The movie received 4 nationwide awards, together with greatest director for Adoor and greatest actor (feminine) for Sarada. Swayamvaram was additionally the primary movie produced by Chitralekha Movie Cooperative, based by Adoor and Bhaskaran Nair together with just a few others.

“Chitralekha was additionally the identify of the primary movie society based in Kerala by the identical workforce within the mid-1960s. Kulathoor Bhaskaran Nair was an official within the Khadi Board with an curiosity in architectural design who joined Adoor in beginning the movie society motion. His identify could be very vital within the historical past of the movie society motion in addition to within the manufacturing and distribution of excellent movies in Malayalam,” says VK Joseph, critic and secretary of the Federation of Movie Societies of India, Kerala Area.


Chitalekha movie studio in early 80s / Courtesy – Benny Kuriakose

After forming the movie society, the identical workforce registered the Chitralekha Movie Cooperative as a movie manufacturing and distribution studio. Joseph says they’d a stupendous constructing constructed by the famend British architect Laurie Baker who had made Kerala his house. “In addition they had plans to open theatres in numerous cities within the state and had purchased land for it. Behind all of this was Bhaskaran Nair’s sturdy management,” Joseph says.

Six years after Swayamvaram got here Kodiyettam, once more directed by Adoor and produced by Bhaskaran Nair. It received a number of nationwide awards and state awards, and actor Gopi successful awards at each ranges emerged as a performer to reckon with.

However afterwards, the workforce at Chitralekha parted methods owing to variations. Bhaskaran Nair and Adoor went their separate methods.

Bhaskaran Nair continued to be energetic within the movie society motion for years, till he bought too unwell.

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