In The Forests of the Plight: A Fiftieth Anniversary Tribute to Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s First Film SWAYAMVARAM (1972)

When Adoor Gopalakrishnan, one of the internationally acclaimed Indian filmmakers, launched his first feature film Swayamvaram five decades ago, it was after many years of sustained effort. After passing out of FTII, Pune in 1965, he found it difficult to get a producer who would back him. Hence, he took the initiative of forming a […]

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Understanding a twin subgenre: new- and mixed-gen cinema of Malayalam

Every era imprints its cultural vogue on its arts. Just over a decade following the onslaught of the information-technology wave thus the template of popular Malayalam cinema predictably underwent a radical change. Since someone has already coined a now-widely-accepted term for this revolutionary template, ‘new-gen Malayalam cinema’, I shall use the same term—even though it […]

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