John Abraham born on 11 August 1937, was a Malayali Indian filmmaker, short story writer and screenwriter. He was perhaps famous for his style of living and way of thinking than for his films. He attained a legendary status, living a nomadic kind of life. He rebelled against all the established ways of life as well as film making. John Abraham is recognised as a genius in Malayalam cinema. He made his mark with the Tamil film Agraharathil Kazhuthai, but is possibly remembered most for his efforts in starting a people’s cinema movement, an absolute form of independent filmmaking called Odessa Collective.
John is ranked among the greatest Indian film directors. His film Amma Ariyan (1986) was the only south Indian feature film to make the list of “Top 10 Indian Films” of all time by British Film Institute. Agraharathil Kazhuthai was listed among the “100 Greatest Indian Films” of all time by IBN Live’s 2013 poll.