P.Padmarajan was a master storyteller who amused Malayalam literary avenue with his exemplary narrative skills, may it be his novels or movies. His narratives portrayed characters that are poignant, strong, helpless, and emotional in myriad hues throbbing with a sense of honesty. Padmarajan was born on 23 May 1945 in Alappuzha.
He began his career in All India Radio, Thrissur. His first novel Nakshathrangale Kaaval won the Kerala Sahitya Academi Award in 1972. He became a part of the Malayalam film industry by writing the screenplay of director Bharthan’s directorial debut Prayaanam. Starting with Peruvazhiyambalam he directed 18 movies in his career spanning over 11 years. With themes across trajectories, he explored the nuances of human relationships, its weaknesses. Oridathoru Phayalvaan won an award at the Asian Film festival. Weaving in Songs of Solomon Nammuk Parkan Munthirithopukal gives their relationship a pristine feel which keeps in par with the misty frames we see in the movie.
Padmarajan passed away on 24 January 1991 at the screening of his last directorial venture Njan Gandharvan. His unique notions of gender and sacrifice narrated through his movies will stay young in every Malayalam movie buff’s memories.