Govindan Aravindan was a film director, screenwriter, musician, cartoonist and painter from Kerala. Popularly known as G. Aravindan, he was born on 21 January 1935 in Kottayam as the son of the famous comedy writer M. N. Govindan Nair.
Known for his long silences than his oratory skills, his cartoons serialized as Cheriya Manushaynum, Valia Lokavum ( small people and a big world) and the frames which he is renowned for, spoke for him. He was the pioneers of parallel art house cinema though he hadn’t received any formal training in film making. Unorthodox and radical is what can describe his way of filmmaking.
Starting with cartoons, he shifted attention to theatre and music and helped establish two clubs ‘Navarangam’ and ‘Sopanam’ and collaborated with the eminent theater personality K.N. Panicker. From 1974, Aravindan ventured into filmmaking and came out with several classics, including seven which bagged National Awards – “Uttarayanam”, “Kanchan Seeta”, “Thampu”, “Chidambaram”, “Oridathu” and “Vasthuhara”.
Aravindan died on 15 March 1991, before the release of Vaasthuhara.