G. Aravindan was a film director, screenwriter, musician, cartoonist and painter from Kerala. 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”.
National Film Archives of India (NFAI), has added to its trove, the photographs of this legendary seven-time National Award-winning filmmaker. Ramu Aravinadan son of G. Aravindan, handed over a compilation to Prakash Magdum the director of NFAI. “The collection comprises mostly production stills, prints and transparencies and other materials like leaflets, handouts, concerning all my father’s films and documentaries, compiled from our family home,” said Ramu Aravindan.
NFAI had restored nine films of Aravindan. He is an icon remembered year after year through film festivals. This collection would add to the experience of knowing this visionary filmmaker.