Noted filmmaker K.R. Mohanan died aged 69. Mohanan was not so well for a month. He was also an accomplished documentary filmmaker. His prominent films include “Ashwathama” (1978), “Purushartham” (1987) and “Swaroopam” (1992).
Mohanan played a key role in setting up the CPI-M-backed Kairali TV in the nineties and also headed the programme division of the channel during its formative period. He also headed the Kerala State Chalachithra Academy.
“He was very clear about his notion of movies. We had learnt so much from his guidance in the conduct of film festivals which have always helped me with regard to organising film festivals,”said Bina Paul vice-chairperson, Chalachithra Academy.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Mohanan had brought laurels to the Malayalam film industry. His last rites will be held in his home district Thrissur on Monday. Minister for Culture A K Balan said that Mohanan’s demise has left a huge vacuum in Kerala’s film and cultural scene.