Clouded by the laurels revolving around cinema and cinematography, Santosh Sivan is a pioneer who threw spotlight on what had remained an invisible form of art. The only Indian cinematographer to be inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers, is now at the helm of creating a documentary about his father Sivan.
The eighty- seven year old Sivan Sr. is the owner of the oldest surviving photo studio which he opened sixty years back in Thiruvananthapuram. Feeble is the information one could gather about the legendary photographer, whose contributions spread to the diverse fields of photo-journalism, theatre, newspaper columns, children’s films, screenplays, documentaries and Malayalam cinema.
The documentary commissioned by Kerala Media Academy will be directed by Santosh Sivan, who considers his father to be his mentor and inspiration. The inputs of the journalist and the role he played in documenting the post independent India, tracking the political events and personalities that appeared in almost every national daily will be acknowledged in the documentary. An Invitation to Nature’s Paradise, the first documentary to promote Kerala Tourism, the Kerala Film Movement helmed by Sivan Sr. will be discussed in the documentary. It will also feature interviews with Sivan Sr., the family, filmmakers, critics and photographers besides incorporating rare footage and stills shot by him. The creators aim at screening the documentary at film festivals and also on streaming channels.