Mollywood’s contribution towards the list of classic filmmakers

36. Piravi (1989) - Director: Shaji N. Karun

There are a lot of great films and directors from Kerala like Padmarajan, Shaji N Karun, Adoor Gopalakrishnan etc… Shaji N Karun’s debut film Piravi (1988) won the Caméra d’Or – Mention d’honneur at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.


A person who is one of the major reason for a revolution of Malayalam cinema. The accolades he received are numerous, it includes Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, 16 National Film Awards, 17 Kerala State Film Awards and several International Film Awards including the prestigious British Film Institute award for his movie Elippathayam, he was also honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the year 2004. He is a producer, director and scriptwriter his debut film happened in 1976, named Swayamvaram. Then on he has made many films were most of them go for the International Film Festivals around the world. He was the director of Pune Television and Film Institute from 1975 to 1977.


Shaji N Karun, a distinguished cinematographer and film director, completed his bachelors at University College Thiruvananthapuram and pursued a cinematography diploma at the Film and Television Institute of India. His debut Malayalam film, Piravi (The Birth), won the prestigious Camera d’Or – Mention d’honneur at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. Following Piravi, Swaham, with a similar theme of grief, was selected for the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.

Vanaprastham (The Last Dance), directed by Padma Shri Shaji N Karun, achieved numerous accolades, including three National Awards at the 47th National Film Awards for Best Film. Shaji N Karun served as the chairman of Kerala Chalachitra Academy and the executive chairman of the International Film Festival of Kerala from 1998 to 2001.

His latest venture, ‘Olu,’ a Malayalam film starring Shane Nigam and Esther Anil, is highly anticipated for its release in 2018, marking yet another chapter in the accomplished filmmaker’s career.


This late film director, screenwriter, musician, cartoonist and painter expired on 15 March 1991. His father was a famous Malayalam comedy writer M.N.Govindan Nair. He debuted with the Malayalam movie Uttarayanam in 1974. This film treasured huge critical praise and multiple awards including five Kerala state film awards. He had a unique way of storytelling and explored various genres. He is known as one of the pioneers of Malayalam film industry. Known for his eccentric way of filmmaking Padma Shri G.Aravindan won eight national film awards including the best director award three times.

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