Walking down the memory lanes
To commemorate the great Malayalam film personalities who left us in the past year, 17th International Film Festival of Kerala organised a special programme, 'Homage', at Kairali Theater on the fifth day.
In this special function, the associates of these legends shared their ever-loving memories of them. T Damodaran, Thilakan, Vindhyan, Navodaya Appachan, CP Padmakumar, Jose Prakash and TA Shahid were remembered here.
Director Priyadharshan who remembered T Damodaran, titled him as master in all fields. Worked together for four-five films, Priyadharshan pointed out his work with T Damodaran on Kalapani as the most memorable one.
Director said that the Kalapani is just a small fraction of what Damodaran have told him about the history of Andaman and Nicobar jails and of that period which the film represents.
He also mentioned the great scriptwriter as the first one to write a political script in India, 'Ee Nadu'. Producer Gandhimathi Balan shared his memories about Thilakan. Balan mentioned Panchavadi Palam and Moonam Pakkam as the most memorable ones among the many he has associated with the 'great actor'.
He recalled Thilakan to be an actor who was passionate about acting and films always. Thilakan was an actor who always dedicated himself fully to the role, he added.
The Producer also shared the days with the actor on the sets of Moonam Pakkam in Tamil Nadu.
"Vindhyan was a classical producer who did creative support to the film", director Shyama Prasad remembered him.
Shyama Prasad added that Vindhyan was a childhood friend for him and far more than a producer who always trusted and had complete faith in the director.
'Navodaya Appachan was my Papa', TK Rajeev Kumar opined.
Rajeev Kumar who was recollecting memories of the most innovative producer of all times titled him as 'creative producer'.
The director opened up the lanes of his memories with Appachan while remembering his call for him to associated with 'My dear Kuttichattan' while studying in Kerala University. He also added that Appachan who was a godfather for many easily identified the talent and caliber in others and helped them to bring it up.