13 June, 2021

A Door Unto Me

Adoor becomes Kerala's first-ever recipient of the Phalke award. Par for the course.

Ravi Sankar K.V.
A Door Unto Me
  • Steeped in the traditions of Kathakali, Adoor took his bow in theatre at the age of eight
  • He graduated from the Gandhigram Rural Institute, Madurai, with a degree in Political Science
  • A second-batch student of FTII Pune, he passed out in 1965 but had to wait until 1972 to make his first full-length feature
  • He was taught at the institute by legendary filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak
  • He believes that training is a must for filmmakers because "you must know the rules in order to break them"
  • He himself shot portions of his second film, Kodiyettam, because he did not have the money to fly down cinematographer Ravi Verma from Chennai

Adoor Gopalakrishnan lives very much in the present, crafts exquisite cinematic essays about the past and is assured of a permanent place in Indian cinema's future. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award conferred on him is only another official recognition of the timeless quality of his small but outstanding oeuvre.

Time plays a pivotal role in his cinema. "The present is too close to us to be fully...

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