30 September, 2020

Word, Image...And Word

The protean M.T. Vasudevan Nair also shaped cinematic imagination in India. The dialogue between his stories and screenplays here is stimulating.

Word, Image...And Word

M.T. Vasudevan Nair is a legen­dary figure in Malayalam literature and cinema. A Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi award-winning author, nati­onal award-winning film dir­e­ctor, very successful screenplay wri­ter and a reputed literary editor, his has been a vibrant presence as a writer, scenarist and director during the last six decades. A very popular writer and an auteur who is comfortable with, and highly successful in, both serious and the commercial streams of cinema, he was one of the first filmmakers in Mal­ayalam to publish his film scripts. Rec­ently, his screenplays have been collected and published in Malayalam in six volumes, running into over 6,000 pages. They are avidly read by lovers of literature as well as aspiring filmmakers, who consider them textbooks on screenplay writing.

Though many of MT’s stories have been translated into several languages, the uniqueness of this masterly translation by Gita Krishnankutty is that the film scripts are accompanied by the stories on which they are based. This book...



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