Kulathoor Bhaskaran Nair, renowned film producer, screenwriter and a prime pioneer of the film society movement in the Malayalam film industry, breathed his last today, 15th June, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was 83 years old. The filmmaker is credited with producing two of Malayalam cinema's most iconic movies, Swayavaram and Kodiyettam, Bhaskaran Nair also has over 30 documentaries to his credit. Before entering films, he had graduated in Rural Services from Gandhigram Rural University in Madurai, back in 1960. He then went on to complete his post-graduation in the Advertisement and PR from a Mumbai-based university, after which Mollywood (though it wasn't known by the name back then) beckoned his innate talents.
Swayamvaram, which had released in 1972, went on to win four National Awards, including Best Director for Adoor and Best Actress for Sarada. Swayamvaram was also the first film produced by Chitralekha Film Cooperative, which was jointly founded by Adoor and Bhaskaran Nair along with a few others at the time.
“Chitralekha was also the name of the first film society founded in Kerala by the same team in the mid-1960s. Kulathoor Bhaskaran Nair was an official in the Khadi Board with an interest in architectural design who joined Adoor in starting the film society movement. His name is very significant in the history of the film society movement as well as in the production and distribution of good films in Malayalam. They also had plans to open theatres in different cities in the state and had bought land for it. Behind all of this was Bhaskaran Nair’s strong leadership.” says VK Joseph, eminent critic and secretary, Federation of Film Societies of India, Kerala Region.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to Kulathoor Bhaskaran Nair's family and friends.
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