John Abraham, having deep knowledge in Marxist and Christian traditions, made his third film, Cheriyachente Kroora Krithyangal using Christian and feudal symbols in the backdrop of Kuttanadu, his home land. When he attacked the traditionalists in his earlier film Agraharathil Kazhutai, in Cheriyachente Kroora Krithyangal, he attacked the feudal system and police atrocities during the feudal period.
Cheriyachan, a landlord feels threatened by industrialisation and the leftist activities. But when he witnesses the police atrocities on poor peasants, feel of guilt engulfs him and he feels responsible for the guilt of his entire class. He is last seen up a coconut tree trying to keep away from the police. A peasant’s movement against the feudal system also lies in the backdrop of the film. Here, the feudal lord is shown as a frightened victim of history in contradiction to the normal characterisation as a stereotypical villain. —Cinema of Malayalam
John Abraham (Malayalam: ജോണ് അബ്രഹാം, 11 August 1937 – 31 May 1987), was a Malayali Indian filmmaker and screenwriter.
He was more famous for his style of living and way of thinking than for his films. He attained a mythical status, living a nomadic kind of life. He rebelled all the established ways of life as well as art.
John Abraham is recognized as a genius in Malayalam cinema. He made his mark with the Tamil film Agraharathil Kazhuthai, but is possibly remembered most for his efforts in starting a people’s cinema movement called Odessa.
John Abraham was born in Changanassery in 1937. He completed his studies in Kottayam staying with his grandfather. It was him who nurtured Abraham’s talent in early days. After completing his degree in economics from Marthoma College, Thiruvalla, he worked as an insurance agent in Bellary. After that he joined the FTII, Pune and was trained by Ritwik Ghatak. Abraham graduated out of the FTII with gold medals in screenwriting… read more