Govindan Aravindan (born 21 January 1935 in Kottayam — died 15 March 1991 in Trivandrum), popularly known as G. Aravindan, was a national award winning film director, screenwriter, musician and cartoonist from Kerala, India. Known for his unorthodox film-making, Aravindan consistently experimented with cinematic forms and narrative styles drawing upon history, myth, folk tales, traditional stories, current events and anecdotes. Aravindan’s films are marked by an entirely original approach to cinema, and alongwith John Abraham and Adoor Gopalakrishnan, he placed Malayalam cinema in a position of pre-eminence in India.
Aravindan was part of a group of modernist artists based in Kozhikode, represented particularly by artist Devan, playwright Thikkodiyan and writer Pattathuvila Karunakaran. Before venturing into filmmaking, he was an established cartoonist. He also worked with documentaries and theatre. Aravindan started his professional life as a cartoonist in the journal, Mathrubhumi… read more
If the newly restored print of 'Thampu' was disappointing, this print was even worse...the day is not far off when quality prints of these films will be extinct...
The scenes when the children throw stones at the humble and saintly Esthappan, and in pure joy he throws them back turned into cookies; and when he warns the fishermen saying "Oh! The angry waves, they are blind! You can not save yourself from them even if you could fly! Turn back, turn back!" are moments of simple sublime beauty. This film elated me so. :)