Kummatty is adapted from a Central Kerala folk tale about a partly mythic and partly real magician called Kummatty. Kummatty travels from place to place and entertains children with dancing, singing and performing magic. At one such performance at a village, Kummatty turns a group of children into animals. But one boy, who was changed into a dog, is chased away and misses the moment Kummatty changed the children back to their human form. The dog-boy has to wait a year until Kummatty returns to the village to get back his human form. —cinemaofmalayalam.com
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
Films have the power to develop a nostalgia for times in the past that sometimes never actually existed in our lives. Aravindan’s “The Bogeyman” reminded me of a childhood that I hope I had lived… read review