Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Mathilukal is based on an autobiographical short novel, of the same name by renowned Malayalam writer, Vikom Muhammad Bashir. Mathilukal is Bashir’s memories of jail life during the early 1940s, when he was imprisoned by the British Government for “anti-national” activities.
Confined to the narrow space of a prison cell, Bashir falls in love with a woman in the neighbouring prison compound. They are separated by a high wall so that they never see each other and have to devise ingenious ways for communicating. Narayani, Bashir’s love is presented as a female voice and never appears in person in the film. —cinemaofmalayalam.net
Adoor Gopalakrishnan was born in Kerala, India in 1941 into a family that patronized Kathakali and other performing arts. He started acting on the amateur stage at the early age of eight. Wrote and directed several stage plays during his student days.
Adoor had his graduation from the Gandhigram Rural University in 1960 specializing in Economics, Political Science and Public Administration. He left the governmental job of a statistical investigator to study cinema at the Film Institute of India, Pune in 1962. Graduating from the Film Institute of India in1965 with specialization in Screenplay writing and Advanced Film Direction, he pioneered the film society movement in Kerala. The same year, he took the initiative to form India’s first film co-operative for production, distribution and exhibition of quality films.
He has scripted and directed elevan feature films and about thirty Shorts and documentaries. Notable amongst the non-feature films are those on Kerala’s performing… read more