Many will think that this blog is irrelevant as i have already written about Padmarajan Sir in 'January's Loss'! But as the day January 23 arrives, everyone will remember this great man with love and pride. His films were some of the landmark movies in Malayalam. I am not going to analyse his direction or scriptwriting as i am not at all eligible to do it. Let us discuss about the wonderful films,scripts and stories he has gifted us!
He wanted to be famous as both director and writer. But after getting into film field, he had to distance himself from writing to concentrate more on direction. Some writers describe this as a great loss for Malayalam literature, even i feel the same. The best thing about him is that he gifted us with a lot of films to remember for a long time, in fact some of the exceptional films in Malayalam. He was the best script writer in our film industry. Last year i got the chance to see his movies like Kallan Pavithran, Oridaththoru Phayalvaan etc. I was amazed by the talent this man possessed. Two weeks back i watched 'Moonampakkam' again, which made me cry like anything. It is one the classic movies in Malayalam. His way of direction,storytelling and picturisation is unique, thats why we all want to be the next Padmarajan!
He and his films still continues to inspire many youngsters to the film industry, but no one has ever achieved the fame like him. Ranjith is the only person now alive who got the caliber to do films like him. Even after 20 years, he remains to be the best director of our industry. People still love to watch his films again and again. I recently read an article in a newspaper where actor Ashokan stated..'He was my luck, his death my bad luck'. In the same actor Jayaram stated 'Padmarajan Sir is my god'! It's so nice to see the media still remembering him and a million thanks to the TV channels for telecasting his movies from time to time. This year i want to complete reading all the stories he wrote, that will be my resolution. Very happy to know that K Rajeev Kumar and Suresh Kumar are remaking 'Rathinirvedam', a classic film penned by Pappettan and directed by Bharathan Sir. But it's better not to remake his directorial ventures, so that the class of the movies won't be spolied! I often feels the song 'Devaanganangal kaiyozhinja thaarakam' was written about him. You maybe greatly missed..But you and the wonderful films you gifted us will live in our hearts forever!