December 2002: Yesudas, London Film Fest...
by Elizabeth Menon

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· "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to Yesudas who is celebrating his Birthday on 10 January, from and Kerala Link readers.

· ‘Kerala’s Adoor’ at the 46th Regus London Film Festival which starts on 6 November and finishing on the 21st. Adrian Wootton, the executive director assures that only the best new movies from around the world are screened at the festival. More than 200 premiers and special events are among the long feast of 16 days at various venues: NFT 1, 2 and 3, Odeon West End1 and 2, ICA 1 and 2, Ritzy and the Tricycle are the main venues.

· There are only three Indian films this year, Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s ‘Nizhalkkuthu’( Thu 14 Nov 1830, Fri 15 Nov 1600 OWE1 and Sun 17 Nov 1600 Tricycle), Anjan Das’s ‘ Strokes and Silhouettes’ ( Fri 8 Nov 1830 NFT1) and Aparna Sen’s ‘Mr and Mrs Iyer’ (Sun 17 Nov 1600 OWE1)

· Tickets: 0207 928 3232/

· Adoor Gopalakrishnan is no stranger to awards and international festivals and he is back after 6 years! He is one of India’s best directors and often compared to Satyajit Ray; but I would put Adoor, one notch higher, as he is closer to reality than Ray in all his films. His debut film ‘Swayam varam’ (Sharada fame) was only the beginning of a grant love affair, with an audience on the world stage! He has won many National and International awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize a few times; Kodiyettam, Elipathayam, Mukhamukham Anantharam, Mathilukal, Vidheyan and Kathapurushan are only a few of his films, which received National and International acclaim. Elipathayam bagged the British Film Institute Award in 1982.

· ‘Nizhalkkuthu’ is about of a hangman in the State of Travencore of the 1940’s and Adoor explores the unknown realms of the inner turmoil, touching on the political responsibility and accountability. Oduvil unnikrishnan, Murali and Nedumudi Venu are the main actors; cream on the cake is Mankada Ravi Varma as the cinematographer! It’s unfortunate that this film has not been nominated for any of the awards this year; perhaps Murali as Kaliappan would have clinched it! Adoor is available for a live interview, on Thu 14 Nov at the Odeon.

· Booker Prize and Kerala appear to have a bond; perhaps Arundhathi Roy left an impression to last forever! Animal magic at Trivandrum Zoo was the inspiration for Yann Martell for this year’s Booker prize-winning book, ‘Life of Pi’. It’s the story of a 16 year-old boy who spends time with animals, adrift on a lifeboat. When he talks about Simba, the disabled lion at the zoo, one feels nostalgic. This book is available on the Internet much cheaper!

· Congratulations to all the golden boys and girls at Busan Asian games 2002, Bina mol, Anju George, Jincy Philip, Mangima Kuriakose, Binu, Jagdish, Sunny Thomas, Udaya kumar and Bobby George, to mention a few!

· Wishing a speedy recovery to Mohan Lal’s father, Mr Vishvanathen Nair who is admitted to a hospital in TVM.

· Great giant of a crooner, Barry White, is admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles with kidney failure and waiting for a renal transplant. “ If chocolate fudge could talk, it would sound like Barry White”, it has been said! I have heard it live and I can say that the soul legend’s voice is even better than that! ‘Don’t go changing’, Can’t get enough of your love’ and ‘Practice what you preach’ are few of his classic hits. I join Kerala Link readers to wish him comfort and a miraculous recovery.

· ‘We will rock you’, the musical is still running full house at the Odeon, while we remember the inimitable rock legend, Freddie Mercury, on his 11th death anniversary on 24 Nov.

© E Menon



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