September 2007: Adoor's 'Four Women'
by Elizabeth Menon
DadaSaheb Phalke Award winner Adoor Gopala Krishnan is back with his new film or perhaps I should say 'films', as he has made two films together this time, 'Naalu Pennunal' and Kallante Makan' based on Thakazhi's six short stories: Oru Niyama langhanathinte Katha, Chinnuamma, NithyaKanyaka, Neethiyum Niyamavum, Oru Kootukaran, Kallante Makan and Pankiyamma. The filming started only on 11th March this year and it is already accepted for two prestigious International Festivals, Toronto and London. Though Adoor has used different stories in these films, there is no continuity and the only factor that is common in both these films is the theme. It is the first time in Malayalam that different stories are used in one film that has no continuity; perhaps Shyam Benegal is the only director who has done it before.
'Naalu Pennungal' (Four Women) is going to be world premiered at the Toronto International Festival on 9th Sept; it is being shown in the most prestigious section of the festival, 'The Masters' programme'.
'Naalu Pennungal' has also been selected to be shown at The London Film Festival which starts on 17th October finishing on 1st November.
'Naalu Penungal' has four stories with a common theme. It brings to the audience four women from different stations in life showing their turbulent lives and how they deal with it. 'Kallante Makan' has three stories and each shows how an average citizen is served with injustice in different situations. Manju Pillai, Kavya Madhavan, Gitu Mohandas, Padma Priya, Nanditha Das, Murali, Manoj K Jayan, Mukesh, Jagdish, Jagathy Srekumar and Nedumudi Venu are the main actors. Cinematography is by MJ Radhakrishnan. As 'Naalu Pennungal' tells the story of four different types of women, I am sure the film will bring out the real woman's issues to the forefront. But Adoor insists that the women characters are strong in all his films!
• Bharat Murali 's new book, 'Arangettam: Vazhikal, Vazhikattikal' is in book stores now, printed and published by DC Books. He introduces famous writers and artists worldwide and explains different theories and the essence of acting and above all, analyzes the basics of acting in different parts of the globe. Murali has his soul in this book and a must for all, not just actors.
• Bye for now!