Adoor Gopalakrishnan: A Biography

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Adoor Gopalakrishnan Biography


Born On: 3rd July, 1941
Born In: Adoor, Kerala
Career: Director, Producer, Scriptwriter, Producer, Author
Nationality: Indian
Adoor Gopalakrishnan is one of the established names in the world of parallel cinema. He is known worldwide as a veteran filmmaker and scriptwriter from India. Although he has directed only a handful of Malayalam feature films, in a career spanning over two decades, each of his works has been recognized throughout the world. Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s films have been screened at a number of prestigious International Film Festivals, held in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, London and Rotterdam. The filmmaker has written, directed and produced documentaries and short films and has authored books as well.  

Childhood And Education
Gopalakrishnan was born on 3rd July 1941, in a small village named Pallickal, near Adoor, Kerala. He was originally named Moutathu Gopalakrishnan Unnithan, by his father Moutathu Madhavan Unnithan and mother Gauri Kunjamma. The ace filmmaker started his artistic life at a very young age. He started acting in amateur plays when he was only eight years old. Later on, he started concentrating on writing and direction as well as scripted plays.  

In 1961, Adoor Gopalakrishnan graduated in Economics, from Gandhigram Rural Institute, located near Dindigul city of Tamilnadu. After working as a Government Officer for a year, Gopalakrishnan went on to pursue a course in screenplay writing and advanced film direction from Pune Film Institute, in 1962. He finished his course with a scholarship, offered by the Government of India for excellence in studies.  

Chithralekha Film Society & Chalachithra Sahakarana Sangham After graduating from Pune Film Institute, in 1965, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, along with his friends and classmates, established Chithralekha Film Society, the first film society of Kerala. In the same year, the group established film co-operative named “Chalachithra...
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