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     1'''Adoor Gopalakrishnan''', (b. 1941) 
     4Malayalam director born in Adoor, Kerala. 
     5Stage début as actor aged 8. Graduated from 
     6Gandhigram Rural University (1960) having 
     7produced over 20 plays, including ones he 
     8wrote himself. Notable among these was 
     9Godothe Kathe, adapting Beckett’s Waiting For 
     10Godot, with Gopi. Resigned from government 
     11job and graduated from the FTII (1965). 
     12Founder and president of the Chitralekha Film 
     13Co-op in Trivandrum (1965), the first of its kind 
     14in India, set up by FTII graduates as a 
     15production-distribution centre for personal 
     16films outside the commercial sector. In the mid- 
     1770s, a laboratory was added to the Trivandrum 
     18studio. Writes his own scripts, two of which 
     19(Elippathayam and Mukha Mukham) were 
     20published in English by Seagull Books in 
     21Calcutta (1985). Films show an emphasis on 
     22psychology depicted through gesture (cf. S. 
     23Ray). Theorised his approach in Cinemayude 
     24Lokam (1983). The reformist dimension of his 
     25work achieves an extra edge given the relative 
     26absence of that tradition in Travancore’s 
     27literature. Travancore’s delayed entry into the 
     28nationalist mainstream and its sudden 
     29transformation from a feudal state ruled by 
     30Dewan C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyer into one run by 
     31a CPI government, created a break in Kerala’s 
     32history which animates his films: e.g. his 
     33portrayal of the Nair community of former rent 
     34collectors in Elippathayam and of the 
     35Communist movement itself in Mukha 
     36Mukham and Mathilukal. 
     39'''FILMOGRAPHY''': 1965: A Great Day (Sh); 
     401968: And Man Created (Doc); Danger At 
     41Your Doorstep (Doc); 1969: Towards National 
     42STD (Doc); 1972: Swayamvaram; 1974: 
     43Guru Chengannur (Doc); 1975: Past in 
     44Perspective (Doc); 1977: The Myth (Doc); 
     45Kodiyettam; 1979: Yakshagana (Doc); 1980: 
     46The Chola Heritage (Doc); 1981: 
     47Elippathayam; 1982: Krishnattam (Doc); 
     481984: Mukha Mukham; 1987: Anantaram; 
     491989: Mathilukal; 1993: Vidheyan; 1995: