An interview with Adoor Gopalakrishnan

He is a filmmaker’s filmmaker, having so far crafted nine gems untainted by compromise. Swayamvaram (1972) made a sound beginning. The title suggests the importance of making choices. Adoor Gopalakrishnan made his choice, opting for serious cinema in a nation that worships the blockbuster. The ideological dilemmas faced by the protagonist in Swayamvaram were to find more complex forms in Adoor’s later works. But right from his debut, Adoor showed that ethics were as important to him as aesthetics. Of course, he did not hammer them in. He was lucky to have a reliable lensman in Mangada Rama Varma. His work made a fascinating contrast to G. Aravindan’s epic style. Elipatthayam (1981) and Mathilukkal (1989) had Adoor playing wholly different music.


Gowri Ramnarayan
Interview with Stanley Kwan

Stanley Kwan is one of the most prominent and path-breaking filmmakers in present day HongKong .He alongwith Jacob Cheung and Wong Kar Wai made the strongest impact in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He assisted the “new wave” filmmakers i.e. Ann Hui, Yim Ho And Patrick Tam. He directed his first film “ Women” in 1985. Kwan has always focused on women in all his films.His masterpiece “Rouge” is about the paradox of human existence in a city which has no history.His “ Full Moon in New York”, IT IS THE CITY OF New York which imprints itself in the minds of the three female characters. “Actress” is a biography of China’s greatest silent screen actress Ruan Lingyu who died because of the rumours spread by the then media. His another major work is “Red Rose, White Rose”, an adoptation of a Shangai story by Eileen Chang. Till date he made 15 feature films along with few short(Ttoo happy for Words, Two Sisters), documentaries and also directed a short play. In this candid interview, this exuberant director came alive with subjects hitherto unknown to most of us………..

Interview with Ligy J. Pullapully( Based in USA. Filmmaker and lawyer by profession)

Tell us more about your film—the story for instance, and how it came to you, and when.
In 1997 I wrote, produced and directed my second short film, called “Uli,” in the U.S. The film’s back-story was about two girls in love in rural Kerala and the tragedy that transpired when they were forcibly separated from one another. One was forced to marry, the other committed suicide by throwing her body into a torrent.