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Ashika Rao

BENGALURU: Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Girish Kasaravalli, national award winning filmmakers, engaged in a discussion with the audience about the latter’s documentary on the former, Images/Reflections: A Journey into the imagery of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, at National Gallery of Modern Arts on Saturday.

The documentary was screened by International Arts and Cultural Foundation, Bengaluru in the presence of N R Madhava Menon, former Vice Chancellor, National Law School Bangalore, and Chiranjivi Singh, former Ambassador of India to UNESCO.

“Invariably many admire Gopalakrishnan’s Elippathayam and Vidheyan. But my favorite films in the Gopalakrishnan’s oeuvre are Anantaram and Mukhamukham,” said Girish Kasaravalli, National award winning film director.

“Part of the New Indian cinema, Kasaravalli walked into the genre eight years later with his brilliant Ghatashraddha—a haunting study of society with a young pregnant widow as a protagonist. He has made 14 features, and among them Tabarana Kathe and Gulabi Talkies continue to remain the most sought after and the most discussed. Surprisingly, Ghatashraddha was his project as part of his course at FTII which was rejected,” said Mr Gopalakrishnan. He added, “I wonder even to this day after many years in this field, why Girish’s movies are not screened in theaters like other films.”

“When one makes a documentary on the other, it is bound to be fascinatingly insightful. Except for a day’s schedule, Kasaravalli’s 90-minute documentary on Gopalakrishnan, titled Images and Reflections: A Journey into Adoor’s Imagery, is complete,” said Srivatsa Shandilya, founder of International Arts and Cultural Foundation Bengaluru.

The film is a journey into the images of Gopalakrishnan, unfolding in five chapters named after his significant films. Gopalakrishnan is a national award winning Malayalam film director and widely considered to be one of the foremost filmmakers of India. He was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2004.

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