B. Lenin

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B. Lenin
Born Bhimsingh Lenin
Occupation Film editor, director, writer
Years active 1966–present

B. Lenin is an editor, writer and director who has worked in Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi films. He is the son of A. Bhimsingh, a Tamil film maker. Lenin entered the film industry as an assistant editor and went on to work in numerous projects before becoming an independent editor. He made his debut as a full-fledged editor through J. Mahendran's Uthiripookkal in 1979. After a few films, Lenin started working with his long-time assistant V. T. Vijayan and the duo has so far worked in over hundred films in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi films apart from an English film, Eli My Friend.[1] As of 2013, Lenin has won five National Film Awards including the awards for Best Direction and Best Editing. He was the chairman of the Film Federation of India of India in 2011.

Biography[edit]

Lenin was born in a family consisting of eight children. His father A. Bhimsingh was a well known director in Tamil and Hindi films.[2] Lenin has a younger brother named B. Kannan who is a cinematographer. Lenin started his career as an associate director of his father and assisted editing in many of his films.[3] He also had experience as a lab technician and sound engineering department as well.[3] After several films as working as an assistant Lenin made his debut as an independent editor in in 1979 through Uthiripookkal, a Tamil film directed by J. Mahendran. Although he started as an independent editor he associated himself with his assistant V. T. Vijayan and the duo went on to work together in a number of films during the 80s and 90s including Nayakan, Geethanjali, Anjali and Kadhalan, which won them the National Film Award for Best Editing.[4] He made his directional debut in 1983 through Ethanai Konam Ethanai Paarvai (1983) and went on to direct four feature films and four non-feature films. His short film Knock-out (1992) was critically acclaimed as it went on to win the Islamia critics Award for Best Short Film at the Cairo International Film Festival.[5] It also won the National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature Film of a Director for Lenin.[6] The jury noted, "The director has given us a powerful insight into the labyrinth of the human mind faced with a disaster situation".[6] Three years later, he directed his second short film tilted Kutravali which won the Best Editing at the 43rd National Film Awards.[5] In 2002, Lenin made Ooruku Nooruper. The film fetched him the Best Direction award apart from winning the Best Regional Film (Tamil).[3] The film dealt with capital punishment and was received with critical response.[3][7] He has also directed a few TV serials including Solladi Sivasakthi.[6] Lenin has held important positions such as the jury member of 57th National Film Awards (2010) and the chairman of Oscar selection committee (of FFI) in 2011.[5][8]

Selected filmography[edit]

As editor[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1979 Uthiripookkal Tamil Debut film
1980 Pootadha Pootukkal Tamil
1982 Metti Tamil
1982 Azhagiya Kanney Tamil
1983 Pallavi Anu Pallavi Kannada
1983 Ethanai Konam Ethanai Parvai Tamil
1984 Kai Kodukkum Kai Tamil
1985 Idaya Kovil Tamil
1986 Kariyilakkattu Pole Malayalam
1986 Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil Malayalam
1986 Desatanakkili Karayarilla Malayalam
1986 Mouna Ragam Tamil
1986 Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal Malayalam
1987 Nayagan Tamil
1987 Thoovanathumbikal Malayalam
1988 Solla Thudikuthu Manasu Tamil
1988 Aparan Malayalam
1988 Daisy Malayalam
1988 Moonnam Pakkam Malayalam
1989 Geethanjali Telugu
1989 Ulsavapittennu Malayalam
1989 Innale Malayalam
1989 Apoorva Sagodharargal Tamil
1989 Season Malayalam
1990 Thazhvaram Malayalam
1990 Anjali Tamil
1991 Amaram Malayalam
1991 Vasanthakala Paravai Tamil
1992 Suriyan Tamil
1992 Meera Tamil
1993 Gentleman Tamil
1994 Kadhalan Tamil National Film Award for Best Editing (shared with V. T. Vijayan)
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Editor
1995 Kutravali Tamil Short film
National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Editing (also for Oodaha)
Islamia critics Award for Best Short Film
1995 Oodaha Tamil Short film
National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Editing (also for Kutravali)
1996 Mahaprabhu Tamil
1996 Indian Tamil
1996 Kadhal Desam Tamil
1997 Ratchagan Tamil
1998 Jeans Tamil
1999 Vaali Tamil
1999 Mudhalvan Tamil
2000 Kushi Tamil
2001 Kushi Telugu
2001 Ninnu Choodalani Telugu
2001 Dhill Tamil
2001 12B Tamil
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Hindi
2001 Ooruku Nooruper Tamil
2005 Ullam Ketkume Tamil
2005 Thavamai Thavamirundhu Tamil
2006 Sasanam Tamil
2007 Chennai 600028 Tamil
2008 Manjadikuru Malayalam
2009 Kulir 100° Tamil
2011 Paal Tamil
2011 Uchithanai Muharnthaal Tamil
2011 Roadside Ambanis (short) Tamil
2012 Suzhal Tamil
2012 Karuppampatti Tamil
2012 Kizhakku Paatha Veedu Tamil
2014 Ramanujan Tamil

As director[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1980 Nathiyai Thedi Vandha Kadal Tamil
1982 Pannaipurathu Pandavargal Tamil
1983 Ethanai Konam Ethanai Parvai Tamil
1988 Solla Thudikuthu Manasu Tamil
1992 Knock-out Tamil Short film
National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature Film of a Director
2001 Ooruku Nooruper Tamil National Film Award for Best Direction
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil

As actor[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1998 Kaadhale Nimmadhi Tamil Cameo appearance in song "Kandhan Irukkum Idam"

As assistant editor[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1970 Gopi Hindi
1972 Maalik Hindi
1972 Bombay to Goa Hindi
1972 Joroo Ka Ghulam Hindi
1974 Do Phool Hindi
1974 Naya Din Nai Raat Hindi
1976 Sabse Bada Rupaiya Hindi

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Master of creative final touches". Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  2. ^ S. R., Ashok Kumar (29 September 2006). "Veterans recapture the past". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "49th national Film Awards". Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 77. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "42nd National Film Awards". Directorate of Film Festivals. pp. 44–46. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "57th National Film Awards". Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "40th National Film Awards". Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lagaan sweeps national film awards". The Indian Express. 26 July 2002. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Malayalam film 'Adaminte Makan Abu' is India's entry for Oscar". The Indian Express. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 

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