K. M. Madhusudhanan

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K.M. Madhusudhanan is an Indian film maker and artist. Born in Allapuzha, a coastal district in Kerala, India. Started drawing at a very young age. After his preliminary education, studied painting in Fine Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Later, studied print making at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara, Gujarat. Has exhibited his paintings and drawings in India and abroad. Has focused on cinema for the past 20 years and has directed several documentaries and short fiction films. Bioscope was his first feature film.

Madhusudhanan is deeply concerned with cinema, its history, and the significant political, cultural and sociological roles it has played in India. His films revolve around this theme as a leit motif, as does his art.

He has made several paintings based on Indian cinema. For example, a series of paintings and drawings titled "Archeology of Cinema". Some of the paintings and drawings from this series have been exhibited at several places in India and abroad. Madhusudhanan continues to work on this theme, and adding to the series.

Self Portrait, scripted and directed by Madhusudhanan introduced a new narrative style. Tells the story of a street photographer through news of global wars. The protagonist sees his own image in the pictures of the dead he is called to take for police records. The film was shown at over a dozen international film festivals and received the best film award from Greece. Was selected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA) as part of a selection of Outstanding Short Films from International Festivals.

In 2006, scripted and directed a silent film History is a Silent Film. The life story of a cinema projector repairer. Of him discovering his father, who disappeared during the India Pakistan partition, in a newsreel that comes to him in a projector for repair. This film was also shown at the MoMA, New York, in addition to several other film festivals.

Bioscope, directed in 2008 is also based on visual images. A story of cinema entering interior villages of Kerala. The film depicts villagers receiving modernity with wonder and excitement; and of the destruction of the life of the protagonist who brings cinema to Kerala. The film received several national and International awards.

He is currently working on a film titled Shambharik Kharolika, or the Magic Lantern. It is constructed around the 19th century magic lantern slides, a forerunner of modern cinema. The magic lantern slides, originating in Europe, were historically developed in India by Mahadeorao Patwardhan (who named it Shambharik Kharolika) and his sons during the British era. The father and sons performed the magic lantern slide shows all across the country in India. These historical figures and their lives provide the broad storyline for this film, while their lives are seen in the film through the eyes of two robbers. The film is under post-production.

Lives and works in Delhi and Kerala.


Balamaniyamma, Documentary, English, Malayalam, 1997
O.V. Vijayan, English, Malayalam, Documentary, 2000
• Self Portrait, Short Fiction, Hindi, 2001
History is a Silent Film, Short Fiction, Silent, 2006
Mayabazaar, Documentary, Telugu, English, 2006
Razor, Blood and Other Tales, Short Fiction, Silent, 2007[1]
Bioscope, Feature Film, Malayalam, Tamil, 2008

Awards & Recognition:

Self Portrait, 2001

• Best Film, Thessaloniki Festival, Greece
• Outstanding Film from International Festivals, MoMA, New York

History is a Silent Film, 2006Outstanding Film from International Festivals, MoMA, New York

Bioscope, 2008

Osian Cinefan International Film Festival, NETPAC Jury Award for Best Asian Film
Special Mention Jury Award, Mannheim-Heidelberg International Festival, Germany
Best Cinematography Award, SAIFF, New York
5 Kerala State Film Awards
o Special Jury Award for Direction
o Best Cinematography
o Best Editing
o Best Background Score
o Best Film Processing Lab
Special Jury Award, National Film Awards

""Books & Articles""

• On Bioscope: Rhythm of Light, Malayalam, Dr. V. Sanil
• The Gaze of Cinema, Malayalam, Dr. K. Gopinathan
• K.M. Madhusudhanan’s Bioscope, English, Shekhar Deshpande
• Scholars Watching Elephant, English, Leo Bankersen
• Bioscope Script, Malayalam, Published by Mathrubhoomi Books
A Turning Point, Interview, Screen India


Best films of every year
Short Bio on India Film Festival website.
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival
Kerala State Film Awards
K. M. Madhusudhanan’s Bioscope
O.V. Vijayan – preview
EVERYTHING 2008, 12 Artists from India, Curated by Bose Krishnamachari, 2008, Amsterdam
Video Wednesdays by Gallery Espace, 29 July – 1 August 2009
Freedom to March (2010), Curated by Anubhav Nath and Johny ML, 12 November – 18 November 2010

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