Navodaya Appachan

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Maliampurackal Chacko Punnoose, known as Navodaya Appachan (c. 1925 – 23 April 2012) was an Indian film producer, director, and entrepreneur. He is best known for his work in Malayalam cinema, especially as the founder of Navodaya Studio.

Appachan was born at Maliampurackal Family Pulinkunnoo and was an alumnus of St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai. He was married and had two sons and two daughters. He died on 23 April 2012 at Kochi, aged 87.[1]

Movies he produced include Manjil Virinja Pookkal and My Dear Kuttichathan. The latter was the first 3D movie made in India and released as Chota Chetan in Hindi. He is the founder of Navodaya Studio. He created of Bible Ki Kahaniyan on Doordarshan. He first became involved in the film industry with his brother, Kunchacko, at Udaya Studio. The first cinemascope film in Malayalam was directed by him, and the first 70mm Indian movie, Padayottam, was produced by him. He founded Kishkinta, India's first theme park, in Chennai. He was given the 2011 J. C. Daniel Award for contributions to Malayalam cinema. [2]

Filmography as producer[edit]

Year Film
1978 Thacholi Ambu
1980 Manjil Virinja Pookkal
1982 Padayottam
1983 Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku
1984 My Dear Kuttichathan
1986 Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare
1989 Chanakyan
2003 Magic Magic 3D


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