Bhadran (director)

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Bhadran Matel
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Born
Thomas

(1949-11-22) 22 November 1949 (age 69)
Other namesThomaskutty
OccupationFilm director
Years active1982 - 2005
Spouse(s)Tessy
ChildrenTeby, Jerry, Emily

Bhadran Mattel (born November 22, 1949) is an Indian filmmaker and writer, whose career spans more than 40 years. Bhadran's body of work addresses such themes as victimization of ill-mannered parenting, concepts of psychological trauma’s and redemption, objectification of fatherhood, childhood distresses, intense metaphorical placements of matter and animals, Biblical inspired backdrops and autocrat Christian culture in typical parts of Kerala. Many of his films are also known for its extremely deep but larger than life emotional sequences.

Among the very few film makers who ruled Malayalam film industry through 80’s and 90’s, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmaker to introduce thug life glorification of Malayalam superstars on screen, which went on to become the most popular concept of a typical mass movie among Kerala film fans even these days. In 1986 he won the Film fare Best Director award for Poomukhapadiyil Ninneyum Kaathu and repeated the feat of achievements again with two more Filmfares in the Best Director category through Iyer The Great and Sphadikam in 1990 and 1995.

He has directed works includes such as the ruffian film Sphadikam (1995), the psychic-precognition thriller Iyer The Great (1990), an investigative school back dropped Olympian Antony Adam (1999), the parenthood of an obese caretaker Uncle Bun (1991), a psychic family drama Poomukhapadiyil ninneyum kaathu (1986), the musical Idanazhiyil Oru kaalochha (1987), the mighty land tyrant Udayon (2005), Indian Political thriller Yuvathurki (1996) and on. Most of his films were collaborated on with actors Mohanlal and Mammotty. Having directed Mohanlal in seven films and Mammotty in four films, Bhadran’s associations with them have resulted in Award nominations for both as well as them winning prestigious awards.


Personal Life[edit]

Bhadran, actual name Thomaskutty was born in Pala, Kottayam. His father Thomas Mattel and mother Thresimma, both hailed from landlord backgrounds facilitating him an opulent background since childhood. He often nails it as the reason, which installed an impossibly ambitious nature to his character that in film industry earned him the tag of a taskmaster among his peers. As a boy, studies were never in terms with his nature and the only thing that appealed him was music and cinema; it was at this stage in his life that he developed a passion for cinema. As a teenager in Don Bosco School, Bhadran frequently breached its strict atmosphere in seek out of movie theaters. Later on, he has stated that it is the film Sound of Music which he saw overstepping the warden walls of school hostel, that really sprouted the desire of becoming a filmmaker. Bhadran has cited Rev Father Andrew, who was the principal of this school, caught him out of Movie Theater but then supported his intense passion for films.

He has also spoken of the influence of 1956 Hollywood film The Ten Commandments and 1969 Malayalam film Nadhi having a deep and lasting impact on his cinematic psyche. Bhadran also developed an admiration for Big canvas cinema at this time. He has also cited filmmakers including Satyajit Ray and Charlie Chaplin as a major influence on his career. His initial desire to become a singer, initially attending preparatory Carnatic vocals but failing to continue it when transferred to boarding school while attending Don Bosco gave way to cinema. Later Bhadran enrolled in MG University’s St Alberts College, Kochi where he earned a B.Com.


Career[edit]

Among the very few filmmakers who ruled Malayalam film industry through 80’s and 90’s, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmaker to introduce thug life glorification of Malayalam superstars on screen, which went on to become the most popular concept of a typical mass movie among Kerala film fans even these days.

Bhadran's career has spanned over 32 years. He is formally trained in music and won many accolades during his academic years for acting in plays and writing. He always aspired to become a great film director.

Bhadran believed that a good director must also be a musician, singer, actor and writer.

In 1986 he won the Filmfare Best Director award for Poomukhapadiyil Ninneyum Kaathu and repeated the feat of achievements again with two more Film fares in the Best Director category through Iyer The Great and Spadikam in 1990 and 1995.

He has directed works includes such as the ruffian film Spadikam (1995), the psychic-precognition thriller Iyer The Great (1990), an investigative school back dropped Olympian Antony Adam (1999), the parenthood of an obese caretaker Uncle Bun (1991), a psychic family drama Pookmukhapadiyil ninneyum kaatthu (1986), the musical Idanazhiyil Oru kaalochha (1987), the mighty land tyrant Udayon (2005), Indian Political thriller Yuvathurki (1996) and on.

Most of his films were collaborated on with actors Mohanlal and Mammotty. Having directed Mohanlal in seven films and Mammotty in four films, Bhadran’s associations with them have resulted in Award nominations for both as well as them winning prestigious awards.

His struggle to gain a foothold in the fiercely competitive industry bore fruit when he got the opportunity to work as the 8th Assistant Director for Hariharan on Rajahamsam under the banner of Supriya, the production house. Beginning with that film, he assisted Hariharan in 14 films, progressing from an apprentice to an associate director.

The first movie under his direction was released in 1982. Ente Mohangal Poovaninju starring Shankar, Mohanlal, Menaka, Kala Ranjini received immense critical appreciation and was popular with audiences. Bhadran's films drew inspiration from the lives of common people, blended with creative surrealism. Changatham (Malayalam) was released in 1983 starring Mammootty, Mohanlal, Madhavi was released and made ripples on the mainstream cinematic landscape. Bhadran focussed on making 2-3 quality movies per year.[citation needed]

In his early years, when his directorial career was nascent, he acted in his self-directed venture Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla',' which was released in 1983.

Spadikam (Prism), released in 1995, was an action drama movie written and directed by Bhadran. The title was chosen to depict the flickering nature of people who keep changing and adapting themselves to exploit situations to suit their needs. The prism splits the white light into a spectrum of seven vibrant colours.

Similarly, the star of the movie Thomas Chacko, a village rowdy played by Mohanlal, transforms himself into various characters to face different situations. The film was the highest grossing film in Kerala in 1995 and collected around INR 8 Crores. It was also the longest running movie of 1995 and ran for 225 days, winning the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor and Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Spadikam which depicts parents standing in the way of their children's dreams, was Bhadran's most successful commercial film apart from being one of the highest-grossing movies of Malayalam cinema, gaining cult status in Kerala's movie culture.

The theme of Idanazhiyil Oru Kaalocha was a critical failure. The plot is that a teenage boy falls in love with an elderly lady, played by Vineeth and Karthika respectively. Iyer the Great, starring Mamootty and addressing a train accident in Peruman made it a landmark movie in the Malayalam film scene.

Filmography[edit]

As Director[edit]

Year Title Cast
1982 Ente Mohangal Poovaninju Shankar, Mohanlal, Menaka, Kalaranjini
1984 Changatham Mammootty, Mohanlal, Madhavi
1984 Aattuvanchi Ulanjappol Madhu, Mammooty, Ratheesh
1986 Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kaathu Mammootty, Mohanlal, Rahman, Srividya
1987 Idanazhiyil Oru Kaalocha Vineeth, Karthika
1990 Iyer the Great Mammootty, Geetha, Ratheesh
1991 Uncle Bun Mohanlal, Khushboo, Charmila
1995 Spadikam Mohanlal, Urvashi, Thilakan
1996 Yuvathurki Suresh Gopi, Vijayashanti, Ratheesh
1999 Olympiyan Anthony Adam Mohanlal, Meena
2003 Vellithira Prithviraj, Navya Nair, Kalabhavan Mani
2005 Udayon Mohanlal, Jagathy Sreekumar, Manoj K. Jayan
2019 Joothan Soubin Shahir

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