K. Ravindranathan Nair

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K. Ravindranathan Nair
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Born
Kollam, Kerala, India
OccupationFilm producer
Years activesince 1967
Spouse(s)Usha Ravi
ChildrenPrathap
Preetha
Prakash
AwardsJ. C. Daniel Award
National Film Award
Kerala State Film Award
WebsiteOfficial web site

K. Ravindranathan Nair , a.k.a. Achani Ravi or General Pictures Ravi, is an Indian film producer of Malayalam films, industrialist and philanthropist, known for a number of critically acclaimed movies he has produced such as Kanchana Sita, Thampu, Kummatty, Esthappan, Pokkuveyil, Elippathayam, Manju, Mukhamukham, Anantaram and Vidheyan. Nair is credited with fostering the art film movement in Malayalam cinema during the period from the seventies till the nineties.[1] A multiple recipient of National and State film awards, Nair was awarded the J. C. Daniel Award by the Government of Kerala, in 2008, for his contributions to Malayalam cinema.[2][3][4]

Biography[edit]

K. Ravindran Nair was born in a rich family, dealing with cashew production and exports.[5] His passion for literature and arts brought him into Malayalam cinema and in 1967, he established General Pictures under the banner of which he produced his first movie, Anweshichu Kandethiyilla, directed by P. Bhaskaran.[6][7] This was followed by two more films the next year, Kattukurangu and Lakshaprabhu, both directed by Bhaskaran. Ravi, as he is generally known, was silent for the next few years till he came out with his next film, Achani, an A. Vincent movie, in 1973, which earned him the moniker, Achani Ravi. The film was reported to be a commercial success like his earlier films and Ravi is known to have contributed the returns from the movie for building a Public Library in Kollam,[5][8] of which he is a founder member and honorary secretary.[5]

The year 1977 marked a new chapter in Nair's life with the first of his films with the renowned filmmaker G. Aravindan, Kanchana Sita releasing that year. This was followed by four more Aravindan films, Thampu (1978), Kummatty (1979), Esthappan (1979) and Pokkuveyil (1981).[6][7] The next film he produced, Elippathayam (1981), was directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Three more films, Mukhamukham (1984), Anantaram (1987) and Vidheyan (1993), with the same director were released in the ensuing years. In between, he also produced a film, Manju (1982) for the Jnanpith and National Film award winner, M. T. Vasudevan Nair.[6][7]

Nair produced a total of 14 films for which he received 18 awards before he retired from cinema.[9] Usha Ravi, Ravindran Nair's wife, was a playback singer having sung in movies such as Thampu, Aambal poovu and Detective 909.[10] Usha died on 2 October 2013, leaving Nair and three of their children, Prathap, Preetha and Prakash.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film Year Director Awards
Anweshichu Kandethiyilla 1967 P. Bhaskaran National Film Award[11]
Kattukurangu 1968 P. Bhaskaran -
Lakshaprabhu 1968 P. Bhaskaran -
Achani 1973 A. Vincent -
Kanchana Sita 1977 G. Aravindan National Film Award for Best Direction[12]
Thampu 1978 G. Aravindan National Film Award[13]
Kummatty 1979 G. Aravindan Kerala State Film Award[14]
Esthappan 1979 G. Aravindan Kerala State Film Award[14]
Pokkuveyil 1981 G. Aravindan -
Elippathayam 1981 Adoor Gopalakrishnan National Film Award[15]
Kerala State Film Award[14]
Manju 1982 M. T. Vasudevan Nair -
Mukhamukham 1984 Adoor Gopalakrishnan National Film Award[16]
Anantaram 1987 Adoor Gopalakrishnan National Film Award for Best Direction[17]
Vidheyan 1993 Adoor Gopalakrishnan National Film Award[18]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mathrubhumi". Mathrubhumi. 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  2. ^ Venkiteswaran, C. S. (19 June 2009). "The alchemist of cinema". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  3. ^ "The New Indian Express". The New Indian Express. 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Filmibeat". Filmibeat. 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Thiruvananthapuram First". Thiruvananthapuram First. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "The alchemist of Cinema". The Hindu. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Kollam City". Kollam City. 2014. Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Achani". Achani. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  9. ^ Ee Vazhitharayil (Along this pathway) (Documentary). Kerala: Mathrubhumi News. 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Usha Ravi". Kaumudi. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  11. ^ "15th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  12. ^ "25th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 2,44. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  13. ^ "26th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  14. ^ a b c "1979 Film Awards". Public Relations Department, Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  15. ^ "29th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  16. ^ "32nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  17. ^ "35th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. pp. 12–13. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  18. ^ "41st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 3 March 2012.

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