P. A. Backer

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P. A. Backer
പി.എ. ബക്കർ
Died22 November 1993 (aged 53)
Trivandrum, India
OccupationFilm director, film producer
Spouse(s)Anita Backer
Parent(s)Ahmad Musaliar
AwardsNational Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration
Sree Narayana Guru

P. A. Backer (Malayalam: പി.എ. ബക്കർ; 1940 – 22 November 1993) was one of the new-wave Malayalam film directors of the 1970s and 1980s.

Life sketch[edit]

Backer was born in 1940 to Ahamed Musliar and Fathima of Kanippayyoor near Kunnamkulam in Trichur, Kingdom of Cochin (now part of Kerala state, India).[1][2] While still a student, Backer worked as a journalist for Kuttikal and Poomottukal.[3] He then worked as an assistant to director Ramu Kariat (1960).[2] He made his debut as a producer in 1970 with Olavum Theeravum which won the state awards for the best film and best cinematography.[4]

He turned director in 1975 with Kabani Nadi Chuvannappol which won for him the State award for best director. Kabani Nadi Chuvannappol (When the River Kabani Turned Red), a bold movie about a leftist political activist, was released during the Indian Emergency. Some other notable movies by Backer are Manimuzhakkam (Peal of Bells), Chuvanna Vithukal (Red Seeds/Seeds of revolution), Sree Narayana Guru and Sanghaganam (Chorus). Manimuzhakkam, based on the novel Murippadukal by Sarah Thomas, won the National Film Award for Best Regional Film and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film.[5] Sree Narayana Guru won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. His last film as a director was Innaleyude Baaki (The Balance of Yesterday; 1988).

He died on 22 November 1993, aged 53, at his residence in Trivandrum. He was survived by his wife Anita Backer.[6]


Backer directed the following films:[7]


Kerala State Film Awards[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/article1340994.ece
  2. ^ a b Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (1999). Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema. British Film Institute. ISBN 0-85170-455-7.
  3. ^ Sanjit Narwekar (1994). Directory of Indian film-makers and films. Flicks Books. ISBN 978-0-313-29284-2.
  4. ^ National Film Development Corporation of India, India. Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Publications Division (1978). Indian cinema. Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ J.Ajith Kumar (14 September 2004). "Writing for all of humanity ". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Obituary" (PDF). Deccan Herald. cscsarchive.org. 23 November 1993. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Profile of Malayalam Director PA Bakker". malayalasangeetham.info. Retrieved 30 September 2017.

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