P. F. Mathews

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P. F. Mathews
Mathews at EeMaYau premiere.jpg
Mathews at the premiere of Ee.Ma.Yau
Born (1960-02-18) 18 February 1960 (age 59)
OccupationAuthor, screenwriter
Notable work
ChildrenUnni Mathews, Anand Mathews
Parent(s)Poovankery Francis
Mary Francis

Poovankery Francis Mathew is an Indian author of Malayalam literature and a screenplay writer in Malayalam film and Television industries.[1] A Winner of a National Film Award for Best Screenplay[2] and multiple State television and other literary awards, he is known for his original style of writing.[3] Literary works such as Iruttil Oru Punyalan, Chaavunilam, Njayarazhcha Mazha Peyyukayayirunnu, Jalakanyakayum Gandarvanum and 2004il Alice and screen plays which include Sararaanthal, Mikhayelinte Santhathikal, Megham, Kutty Srank and Ee.Ma.Yau are some of his notable works.[3]

Early years[edit]

Mathews was born in a Latin Christian family[4] on 18 February 1960 in Ernakulam, Kerala to Poovankery Francis and Mary Francis.[5] After his early schooling in Don Bosco School and St. Augustine's School, Kochi, he graduated in Economics from St. Albert's College Kochi, in 1980 and secured his master's degree in Malayalam in 1982.[5] He started writing at the age of 10 when he used to write and direct one- act plays.[6] He took to short stories at the age of 16[6] and his short stories have been published in leading Malayalam publications like Malayala Manorama, Kalakaumudi, Mathrubhumi, Madhyamam and Bhashaposhini.[5] He spent his regular career at Advocate General's Office of the High Court of Kerala from where he superannuated in 2016.[7]

Literary career[edit]

His first short story anthology, Njayarazhcha Mazha Peyyukayayirunnu (It Was Raining on Sunday), was published in 1986 by Current Books. His second work was a novel, Chaavunilam (Land of the Dead),[8] based on the coastal life in Kochi[9] and published in 1996 by DC Books,[10] which won the State Bank of Travancore award for the best novel.[10] Subsequent years produced two more short story collections, Jalakanyakayum Gandarvanum (the Mermaid and the Celestial Lover) and 2004il Alice (Alice in 2004).[11] In 2013, a short story anthology, Kathakal (Stories),[12] and his memoirs, Theerajeevithathinu Oru Oppees (A Requiem for the Coastal Life), were published.[13] His second novel, Iruttil Oru Punyalan (A Saint Shrouded in Darkness), was published in 2015, and two of its chapters were published by Mathrubhumi weekly, prior to the official release of the book.[14] The book has since been translated into Tamil, under the title, Iruttil Oru Punithan, by P. S. Ramesh.[15]

Film and television career[edit]

Mathews debuted into screen writing with a documentary film, Keep the City Clean.[3] In 1991, he won the Kerala State Television Award for screen play, for the tele-series Sararaanthal (The Lantern), broadcast in Doordarshan.[3] He received his second state television award for Mikhayelinte Santhathikal (Descendants of Mikhayel), in 1993.[3] Several works followed, which included Dr. Harischandra (1994), Roses in December (1995), Charulatha (1999), Aathma (2000), Edayanum Mankidavum (2003), Megham (2004), Mantharam (2005), Aa Amma (2006), Pakalmazha (2009) and Daivathinu Swantham Devootti (2012), the last one winning State television award for the best Series.[16] He has also won the script writing competition held nationwide by National Film Development Corporation of India, for Naattukaaryam, in 1993.[3]

Mathews' foray into big screen was in 1986 with the story of Thanthram (the Plot), a Mammooty starrer.[17] This was followed by Puthran (the Son),[18] a sequel to the successful tele series, Mikhayelinte Santhathikal.[19] The next was Kutty Srank, directed by Shaji N. Karun,[20] which won him the National Film Award for Best Screenplay for the year 2010.[2] Antichrist, a Lijo Jose Pellissery project, with Prithviraj, Fahadh Faasil and Indrajith in lead roles,[21] was put on hold after initial discussions.[7] The next project, Ee.Ma.Yau, a Lijo Jose Pellissery film,[22][23] was released in May 2018 and the film received good critical reviews.[24][25][26][27] Another Lijo Jose Pellissery film has also been announced, with Mamootty in the lead role.[28]

Mathews believes that it is important for a writer to be immersed in contemporary times, saying, “A screenplay writer has to be aware of the socio-political situation of the country, be more careful about the politics. Scriptwriting is not lighthearted, it’s a serious thing."[29]

Mathews also sat in the jury panel of the Kerala State Film Awards for the year 2016.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Mathews, a recipient of the KCBC Yuvaprathibha (Young Talent) award (1999), is married to Shobha[3] and the couple has two sons, Unni Mathews and Anand Mathews, both of whom are part of the 'Karikku' team.[5] He has been employed with the Advocate General's Office, Ernakulam,[5] and has since superannuated from service.[7]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Award Year Work
National Film Award for Best Screenplay 2010 Kutty Srank
Kerala State Television Award for Best Screenplay 1991 Sararaanthal
Kerala State Television Award for Best Screenplay 1993 Mikhayelinte Santhathikal
National Film Development Corporation of India Prize for Best Screenplay 1993 Naattukaaryam
State Bank of Travancore Award for Best Novel 1996 Chaavunilam
KCBC Yuvaprathibha Award 1999 General Contribution
Movie Street Film Award for Best Screenplay[31] 2019 Ee.Ma.Yau.
Sinema Zetu International Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay[32][33] 2019 Ee.Ma.Yau.

Literary works[edit]

Work Year Genre / Comments
Njayarazhcha Mazha Peyyukayayirunnu 1986 Short story – Anthology
Chaavunilam[34] 1996 Novel
Jalakanyakayum Gandarvanum 1998 Short story – Anthology
2004il Alice[35] 2004 Short story – Anthology
27 Down 2011 Short story – Anthology
Kathakal[36] 2013 Short story – Anthology
Theerajeevithathinu Oru Oppees[37] 2013 Memoir
Iruttil Oru Punyalan[38] 2015 Novel
Pathimoonnu Kadalkakkakalude Upama[39] 2018 Short story – Anthology
Theranjedutha Kathakal[40] 2018 Short story – Anthology
Ee Ma Yau[41] 2019 Screenplay
Iruttil Oru Punithan[15] 2019 Tamil translation of Iruttil Oru Punyalan

Tele-series and Documentaries[edit]

Work Genre Director Year
Keep the City Clean Documentary Jude Attipetty 1981
Sararaanthal Tele-series Jude Attipetty 1991
Mikhayelinte Santhathikal Tele-series Jude Attipetty 1993
Dr. Harischandra Tele-series Jude Attipetty 1994
Roses in December Tele-series Jude Attipetty 1995
Charulatha Tele-series Prashanth 1999
Aathma Tele-series Mohan Kupleri 2000
Edayanum Mankidavum Tele-series Jude Attipetty 2003
Megham Tele-series Saji Surendran 2004
Mantharam Tele-series Saji Surendran 2005
Aa Amma Tele-series Kiran 2006
Pakalmazha Tele-series Gireesh Konni 2009
Daivathinu Swantham Devootti Tele-series Madhupal 2011
Kali Gandaki Tele-series Madhupal 2017


Work Contribution Year
Thanthram Story 1986
Puthran Screen Play 1994
Kutty Srank Screen Play 2009
Ee.Ma.Yau[42] Screen Play 2018
Athiran Screen Play 2019


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  12. ^ P. F. Mathews (2013). Kathakal. D C Books. ISBN 9788126434619.
  13. ^ P. F. Mathews (2013). Theerajeevithathinu Oru Oppees. DC Books. p. 84. ISBN 9788126442317.
  14. ^ P. F. Mathews (August 2015). "Iruttil oru Punyalan". Mathrubhumi Weekly. 93 (22).
  15. ^ a b Mathews, P. F. (2019). Iruttil Oru Punithan. Translated by Ramesh, P. S. Chennai: Kalakattam. ISBN 9788190788359.
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  34. ^ 1960-, Mathews, P. F., (1996). Chaavunilam. Kottayam: D C Books. ISBN 9788171305667.
  35. ^ 1960-, Mathews, P. F. (2007). 2004-il Ālice. Kottayam: Ḍ. C. Books. ISBN 8126415738.
  36. ^ 1960-, Mathews, P. F., (2012). Kathakaḷ. Kottayam: D C Books. ISBN 9788126434619.
  37. ^ 1960-, Mātyūs, Pi. Ephȧ., (2013). Tưrajīvitattinȧ oru oppīs. Kottayam. ISBN 9788126442317. OCLC 876141516.
  38. ^ 1960-, Mathews, P. F. Iruṭṭil Oru Punyaalan. Kottayam. ISBN 9788126465101.
  39. ^ 1960-, Mathews, P. F. Pathimoonnu Kadalkakkakalude Upama. Thrissur: Logos Publishers.
  40. ^ 1960-, Mathews, P. F. Theranjedutha Kathakal. Kottayam: D C Books. ISBN 9789352824656.
  41. ^ 1960-, Mathews, P. F. Ee Ma Yau. Thrissur: Logos Publishers. ISBN 9789388364294.
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