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Adoor Gopalakrishnan

India’s most acclaimed contemporary filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan started acting on the amateur stage at the early age of eight. Wrote and directed several stage plays during his student days. He is the recipient of many awards of national and international importance. In consideration of his contribution to Indian cinema, the nation honoured him with the title of Padmashri in 1984, later with Padma Vibhushan. Dada SahebPhalke Award was also conferred on him. He is the author of two books on the theatre as well as a book on the cinema, “The World of Cinema”, for which he won a national award in 1983. He has scripted and directed eleven feature films and about thirty Shorts and documentaries. Notable amongst the non-feature films are those on Kerala’s performing arts.Graduating from the Film Institute of India in1965, he pioneered the film society movement in Kerala.Winner of several international awards like the UNICEF film prize (Venice), OCIC film prize (Amiens), INTERFILM Prize (Mannheim) etc, his films have been shown in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, London, Rotterdam and every important festival around the world. All his films have won national and international awards (National award for best film twice, best director four times, and best script two times