Mohan Raghavan, scriptwriter and filmmaker of the critically acclaimed film T D Dasan Std. VI B died at a hospital here on Tuesday, following a heart attack. He was 47.
He was taken to a private hospital at Mala following uneasiness and chest pain. He died at 3.30 p.m. One of the most promising new-generation filmmakers of Malayalam, Raghavan’s maiden film T D Dasan Std. VI B was well-received by the audience due to the refreshing story and out-of-the-box treatment.
The film, an honest and sensitive presentation of a simple story of a village boy T. D. Dasan, garnered many awards. Since then he was talked about as one of the talents to look forward to in Malayalam films.
He won the State film award for the best director in 2010 for the film. It was screened at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), The Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF), Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) and the New York’s Indian Film Festival.
Hailing from Mala near Thrissur, Raghavan had a rich theatre background. He had done his courses at School of Drama, Thrissur, and his post graduation in Theatre Arts at Kamaraj University.
He had worked with famous theatre persons such as B.V. Karanth, Kavalam Narayana Panikker, S. Ramanujam, Alakananda Samarth, John Martin and Maya Tangberg.
Opportunities to work as assistant director to some of the noted directors in the film industry like K. P. Kumaran, Siddique Shameer, and Salim Padiyath had hugely helped him.
He wrote scripts for films Kanmashi and Nammal Thammil. He had also written scripts for many television serials and short films. As a scriptwriter, he grabbed national attention through the short film – Diary of a Housewife.
He has also produced the stage adaptations of Antigone, Macbeth, Waiting for Godot, Woyzeck and Stone.