Staff Reporter

THRISSUR: Filmmakers, critics, activists and people from several other fields got together here on Sunday to share their poignant memories of the legendary film personality Pavithran, who passed away on February 26.

Personal relationships

Even though all of them paid rich tributes to the pioneering efforts that Pavithran had made in the Malayalam cinema world, the emphasis was equally on the warmth and intensity of personal attachment that a wide spectrum of people could nurture with him.

Filmmaker T.V. Chandran told the audience that the "black hands" of Pavithran were behind his (Chandran's) transformation into the "condemned status" of a filmmaker.

``Our association had begun when I was just over 14, and since then we used to clandestinely share our interest in the film medium. Filmmaking was an event of celebration in the case of Pavithran and every phase of his productions had an exciting participation of the masses," Chandran said.

Actor V.K. Sreeraman recalled that Pavithran had vertically split the prevailing concepts of film appreciation through each of his works. Emphasising that most of the works of Pavithran were path breaking, filmmaker and writer Ravindran said Pavithran had produced the film Kabani Nadi Chuvannappol, with the late P.A. Backer as director, taking great risks.

This film which had "extremist politics" as its theme, could unleash a radical rupture in the traditional notions about cinema in Kerala and thereby became a serious political intervention in the aesthetic field of the State.

Mayor R. Bindu, the former Mayor K. Radhakrishnan, film critics I. Shanmughadas, K. Gopinathan, K.K. Gopalakrishnan, M.D. Rajendran, M.C. Rajnarayan and M.P. Surendran were among those who spoke on the occasion.

Chandran also performed the switch-on of the documentary on Pavithran to be made by Puthumadham Jayaraj at the function.