Friends, colleagues and fans of film director Pavitran recalled his contributions to the film world at a function organised here on Thursday in connection with the 8th International Film Festival of Thrissur organised by the Thrissur Chalachithra Kendram.
Murzban Jal, Professor at the Indian Institute of Education of Pune, presented a paper on his short play “New Militants”.
“The play includes characters taken from the legendary Shakespearean play Hamlet, and has been modified for our times. I intended to portray the role of Marxism in a caste-dominated society like India and how it struggled since its inception in coping with the situation. It speaks at length about topics like the Nehruvian welfare state, Ambedkar’s philosophy, the image of Mahatma Gandhi and the role of Marxism in India,” said Mr. Jal.
Allusions to acclaimed thinkers such as Irfan Habib, Gramsci, Samir Amin and Hegel were found in his speech.
Sarah Joseph, writer and social activist, said that the upcoming film festival will try to showcase socially-relevant films.
“We are living in such a strange era, wearing the totems of insecurity. The rate of crimes against women and children are so high, and arts of all forms must try to be a mirror of well-being of the society. Cinema, being an art enjoyed by the masses, can certainly contribute in this aspect.”
“Pavithran was an exceptional personality, both in film as well as in his personal life. He was a true modernist,” remarked K. Gopinathan, a close friend of the late director.
The event was presided over C.P. John, member of the Kerala Planning Board.
The upcoming film festival will showcase socially relevant films.