A tinsel take on Thunchath Ezhuthachan

Chronicling a legend: The team behind the documentary on Thunchath Ezhuthachan with writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair.  

The life and works of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, considered the father of Malayalam language, will be portrayed in a documentary film, the shooting of which began at Thunchan Parambu in Tirur on Saturday.

The ‘switch-on' ceremony of the documentary, scripted by K.P. Ramanunni and directed by R.S. Pradeep Kumar, was performed by litterateur M.T. Vasudevan Nair. Though there are several studies on the legendary poet, this is the first attempt to create a celluloid version, according to Mr. Ramanunni.

“The aim is to represent the largely unwritten life story of Ezhuthachan, believed to have lived in 16 {+t} {+h} or 17 {+t} {+h} century. Hopefully, the work will be of use both to researchers and ordinary people, who love the language,” he said.

Mr. Vasudevan Nair said that Ezhuthachan was called the father of the language not because he created it. “It is because he infused vigour and charm into Malayalam.”

Ezhuthachan is believed to have born in Trikkantiyur near Tirur, which is in Malappuram district. The documentary will have details of the poet's birth place, the temples he was associated with and the stories and legends connected with him. The film will also throw light on the creative life of the poet, who has several well-known works including Harinaama Keerthanam and Ramayanam Kilippattu to his credit. It will also have recitals of Ezhuthachan's poems. The film is produced by Rafi Mathira and the camera is cranked by K.G. Jayan.