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K. S. Sethumadhavan (born in Palakkadmarker in 1931) is an Indianmarker director of Malayalam films. He has also directed films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Since the early 1960s he has directed over 60 movies. His film Achanum Bappayum won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration, a National Film Award, in 1973. He is also the winner of 4 Kerala State Film Awards for Best Direction.

Biography

K. S. Sethumadhavan was born to Subrahmanyam and Lakshmi in Palakkadmarker, Keralamarker, Indiamarker in 1931. He has three sisters and one brother. His childhood was spent in Palakkadmarker and in North Arcotmarker, Tamilnadumarker. He completed his degree in biology from Government Victoria College, Palakkad. He debuted in the film industry as the Assistant Director to K. Ramnath. He later assisted directors L. V. Prasad, A. S. A. Swamy, Sunder Rao and Nandakarni.

He debuted as an independent film director with Veeravijaya, a Singhalese film in 1960. His first Malayalam film was Jnanasundari, produced by T. E. Vasudevan under the banner of Associates Pictures based on a short story by Muttathu Varkey. He then went on to direct over 60 films including noted films Odayil Ninnu, Daham, Sthanarthi Saramma, Koottukudumbam, Vazhve Mayam, Ara Nazhika Neram, Anubhavangal Palichakal, Karakanakkadal, Achanum Bappayum, Chattakkari, Oppol and Marupakkam. He paved way for the career of renowned Tamil film actor Kamal Haasan by introducing him as a hero in the film Kannun Karalum. His only Oriya film was Manini.

His film Achanum Bappayum won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration, a part of National Film Awards, in 1973. His Tamil film Marupakkam won the National Film Award for Best Film in 1991. In 1966, his Telugu film Sthree won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Director 4 times: for films Vazhve Mayam(1970), Karakanakkadal(1971), Pani Theeratha Veedu(1972) and Oppol(1980). He was the jury member for the National Film Awards in 1975 and 1980. In 1982, he was the chairman of the jury for the Kerala State Film Awards. He was the chairman of the National Film Awards jury in 2002.

Selected Filmography

  • Stri (1995)
  • Nammavar (1994)
  • Marupakkam (1991)
  • Venal Kinavukal (1991)
  • Sunil Vayassu 20 (1986)
  • Avidathepole Ivideyum (1985)
  • Aarorumariyathe (1984)
  • Ariyatha Veethikal (1984)
  • Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye (1984)
  • Afsana Do Dilon Ka (1982)
  • Oppol (1980)
  • Nakshathrangale Kaaval (1978)
  • Yehi Hai Zindagi (1977)
  • Amme Anupame (1977)
  • Ormakal Marikkumo? (1977)
  • Preeyamvadha (1976)
  • Julie (1975)
  • Chuvanna Sandhyakal (1975)
  • Makkal (1975)
  • Chattakkari (1974)
  • Jeevikkan Marannu Poya Sthree (1974)
  • Kanyakumari (1974)
  • Azhakulla Saleena (1973)
  • Chukku (1973)
  • Kaliyugam (1973)
  • Panitheeratha Veedu (1973)
  • Aadhyathe Katha (1972)
  • Achanum Bappayum (1972)
  • Devi (1972)
  • Punarjanmam (1972)
  • Anubhavangal Palichakal (1971)
  • Inquilab Zindabad (1971)
  • Karakanakadal (1971)
  • Line Bus (1971)
  • Oru Penninte Katha (1971)
  • Thettu (1971)
  • Amma Enna Stree (1970)
  • Aranazhikaneram (1970)
  • Kalpana (1970)
  • Kuttavali (1970)
  • Mindapennu (1970)
  • Vazhve Mayam (1970)
  • Adimagal (1969)
  • Kadalpalam (1969)
  • Kootu Kudumbam (1969)
  • Bharyamar Sookshikkuka (1968)
  • Palmanam (1968)
  • Thokkukal Katha Parayunnu (1968)
  • Yakshi (1968)
  • Kottayam Kola Case (1967)
  • Naadan Pennu (1967)
  • Ollathu Mathi (1967)
  • Archana (1966)
  • Rowdy (1966)
  • Sthanarthy Saramma (1966)
  • Daaham (1965)
  • Odeyil Ninnu (1965)
  • Anna (1964)
  • Manavatty (1964)
  • Omanakuttan (1964)
  • Nithya Kanyaka (1963)
  • Susheela (1963)
  • Kannum Karalum (1962)
  • Jnana Sundari (1961)


References

  1. Rediff - Interview
  2. Weblokam - Profile



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