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HISTORY : MALAYALAM FILM

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Neelakuyil - Newspaper Boy ( 1954 - 1955 )

Neelakuyil JC Daniel Through Neelakuyil Malayalam cinema for the first time had an authentic Malayalam story. The story for Neelakuyil was penned by renowned Malayalam writer Uroob and directed by the duo of P Bhaskaran and Ramu Karyat. This melodramatic film dealt with the issue of untouchability in the society. Satyan and Miss Kumari were elevated to stardom after the huge success of this film. Malayalam film music till then were cheap imitations of Hindi and Tamil film music, also came up with original Malayalam tunes through this film. The lyrics written by P Bhaskaran were arranged by K Rghavan, influenced by Malayalam folk music, which became popular among the masses. This was also the first Malayalam film to be shot outdoors. Neelakuyil announced the presence of Malayalam cinema in Indian film arena.
Newspaper Boy JC Daniel Newspaper Boy (1955) was the reflection of neo-realism in cinema, which became popular all over the world. This film was a result of extreme hard work by a group of college students. Newspaper Boy was directed by P Ramadas, who was totally new to cinema and almost all technical works were handled by amateur students. This film was distributed some months before Satyajith Ray's Pather Panchali came out. This film narrated the sad story of a printing press employee and his family reeling through poverty. He dies of extreme poverty and illness, which forces his children to stop their education. His elder son Appu leaves to Madras in search of a job. Failing to secure a job there, he returns and decides to take up the job of a newspaper boy.
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MOVIE HISTORY

Malayalam Film History

Indian Film History

The Indian film industry is the oldest and the largest in the world with over 1200 movies ....

The Legacy of Visual Culture

Even much before the arrival of cinema, the people of Kerala were familiar with ....

Balan :The First Talkie

Indian cinema had already entered the talkie age even before Marthandavarma was ....

Jeevithanouka - 1951

Jeevithanouka was a turning point for Malayalam cinema. This highly dramatic musical ....

1954 - 1955

Through Neelakuyil Malayalam cinema for the first time had an authentic Malayalam story ....

New Sensibilities

Even though Malayalam cinema right from the first talkie, Balan ventured into social themes ....

The Growth: 1960 - 1965

After the success of Neelakuyil, films with authentic Malayalam stories set in the ....

Malayalam New Wave

The growth of film society movement and the screenings of world classics forced a drastic ....

Film Society Movement

The Film Society Movement, which started in 1960s and gained momentum during the 1970s ....

Commercial Cinema

Popular cinema of Malayalam rarely tried to adopt the language of cinema till the 1980s ....

Film Festival

Popular cinema of Malayalam rarely tried to adopt the language of cinema till the 1980s ....
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