Ramu Kariat alternatively Ramu Karyat 1 February 1927 – 10 February 1979 was a legendary Malayali Indian film director for almost three decades from the 1950s to the 1970s He directed many acclaimed films in Malayalam His noted films include Neelakkuyil 1954, Minnaminungu 1957, Mudiyanaya Puthran 1961, Moodupadam 1963 and the National Award winning Chemmeen 1965
- 1 Career
- 2 Awards
- 3 Filmography
- 4 References
- 5 External links
He started his career through the Kerala People's Arts Club KPAC, a leftist theatre group He debuted in films by co-directing Thiramala 1953 with Vimal Kumar/PRS Pillai and the path-breaking film Neelakkuyil in 1954 along with P Bhaskaran Neelakuyil was written by Uroob and starred Sathyan and Miss Kumari was a major commercial success It was also the first Malayalam film to shoot outdoors, though the number of scenes shot outdoors was very less This film is considered as the first mature film in Malayalam due to the professional approach it had in direction, script, performances and music Ramu Kariat's co-director of the film P Bhaskaran and cameraman A Vincent went on to have illustrious careers themselves
After Neelakkuyil, he directed Minnaminungu 1957, another noted film His next film was the film version of veteran playwright Thoppil Bhasi's highly successful play Mudiyanaya Puthran 1961 After directing another noted film Moodupadam 1963, he went on to direct Chemmeen 1965 Chemmeen is considered as the turning point in Malayalam cinema The film, an adaptation of Thakazhi Sivashankara Pillai's novel in the same name was the first Malayalam film to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film The tragic love story starring Madhu, Sathyan and Sheela went on to become major commercial success as well
In 1975 he was a member of the jury at the 9th Moscow International Film Festival
He directed fifteen films during his careerHe was elected as Member of Legislative Assembly from Nattika in 1965 as a left independentm but could not serve in the Legislative Assembly because no one could form the Assembly since there was no majority for any party
AwardsNational Film Awards
- 1954: All India Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film - Neelakuyil
- 1954: President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Malayalam - Neelakuyil
- 1961: President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Malayalam - Mudiyanaya Puthran
- 1965: National Film Award for Best Feature Film - Chemmeen
- Neelakkuyil 1954
- Bharata Natyam 1956
- Minnaminungu 1957
- Mudiyanaya Puthran 1961
- Moodupadam 1963
- Chemmeen 1965
- Ezhu Rathrikal 1968
- Abhayam 1970
- Maaya 1972
- Nellu 1974
- Dweepu 1976
- Kondagali 1978
- Ammuvinte Aattinkutty 1978
- Malankattu 1980
- ^ "9th Moscow International Film Festival 1975" MIFF Retrieved 2013-01-04
- ^ "2nd National Film Awards" PDF Directorate of Film Festivals Retrieved August 23, 2011
- ^ "9th National Film Awards" International Film Festival of India Retrieved September 8, 2011
- Ramu Kariat on IMDb
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