Vol. 5 Num 990 Wed. March 14, 2007  

Adoor to churn out two films from Thakazhi's stories

Noted Malayalam film director Adoor Gopalakrishnan has decided to make two feature films based on short stories written by Jnanpith award-winning writer Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai.

The two films, Moonnu Pennungal (Three Women) and Kallante Makan (Thief's Son) are based on six short stories by Pillai.

The idea of shooting the two films at the same time struck him after he wrote screenplays based on six short stories of Thakazhi for Doordarshan, Gopalakrishnan said. "All the stories were dear to me and I could not abandon any of the scripts. Then I thought of making two films out of the stories," he said.

Three of the stories had a common thread as they dealt with different shades of women. The other three were woven into a script as they dealt with the theme of how society provided justice to the average citizen.

The new venture, being co-produced by Doordarshan, is Adoor's third attempt at translating literary works into screen language, after Mathilukal (Walls-1989) based on a novel by Vaikom Mohammed Basheer and Vidheyan (The Servile-1993), screen adaptation of a Paul Zachariah story.

The Dadasaheb Phalke award-winning director said the film would be a tribute of a film-maker to a great writer. The stories, though written around 50 years back, had contemporary relevance, he said.