Shyamaprasad - An Ardent Filmmaker

Shyamaprasad is a director, who is always passionate about film making. He is not a director, who makes films, only for the sake of having commercial success. His movies are story centric, emotionally rich and are closely related to the realities of life. His movies mostly deal with the complex natures of human relationships that we usually see around.

Born in 1960, to famous politician O Rajagopal and Dr Shanthakumari, Shyamaprasad chose a different path in his life – to be a filmmaker. He had his basic degree in theatre Arts from School of Drama, Calicut University. He did Masters in Media Production at Hull University in UK with Commonwealth scholarship. He later got associated with Doordarshan. Shyamaprasad is married to Sheebha and they have two kids.

Shyamaprasad’s early career started with the mini screen industry, in the early and mid 90’s. His works like ‘Uyirthezhunelppu’, Nilavu Ariyunnu, Ganitham, Niramillatha Chitrangal, Vivahalochana etc were critically acclaimed and most of them were honoured with state awards. Majority of his tele-films and tele-serials were adapted from the works of Madhavikutty, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, Sarah Joseph, Albert Camus etc.

The movie journey of Shyamaprasad started with ‘Kallu Kondoru Pennu’, which got released in the year 1998. The film saw the action heroine of South Indian film industry, Vijayashanthi on lead. Suresh Gopi, Murali, Dileep etc were the others casted in the movie. But, interestingly people love to believe ‘Agnisaakshi’ to be the debut movie of Shyamaprasad. Even, he in an interview revealed the truth that, it was ‘Agnisaakshi’, which came into his mind first not ‘Kallu Kondoru Pennu’.

The release of ‘Agnisaakshi’ in the year 1999 was a milestone in the career of Shyamaprasad. The movie was adapted from the original work of ‘Lalithambika Antharjanam’ and bought glory for Shyamaprasad in both state and the national level. The movie was selected as the best film in regional language in the 1998 National Film Award and also won many state awards, including Best Film and Best Director.

In 2002, he directed an Indo-American Movie, 'Bokshu the Myth'. His next Malayalam venture had a long gap – from 1999 to 2004. But Shyamaprasad was back with the most precious gift to the whole Malayalam movie industry. ‘Akale’ movie is like a beautiful poem which depicts human relationship, its complexities and how we struggle to survive. The character ‘Neil’ was a bold attempt by Prithviraj in the beginning of his career. Geethu Mohandas and Sheela were excellent. This movie also won National Award for the Best Feature Film in Malayalam and actress Sheela was honoured with both National and State awards for best supporting actress and second best actress respectively. That year’s State Award for Best Actress was won by Geethu Mohandas for this movie.

After 2004, Shyamaprasad made us to wait till 2007, for another hit ‘Ore Kadal’, which became a milestone in both Mammootty’s and Meera Jasmine’s life. Based on the novel of Sunil Gangopadhya’s ‘Hirak Deepthi’, the movie portrayed the intense relationship of a man and woman and how it changed their life upside down. The songs composed by Ouseppachan in the same raga ‘Shubhapanthuvarali’ turned to be excellent, which made him to win his first National Award for the Best Music Director category. Meera also won her second State Award with this movie. THe hangover of her character 'Deepthi' in this movie will always follow us, even after leaving the theatre.

The movie ‘Ritu’ of Shyamaprasad handled entirely a different subject, showcasing the lifestyle of youngsters who are caught in between better job, money and true relationship. Ritu was accepted as a watchable movie by the critics. The movie released in 2009, was the debut movie of Asif Ali and Rima Kallingal and first Malayalam movie of Nishaan.  He also directed a segment ‘Off Season’ in the Malayalam anthology movie ‘Kerala Café’.

The 2010 released ‘Electra’ is considered to be the darkest of all films directed by Shyamaprasad. Nayantara, Manisha Koirala, Prakash Raj, Skanda Ashok were on the lead. The movie based on ‘Electra complex’ and ‘Oedipus Complex’ is considered to be a bold attempt from the ace director. Shyamaprasad won the Kerala State Award for the Best Director for this movie. ‘Arike’ and ‘English’ released in the years 2012 and 2013 respectively are considered to be lighter movies of Shyamaprasad with not much complication. When ‘Arike’ was well received in the box office, ‘English’ didn’t show the magic in the theatres.

His next comeback was with the movie ‘Artist’ in 2013, which casted Fahadh Faasil and Ann Augustine on lead. This was a fantastic movie with an incredible performance from Fahadh and Ann. Both won the Kerala State award for their roles Michael and Gayathri in this movie. Shyamaprasad’s next venture is said to be ‘Ivide’, in which he plans to cast Prithviraj and Fahadh Faasil.

Shyamaprasad is such a film maker, who makes his work perfect with perfect casting, perfect music, perfect technicians etc. Those who are part of his movie can, with no doubt, expect it to be the best of their career. Rajath Kapoor in ‘Agnisaakshi’, Geethu Mohandas in ‘Akale’, Meera Jasmine and Mammootty in ‘Ore Kadal’….the list goes on. Let expect more to this list and more spectacular works from Shyamaprasad.

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