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Adoor Gopalakrishnan: A Life in Cinema

Price : $32.00
ISBN # : 9780670081714
Author : Gautaman Bhaskaran
pages: 240
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Penguin
Published : 2010

Cinema is your experience, your vision of life. Adoor Gopalakrishnan A couple living in defiance of society, trying to make ends meet; a rootless, rustic simpleton unaware of his responsibilities; a selfish, middle-aged man clinging to old feudal ways; an ex-revolutionary wasting himself, sleeping and eating and drinking, much to the disgust of his old comrades; a writer who finds the true meaning of love and freedom in prison; and a prostitute discovering love only to be separated from her lover by the guardians of society.

Adoor Gopalakrishnan's characters are drawn from real people, real lives. His cinema manages to frame details that often escape our everyday glance, turning the mundane into the magical, the commonplace into the startling. Yet, very little is known about the auteur. In Adoor Gopalakrishnan: A Life in Cinema, the first authorized biography of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner, Gautaman Bhaskaran traces the ebbs and flows of the life of this enigmatic director.

From his birth during the Quit India Movement to his lonely childhood at his uncles house; from life at Gandhigram, where Adoor studied rural development, to his days and nights at the Pune Film Institute; and from his first film, Swayamvaram, to his latest, Oru Pennum Rantaanum, Bhaskaran's lucid narrative tracks the twists and turns of Gopalakrishnan's life, finding an uncommon man and a rare auteur.

Author Bio:

Gautaman Bhaskaran is a journalist and writer, having worked in The Statesman and at The Hindu. Today, he writes for a variety of publications spread across the globe: the Sakaal Times in India, the Dawn in Pakistan, The National in Abu Dhabi, the Lumiere Reader in New Zealand, the First Post and Sight and Sound in Britain and the Hollywood Reporter in the USA, where he is the India Film Critic, covering films produced in all Indian languages.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 04 August, 2010.
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