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1965 Chemmeen

The  Malayalam romantic drama film based on the highly acclaimed novel of the same name by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai and directed by Ramu Kariat from a screenplay by S. L. Puram Sadanandan. Produced by Babu Ismail Settu under the banner of Kanmani Films, it features cinematography by Marcus Bartley, and editing by Hrishikesh Mukherjee . Songs are set to music by Salil Chowdhury, with lyrics by Vayalar Ramavarma, and featuring the voices of K. J. Yesudas, P. Leela, Manna Dey and Santha P. Nair.The film released on 19 August 1965. It received strongly positive critical reviews and was recognized as a technically and artistically brilliant film. It is usually cited as the first notable creative film in South India. It was also the first South Indian film to win the Indian President's Gold Medal for the Best Film, which it did so in 1965. It was screened at various international film festivals and won prestigious awards at the Cannes and Chicago festivals.

1967 Chithramela

Chithramela is the first anthology film in Malayalam, consisting of three short films. produced by T .S. Muthiah., The cast includes Prem Nazir, Sharada, Sheela, K. P. Ummer, Kottayam Chellappan, S. P. Pillai, Adoor Bhasi, Bahadoor and Manavalan Joseph.

1972 Swayamvaram

Malayalam feature film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan starring Madhu and Sharada in the lead roles. The film was produced by the Chitralekha Film Co-operative with credit from the Film Finance Corporation (FFC). It was Chitralekha's first feature film production. It features an original score by M. B. Sreenivasan, cinematography by Mankada Ravi Varma, editing by Ramesan, art direction by Devadathan, and sound mixing by P. Devadas.Swayamvaram was Adoor Gopalakrishnan's debut feature film. It also was the film debut of the now-prominent Malayalam actor Bharath Gopi. It won four National Film Awards including for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress

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