Noted cinematographer M. J. Radhakrishnan passed away following a cardiac arrest at a private hospital around 7 pm in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. He was 61.
Born in Punalur as the son of Tholicode native Janardhanan Vaidyar and P Lalitha, Radhakrishnan is survived by wife Sree Latha, son Yadu and daughter Neeraja.
He has cranked the camera for about 75 films. Radhakrishnan has won Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematographer seven times. Started out his career as a still photographer, he assisted cinematographer-director Shaji N Karun.
Radhakrishnan’s first independent work as a cinematographer was ‘Maamalakalkkapurathu’ (1988), helmed by Ali Akbar. He won State film award for ‘Deshadanam’, ‘Karunam’, ‘Adayalangal’, ‘Bioscope’, ‘Veettilekkulla Vazhi’, ‘Akashathinte Niram’, and ‘Kaadu Pookkunna Neram’.
Shaji. N. Karun’s ‘Olu’ was his last film as cinematographer.
If you list out the best thrillers made in Indian Cinema, Drishyam will get a place in it. Such was the brilliance of that movie. It also got remade into various other languages like Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. Directed by Jeethu Joseph, the Malayalam original featured Mohanlal and Meena in the lead roles. Recently, Jeethu Joseph announced a sequel to this movie. The shooting of the film was supposed to start by now but got postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The latest reports suggest that the movie will go on the floors next month.
According to the sources from the Malayalam film industry, the makers of Drishyam 2 are planning to start rolling in August. Jeethu Joseph is currently busy wrapping up the script works of the movie. On the flip side, Jeethu Joseph is also busy wrapping up the shoot of his ongoing film Ram. This action thriller features Mohanlal and Trisha in the lead roles. Meanwhile, the Government of Kerala has only allowed the shoots of films which are in the midway of the shoot. Thus, Drishyam 2 may only go on the floors after the government allows the shoots of the new projects. More details of the film's shoot will get announced soon.
We don't know if Drishyam will be a continuation story to the first part or deals with a completely different premise.
Mammootty Megastar is currently chilling at his home during this lockdown period. The actor has been waiting to begin the shoot for his next film, which is the fourth installment in the CBI Diarykurippu series. The first part has come out in 1988. The fans are eagerly waiting to see the new movie shaping up soon. Mammootty is happy as a soft-spoken CBI officer, Sethuramaiyer in the film. Meanwhile, here is an interesting update on the project.
As per the latest reports in the Malayalam film industry, director K Madhu and scenarist S N Swami decided to plan the shoot of the movie soon. Once the COVID 19 restrictions are lifted, the makers might go-ahead to plan the shoot of the movie. As of now, there is no clarity on when the film will exactly hit the floors but the makers are looking forward to starting it soon.
Oru CBI Diarykurippu was the first movie to come in this series, in 1988. Jagratha (1989), Sethuramaiyer CBI (2004) and Nerariyaan CBI (2005) were the other movies in the franchise. On the other side, Mammootty's new films One and The Priest will release soon.
Vaariyamkunnan is a new movie in Malayalam movie that is going to create a lot of interesting buzz on social media, in the recent times. Prithviraj Sukumaran is on board to play the lead role in the film. The earlier media reports revealed that Chiyaan Vikram is on board to play the lead role but there has been a change in the same and Prithviraj came on board. It created confusion among the audiences but here is clarity on the same.
Ramees Mohammed is the writer of the movie and he recently interacted with a Malayalam web portal. During his interaction, Ramees opened up that the project was originally planned for Chiyaan Vikram. Anwar Rasheed was in talks for the director of the project. However, Anwar could not allocate the time for the film as he was occupied with his movie Trance.
Now, Aashiq Abu came on board to direct the movie. Aashiq wanted someone from the Malayalam film industry to play the lead. Since the film is based on Vaariyamkunnathu Kunjahammed Haji, on whose life this period drama was being made, the director wanted a Malayalam actor. Thus, Prithviraj Sukumaran came on board to play the lead role in the film.