Adoor Gopalakrishnan is a film director, scriptwriter, and producer. Adoor Gopalakrishnan had a major role in revolutionizing Malayalam cinema during the 1970s and is regarded as one of the most notable filmmakers of India. Adoor’s first film Swayamvaram (1972, script by K.P Kumaran the director of one of the best Indian film” Athidhi “.) pioneered the new wave cinema movement in Kerala along with “ Olavum Theeravum “ (1970) and “ Athidhi “(1974). Most of his films go to festivals around the world and are released in Kerala. All the eleven films he directed, from Swayamvaram to Oru Pennum Randaanum (2008), were screened at several international film festivals and won him several national and international awards. He won National Film Awards 16 times, Kerala State Film Awards 17 times and also won several international film awards. He won the prestigious British Film Institute Award for Elippathayam (1981). Adoor received the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2006. The Nation honored Adoor for his valuable contributions to Indian cinema by awarding him the highest cinema award of India, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2004.
Adoor has been known as a director who completely dictates every fine detail of his films. On the performance of actors in his movies, he stated that — “It is not the artist’s job to do the detailing. I do not want different interpretations of roles that may clash with each other. It has to be absolutely unified.” He normally does not encourage his crew to read the script or even the stories. The actors are told at the time of shooting about the role and the scenes before conducting several rehearsals. According to Adoor “ in movies, the actor is not performing to the audience like the stage actor. Here they are acting for me. I am the audience and I will decide whether it is correct or not, enough or not.”